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Dr. Jeffrey Stone
DO, MPH, FCCWS
W. Parker Road STE 278-458
Plano TX 75093
USA
phone: 214 265-9408
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Dr. Jeffrey Stone, DO, MPH, FCCWS specializes in Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Care Medicine. He received his medical degree from the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific and received a Master of Public Health degree from Harvard University. Dr. Stone completed a residency in aerospace medicine at Brooks Air Force Base and a fellowship in hyperbaric medicine and wound care at the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine. Dr. Stone is one of the first 60 physicians in the U.S.A. to receive his certification in Wound Care. He currently serves as Medical Director for the Hyperbaric Medicine Unit at the Institute for Exercise & Environmental Medicine.

Dr. Stone offers Hyperbaric Consultanting Services to the health insurance industry, the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, the Poison Control Center of North Dallas, and the Department of Health and Human Services Office of General: Office of Evaluation and Inspections. From 1993 to 2011, Dr. stone served as a Senior Medical Examiner for the Federal Aviation Administration.

Dr. Stone has been widely published in many medical journals regarding his expertise in wound care and hyperbaric medicine. He has published articles on Hyperbaric Oxygenation, Decompression Sickness, the Diabetic Foot and other wound issues.

Consulting Services Include:
  • Diabetic Wound Care
  • Prevention Care
  • Hyperbaric Medicical Issues
  • Nursing Home Nutrition
  • Nursing Home Wound Analysis
  • Long Term Acute Care Facilities (LTAC)
  • Skilled Nursing Facility Wound Care
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3/5/2013 · Medical
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1/3/2013 · Medical
A wound patient plan of care is not complete without assessing the need for nutritional support. Wound repair, provided ot os not hindered by systemic or local factors that delay healing, takes place pn a continuum-all cellular events in the wound repair process follow a predictable course and order.

11/1/2012 · Medicine
Adequate debridement, control of infection, off-loading of pressure, and appropriate topical management are the most important interventions in treating nonhealing wounds.

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5380 Old Bullard Rd
Suite 600-326
Tyler TX 75703
USA
phone: 414-218-4310
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Seth Womack Emergency Medicine Expert PhotoSeth P. Womack, MD, FAAEM, is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. A fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine, Dr. Womack is recognized for his expertise in pediatric, trauma, neurological, and cardiac resuscitation. Dr. Womack is also ATLS (Advanced Trauma Life Support) certified and has completed the Difficult Airway Course: Emergency ™. He is currently licensed to practice in Louisiana, Texas, and Wisconsin.

With an undergraduate Degree, Magna Cum Laude, in Biomedical Engineering, Dr. Womack is an experienced flight physician, skilled in the utilization of video laryngoscopy for emergency airway management and bedside ultrasound procedures. He has treated over 25,000 patients over the course of his medical career.

Litigation Support - Dr. Womack is highly experienced and able to serve as an Emergency Medicine expert witness. His case review services are available to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defense. Dr. Womack works on cases involving an alleged breach of the standard of care committed by an emergency room physician. The issues he may be called upon to address include standard of care, breach, and causation.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Heart Attacks
  • Myocardial Infarction
  • Strokes
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Airway Management
  • Appendicitis
  • Ectopic Pregnancy
  • Pneumonia
  • Aneurysm Trauma
  • Testicular Torsion
  • Mental Health / Suicide
  • Sepsis
  • Airway Management
  • Central Line Placement
  • CASE: 43-year-old male presents to the ER with chief complaint of vomiting blood and epigastric (upper stomach) pain. Approximately 1 hour prior to presenting to the ER, he finished dinner with his family of 5; became nauseated and sweaty; and vomited his meal mixed with a large amount of dark red blood. His wife states that it seemed "like a gallon!" Pertinent past history included weekly ibuprofen use for chronic knee pain and alcohol use consisting of beer only on the weekends when he is not working.

