banner ad

Visit Spiegel website
Deposition Designation Station

Epidemiology Expert Witnesses

Sort Non-Featured Profiles by
Check for SynapsUs
Vera F. Dolan, MSPH, FALU
6238 Belgium Drive
Las Vegas NV 89122
phone: 702-476-8500
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 life expectancies that are simply taken from a life table or estimated by a doctor, actuary or biostatistician are not sufficient or credible. Addresses the cases when a complete insight into the individual's medical conditions and/or personal history of high-risk behaviors is needed to assist the judge or jury in their decision. This information often decides the case, see article 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:

Check for SynapsUs
6340 N. Campbell Avenue - Suite 200
Tucson AZ 85718
phone: 888-790-1399
fax: 888-315-5705
ELITE MEDICAL EXPERTS works with attorneys to provide 100% Board-Certified physicians and surgeons practicing at the professorial level at the nation's leading universities. From Stanford to Yale, and from every medical and surgical specialty, ELITE secures fulltime practicing high-level experts from the nation’s most respected medical institutions. Each specialist is truly unique – a Board Certified professor with a dedicated clinical practice, extensive publications, and top-tier credentials from a major U.S. medical center. When an ELITE expert aligns with your case, you have a powerful voice – ready to testify – on your side.

ELITE offers:
  • Immediate access to top-tier university physicians and surgeons.
  • Cost-effective case analysis on a flat-fee basis.
  • Panels of expert witnesses for complex cases.
  • Independent Medical Examinations (IME) within a favorable radius of any location
To minimize expense, ELITE charges a single flat fee for the expert’s initial case review and oral opinion. If the case is non-meritorious, your firm's out-of-pocket expenses are capped. If the case moves forward, then all of our experts utilize standardized terms and fees. ELITE remains available to streamline communications, provide strategic support, and handle the details.  Experts are hand-selected within 14 days and will review records and offer independent opinions shortly thereafter.

Please visit our web site. You also are welcome to call us.  You'll speak directly with a physician and there is never a charge to discuss your case.

We welcome the opportunity to work with you on your next case.

Dr. Burton Bentley II, M.D., FAAEM

Areas of Expertise:
  • Anesthesiology
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Cardiology
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Critical Care
  • Dermatology
  • Ears, nose & throat (Otolaryngology)
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Endocrinology
  • Epidemiology
  • Family Medicine
  • Gastroenterology
  • General Surgery
  • Gerontology
  • Gynecologic Oncology
  • Gynecology
  • Hand Surgery
  • Hospital medicine (Hospitalist)
  • Infectious Disease
  • Intensive Care (ICU) Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Interventional Radiology
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Maternal Fetal Medicine
  • Neonatology
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Obstetrics
  • Oncology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Orthodontics
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Pathology
  • Pediatrics
  • Perinatology
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PMR)
  • Podiatry
  • Psychiatry
  • Pulmonology
  • Radiology
  • Rheumatology
  • Sports Medicine
  • Toxicology
  • Urology
  • Vascular Surgery
Check for SynapsUs
Ernest Chiodo
M.D., J.D., M.P.H., M.S., C.I.H.
221 North LaSalle,Suite 1748
Chicago IL 60601
phone: 312-351-0717
Ernest P. Chiodo, M.D., J.D., M.P.H., M.S., C.I.H. is a physician, attorney, Certified Industrial Hygienist (C.I.H), and biomedical engineer. Dr. Chiodo is board certified in the specialties of Internal Medicine, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and Public Health and General Preventive Medicine. Dr. Chiodo served as the Medical Director of the City of Detroit and was the chief physician in charge of measures designed to protect the public health of over one million persons. He has also been the lead expert witness in a number of high profile cases including serving as the lead expert witness in a mass toxic tort case for Gerry Spence.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Toxicology
  • Epidemiology
  • Industrial Hygiene
  • Mold
  • Asbestos
  • Benzene
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Accident Reconstruction
  • Electrocution
  • Building Related Disease
  • Biomechanics
  • Bed Bugs
  • Genetic evidence in the form of DNA profiles has proven to be a powerful tool in the advance of justice by proving the innocence of accused persons.

    Low speed motor vehicle collisions are a common occurrence. The use of cellular phones, text messaging, and e-mailing while driving has only increased the frequency of low speed motor vehicle collisions. A motor vehicle collision where there is only minor damage to the vehicles may result in personal injury claims for substantial sums.

    10/11/2012 · Toxicogenomics
    In toxic tort litigation, a person is often claiming to have developed cancer or some other serious disease due to having been exposed to a particular substance. Determining if the exposure to the substance was the cause of the disease is often a central focus of the litigation.

    9/26/2012 · Medical
    It is a common error that an attorney retains the wrong type of expert to testify in a lawsuit. This error is particularly common when the expert is a medical specialist. It is widely believed that a medical doctor who specializes in a particular organ system is qualified to formulate opinions and testify as to all issues concerning that organ system.

    Ernest Chiodo, MD, JD, MPH, CIH
    Check for SynapsUs
    Dr. Joel L. Nitzkin
    4939 Chestnut Street
    New Orleans LA 70115-294
    phone: 504-899-7893
    fax: 504-899-7557
    Healthcare Consulting, Public Health, Preventive Medicine, Expert Medical Witness

    Dr. Joel L. Nitzkin is a Public Health Physician, Board Certified in Preventive Medicine. He has been the Director of local and state health departments, President of two national public health organizations and Board member and Chair of the Board Evaluation Committees of several hospital enterprises and healthcare plans.

    Dr. Nitzkin has served as an Expert Witness for both Plaintiff and Defense in more than 85 cases involving Food Poisoning, Nosocomial (Hospital Related) Infections, Correctional Facility health issues, Community-acquired Infections, Health Care Quality, and Tobacco related illnesses. In addition, he has opined in several cases about critically ill patients who were not evacuated prior to Hurricane Katrina.
    Check for SynapsUs
    Lawrence S. Mayer
    MD, PhD
    712 Fantail Court
    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 federal litigation to state personal injury and malpractice cases.
    Check for SynapsUs
    Occupational and Environmental Medicine Consulting
    Dr. Theron Blickenstaff, MPH, FACOEM
    709 Clandon Drive
    Kingsport TN 37660
    phone: 423-378-3267
    Theron Blickenstaff, MD, MPH, FACOEM offers litigation support for both defense and plaintiff in the following areas:
  • Medical Record Reviews
  • Disability Consultation
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Product Liability Cases Involving Chemical Exposures
  • Epidemiology (Cancer Causation)
  • Hazard Communication (Material Safety Data Sheets and Labels)
  • Indoor Air Quality (Sick Building Syndrome)

    Dr. Blickenstaff's services include case review, affidavits, depositions and courtroom testimony.

    A fee schedule is available on request.
  • Check for SynapsUs
    4100 Milam
    Houston TX 77006
    phone: 713-797-9200
    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. He is committed to helping serve people, as a physician, as a reviewer and commentator, and certainly within their legal rights.

    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?