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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%.
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    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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    1/15/2015 · Medical
    Over the past two decades, there has been a growing trend for the care of the hospitalized patient to be assumed by physicians who care only for patients in the inpatient setting, and who do not have an outpatient medical practice. These physicians have come to be known as "hospitalists", and their area of practice as "hospital medicine". Hospitalists are a departure from the old style of practice, in which the primary care physician (PCP) cared for their seriously ill patients in the hospital while still maintaining a busy outpatient practice. Because of the increasing complexity of modern medicine, and due to a variety of economic pressures, the trend now is for physicians in primary care specialties to focus their practice on either outpatient or inpatient care, but not both.

    12/5/2014 · Medical
    Congestive heart failure can be simply described as the inability of the heart to meet the metabolic demands of the body. The heart functions as a pump to deliver oxygen and nutrients to the tissues. Failure of the pump to deliver nutrition to the tissues stimulates a number of compensatory responses in an effort to improve tissue perfusion. These responses result in the clinical symptoms and signs associated with the heart failure syndromes-shortness of breath, rapid heartbeat, and fluid retention.

    10/28/2014 · Medical
    Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) was first described in 1967 by Ashbaugh, who described a syndrome of severe respiratory failure associated with pulmonary infiltrates, similar to infant hyaline membrane disease.

    9/16/2014 · Medical
    Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury (ACLI) is most often a result of low-velocity, noncontact, deceleration injuries and contact injuries with a rotational component. Contact sports also may produce injury to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) secondary to twisting, valgus stress, or hyperextension all directly related to contact or collision.

    8/14/2014 · Medical
    Some of the most abstract medical occurrences that may also prove to be legally challenging are transient disorders of awareness. The very nature of their transient occurrence often results in an absence of objective laboratory or examination abnormalities. Since these conditions result in an alteration of the patient's awareness, there may also be inadequate historical information to assist in diagnosis. Yet, these disorders can have very significant consequences that range from a loss of one's driving privileges or job to the participation in a criminal event. The two most common causes of altered awareness are seizures and reduced blood flow to the brain.

    7/11/2014 · Medical
    There are many wrist and hand symptoms related to the multiple tunnels that tendons, nerves, and blood vessels pass through. Wherever there is a "crease" in one's wrist, palm, or fingers on the flexor/volar side, there is a tunnel that these structures must pass through. These tunnels are usually soft transverse tissue bands that keep the tendons from bowstringing as they pass from forearm to fingers, as we use our hands in grasp and function.

    6/5/2014 · Medical
    Almost every American from eighteen to eighty years of age has heard enough about LASIK to understand on a basic level what it is and how it works. On average approximately 1,000,000 LASIK procedures are performed annually in the United States. The vast majority of these procedures are successful, but unwanted side effects and/or suboptimal results can occur in a small percentage of patients. Below is a discussion of the essential elements in the pre-operative evaluation of a patient being considered for LASIK.

    4/29/2014 · Medical
    There is an epidemic of diabetes in the United States. In the last ten years, the number of American diagnosed with diabetes has increased 40 percent. The number has risen from 4.9% to 6.9%. It is estimated that the number will increase buy another 16.5% by 2050. A woman born in 2000 has a 39% risk of developing diabeteso. The epidemic of obesity is responsible for the current epidemic of diabetes in pregnancy. The incidence of diabetes complicating pregnancy has increased 40% between 1989 and 2004.

    3/25/2014 · Medical
    Crude Oil has been pouring into the Gulf of Mexico and is causing numerous and significant health issues for children, pregnant mothers, and adults. Exposure occurs via inhalation, ingestion (of liquid droplets in the air), and direct skin contact. Some of the health effects will be long-term sequelae and may last a lifetime or affect future generations. Crude oil is a known teratogen and can cause birth defects and changes in fetal development. The target organs for crude oil are the hematopoietic (blood forming) system, lymphatic system, nervous system, and reproductive system. The Benzene component is a known carcinogen.

    2/20/2014 · Medical
    Falls among patients in Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) are an all too common occurrence. Causes can generally be classified into 4 broad groups:

    1/3/2014 · Medical
    Persistent neuropsychiatric impairment following head injury is a significant public health problem. From 400,000 to 500,000 are hospitalized in the United States every year from head injury; many more people are injured and do not require admission. Head injury is the third most likely cause of dementia, after infection and alcoholism, in people younger than 50 years.

    11/27/2013 · Medical
    In 1911, Hammond and Sutton of Philadelphia performed the first human-to-human kidney transplant with transient success. Since then the techniques and indications have evolved. The first wholly successful human transplant took place on December 23, 1954, in Boston, Massachusetts. Surgeon Joseph Murray performed a kidney transplant between identical twin brothers. Although this and subsequent twin transplants did little to solve the problem of rejection, these procedures contributed to proving the value of the procedure and to the solution of many technical problems.

