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V.K. Puppala, MD
Atlanta GA USA
phone: 770-627-7246
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V.K. Puppala, MD, DABA-PM, is double board-certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine. He has extensive NIH research experience in nerve injury as well as epidural injections, spinal cord stimulation, and intrathecal pumps.

Dr. Puppala has expertise in the treatment of a variety of chronic painful conditions including neck and low back pain, intractable neuropathic pain, joint pain, headaches, myofascial pain syndrome, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS/RSD), chronic abdominal pain, chronic pelvic pain, cancer-related pain, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with a multi-modal approach.

Litigation Support - Dr. Puppala provides unbiased and impartial expert testimony and litigation support services for both plaintiff and defense attorneys. His services include medical record review and causation analysis. A former journalism major, he has excellent communication skills and is able to meet tight deadlines.

Expertise Includes
  • Intubation
  • Intraoperative Death
  • Spine Surgery
  • Back Pain
  • Herniated Disc
  • Epidural
  • Radiofrequency
  • Ablation
  • Urine Drug Screening
  • Addiction
  • Overdose
  • Spinal Cord Stimulators
  • Intrathecal Pumps
  • Vertebroplasty
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Anesthetic Awareness
  • Blindness
  • Stroke
  • Tonsillectomy
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Hemorrhage
  • Brain Damage
  • Cardiac Arrest
  • Aspiration
    • IV Infiltration
    • Oversedation
    • Nerve Block
    • Spinal Anesthesia
    • Lethal Injection
    • Midazolam
    • Propofol
    • Fentanyl
    • Oxycodone
    • Hydrocodone
    • Morphine
    • Methadone
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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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    David Friedler, LMHC, MPH
    Owner
    65 Wachusett Street
    Unit 2
    Jamaica Plain MA 02130
    USA
    phone: 617-515-4418
    fax: 617-344-0444
    David Friedler, LMHC, MPH Is an expert in the regulatory standard of care in Nursing Facilities, Psychiatric, Alcohol/Substance Use Rehabilitation Facilities as well as Group Homes for the disabled. He has worked in clinical and administrative roles in these environments over four decades. He has extensive experience with survey compliance, Federal and State regulation, JCAHO and CARF accreditation, OSHA compliance and policy and procedure development.

    Areas of Expertise:
  • Long Term Care
  • Nursing Homes
  • Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation
  • Behavioral Health / Psychiatric Care in Drug Treatment Facilities
  • Psychiatric care in Nursing Homes, Group Homes
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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.
  • Editor-in-Chief for major national Addiction Medicine textbook
  • America’s Top Psychiatrists
  • Published original research
  • Interviews: Dateline NBC, Pravda, US News & World Report, etc.
  • Credentials, Competence, Credibility, Communication Skills
  • 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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    Alexander E. Obolsky, MD, DFAPA
    Licensed in the states of IL, WI, and NV
    134 N. LaSalle, Ste. 1810
    Chicago IL 60602
    USA
    phone: 312-456-4343
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    Alexander E. Obolsky, MD, PC treats adults with a wide range of Psychiatric Issues and Disorders, with a focus on distressing and debilitating physical, mental, and situational trauma and its impact on an individual’s day-to-day functioning. Dr. Obolsky offer diagnostic evaluations, psychotherapy, medication management, and on-site psychological and neuro-psychological testing.

    Clinical Focus Areas:
    • Emotional Injuries after Trauma
    • Stress and Conflict
    • Worry and Anxiety
    • Sadness and Depression
    • Head Injury
    • Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
    • Mood Disorders
    • Bipolar Disorder
    • Adult ADHD
  • Schizophrenia
  • Relationship Issues
  • Career Stress Issues
  • Life Balance Issues
  • Self-Esteem Issues
  • Anger and Irritability
  • Work Issues – Performance, Interpersonal Relations
  • Change Adjustment
  • Challenging Life Events
  • Alexander Obolsky Forensic Psychiatry Expert PhotoAlexander E. Obolsky, MD, DFAPA, is board-certified and trained in General, Addiction, and Forensic Psychiatry. He possesses over 20 years of experience evaluating and treating patients in the Chicagoland area.

