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The Appeals Panel has once again broadened their definition of “doctor” under Section 401.011(17) of the Texas Workers’ Compensation Act, extending that designation to the holder of a Ph.D. While acknowledging in Appeal No. 162270 that a Ph.D. is not a licensed medical doctor, the Appeals Panel concluded that a cancer research biologist with a Ph.D. in biochemistry and biophysics was qualified to testify to more than just his research; his opinion on causation must also be considered an expert medical opinion, even though a Ph.D. is not listed among those healthcare practitioners (a doctor of medicine, osteopathic medicine, optometry, dentistry, podiatry, or chiropractic) identified in Section 401.011(17). 

The decision expands on APD No. 150372, in which it was determined that even though the definition of “doctor” in does not include physical therapists, “medical evidence may be generated by a number of sources other than by individuals who are defined as ‘doctors’” for the purpose of establishing a causal link between a claimed condition and a work injury.