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Garson M. Caruso, MD, MPH, PA
647 East Siddonsburg Road
Mechanicsburg PA 17055
USA
phone: 717-691-5409 or 717-968-0576 (Cell)
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Garson M. Caruso, MD, MPH, PA, is a board certified Occupational Physician in private consulting practice with extensive clinical and administrative experience in emergency and occupational medicine, including:
  • Case Review, Analysis, and Management
  • Impairment Determination and Disability Rating
  • Medical Direction
  • Industrial Illness and Injury Care
  • Medical Review Officer functions
Dr. Caruso has performed occupational health services and consulting for organizations including Lockheed Martin, Bechtel Aberdeen, PepsiCo, Dean Foods, The New York Transit Authority, and multiple Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. He has very broad and in-depth case management and file review experience involving complex disability and workers’ compensation claims. He is a Fellow of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) and International Academy of Independent Medical Evaluators (IAIME); a Certified Independent Medical Examiner (CIME; 2009-2014); and a Certified Medical Review Officer. He has also held numerous leadership roles in ACOEM, and both published and presented at national, state, and local conferences in his areas of expertise. Dr. Caruso's primary professional interests are worker disability prevention and management, with a particular focus on the psychosocial aspects of occupational medicine and workers compensation, and prevention or minimization of unnecessary work disability.

Litigation Support - Dr. Caruso's expertise is available to counsel representing both plaintiff and defendant. His services include Independent Medical Evaluations, written reports, depositions, and trial testimony as needed. Dr. Caruso is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania, Florida, Maryland, New York, Virginia, Louisiana, and North Carolina.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Occupational Medicine
  • Causation Analysis
  • Disability Prevention and Evaluation
  • Workers Compensation
  • Impairment Evaluation and Rating
  • Fitness for Duty
  • Return to Work
  • Drug Testing
  • Work Capacity
  • Work Life Expectancy
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    Lori S. Corley, MD, FAAP
    Pediatric / Adolescent Medical Consultant
    3016 Mulberry Street
    Marietta GA 30066
    USA
    phone: 770-973-3482
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    Lori S. Corley MD, FAAP, is Board Certified in Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. Also certified in Basic Life Support (BLS) and Neonatal Advanced Life Support NALS, she provides comprehensive medical care for infants, children, and adolescents, acting as their primary care physician.

    Employment Experience
    • Consultant / Expert Witness for Medical Malpractice cases - Case list available on request (2004-present)
    • Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Georgia Health Sciences University /Medical College of Georgia (2002-present)
    • Adjunct Professor, MSN Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program, Kennesaw State University (2001-present)
    Dr. Corley provides litigation support services to attorneys representing Plaintiff and Defense. She is available to review medical records, give depositions, and trial testimony for cases that include issues of causation, quality control, and standard of care.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Pediatric Medicine - General infections and illnesses (fevers, sore throats, ear infections, etc.) and minor injuries, as well as some diseases (septic shock), emotional stressors in children that may lead to psychiatric or mental health complications, including developmental and anxiety disorders, behavioral problems and functional complications
    • Adolescent Medicine - Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), substance abuse, obesity, eating disorders, mental illnesses (ADHD), acne, pregnancy, birth control programs, menstrual disorders, problems with puberty, among many other conditions and disorders
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    Daniel Allen
    MB, BS, LLM, MRCGP, MRCPsych
    P.O. Box 1086
    Beaconsfield HP9 9AB
    GBR
    phone: 44-870-162-0671
    fax: 44-870-162-0672
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    Dr. Danny Allen, Consultant Adult Psychiatrist is fully trained and experienced in report writing and regularly appears as an Expert Witness in Family Proceedings. Dr. Allen is an Approved Clinician, approved under Section 12(2) of the Mental Health Act 1983 and a Cardiff University accredited Expert Witness and a member of the Expert Witness Institute, the Academy of Experts and the Society of Expert Witnesses. He holds consultancies with Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Workplace Health (Buckinghamshire Hospitals NHS Trust) The Maidenhead Clinic, Phoenix Mental Health Services/Cardinal Clinic and BMI The Shelburne Hospital.

