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Dr. Stephen M. Raffle
Principal
35 Wolfe Grade
Kentfield (San Francisco) CA
USA
phone: 415-461-4845
fax: 415-461-4039
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Stephen M. Raffle, M.D. is double Board-Certified, in Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry. Dr. Raffle has over 43 years as a clinical and forensic psychiatrist offering his expert opinion in Federal and State jurisdictions nationwide. In addition to serving as an expert witness, Dr. Raffle consults to attorneys, judges, insurers, and to employers regarding Fitness for Duty and Risk of Violence (Threat) Assessment:

  • 5000+ psychiatric assessments
  • Forensic testimony, 700 depositions and trial testimony
  • Successful clinical practice

    The job of an expert witness is to educate a jury, judge, attorney, trier of fact about the forensic psychiatrist's conclusions and how those opinions were derived, in a manner well-reasoned and skillful, easily understood by every person, not only another Forensic Psychiatrist. In short, an educator. Dr. Raffle’s experience as an educator extends well beyond a forensic venue, yet underpins the key to his ability to explain his opinions.

  • Prof. of Psychiatry, UCSF Medical School, 20 years
  • Hastings College of the Law postgraduate course "Trial and Appellate Advocacy" instructing seasoned attorneys about the direct and cross-examination of expert witnesses, with special focus on mental health experts and licensed medical professionals, Psychiatrists (MD), Psychologists, LCSW, MFT, and physicians in other medical specialties, 11 years

    Stephen M. Raffle, M.D. & Associates' expertise is well-established in forensic assessment in the areas of:

    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
    • Dementia and Competency
    • Testamentary Capacity
    • Undue Influence
    • Traumatic Brain Injury
    • Malingering
    • Emotional Distress: Intentional & Unintentional infliction
    • Emotional Distress: Forensic Evaluation to render medical-legal opinion
    • Diagnosis and Need for Treatment
    • Fitness For Duty
    • Risk/Threat Workplace Violence Assessment
    • Wrongful Termination
    • Discrimination (ADA, Title VII, EEOC)
    • Harassment
    • Employment Litigation
    • Medical Malpractice
    • Catastrophic Injury
    • Temporary and Permanent Disability
    • Medical Records Review
    • Assist in Preparation for Direct and Cross-examination of Expert Witnesses and Deposition of expert witnesses
  • 35 Wolfe Grade
    Kentfield, CA 94904 (San Francisco Bay Area)
    (415) 461-4845
    Licensed in California.
    12/3/2014 · Psychiatry
    In order for a medical opinion to be admissible as evidence in civil, criminal and administrative cases, the basis of the opinion must fulfill either the Daubert Criteria or the Frye test, depending on the jurisdiction. The judge of the court rules on the admissibility of the expert opinion. The effect of Daubert has been to limit expert testimony to opinions which are based on a scientific foundation. Daubert specifies that adequate scientific support and method and a known error rate must exist. The testimony of a mental health expert rendering an opinion using criteria which does not meet Daubert standards is weakened by the implication that it is not based on "sound science." In some instances, for example, a mental health expert uses an approach where there are no peer-reviewed studies or methods, such as when psychologists compose their own neuropsychological test batteries. In most cases where an attorney is considering a "Daubert challenge," a contemporaneous and up-to-date literature search is indicated. Also, extensive case law presently exists as to specific issues. Being familiar with the Daubert criteria enhances effectiveness in challenging a mental health expert's opinion, whether on voir dire or cross examination. On direct examination, the strengths of an opinion reached under Daubert criteria become a "teaching moment" for the trier of fact, because it will be founded on the science of mental health assessment.

    10/27/2014 · Psychiatry
    Undue influence occurs when the testator's freewill and freedom of choice in the disposition of the assets of his or her estate is replaced by the substituted judgment/wishes of another. This can apply to creating a will, codicil to amend a will, trust or other legal instrument.

    2/11/2014 · Psychiatry
    The medical expert cannot express an opinion about the ultimate question to the trier of fact: how much is the plaintiff's emotional distress (emotional injury) worth in dollars? Yet when the question of these monetary damages is put to a jury, their deliberations are better-served if considered in the context of a Forensic Psychiatrist's knowledgeable findings and testimony.