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    Jeffrey C. Wolkowicz, MD
    3100 Coral Springs Dr.
    Ste 304
    Boca Raton FL 33433
    USA
    phone: 954-821-2241
    fax: 954-341-1009
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    Jeffrey C. Wolkowicz, MD, has over 20 years of experience in the field of Critical Care and Pulmonary Medicine. In private practice in Coral Springs Florida, he has active hospital privileges at Coral Springs Medical Center, Coral Springs, Northwest Medical Center, Margate, and University Hospital, Tamarac.

    Since 2002, Dr. Wolkowicz has served as the Chairman of Pharmacy and Therapeutics and the Medical Director of Respiratory Therapy / Pulmonary Diagnostic Services at Coral Springs Medical Center. He is also Chairman of the Critical Care Committee and an Infection Control Committee member.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Wolkowicz He has been providing services to the legal industry for over 10 years. He offers support to attorneys representing both plaintiff and defendant. His services include IME's, record reviews, written reports, and expert testimony as needed.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Pulmonary Disease
    • Critical Care Medicine
    • Asthma
    • Asbestos
    • Reactive Airways Disease
    • COPD
    • Pneumonia
  • Lung Cancer
  • Bronchitis
  • Asbestosis
  • Occupational Lung Disease
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sepsis
  • ARDS
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    Jonathan Wiesen, MD
    Beachwood OH USA
    phone: 551-486-6214
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    Jonathan Wiesen, MD received training in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine with a special focus on Medical Ethics.

    Dr. Wiesen is currently a Pulmonary and Intensive Care Attending Physician at Community Intensivists where his duties include general clinical care and workflow organization and protocol authorship. He also serves as a Medical Technology Analyst at OurCrowd where he is responsible for the Scientific and financial assessment of medical technology start up companies and provides multi-disciplinary interactions for assessments and investments.

    Dr. Wiesen has extensive academic experience with over 75 publications, including first authorship on over a dozen full length manuscripts. He has been honored with the Teaching Excellence Award from the Cleveland Clinic, a non-profit academic medical center, which provides clinical and hospital care and leads in research, education, and health information. He also received the Best Abstract Award, Critical Care session, at the ACCP CHEST annual conference in 2014.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Wiesen provides expert witness services to attorneys representing plaintiff and defendant. His services include medical record review, written reports, depositions, and trial testimony as needed.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Cardio-Pulmonary Hemodynamics
    • Respiratory Physiology
    • End of Life
    • Sepsis / Septic Shock
    • Pneumonia
    • COPD
    • Asthma
    • Life Support
  • Mechanical Ventilation
  • Smoking Related Diseases
  • Interstitial Lung Disease
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Lung Transplantation
  • Biomedical Ethics
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Triage
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    4100 Milam
    Houston TX 77006
    USA
    phone: 713-797-9200
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    James M. Wheeler, MD, MPH, JD, magna cum laude in Biology / Psychology from Harvard, is an OB/GYN trained at Baylor, with subspecialty training in Reproductive Endocrinology / Infertility at Yale. He is also a graduate of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at Yale, focusing upon clinical epidemiology and biostatistics and health policy. He also earned his MPH at Yale majoring in Biostatistics, minoring in Maternal/Child Health. He graduated from the University of Houston Law Center with a JD in 2005, and was invited to join the Health Law division there. He has completed ADR training, having completed training programs separately in mediation, and arbitration.

    Dr. Wheeler is a former national officer of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), and served on several of their health policy committees including the Health Care Commission and the Hysterectomy Committee. He has published over 40 peer-reviewed papers on a wide array of topics in ob/gyn, with a particular emphasis on methodology. He has given over 200 invited lectures to ob/gyns, reproductive endocrinologists, radiologists, midwives, nurses, surgical technologists, law students et al. He sees himself first and foremost as a caregiver, and second to only that, as a teacher.