    Dr. Allen appears in court regularly in public law cases. He has undertaken a number of high profile cases for Customs and Excise and the Crown Prosecution Service, including alleged rapes and murders. Dr. Allen provides services for lawyers, social services and businesses. His reports are also available to Employment & Housing Tribunals and Employers and Licensing Authorities.

    Type of Reports Prepared:
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Depression
  • Drug & Alcohol
  • Specific Phobia
  • Sexual Offense
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Family Proceedings
  • Personal Injury
  • Criminal Reports
  • Head Injury
  • Capacity
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    Dr. Shannon C. Miller, DFASAM, DFAPA, CTTS
    9891 Montgomery Rd.,#245
    Cincinnati OH 45242
    USA
    phone: 937-245-0711
    Shannon C. Miller, MD, DFASAM, DFAPA, CTTS - Free initial consultation

    Forensic services on issues relating to alcohol or drug use, addiction, related behaviors (gambling, sexual addiction, etc), drug testing, psychiatry, as well as the intertwining legal issues (cognitive effects, wrongful death, child custody, malpractice, etc)
  • Retained as Expert Witness-USA & Europe
  • Both sides of the bar, civil & criminal, deposition & testimony exp.
  • Active clinical practice, broadly experienced
  • Board Certifications: Addiction Medicine, Psychiatry
  • Certified, Buprenorphine & Tobacco
  • Distinguished Fellow, American Soc.of Addiction Medicine & American Psychiatric Assoc.
  • Co-Editor, Editor-in-Chief for both the official journal & textbook of the American Society of Addiction Medicine
  • America’s Top Psychiatrists
  • Co-Editor, VA-DOD Substance Use Disorders Clinical Practice Guidelines
  • Published original research
  • Interviews: Dateline NBC, Pravda, US News & World Report, etc.
  • Credentials, Competence, Credibili
  • 7/8/2006 · Psychology
    As gambling-related disorders proliferate in the United States, more people could benefit from effective treatments. Unfortunately, shame often keeps persons with gambling problems from seeking help

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    Wayne H. Grant, Pharm D
    3655 Rawnsdale Road
    Shaker Heights Ohio 44122
    USA
    phone: 216-339-0183
    Wayne H. Grant, PharmD, is a Clinical Pharmacist with a hospice in Cleveland, Ohio and an adjunct clinical assistant professor with the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida. As part of an 18 year career, Dr. Grant has an in-depth understanding of various sectors of pharmacy practice. Long-term care, institutional (prison), infusion and retail practice has strengthened the ability to decipher the medical management of patients transitioning through different health care settings.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Grant is an expert in pharmacy practice. His expertise in long-term, institutional, infusion, and retail practice allow for an extensive understanding of the various pharmacy sectors. Dr. Grant is responsible for pharmacotherapeutic management, medication safety and efficacy and drug information all which follow federal, state and local laws. He has provided a variety of expert witness services on behalf of legal professionals, including attorney consultation, case review, case opinion, and written case opinion.

    Areas of Medication Expertise:
    • Adverse Drug Reactions
    • Chronic Pain
    • Drugs and Narcotics
    • Geriatrics
    • Hospice / Palliative Care
    • Hospital Pharmacy
    • Infusion Pharmacy
  • Long Term Care
  • Medical-Legal Issues
  • Nursing Homes
  • Overdosages
  • Pain Management
  • Pharmaceutical Care
  • Pharmacology
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    Esam Z. Dajani, Ph.D., FACG
    Professor
    1549 RFD
    Long Grove IL 60047
    USA
    phone: 847-634-9586; 847-971-7555
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    Professor Esam Z. Dajani, Ph.D., FACG has over 30 years of experience in Pharmaceutical Research & Development with expertise in Clinical Pharmacology, Toxicology, Drug Development, Regulatory Affairs, Pharmaceutical Patents and Contract Research Organizations (CROs). He has directed worldwide clinical research at major pharmaceutical companies and led the research teams that discovered & developed misoprostol (Cytotec), a worldwide anti-ulcer drug. He has 260 publications, pharmaceutical patents and presentations. He is a licensed Pharmacist.