    Dr. Obolsky has extensive training, experience, and understanding of medical and psychiatric illness, medical-psychiatric assessment, and various forms of mental health treatment. He can analyze and diagnose medical issues potentially presenting as non psychiatric symptoms. As a physician, Dr. Obolsky has also been trained in the field of Pharmacology both within and outside of General Adult Psychiatry. He has evaluated and treated patients with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), mild traumatic brain injury (TBI), and other psychiatric and neurobehavioral disorders.

    Dr. Obolsky's professional achievements include having established and ran The Division of Forensic Psychiatry at the Northwestern University Medical School and The Psychiatry and Law Program at Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation. He worked as an Assistant Medical Director at the Illinois largest hospital for criminally insane. He has been featured in the “America’s Top Psychiatrists” guide multiple times in the areas of conflict, stress, and trauma.

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    Dr. Obolsky is licensed in: Illinois and Wisconsin
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    James F. Zender, PhD
    P.O. Box 931, Mount Clemens, MI 48046-0931
    Office: 117 Cass Avenue, Suite 204
    Mount Clemens MI 48043
    USA
    phone: 586-465-6148 or 586-909-9056 (Cell)
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    James Zender, PhD, is a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist with over 30 years Trauma experience, the last 15 of which he specialized in Auto Accident Trauma Treatment and Care. This involves helping accident survivors cope with physical and emotional conditions such as posttraumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, chronic pain, anxiety and depression. Dr. Zender knows from experience that therapy can help auto accident survivors become more comfortable with their new normal, and from there, move forward on the path to thriving and enjoying life once again.

    Dr. James Zender on The Extensive And Often Hidden Mental and Physical Trauma Caused By Auto Accidents
    Background Experience - Prior to private practice, he worked as a clinical psychologist at Providence Hospital and Ypsilanti Regional Psychiatric Hospital. He was the founding director of the Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Psychological Trauma at Detroit Receiving Hospital and University Health Center—one of the premier trauma hospitals worldwide— where he also served as Instructor in Psychiatry.

    Dr. Zender has been brought in to evaluate, consult, and train following some of the world’s major traumatic events. While much of his community and disaster work is confidential, the list includes:
    • Terrorist Acts, such as Bombings
    • Industrial Plant and Community Explosions
    • Law Enforcement Critical Events
    • Airline Crashes
    • Civil War and Mass Refugee Scenarios
    • Political Asylum Processes from more than a Dozen Countries in South America, Africa, Asia and Central America
    Dr. Zender is the Founding Director of the Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Psychological Trauma at Detroit Receiving Hospital. He is a Member of the American Psychological Association, International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Brain Injury Association of Michigan, National Safety Council, International Pain Society, among others.

    Consulting for Accident Survivors - Dr. Zender is determined to improve the relationships among insurance companies, providers and the injured insured to create optimal outcomes for all parties. Knowing that proactive, appropriate insurance coverage for accident survivors actually benefits the bottom line and market growth of companies, he is determined to help them navigate the world of trauma treatment more effectively. This will also help trauma survivors—and especially auto accident survivors get the resources they need to recover from their trauma and lead fulfilling lives. In addition, he works in the area of accident prevention through helping drivers change their high risk driving behaviors.

    Speaking Engagements and Training - Dr. Zender is a thought leader in the area of the pandemic of automobile accident trauma and its impact on people’s lives. He speaks to a variety of audiences at professional conferences, in-house business trainings, and national and international relief efforts. He has trained various groups of leaders to be proactive in responding to the psychological needs of their teams, particularly in the wake of major traumatic events.

    Audiences include human resources departments, all levels of managers, insurance industry professionals, members of professional organizations, other trauma experts, federal and local law enforcement professionals, traumatized communities, international refugees and political asylum seekers.