    Dr. Wheeler has consulted in several hundred medicolegal matters for over 20 years, mostly in ob/gyn, but including family practice, internal medicine and several of its subspecialties, general surgery and several of its subspecialties, and dermatology. He has been a testifying expert before the FDA for drugs and devices, and has testified before U.S. Congressional staffers on health policy issues. He reviews for attorneys from both plaintiff and defense bars, as well as insurance companies (e.g. Pro-Assurance), and health plans (e.g. Harvard Community Health Plan). He has helped with Board of Medicine reviews, and constructing/defending class action suits. The combination of his training in medicine, basic and clinical research, clinical epidemiology, biostatistics and law make him a uniquely qualified person to review the complex issues of medicolegal cases.

    Dr. Wheeler is a qualified first-reviewer, and a convincing expert during testimony. He has never been excused from a case as insufficiently expert.

    Areas of expertise:
    • Gynecologic surgery
    • Forceps / Vacuum Uses/ Complications
    • Fetal Stress vs. Distress
    • Cesarean vs. Vaginal Birth
    • Shoulder Dystocia
    • Pregnancy induced Hypertension / HELLP Syndrome
    • Hysterectomy: Indications and Complications
  • Preterm Labor
  • Incompetent Cervix
  • Endometriosis
  • Pelvic Adhesions
  • Leiomyomata Uteri
  • Infertility
  • Advanced Reproductive Technology (IVF)
  • A malpractice action requires the plaintiff to prove: (1) the defendant caregiver owed a duty of care to the plaintiff-patient, (2) the caregiver departed from that standard of care, and (3) that departure from the standard of care actually caused the injury claimed by the plaintiff. "Causation" 11; often the critical component in a malpractice action because the presence of a duty is often obvious, except perhaps in "Good Samaritan" cases, but the statutorily-required expert witnesses will argue about whether the caregiver departed from some standard of care. Because defining "causation" is difficult, there are interesting distinctions in legal versus medical, sociological, or philosophical concepts of cause-and-effect. Applying this difficult concept of "causation" to the very complex world of labor and delivery (L&D) does indeed beg the question, just how can causation be established?

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    Clinton F. Merrill, Jr., MD
    118 Mountain Air Dr.
    Laramie WY 82070
    USA
    phone: 308-225-3954
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    Clinton F. Merrill, Jr., MD, has over 35 years of experience in clinical Internal Medicine and 28 years of experience in Medical Oncology and Hematology.

    Dr. Merrill is experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of all solid tumors as well as the full range of hematologic malignancies. He has special expertise in benign hematology including: anemias, low blood cell counts, iron overload disorders, bleeding and clotting disorders.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Merrill offers expert witness services to counsel representing Plaintiff and Defendant. His services include medical record review, written reports, depositions, and trial testimony. Dr. Merrill takes pride in providing thorough record review, meticulously researched reports reflecting unbiased opinions, and excellent communication skills with the ability to make the complex understandable.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Breast Cancer
    • Colon Cancer
    • Lung Cancer
    • Tumors
    • Leukemias
    • Lymphomas
  • Myeloma
  • Myeloproliferative Disorders
  • Myelodysplastic Syndromes
  • Benign Hematology
  • Anemia
  • Bleeding and Clotting Disorders
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    Washington State University
    Tracy L. Skaer, PharmD, CFC, FABFE, FASHP, FASCP
    College of Pharmacy
    HSB Suite 210 PO Box 1495
    Spokane WA 99210-1495
    USA
    phone: 509-358-7724
    fax: 509-358-7744
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    Tracy L. Skaer, PharmD, FABFE, FASHP, FASCP is a Certified Forensic Consultant and Professor of Pharmacotherapy with over 30 years of pharmaceutical experience. Dr. Skaer's research and professional experience includes pharmacy practice, chronic pain, mental health, substance abuse, and complementary and alternative medicine. She is licensed pharmacist in California, Idaho, South Carolina, and Washington.