    Professor Dajani is currently the President of IDDC Corporation, a CRO. He holds Adjunct Professor of Medicine appointment at Loyola-Chicago. He is able to evaluate the causal relationships between exposure to drugs or chemicals and the subsequent pharmacological and toxicological actions induced by such exposure. He has the expertise to simplify complex scientific facts to help the jury and the court understand the medical facts of the case. Serving both Plaintiff and Defense attorneys. He has experience in malpractice, criminal cases, pharmaceutical patent litigations, product liability, forensic aspects of alcohol, drug intoxications and administrative cases. Professor Dajani reviews affidavits, depositions, courtroom testimony, medical records, pharmaceutical records and is available for depositions and trial testimony.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Drug Injury Causation
    • Drug Patent Litigation
    • Pharmacy Malpractice
    • Drug-Related Medical Malpractice
    • Medication Error Event Reconstruction
    • Drug Product Liability - Warnings, Design, Formulation
    • Adverse Effects of Health, Beauty Products, Alcohol and Industrial Chemicals
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    2/20/2013 · Medical
    It is well established that the use of traditional nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) increases the vulnerability of the gastrointestinal (GI) mucosa for the development of peptic lesions and serious ulcer complications. In addition, selective and traditional NSAIDs have also been associated with increased frequency of cardiovascular toxicity, especially in susceptible patients.

    12/14/2012 · Pharmaceuticals
    During the last twenty-five years, a remarkable revolution in the pathophysiology and treatment of gastric (GU) and duodenal (DU) ulcers has occurred. Effective therapies were developed not only to heal ulcers but also to cure most patients.

    Esam Z. Dajani, N.M. Agrawal
    A chapter in the book: NSAIDs - Mechanisms and Clinical Use. Eds. Lewis AJ, Furst D, Marcel Dekker, New York, PP 159-170, 1994.
    Esam Z. Dajani, H. Gallo-Torres
    Chapter in the book: Ulcer Disease: Investigation And Basis For Therapy. Eds. Szabo S, Swabb E, Marcel Dekker, New York, PP 459-485, 1991
    Esam Z. Dajani (ed.), Gabriele Bianchi Porro (ed.)
    Esam Z. Dajani, PhD, FACG
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    DSc, MD, MBChB, MPhil, FRCPsych, DFAPA, FACFEI
    11020 Huntersview Road
    Ellicott MD 21042
    USA
    phone: 410-328-6735
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    Bankole Johnson Neuroscience Expert PhotoBankole A. Johnson, DSc, MD, MBChB, MPhil, FRCPsych, DFAPA, Dip-ABAM, Dip-ABDA, FACFEI, is a leading Neuroscientist and respected global authority in both Psychiatry and Neuroscience.His considerable education and expertise dates to the 1970s, when he received his first general studies diplomas.

    Dr. Johnson earned his Medicinae Baccalaureum et Chirurgiae Baccalaureum (an M.D. equivalent) from the University of Glasgow in Scotland. He also received his UK Board Certification in Psychiatry from the Royal College of Psychiatrists, his Master of Philosophy in Neuropsychiatry at the University of London, his Doctorate in Medicine from the University of Glasgow (coursework at the University of Oxford). He also received a Doctor of Science from the University of Glasgow, the highest doctoral degree that can be awarded by a British university.

    In addition to these qualifications, Dr. Johnson has also received United States certifications from both the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute, the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and the American Board of Addiction Medicine.

    Today, Bankole Johnson is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician throughout both Europe and the United States. He serves as a respected collegiate authority in his field at a leading university in the United States. Dr. Johnson is a leading authority on the effects of abused drugs including alcohol on the brain and how this affects behavior, especially that related to the commission of a crime. He is a national expert on the treatment of opioid addiction as well as on assessing medical malpractice and insurance claims. Dr. Johnson also is a national expert on the effects of diseases of the brain, mental illness, mental disorder, and aberrant behaviors on testamentary capacity. He also is a national expert on assessing disability as a result of mental disorder, mental illness, and alcohol and drug abuse.