    5/28/2009 · Human Factors
    All psychiatric reports evaluate something, but not always the same thing. For example, eligibility for benefits, or fitness to do a job. To make sense of the report, the reader must determine what is being evaluated and how it is being done

    5/28/2009 · Psychiatry
    In civil cases where emotional distress is alleged, it often occurs that the plaintiff’s attorney designates the treater as his expert. Usually the argument is that the plaintiff’s own therapist has spent many more hours with the plaintiff than the defense expert and therefore "knows" the plaintiff better. The treater often agrees with this reasoning

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    Dr. Jonathan S. Rutchik, MD, MPH
    20 Sunnyside Ave Suite A-321
    Mill Valley CA 94941
    USA
    phone: 415-381-3133
    fax: 415-381-3131
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    Dr. Jonathan S. Rutchik, MD, MPH, is one of the few physicians in the USA who is board certified in both Neurology and in Occupational and Environmental Medicine. He also has a masters in public health. Dr. Rutchik specializes in consulting and treating Neurological Illnesses or Injuries secondary to work exposure, accident, or environmental injury. His clients include industry, government, academia, legal groups, attorneys, and pharmaceutical industries.

    Dr. Rutchik performs Electromyography and Nerve Conduction Velocity Testing, IMEs, QMEs, AOE and AMEs as well as fitness for duty evaluations. Dr. Rutchik is also available for record review and utilization review. He is listed on a number of well known MPN networks for worker’s compensation.

    Dr. Rutchik has worked with such entities as the Department of Labor in Washington, DC on The Blood Borne Pathogens Standard, the NIOHS on on health hazard evaluations involving carbon disulfide, lead, and arsenic toxicity, and the US Public Health Service on general and preventive medicine. He presently serves as a consultant to The Disability Management Services of Prudential Insurance and is working with The World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland on a proposal for an Occupational Toxicology Training Manual for underdeveloped countries.

    Dr. Rutchik has lectured to various audiences and presented academic papers on Neurology Data Collection, Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, Ethylene oxide, Perchloroethylene, Lead Neurotoxicity, Toxicology of the Visual System, Neurological Sequellae of Chlorinated Ethylenes, Practical Occupational and Environmental Neurology, and Neurotoxicology.

    Offices Locations: San Francisco, Richmond, Petaluma, Sacramento, Arcata (See Location Details in Links Above)

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    Infectious Disease Specialist
    4096 Piedmont Avenue
    Suite 911
    Oakland CA 94611
    USA
    phone: 510-835-6225
    Expertise: Expert in Infectious Disease-infections in all medical specialties:HIV/ AIDS; Infection Control; Food poisoning; Hepatitis. Medicolegal consultant in above areas with extensive experience: case reviews, independent medical evaluations, Objective reviews for plaintiff and defense.

    Degrees / Licenses: MD (Licenses: AZ, CA), American Board of Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases; Certification Board of Infection Control. HIV Specialist.

    See CV on Website for more details.

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    William Dillin, MD
    6601 Center Drive West, Suite 100
    Los Angeles CA 90045
    USA
    phone: 424-276-7715
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    Spine Surgery and Spine Medicine Consultant

    The concepts of Evidence Based Medicine have been the cornerstone of Dr. Dillin's education during his spine surgery fellowship in Neurosurgery and Orthopaedic Surgery and the format for decision making in his subsequent practice.

    The critical analytic features inherent in the "best evidence" approach to patients have permeated his writing and his lectures, allowing flexible adaptation as the science has changed. The combination of logical clinical analysis based on these principles, and twenty five years of experience exclusively devoted to spine surgery and spine related problems, allows specialty focus on any Independent Medical Evaluations or Medical-Legal Reviews.

    Dr. William Dillin Neurosurgery and Orthopaedic Spinal Surgery Expert
    William Dillin, MD is a spine surgery and spine medicine consultant at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic. The Kerlan-Jobe physicians serve as consultants to the Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Kings, Los Angeles Sparks, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Anaheim Mighty Ducks, Los Angeless Rams, Loyola Marymount University and USC Trojan Football.



    Los Angeles and Orange County Appointments

    Email: keena.giles@independentspine.com
    Web: IndependentSpine.com

    IME Information and Medical Legal Reviews

    424-276-7715
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    John H. Fullerton, MD, MRO, CMD, CFP, FACP, AGSF, FAAHPM
    Founder & President
    1700 California St.
    Suite #470
    San Francisco CA 94109
    USA
    phone: 415-460-5532
    fax: 415-376-5820
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    John FullertonJohn H. Fullerton, MD, MRO, CMD, CFP, FACP, AGSF, FAAHPM, FASAM specializes and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, Addiction Medicine, and Hospice & Palliative Medicine.

    Dr. Fullerton holds national certificates of added qualifications as a Certified Medical Director (CMD), a Certified Hospice Medical Director (AAHPM)and as a Home Care Physician (AAHCP). Dr. Fullerton is a Licensed Medical Review Officer (MRO) by the MROCC and is also Certified in Advanced Deep Wound Debridement.

    Dr. Fullerton holds active medical licenses in both California and Florida. His private practice Hampton Health, Ltd.™ is located with offices in both San Francisco and Marin County. We assist our patients in all stages of life at all levels of care including acute, rehabilitative, assisted and independent living facility care, home care, as well as palliative and hospice.