    Dr. Skaer’s current research involves the use of mindfulness and multiple family group problem solving for the Treatment of Chronic Pain in those with high risk of Opioid Use. Her plans are to expand this intervention to manage chronic insomnia and post-traumatic stress disorder in children and adolescents, American Indians, veterans, and other populations.

    Other research interests include chronic pain, comorbid mental illness in chronic disease, depression, anxiety disorders, insomnia, mindfulness, complementary and alternative medicine, and pharamcoeconomics and pharmacoepidemiology. Her research has been supported by over $3.2 million in grants from foundations and pharmaceutical industry.

    Dr. Skaer has published 110 professional abstracts, 82 research papers, 43 review articles, and 6 book chapters. She serves on the editorial boards of 3 medical professional journals, Clinical Therapeutics, Journal of Sleep Medicine and Disorders, and Pain Studies and Treatment. Dr. Skaer's publications have appeared in numerous journals including, Drugs, Clinical Drug Investigation, PharmacoEconomics, Journal of Clinical Pharmacy & Therapeutics, American Journal of Medicine, Harvard Review of Psychiatry, and the New England Journal of Medicine among others.

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    Vast Enterprises, LLC
    Timothy Luckett , BS, RN, CNOR, CRNFA, CIC, LNC
    President/CEO
    14171 Shepherd Drive
    Rancho Cucamonga CA 91739
    USA
    phone: 909-268-2126
    fax: 773-945-8103
    Timothy P. Luckett, BS, RN, CNOR, CRNFA, CIC, LNC a Legal Nurse Consultant (LNC) gives expert opinions and testimony in all types of medical malpractice cases for both Plaintiff and Defense. Mr. Luckett is a Registered Nurse Expert in Surgery, ICU, Nursing Home Neglect, Outpatient Surgery Center Matters, and Hospital Surgical Matters.

    Mr. Luckett has served as a circulating nurse, RR nurse, and as a registry nurse in General Surgery, Orthopedics, Neurosurgery, Gynecology, Vascular and Urology Surgeries. He has given numerous laser safety lectures and is a clinical assistant for the University of California at Los Angeles, Registered Nurse First Assist (RNFA) program. Mr. Luckett has also served as a case consultant and reviews nurse malpractice cases for the California Board of Registered Nursing.
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    The Reading Medical Group- Laureldale
    William Santoro
    MD
    3212 Kutztown Road
    Laureldale PA 19605
    USA
    phone: 610-929-3380
    fax: 610-685-9290
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    Dr. William Santoro, MD is Board Certified in Addiction Medicine and Family Medicine. His professional consultant services are utilized by Pharmaceutical companies to educate doctors on why and how to use Anti-Addiction Medication. Dr. Santoro also delivers speeches and seminars to groups on all aspects of addiction medicine.

    In addition to being the Medical Director at the Reading Hospital & Medical Center detoxification and rehabilitation program, Dr. Santoro is also the Medical Director for New Directions, Methadone Treatment center where he is responsible for all admission physical examinations and for prescribing methadone to approximately 950 opiate dependant patients. Dr. Santoro is the Addictionist on staff at The Reading Hospital & Medical Center in the Department of Psychiatry. He is consulted by the hospitalists to care for patients admitted to the hospital with addiction complicating their condition. Dr. Santoro runs a private Suboxone Outpatient Center treating up to 100 patients with Suboxone maintenance.

    With a special interest in Sports Medicine, in 2001, he served as a volunteer physician for the U.S. Olympic Training Team in Lake Placid, New York.

    Professional Services:
    • Consultant speaker for Forrest Pharmaceuticals. Responsible for teaching physicians about using Campral for alcohol dependence, 2005 to 2007
    • Consultant for Rickett-Benckiser. Mentoring program to teach physicians how to appropriately use Suboxone for opiod addiction, 2005 to present
    • Consultant for Pfizer Labs. Responsible for teaching physicians how and why to use Chantix for tobacco addiction, 2007 to present
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    C. Perry Cooke, III, MD
    5824 Widewaters Parkway
    East Syracuse NY 13057
    USA
    phone: 315-256-2520
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    C. Perry Cooke, III, MD, is an Orthopedic Surgeon with more than 35 years of experience in the management of Musculo-Skeletal Injury and Disease. He has treated all Orthopedic conditions, but now concentrates on Disorders of the Shoulder and Knee.