    10/24/2013 · Medical
    Neonatal emergencies are not uncommon problems. They appear either at the time of birth, during the in-hospital post-birth period, or at home within several weeks of discharge. In all instances they present significant diagnostic and treatment challenges to the clinician, and must be taken seriously.

    10/1/2013 · Medical
    Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for approximately 500,000 deaths each year. More women in the United States die of heart disease than of any other cause, and one form of heart disease, myocardial infarction, is responsible for the majority of these deaths. In every year since 1984 it has claimed the lives of more women than men.

    9/5/2013 · Medical
    A large number of reports have been produced on HP and its pathogenetic potential. In fact, although peptic ulcer disease is the most studied disease related to HP infection, this bacterium is seemingly involved in the pathogenesis of several extragastric diseases, such as mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue lymphomas (MALTomas), coronaritis, gastroesophageal reflux disease, iron deficiency anemia, skin disease, and rheumatological conditions.

    8/13/2013 · Medical
    Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a relatively common, potentially life-threatening condition. It has a wide spectrum of presentations and should be considered in the differential diagnosis for a number of symptoms.

    7/9/2013 · Toxicology
    Acetaminophen is the most widely used pharmaceutical analgesic and antipyretic agent in the United States and the world; it is contained in more than 100 products. As such, acetaminophen is one of the most common pharmaceuticals associated with both intentional and accidental poisoning. Acetaminophen-induced hepatotoxicity is well recognized.

    6/18/2013 · Medical
    Salicylates are ubiquitous agents found in hundreds of over-the-counter (OTC) medications and in numerous prescription drugs including topical preparations used for the treatment of pain, warts, and acne.

    5/21/2013 · Medical
    In the United States, reports of severe envenomations by brown spiders began to appear in the late 1800s, and today, in endemic areas, brown spiders continue to be of significant clinical concern.

    4/9/2013 · Medical
    Cataract is a vision-impairing disease characterized by gradual, progressive thickening of the lens. It is one of the leading causes of blindness in the world today.

    3/7/2013 · Medical
    Peptic ulcer disease (PUD) is one of the most common diseases affecting the GI tract. It causes inflammatory injuries in either the gastric or duodenal mucosa, with extension beyond the submucosa into the muscularis mucosa.

    1/14/2013 · Psychiatry
    Among suicidal patients who had taken antidepressants, fluoxetine (Prosac) was associated with the lowest risk for causing suicidal tendencies and venlafaxine (Effexor) with the highest risk, according to the results of a cohort study published in the December 2006 issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry.

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    Dr. Olen Brown, PhD
    Toxicology / Medical Sciences / Environmental Sciences
    527 North Cedar Lake Drive, West
    Columbia MO 65203
    phone: 573-449-7444
    Dr. Olen R. Brown, PhD is a board certified Diplomate in Toxicology and member of the standards of knowledge committee. He has the PhD in Microbiology With over 35 years of experience in Life Sciences and more than 150 publications. Dr. Brown specializes in complex, multidisciplinary cases, and he focuses on Human Medicine using the disciplines of bacteriology, virology, immunology, epidemiology, biochemistry, physiology, analytical chemistry, toxicology, and environmental sciences.

    Dr. Brown has provided litigation support services for 180+ cases in 25 states and 1 in Canada. Dr. Brown has served in Plaintiff/Defense, and Criminal/Civil cases. He has testified in 20 trials and 31 depositions. Dr. Brown's expertise include: cause-and-effect determination after medical record review; risk assessment and causation determination from toxic exposure; evaluation of the therapeutic and harmful effects of ethical drugs, antibiotics, alcohol, and drugs of abuse; the toxicity of solvents, pesticides, heavy metals, ozone, carbon monoxide, particulates, and most organic chemicals for most organ systems including the lung (Asthma, COPD, RADS) and the brain (Parkinson's), Dr. Brown has evaluated human medical and veterinary medical devices and pharmaceuticals for safety.