    Teaching and Lecture Experience: Dr. Fullerton has many years of clinical and teaching experience in internal medicine and geriatrics. He is credited with inventing the hospitalist business (and clinical) methods of care, submitting the first method patent for hospitalist care-"The Sub-Acute Solution: A Method for Hospital-Based Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Medical Care and Training."

    Dr. Fullerton served as the Education Director of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at St. Mary's Medical Center in San Francisco from 2009-2016 and is on the clinical faculty of UCSF, USC and Yale University Medical School(s)in their respective Department(s) of Medicine.

    Dr. Fullerton is a Fellow and Key National Lecturer for the AAHPM (American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine) and was a 2013 Faculty member for the SEAK 22nd Annual National Expert Witness Conference held April 27-28 in Chicago where he presented How to Market and Grow Your Expert Witness Practice.

    Selected Honors & Awards:
    • “Dr. John Fullerton Day in San Francisco”: 12/14/94 - Awarded for his body of urban, under-served and hospital-based work in SF, including distinguished service in the areas of general internal medicine, geriatrics, HIV/AIDS, Rehabilitation/Addiction Medicine, Hospice, end-of-life (EOL) care, and transplant medicine
    • San Francisco Medical Society (SFMS) March 2013 Featured Member of the Month
    • Honorary Chairman, California Medicare Council 2003
    • International Organizational Heroes Award from the Berkeley School of Public Health
    • Congressional Award (NRCC)-"2003 California Physician of the Year"
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    2/3/2014 · Medical
    From the days of "Reefer Madness" until the timing of Proposition 19 with the "Legalization of Marijuana Initiative" on the ballot last November, the controversies swirling around not only the recreational use, but also the medical use of marijuana, particularly in frail, elderly geriatric patients with clinically significant weight loss (and cachexia), has been fraught with controversy. Even though the ballot initiative from 2010 went down in defeat on November 2, 2010, rumblings of some of the authors bringing another, more "targeted" CA initiative in 2012 are regaining momentum.

    A disturbing trend has emerged involving criminal charges being levied against family caregivers treating end-of-life (EOL) elders with dementia.

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    Matthew Lee
    MD, RPh, MS
    5700 Old Richmond Ave.
    Suite A-5
    Richmond VA 23226
    USA
    phone: 804-358-1492
    fax: 804-358-1491
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    Dr. Matthew Lee is a Physician, Pharmacist, Pharmacologist and Toxicologist who also practices as an Expert Witness and Legal Strategy Consultant.

    Specific Benefits Include:
  • Increased quality and integrity of written expert reports, based on an expanded knowledge base
  • Time savings by only having to coordinate and discuss a case with one expert as opposed to two or more
  • Since there is so much overlap between fields in the medical profession it is often hard to determine where one scope ends and another begins. This ambiguity is dramatically decreased , and scope increased by combining physician, pharmacist, and pharmacologist into one
  • Communication skills of a pharmacist and experience dealing directly with the lay-public, in addition to the knowledge and background of a physician is extremely beneficial describing technical details to a jury
  • Practicing in different realms within the healthcare field has allowed Dr. Lee to integrate the multiple facets giving him a unique and distinct perspective that no other expert has
  • Case Experience Includes:
  • Criminal and Civil Cases
  • Anaphylactic Reactions
  • Overdosel
  • Wrongful Death
  • Cardiac Arrest
  • Respiratory Arrest
  • Fentanyl Overdose
  • Dilaudid Overdose
  • Pharmacist Mis-Fills
  • Pharmacist Dispensing Errors
  • Pharmacy Standard of Care
  • Medication Adverse Effects
  • Falls Related to Medications (in and out of hospital)
  • Toxicology/Toxic Reactions
  • Medical Marijuana
  • Positive Drug Screens in the Workplace
  • Workplace Safety
  • Fit for Duty Testing
  • Dilaudid is a commonly used opioid narcotic analgesic in hospitals due to its potency and effectiveness in the management of acute pain. On occasion, patients may be administered too much Dilaudid resulting in an overdose.

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    Clive M. Segil, MD, FACS, FRCS
    2080 Century Park E. Ste 500
    Los Angeles CA 90067-2008
    USA
    phone: 310-203-5490
    Clive M. Segil, MD, FACS, FRCS is an internationally renowned Orthopedic Surgeon with 30 years of experience in the management of Musculoskeletal Disorders. Dr. Segil sees the patient as a “whole person” not only a “disease,” and places great emphasis on the mind-body connection, applying the concept of what is best for the patient. This means that he uses treatments that result in a cure, at best, and at very least, a marked improvement in their well-being.

