It seems that there are different kind of problems theoreticians might find when dealing with clinicians and experimentalists depending on a number of factors:
- What kind of people are they? Are they 'math-skeptic'? do they have affinity towards theory?
- Do you want them to share their expertise with you or do you want to influence the experiments they perform so they can be used in your theoretical model? The latter is significantly more difficult.
- Do you work with biologists or with physicians? There is a real difference between the average PhD and the average MD that does some research on the side when it comes to understand the usefulness of theory.