    Areas of Expertise
    • Toxicology (General, Academic, Pharmacologic, Forensic, Regulatory)
    • Medical Sciences - Microbiology, Immunology, Bacteriology, Virology, Cell Physiology, Infectious Diseases, Cancer, Allergy, Mechanisms of Diseases
    • Microbiology - Medical, Molecular Biology, Veterinary Medical, Environmental
    • Environmental Biology - Hazardous Wastes; Air, Water and Soil Pollution
    • Chemistry - Biochemistry, Analytical, Organic
    • Veterinary Sciences - Cell Physiology, Mechanisms of Disease
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    2/17/2002 · Expert Witnessing
    Attorneys use experts in two ways. First is the traditional use of an expert as a witness in court. In this role, scientists, business people, or others with technical knowledge are retained by attorneys primarily for their opinions (oral, written, or both), ultimately to be given at deposition and in civil and criminal courts. Second, the expert may be used as a pre-trial consultant or more specifically as an undisclosed consultant

    Olen R. Brown, PhD
    "Miracles" reveals truth from Scripture, science and life. Everything that is or was or is to come is part of God's miracle. Science says that nothing is miraculous- Time and Chance created the universe with no meaning or purpose. God's universe has great meaning extending from the stars to atoms and to you. What we believe about miracles can be a source of great joy or missed joy in our lives. Dr. Brown, a Christian and author of over 100 scientific papers, has coined a new word, synscicretism, to call attention to the doctrine that today elevates science above religion. Science works best for the great "how" questions, but poorly for the great "why" of all things.
    Olen R. Brown, PhD
    This authoritative guide is designed to achieve a synthesis of understanding and effort between case science and case law. It examines all stages of attorney/expert interaction from the initial interview to post-trial evaluation.
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    Vera F. Dolan, MSPH, FALU
    454 Beltrami Drive
    Ukiah CA 95482
    phone: 707-463-3200
    Vera Dolan is an epidemiologist with over 30 years of experience in the life and health insurance industries. She is one of the leading mortality experts in the life insurance industry. She writes underwriting manuals and policy and procedure manuals for life and health insurance companies.

    Vera has testified in both state and federal court, and has been retained in over 100 cases since 2006 for plaintiffs and defense on an equal basis. She is very credible testifying in deposition and on the stand.

    * Life expectancies that are personalized and accurate to the standards of the life insurance and life settlement industries. Addresses the cases when accuracy is needed and life expectancies that are simply taken from a life table or estimated by a doctor, actuary or biostatistician are not sufficient (see publication for details).

    * Expert in bad faith/wrongful denial of life/health insurance claims.

    * Expert in life/health insurance underwriting material misrepresentation.

    * Expert in medical risk assessment and underwriting issues.

    * Expert in life insurance underwriting policies and procedures.

    * Expert in epidemiology. Previous cases include infectious diseases, occupational and environmental exposures, pesticides and tobacco.

    * Approved life expectancy expert with the U.S. Department of Justice.

    * Active consultant to the life insurance industry conducting cohort mortality studies, and writing underwriting and policy and procedure manuals.

    * Over 100 articles published on mortality research and underwriting.

    * Friendly, clear, concise, objective and quantitative.

    * There is no charge for the initial phone consultation.

    * There is no charge for travel time.

    2/21/2013 · Life Expectancy
    The advantages of a life expectancy using life insurance underwriting and life settlement methods include:

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    Lawrence S. Mayer
    MD, PhD
    Suite 164
    1783 Forest Drive
    Annapolis MD 21401
    phone: 410-336-2100 or 602-549-4885
    fax: 480-247-4989
    Dr. Mayer is a full-time professor of biostatistics, epidemiology, biomedical informatics, public health and psychiatry. He splits his time between Annapolis/DC and Scottsdale, AZ. He does a limited amount of consulting in epidemiology and biostatistics.

    He focuses on evaluating data, methods and models used in assessing risks. Over several decades he has worked equally for plaintiffs and defense. He trained as a physician epidemiologist and then as a statistician and biostatistician.

    Prides himself on being able to communicate complex ideas in simple language. Prefers problems in which the medical and epidemiological/statistical issues are complex, the methods and models are varied and the data are of limited quality or controversial.

    Has worked on problems in drug and device development, testing and regulation, product liability, patent disputes, occupational and environmental exposures, and medical malpractice.

    Has given about 100 depositions over the last 30 years in a variety of cases ranging from major fe
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    Dr. Martin E. Gordon
    One McKnight Place, Suite G 51
    St. Louis MO 63124-2014
    phone: 203-507-5551
    fax: 314-991-6656
    Martin E. Gordon, M.D., Clinical Professor of Medicine, Yale School of Medicine, had been a Consulting Gastroenterologist to the Department of Yale University Health Services and many Conn.-based hospitals while in Private Practice during which time he received the American College of Physician’s Laureate Award for patient care.

    Dr. Gordon created and instigated the annual International Digestive Disease Week "Learning Center". Its ongoing format now attracts approximately 14,000 specialists/visitors annually.

    His publications have appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, Science, and the Am. Journal of Gastroenterology to name a few.