    For the past 25 years, Dr. Segil has been involved in research and teaching. He is a past assistant clinical professor of orthopedics at the University of Southern California School of Medicine and as a past Clinical Chief of Orthopedics at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He continues as a leading orthopedic surgeon in private practice in Los Angeles, California.

    Dr. Segil treats the following Orthopedic conditions:
    • Injuries - Bones, ligaments, tendons, muscles, cartilage, nerves
    • Deformities - Scoliosis, club feet, spondylolisthesis, leg length discrepancies
    • Degenerative Conditions - Joints and Spine
    • Tumors
    • Congenital Defects - Hips, club feet
    Dr. Segil is a lecturer and visiting professor in Japan, South Africa, England, Canada, Israel, and China. He speaks and teaches on such topics as sports injuries, spinal cord injuries, innovative orthopedic surgery procedures, and workers' compensation issues.

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    Burr C. Hartman Consulting
    Dr. Burr C. Hartman, DO, PhD
    Forensic Pathologist
    PO Box 726
    Springville CA 93265
    USA
    phone: 559-539-5265
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    Burr C. Hartman, DO, PhD is a Forensic Pathologist with a PhD in Chemistry. He is Board certified in Anatomic, Clinical, and Forensic Pathology and licensed to practice in California.

    Dr. Hartman has longstanding interest in pathology toxicology, chemistry, and scientific problems. He has testified and/or been deposed over 100 times. His services are available to counsel representing both plaintiff and defendant. Dr. Hartman is known for clear, concise reports and testimony.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Drugs and Driving
    • Anatomic Pathology
    • Clinical Pathology
    • Forensic Pathology
    • Laboratory Medicine
    • Chemical Pathology
    Poisoning
  • Toxicology
  • Clinical Chemistry
  • Medical Causation
  • Industrial Accidents
  • Aircraft / Automobile Accidents
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    8,500 Experts 250 Specialties
    6425 Christie Avenue, Suite 260
    Emeryville CA 94608
    USA
    phone: 800-275-8903
    fax: 510-486-1255
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    Medical Experts for Malpractice & Personal Injury Cases
    AMFS is America's premier medical expert witness and consulting company. We are a trusted partner with the legal community and provide a superior method of retaining medical experts. Since 1990, we have provided board-certified medical experts in over 10,000 medical malpractice and personal injury cases with a 92% win-rate compared to the industry average of 28%.
  • 8,500+ Medical Experts in 250+ Specialties
  • Active Practice Physicians with Legal Experience
  • Free Cost Attorney-Physician Consultations
  • Medical Record Review & Testimony
  • Independent Medical Examinations (IME) & Autopsies
  • Essential Affidavits & Reporting
  • Credible Expert Witnesses Resolving Medical Cases
    At AMFS, we carefully screen our experts to ensure that they are in active practice and are not "professional" experts. Our internal policy of blind presentation and review ensures objectivity and enables our experts to provide forensic testimony with the highest credibility. We maintain our high standards through oversight from an advisory board of esteemed medical professionals.
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    Dr. Richard Stripp, PhD
    Toxicologist
    ToxiConsult Division
    132 Cove Road
    Huntington NY 11743
    USA
    phone: 877-222-6851
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    Richard Stripp, PhD, is a nationally recognized expert in Toxicology providing services in all aspects of a Clinical and Forensic Toxicology. He has served as an expert consultant in 100’s of cases in the field of toxicology and pharmacology for attorneys, investigators, and physicians involved in forensic and clinical toxicological evaluations associated with ethanol, drugs of abuse, prescription medications and chemical exposure.

    Dr. Stripp provides unbiased expert case reviews involving drug effect on human performance, toxicity of iatrogenic/ therapeutic agents, lead and other toxic metals, carbon monoxide and environmental/occupational hazards. These services include, impartial evaluations involving drug impairment, overdose, toxic chemical exposure, medical issues associated with drug therapy, poisoning, and the role of drugs, alcohol, or chemical exposure in civil and criminal litigation. This covers a full breath of forensic medical-legal cases including:
    • Analytical Toxicology and Laboratory Operations
    • Review and Interpretation of Toxicology Reports
    • Assessment of Impairment and the Role of Drugs/Alcohol in fatalities, accidental injury, overdose, MVA / DWI / DUI, criminal and civil litigation
    • Insurance Claims
    • To Serve as an Expert Witness: Experienced in Depositions and Court testimony
      • Forensic Toxicology Case Reviews
      • Litigation Support
      • Workers' Compensation
      • DUI/DWI
      • Drug and Alcohol Effects
      • Pharmacology Evaluations
      • Environmental/Occupational Chemicals & Toxic Chemical Exposure
      • Interpretation of Analytical Results and Drug Testing Cases
      • Continuing Education and Lectures
      • Chemical and Product Safety