    Along the way, Bankole Johnson has also been the recipient of numerous high-profile awards in his fields and industries of specialty. In 2001, he received the Dan Anderson Research Award for his research contributions focused on “the scientific knowledge of addiction recovery.” He won the 2002 Distinguished Senior Scholar of Distinction Award from the National Medical Association and a 2006 Distinguished Lecturer Award from the American Psychiatric Association. In 2008, Dr. Johnson became a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. From 2010, he has been a Fellow of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology. Dr. Johnson won the prestigious NIH Jellinek Award in 2013 for his scientific advances and discoveries in the field of addiction medicine. He is also the Editor of one of the largest and most comprehensive textbooks in the field: Addiction Medicine: Science and Practice, published by Springer.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Johnson provides expert witness services for cases involving all aspects of Addiction Medicine (e.g. alcohol, cocaine, heroin and other opioid and substance abuse) as well as diseases of the brain and brain disorders that affect mental capacity. He is experienced as an expert witness not only for medical malpractice but also for capital cases and major crimes. Dr. Johnson's services are available to attorneys for plaintiff and defendant and include medical record review, written reports, depositions, and trial testimony when needed.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Addiction Medicine
    • Alcohol
    • Brain Injury
    • Disability
    • Health Insurance
  • Medical Insurance
  • Disability Insurance
  • Medical Insurance
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Psychiatry
  • Bankole A. Johnson, MD
    The spectrum of addiction disorders presents practitioners with numerous challenges?among them the widening gap between a growing evidence base and the translation of this knowledge into treatment outcomes. Addiction Medicine addresses this disconnect, clearly explaining the role of brain function in drug taking and other habit-forming behaviors, and applying this biobehavioral framework to the delivery of evidence-based treatment.
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    Taher A. Sobhy, MD
    Libertyville IL USA
    phone: 847-802-8262
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    Taher Sobhy, MD, is a Board Certified Family Physician, with over 30 years of clinical experience in Primary Care Medicine. He is a clinical assistant professor of family medicine at Chicago Medical School in Illinois. As president of the medical staff, he has extensive experience in Health Management.

    Dr. Sobhy is a Family Physician in clinical practice with more than 90% of his practice in direct patient care. Fluent in English,and Arabic, he has excellent oral and written communication skills. He has experience treating a pediatric, adult, and geriatric patient population with a wide range of conditions and presentations including: high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, infections, influenza, chest pain, pneumonia, headaches, back pain, depression, anxiety, ADHD, pain management, gynecologic issues, alcohol dependency, tobacco abuse, skin rashes, abdominal pain, cough, and sinus and ear issues. He regularly perform screening for cancer, heart disease, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, and hypertension.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Sobhy is committed to delivering thorough, high-quality, and timely medical record review and written reports.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Women's Health
    • Depression / Anxiety
    • Failure to Diagnose
    • Failure to Refer
    • Cancer Screening
    • Cancer Detection
    • Heart Attack
    • Stroke
  • Pediatrics
  • Geriatrics
  • Supervision of Physician Assistants
  • Trauma
  • Pneumonia
  • Wound Care
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
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    Ade Akande, MD, MBA
    11315 Catherines Mine Circle
    Charlotte NC 28277
    USA
    phone: 704-293-7728
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    Adewunmi Akande, MD., MBA, is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Anesthesiology, and Pain Medicine. He has 24 years of experience specializing in Interventional and Non Interventional Pain Management and Pain Medicine.

    Dr. Akande is the Founder and President of Charlotte Pain Associates, PA, a private practice pain management specialty with four regional satellite offices in North and South Carolina. The practice offers consultation, diagnosis, and treatment of all Chronic Pain conditions. The practice has a volume of greater than 1,200 consultations, 10,000 office visits, and 2,000 outpatients interventional procedures annually.

    Dr. Akande is also the Founder and Chairman of Nead Medical, PC, and outpatient JCAHO certified single specialty surgical suite for interventional pain management. The surgical suite handles a volume of greater than 1,300 cases of various types of complex interventional pain management procedures annually.