    Dr. Cooke is a founding member and has been the long-term managing partner of a large private Orthopedic group in Syracuse, NY. His Patient Satisfaction Surveys are consistently very high. He is on the active staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Community General Hospital, Upstate University Hospital, and Specialists’ One-Day Surgery Center, all in Syracuse, NY. In the past, he was occasionally assisted at Surgery by a Resident in Orthopedics, but for many years is now assisted by a PA or LPN…performing as the primary surgeon on every case.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Cooke is comfortable in the legal environment. He is experienced in Depositions, Video Testimony, and Courtroom Testimony. He is not intimidated by the proceedings of a courtroom or an opposing attorney.

    Dr. Cooke testifies for both defense and plaintiff cases. He relates well to juries, being able to explain complicated situations using plain English terminology. Dr. Cooke can use documents, charts, and anatomic models to educate members of a jury. He will participate in a case only if his opinion is supported by the evidence.
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    S. Garrett Sullivan, MD
    3513 Dexter St.
    Denver CO 80207
    USA
    phone: 970-389-0358
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    S. Garrett Sullivan, MD, is an Anesthesiologist with over 35 years of experience in Anesthesiology and Pain Management.

    Dr. Sullivan was Certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology in 1985 and received the added qualification in Pain Management in 1998. He has been a Diplomat of the American Board of Pain Medicine since 2000. Specialized in research on CRPS / RSD during his fellowship at UCLA.

    Background - Dr. Sullivan has many years of experience as a solo practitioner for Rose Medical Center. He then served concurrently as the President of Alpine Pain and Spine Specialists and the Medical Director of the Summit Surgery Center. Since then, he has practiced Anesthesiology and Pain Management for various medical groups throughout Colorado.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Sullivan currently provides Medical Malpractice Chart Review and Disability Determination, Independent Medical Evaluation for Veterans with Disabilities. His services are available to attorneys representing both plaintiff and defendant and include medical record review, written reports, depositions, and trial testimony.
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    James T. Sturm, MD
    St. Paul MN 55116
    USA
    phone: 651-216-4859
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    James T. Sturm, MD graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School in 1970 and pursued a career in General and Thoracic Surgery. As a surgeon, he was a member of several multispecialty surgical teams doing surgery on the thoracic and lumbar spine.

    In 1982, Dr. Sturm began practicing Emergency Medicine and further developed his interest in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions of the neck and back. He currently practices Neck and Back Pain Rehabilitation at Physicians Neck and Back Clinic in Woodbury, MN.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Sturm is a Disability and Impairment Rating evaluating physician and is certified by the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners. He has performed over 2,000 IMEs in his 25 years of experience. Dr. Sturm provides expert witness services to insurance companies and counsel representing both plaintiff and defendant. His services include medical record review, IMEs, written reports, depositions, and trial testimony when needed.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Emergency Medicine
    • Personal Injury
    • Neck and Back Pain Rehabilitation
  • Disability and Impairment Rating
  • Trauma
  • IMEs
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    Lauren Pierce, RN CCM CSIWCP
    Holly Stafford, RN, CLCP, CCM
    PO Box 245
    Perkinston MS 39573
    USA
    phone: 601-310-8744
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    Stone Rehabilitation, LLC nurses have over 35 years of nursing experience and over 20 years of Medical Case Management experience. Offering services in Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana, their mission is to achieve cost effective case management services for clients while maintaining a quality work product.

