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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Dr. Jonathan S. Rutchik, MD, MPH
    20 Sunnyside Ave Suite A-321
    Mill Valley CA 94941
    USA
    phone: 415-381-3133
    fax: 415-381-3131
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    Dr. Jonathan S. Rutchik, MD, MPH, is one of the few physicians in the USA who is board certified in both Neurology and in Occupational and Environmental Medicine. He also has a masters in public health. 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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    Infectious Disease Specialist
    4096 Piedmont Avenue
    Suite 911
    Oakland CA 94611
    USA
    phone: 510-835-6225
    Expertise: Expert in Infectious Disease-infections in all medical specialties:HIV/ AIDS; Infection Control; Food poisoning; Hepatitis. Medicolegal consultant in above areas with extensive experience: case reviews, independent medical evaluations, Objective reviews for plaintiff and defense.

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

    See CV on Website for more details.

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

    Dr. Fullerton maintains active medical licenses in both California and Florida and holds additional national certificates of added qualifications as a Certified Medical Director (CMD) at multiple levels of care locally and in Home Care (AAHCP).

    Dr. Fullerton is a certified Clinical Forensics Expert, who has participated in nationally recognized Elder Abuse Cases, including the cases of "lay caregivers" misguidedly criminally charged with homicide or manslaughter after caring for a loved one at home with advanced dementias. He has been vetted by the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, the Office of The Inspector General, and the FBI to perform the duties of a government expert in cases of Criminal Healthcare Fraud. He has served as a key expert witness in the continuing efforts of 'Operation HEAT' and been on the winning side of three criminal convictions.

    Over roughly the past 14 years, Dr. Fullerton has provided independent medical expert testimony and clinical forensic medical testimony in more than 200 cases and reviewed over 1,500 files (including Medicare Audits for the Government). He has focused his medical expertise in mostly Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Determinations of Medicare Medical Necessity matters, and Civil & Criminal cases alleging Elder Abuse (including homicide) at either discovery, deposition or at trial testifying for both plaintiff and defense cases, respectively.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Adult Hospital Medicine
    • Ambulatory Care - Internal Medicine & Geriatrics
    • Geriatric Approaches to Gero-Psychiatry
    • Immuno-Compromised Host 1 Treatment
    • Long Term Care - SNF
    • Sub-Acute Rehabilitation
    • Assisted Living - Secured Dementia Units
  • LTC / Hospice Medical Directorships
  • Hospice & Palliative Care Units
  • Home Care
  • Elder Abuse Defense Cases
  • Preventable Falls
  • Pressure Wounds / Pain Management
  • Addiction Medicine - Forensic Toxicology / DUI Defense Cases
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    2/3/2014 · Medical
    From the days of "Reefer Madness" until the timing of Proposition 19 with the "Legalization of Marijuana Initiative" on the ballot last November, the controversies swirling around not only the recreational use, but also the medical use of marijuana, particularly in frail, elderly geriatric patients with clinically significant weight loss (and cachexia), has been fraught with controversy. Even though the ballot initiative from 2010 went down in defeat on November 2, 2010, rumblings of some of the authors bringing another, more "targeted" CA initiative in 2012 are regaining momentum.

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

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

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

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    Clive M. Segil, MD, FACS, FRCS
    2080 Century Park E. Ste 500
    Los Angeles CA 90067-2008
    USA
    phone: 310-203-5490
    Clive M. Segil, MD, FACS, FRCS is an internationally renowned Orthopedic Surgeon with 30 years of experience in the management of Musculoskeletal Disorders. He practices orthopedic surgery, treating all orthopedic conditions.

    Dr. Segil is on the staff of Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre, Olympia Medical Centre, Tarzana Medical Centre, and Encino Medical Centre in the Los Angeles area. He is a past assistant clinical professor of orthopedics at the University of Southern California School of Medicine and a past Clinical Chief of Orthopedics at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

    Dr. Segil completely understands the forensic system, is comfortable and confident in presentation and trial appearance, and is not intimidated by court proceedings. He has vast experience in all aspects of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is familiar with the new changes in the Workers' Compensation arena, including using the AMA guidelines, the ACOEM guidelines, and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery guidelines for spine problems.

    Dr. Segil testifies for defense and plaintiff cases with an unbiased, erudite, understandable, and logical argument to support the facts and evidence. He has provided unbiased, detailed, ratable, and credible reports concerning injured workers and has given an honest opinion as to their condition, causation, prognosis, disability, and apportionment in a precise organized manner.

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    Dr. Burr C. Hartman, DO, PhD
    Forensic Pathologist
    PO Box 726
    Springville CA 93265
    USA
    phone: 559-529-5265
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    Burr C. Hartman, DO, PhD is a Forensic Pathologist with a PhD in Chemistry. He is Board certified in Anatomic, Clinical, and Forensic Pathology and licensed to practice in California.

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

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Drugs and Driving
    • Anatomic Pathology
    • Clinical Pathology
    • Forensic Pathology
    • Laboratory Medicine
    • Chemical Pathology
    Poisoning
  • Toxicology
  • Clinical Chemistry
  • Medical Causation
  • Industrial Accidents
  • Aircraft / Automobile Accidents
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    8,500 Experts 250 Specialties
    6425 Christie Avenue, Suite 260
    Emeryville CA 94608
    USA
    phone: 800-275-8903
    fax: 510-486-1255
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    Medical Experts for Malpractice & Personal Injury Cases
    AMFS is America's premier medical expert witness and consulting company. We are a trusted partner with the legal community and provide a superior method of retaining medical experts. Since 1990, we have provided board-certified medical experts in over 10,000 medical malpractice and personal injury cases with a 92% win-rate compared to the industry average of 28%.
  • 8,500+ Medical Experts in 250+ Specialties
  • Active Practice Physicians with Legal Experience
  • Free Cost Attorney-Physician Consultations
  • Medical Record Review & Testimony
  • Independent Medical Examinations (IME) & Autopsies
  • Essential Affidavits & Reporting
  • Credible Expert Witnesses Resolving Medical Cases
    At AMFS, we carefully screen our experts to ensure that they are in active practice and are not "professional" experts. Our internal policy of blind presentation and review ensures objectivity and enables our experts to provide forensic testimony with the highest credibility. We maintain our high standards through oversight from an advisory board of esteemed medical professionals.
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    Dr. Richard Stripp, PhD
    Toxicologist
    ToxiConsult Division
    132 Cove Road
    Huntington NY 11743
    USA
    phone: 516-635-9916
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    Richard Stripp, PhD, is a nationally recognized expert in Toxicology providing services in all aspects of a Clinical and Forensic Toxicology. He has served as an expert consultant in 100’s of cases in the field of toxicology and pharmacology for attorneys, investigators, and physicians involved in forensic and clinical toxicological evaluations associated with ethanol, drugs of abuse, prescription medications and chemical exposure.

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