    Litigation Support: Dr. Akande provides expert witness services in cases involving complications with Anesthesia and Pain Medicine. He has testified 10 times in the past several years. Dr. Akande's services are available to attorneys representing both plaintiff and defendant and include medical record review, written reports, depositions, and trial testimony as needed.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Spinal Anesthesia
    • Epidural Hematoma
    • Intrathecal Catheter
    • Opioid Therapy
    • Opioid Overdose
    • Pain Medicine Complications
    • Narcotic Use / Abuse
    • Facet Rhizotomy
  • Facet Injection
  • Cervical Epidural
  • Epidural Abscess
  • Nerve Root Block
  • Epidural Adhesions
  • Spinal Injections
  • Spinal Catheter
  • Blood Thinner
  • Education:
    • Internal Medicine Residency - Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY
    • Anesthesiology Residency and Pain Management, Fellowship - Brigham and Women's Hospital (Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass)
    • Interventional Pain Management Fellowship-University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Newark, NJ
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    Dr. Richard Stieg, MD, MHS
    409 Main St. #216
    Frisco CO 80443
    USA
    phone: 303-886-1836
    fax: 970-455-8233
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    Richard Stieg Neurology Pain ExpertDr. Richard Stieg, MD, MHS is board certified in Neurology, Pain Medicine, and Addiction Medicine. He is a founding member and tenth President of the American Academy of Pain Medicine. He has also served the American Pain Society in various board capacities and as co-founder of their journal, Pain Forum.

    Dr. Stieg is a founding member of the board of directors and Editor-in-Chief of the website of the National Pain Foundation and serves the board of directors of the Oakley Foundation and the medical advisory board of the American Pain Foundation. He has served the world of Pain Medicine in many capacities, including Associate Professorships at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and editorial positions on several professional journals, including the Clinical Journal of Pain, Pain Forum, Pain Medicine and Disability. Dr. Stieg is the author of many journal articles and book chapters and continues an active practice in pain and addiction medicine in Denver Colorado.

    Dr. Richard Stieg offers litigation support for claimants and defendants in cases involving chronic pain, related drug addiction, or related disability issues. He has over 40 years of clinical, administrative and academic experience. In the past 25 years, Dr. Stieg has performed over 1,000 IMEs and trained others at such venues as the AADEP and AAP. He has been deposed over 100 times and testified approximately 12 times.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Chronic Pain
    • Drug Addiction
    • Short Term Disability
    • Long Term Disability
    • Opioid Abuse / Overdose
    • Drug Overdose / Abuse
    • Wrongful Death
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome(CRPS)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Post Traumatic Headache
  • Malingering
  • Chronic Pain Disorder
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Workers' Compensation
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    2/7/2014 · Pain Management
    A panel of experts in pain medicine and public policy convened to examine root causes and risk factors for opioid-related poisoning deaths and to propose recommendations to reduce death rates.

    1/7/2014 · Pain Management
    There appears to be little question that pain represents a significant American public health problem. A recent Gallup poll reported that an estimated 26 million Americans suffer with severe pain, with half of those reporting daily occurrence. Six in ten Americans with severe or moderate pain have lived with the condition for at least seven months. More than half report poor pain control despite having consulted with physicians. Interestingly, four in five Americans believe that aches and pains are a natural part of getting older, and 64% will see a doctor only when they cannot stand the pain any longer.

    12/6/2013 · Pain Management
    Teaching in the field of pain medicine seems to be dominated by emphasis on pain as a symptom. This is a natural response to the scientism that dominates our medical training, thinking and practice. The topic of pain and spirituality affords us the opportunity to re-focus our attention on the multidimensional aspects of the pain experience, as many have so eloquently done before. (1,2,3) We introduce our topic by posing several questions:

    11/25/2013 · Pain Management
    There is evidence that all types of pain are inadequately managed in the United States and that this was true long before the advent of managed care.37, 39, 42 This situation is likely due to a number of social factors, including the following:

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    Samuel I. Miles, MD, PhD
    8631 W. Third Street 425E
    Los Angeles CA 90048
    USA
    phone: 310-659-1674
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    Samuel I. Miles, MD, PhD, has been engaged in the private practice of Psychiatry in Los Angeles since 1978. He has extensive experience in diagnosing and treating people with mental disorders and substance use disorders in inpatient, outpatient, and custodial settings. He provides consultations to other physicians and mental health practitioners, as well as to attorneys, employers, insurance companies, government agencies, and the courts.