    Dr. Gordon offers Expert Witness and Consulting Services for Plaintiff and Defense.
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    Dr. Jonathan S. Rutchik, MD, MPH
    20 Sunnyside Ave Suite A-321
    Mill Valley CA 94941
    phone: 415-381-3133
    fax: 415-381-3131
    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. He has been practicing medicine since 1995 and in California since 2000.

    Dr. Rutchik provides trustworthy litigation support and expert witness services for issues involving Neurological Illness Secondary to Workplace Injuries and Exposure. Dr. Rutchik has had experience with cases related to neurological problems and physical accidents, trauma as well as chemical and pharmacological exposures in occupational and environmental settings. Other services include independent medical examinations, medical record review, and utilization review.

    Dr. Rutchik believes in evidence and scientifically based medicine. His services are available to plaintiffs, applicants, defense attorneys, and insurance companies (approximately 50/50) specializing in Toxic Tort, Personal Injury, and Product Reliability related to neurology.

    Selected Case Examples:
    • Manganese and Tremor/ Parkinsonism
    • Carbon Monoxide and Encephalopathy
    • Organic solvents and Encephalopathy
    • Metals and Neuropathy
    • Brain Injury - Post Concussion Syndrome
  • Pesticides and Neuropathy
  • Mold and Neurological Consequences
  • Return to Work Issues
  • Workers Compensation Issues
  • Product Liability and Neuropathy
  • Offices Locations: San Francisco, Richmond, Petaluma, Sacramento, Arcata (See Location Details in Links Above)

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    Consultant in Environmental Medicine
    4720 Cooper Point Rd NW
    Olympia WA 98502
    phone: 253-229-4088
    fax: 360-866-0715
    Dr. Alan Steinman is an expert in Maritime Medicine with particular emphasis on Sea-Survival, Drowning and Hypothermia. He has served as Surgeon General and Director of Health and Safety for the U.S. Coast Guard, as medical advisor to the Coast Guard's Chief of Operations, and as rescue physician on numerous Coast Guard search and rescue missions. He has an international reputation in hypothermia and cold-water survival.

    Dr. Steinman is widely published in the field of environmental medicine, including a chapter on immersion hypothermia in a leading textbook of emergency medicine. His research into human cold-water immersion and hypothermia merited the prestigious Arnold D. Tuttle Award from the Aerospace Medicine Association. The results from his human hypothermia studies contributed to the basis of current U.S. Coast Guard cold-water survival time charts.

    Dr. Steinman is Board Certified in Occupational Medicine; he is a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine. His Doctor of Medicine degree is from the Stanford School of Medicine; his post-graduate medical training was at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine and the University of Washington School of Medicine.

    Dr. Steinman has experience in both federal and state courts serving as an expert witness in numerous cases involving sea-survival, drowning, and hypothermia.
    7/4/2002 · Aquatics Safety
    Immersion in cold water is a hazard for anyone who participates in recreational, commercial or military activities in the oceans, lakes, and streams of all but the tropical regions of the world. Recreational aquatic activities include swimming, fishing, sailing, power-boating, ocean kayaking, white-water rafting, canoeing, ocean-surfing, wind-surfing, water-skiing, diving, hunting and the use of personal water craft

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    Ken Zafren, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, FAWM
    10181 Curvi St.
    Anchorage AK 99507
    phone: 907-346-2333
    Ken Zafren, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, FAWM, is a Board Certified Emergency Physician in active practice in Alaska and Clinical Professor and Attending Physician at Stanford University Medical Center in Palo Alto, CA. He practices Emergency and Environmental Medicine, including high altitude medicine and physiology, frostbite, hypothermia, mountain rescue, and medical care in remote areas.

    Dr. Zafren has been named one of the Heroes of Emergency Medicine by the American College of Emergency Physicians. He received the 2008 Mountain Rescue Association Award for Outstanding Contribution to Mountain Rescue Medicine, the 2012 Founders Award of the Wilderness Medical Society, and the 2012 George Longenbaugh Memorial Award. Dr. Zafren currently serves as Alaska State EMS Medical Director and speaks on topics within his expertise locally, nationally, and internationally.

    Litigation Support - Ken Zafren has 28 years of expert witness experience. His services are available to attorneys representing Plaintiff and Defense. Dr. Zafren is available for consultation, chart review, deposition and trial testimony when necessary.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Myocardial Infarction
    • Stroke
    • Pulmonary Embolism
    • Aortic Dissection
    • Trauma
    • Sepsis
  • Aneurysm
  • Appendicitis
  • Hypothermia
  • Frostbite
  • High Altitude Illness
  • Prehospital Care