    Company Objectives:
    • Same day informational turn around
    • Creative cost effective measures on a case by case basis
    • Be a positive mediator between the employee, the physician, the carrier and the employer to facilitate return to gainful employment and productivity
    • Encourage the injured worker to be productive by using creative worksite rehabilitation
    Consulting Services:
    • Certified Legal Nurse Consulting Services
    • Full Medical Case Management Services
    • Telephonic Medical Case Management Services
    • Onsite Job Analysis
    • Limited Case Management Services
    Lauren Pierce Medical Case Management Consultant Expert PhotoLauren Pierce, RN, CCM, CSIWCP, is a Certified Case Manager, Certified Self Inured Worker's Compensation Professional, and a Registered Nurse in Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana.

    Ms. Pierce's role at Stone Rehabilitation is to maintain regular communications with insurance adjusters to update them of case activity, case direction, or receive authorization for services while also maintaining contact with all parties involved in the case. She facilitates high quality, cost effective medical care which is medically necessary as a direct result of the work injury for the claimant in a timely manner.

    Ms. Pierce also provides information regarding case costs, treatment plan, outcome and problem areas, and makes recommendations to facilitate rehabilitation goals and return to work. She reviews case records and reports, collects, and analyzes data, evaluate client's medical and vocational status and define needs and problems in order to provide proactive case management services.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Facilitate Treatment Plans
    • Coordinate Return to Work with Injured Worker, Employer, and Physicians
    • Facilitate Proper Medical Treatment
    • Facilitate Correspondence with Adjuster
    Holly Stafford Medical Case Management Consultant Expert PhotoHolly M. Stafford, RN, CLCP, CLNC, CCM, has many years of experience as a Certified Medical Case Manager and Certified Life Care Planner. She is a Certified nurse in Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana.

    Since 2005, Ms. Stafford has worked with Stone Rehabilitation as a Medical Case Manager, providing services to employers and worker’s compensation carriers to injured workers, and as a Case Manager Coordinator, overseeing, training, and evaluating present case managers and new hires.

    In 2012, Ms. Stafford received her Certification as a Life Care Planner. She currently provides a dynamic document based upon standards of practice, data analysis, research, and comprehensive assessment to reflect the current and future needs with associated cost for an individual who has sustained a catastrophic injury or has chronic health care needs. For worker’s compensation cases, cost projections are utilized and constructed with consideration of the compensable parts of the claim.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Medical Case Management for Worker’s Compensation Carriers and Employers
    • Life Care Plans
    • Cost Projections
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    William B. Stetson, MD
    191 S Buena Vista St Ste 470
    Burbank CA 91505
    USA
    phone: 818- 848-3030
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    William B. Stetson, MD specializes in Sports Medicine with an expertise in Arthroscopic and Reconstructive Surgery of the shoulder, knee, elbow and ankle. He has first hand knowledge of athletic injuries and the desire that all of us have to “get back in the game”. He is an associate clinical professor of orthopedic surgery at the USC Keck School of Medicine and is the team physician on the USA Men’s and Women’s volleyball teams and was with both teams in London, England for the 2012 Summer Olympics.

    Dr. Stetson utilizes leading edge diagnostic solutions to assess and repair knee injuries, shoulder injuries, elbow injuries, and conditions relating to Arthritis . State-of-the-art, minimally invasive surgery techniques such as arthroscopic surgery means faster recovery times.

    Areas of Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Specialization:
    • Knee Arthroscopy
    • Shoulder Arthroscopy
    • Rotator Cuff Repair
    • ACL Reconstruction
    • Treatment of Arthritis
  • Knee Ligament Reconstruction
  • Recurrent Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Impingement / Bursitis
  • Meniscus Repair and Meniscectomy
  • Elbow Arthroscopy
  • Dr. Stetson has traveled extensively throughout the world teaching and lecturing about shoulder arthroscopy and recently returned from Romania and Beijing, China where he lectured about the latest techniques of shoulder arthroscopy. He has started a non-profit organization, Operation Arthroscopy, whose mission is to bring orthopaedic surgery and arthroscopy to countries and communities in need.

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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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