    Throughout his career, Dr. Miles has been active in organized psychiatry. He has served on various committees, including the Executive Committee, of the Southern California Psychiatric Society. He has also been actively involved in the governance of Cedars Sinai Medical Center and the Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute (now known as the New Center for Psychoanalysis). He is a member of the American College of Psychiatrists, and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

    Dr. Miles is an active teacher. He is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine. He is also on the faculty of the New Center for Psychoanalysis.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Miles has provided consultations, reports, and expert testimony to both plaintiffs and defendants in litigated civil and criminal matters. He has qualified as expert in state and federal courts to provide legally relevant psychiatric, medical, and psychopharmacological opinions. Cases have included issues of:
    • Forensic Psychiatry
    • Pharmacology
    • Psychopharmacology
    • Criminal Responsibility
    • Sanity / Competency to Stand Trial
    • Alcohol Abuse / Drug Ingestion
    • Testamentary Capacity
    • Psychiatric Standards of Practice
  • Prescription Practices
  • Impairment
  • Harassment & Discrimination
  • Disability
  • Emotional Distress
  • Malingering
  • Suicide
  • Need for Treatment
  • Samuel I. Miles, MD, PhD
    This article is an outline of basic principles of psychopharmacology, and an overview of psychotherapeutic agents, along with some clinical and medical-legal issues related to them.
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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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    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 Family Medicine and 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.

    Dr. Santoro has been deposed approximately 6 times in the past several years. He has testified in two cases, one on behalf of the Plaintiff and the other for the defense.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Methadone Treatment
    • Suboxone Treatment
    • Dual Diagnosis Pain / Addiction
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    Patrick Reynolds
    Grandson of RJ Reynolds and anti-smoking advocate
    8117 West Manchester Ave Suite 500
    Playa del Rey CA 90293
    USA
    phone: 800-541-7741 or 310-880-1111 (Cell)
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  • Background and Expertise: A grandson of tobacco company founder R.J. Reynolds, Patrick Reynolds first spoke out publicly at a 1986 Congressional hearing in favor of a ban on all cigarette advertising.

    Since then, his advocacy work and appearances in the national press have made him a well known champion of a smokefree society.

    Mr. Reynolds is a frequent guest speaker at universities and health conferences, and also middle and high schools. His talks are often sponsored by health departments and hospitals, as a bridge builder to local communities. He is frequently invited to debate on Fox News Channel, CNBC, CNN and other networks, and has been profiled by most of the world's major newspapers and US TV networks.
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    Washington State University
    Tracy L. Skaer, PharmD, FC, 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; 10 years as an expert witness.

    Dr. Skaer is a Fellow of the American Board of Forensic Examiners Institute, the highest honor ACFEI can bestow upon a member that is reserved for those with outstanding achievements and excellence. She is also a Fellow of the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, the American Society of Consultant Pharmacist, and a Member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacist's (ACCP) Pain and Palliative Care Practice and Research Network (PRN).

    Dr. Skaer's 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.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Skaer has completed several expert cases across the United States. Her services are available to attorneys representing plaintiff and defendant and include record review, written reports, deposition, and trial testimony. Dr. Skaer's cases involve:
    • Chronic Pain
    • Narcotic Use
    • Opioid Pill Mills
    • Illicit Substance Abuse
    • Opioid Overdose
    • Wrongful Death
  • Urine Drug Testing
  • Medication-Related Suicide
  • Medication Reactions and Interactions
  • FDA Controlled Substances Act
  • Opioid Prescribing
  • Opioid Dispensing Regulations
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