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    7/5/2018 · Psychology
    A powerful adjunct to post-trauma psychotherapy is body-oriented therapies and methods. Yoga, massage therapy, and Pilates are powerful tools that should be considered and included in the comprehensive treatment plan. In my work with auto accident trauma survivors I daily see the value of combining massage therapy and methods such as Pilates with the verbal working through of trauma in psychotherapy. I believe auto insurance carriers would earn big returns on their investments by paying for personal trainers to work with survivors in regular Pilates sessions which somatically supports the psycho-therapeutic work. When combined with regular massage therapy, the synergy of the combined approaches is the perfect combination for many people attempting to gain improved emotional regulation, physical health, and mobility.

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    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.
    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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    Richard Stieg
    409 Main St suite 216
    PO Box 2370
    Frisco Colorado 80443
    United States
    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. Dr. Stieg currently sees patients in a private practice in Aurora, Colorado. He also served as Co-Medical Director of the Centennial Rehabilitation Associates (CRA) until 2013. A private institution in Aurora, CRA offered several outpatient programs for patients with chronic pain and traumatic brain injury, some with concurrent psychiatric disorders including addiction to prescription and illicit drugs.

    Background: For over 8 years, Dr. Stieg worked with Pinnacol Assurance developing a statewide PPO-like organization consisting of primary care and specialty physicians specially trained to offer workers' compensation care in Colorado. He also served the Division of Workers' Compensation in the state of Colorado as a taskforce member of four different committees that developed medical treatment guidelines for Traumatic Brain Injury, Chronic Pain, and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome for the workers' compensation system.

    Dr. Stieg was 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. 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.

    Graduated Pain Treatment Consulting Services:
    • Pain Education
    • Lifestyle Change Counseling
    • Physica Therapy
    • Biofeedback
    • Pharmacological Agents
    • Nerve Blocks
    • Delivery of Drugs or Electrical Stimulation to the Spinal Cord
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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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    Scott Mitchell Davis, MD, MA, FASAM
    89 Cannon Road
    South Portland ME 04106
    USA
    phone: 207-356-7153
    fax: 207-221-1289
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    Scott Davis Addiction Medicine Expert PhotoScott Mitchell Davis, MD, MA, FASAM, is a Board-Certified Addiction Medicine specialist and Internist. Formerly the lead Addiction Medicine Physician for the world-renowned Betty Ford Center, he has been regarded as a leading expert in the field of Addiction Medicine, garnering requests from numerous professional organizations and government agencies.

    Dr. Davis currently serves as Medical Director of the Residential Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) at Liberty Bay Recovery Center, the Women’s Residential Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) at Ginger’s House, and the Outpatient Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) at Behavioral Health Resources of Maine, all in Portland, ME. He is also an Addiction Medicine Physician at Evans Management Services in Westbrook, ME.

    In 2012, Dr. Davis was nominated by the Governor to the Maine Quality Forum Advisory Council to review and assist implementation of healthcare-related improvements for the state. He has also been appointed to the Maine State Legislature LD1501 Workgroup committee where he produced recommendations for legislative amendments to reduce prescription drug abuse and diversion, and as a team leader to the Maine State Prescription Drug Abuse Summit, where he facilitated discussion on drug treatment and recovery and developed “actionable” plans.

    Dr. Davis is a published author of Living Jonathan's Life, a memoir and reference on addiction and substance abuse topics for health care providers and families seeking information on these topics. He is passionate about community outreach and education on addiction and substance abuse to health care providers and communities.

    Dr. Davis Interviewed by CBS on Prescription Drug Addiction (view at 45 seconds)


    Litigation Support - Scott Mitchell Davis, MD, MA, FASAM offers expert witness and consulting nationally to law firms and other organizations seeking expertise on matters related to addiction and substance abuse and substance abuse standard of care issues. Dr. Davis' services include medical record review, second opinions, written reports, depositions, and trial testimony.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Addiction Medicine
    • Alcohol Abuse
    • Drugs & Substance Abuse Disorders Alcohol
    • Medication Reactions and Interactions
    • Tobacco Dependency
    • Chemical Dependency
  • Detoxification
  • Opioid Addiction
  • Opioid Overdose
  • Internal Medicine Drug Abuse
  • Methadone / Drug Treatment
  • Wrongful Death
  • For many individuals contemplating treatment for addiction, ninety or more days of residential treatment can be a daunting thought; even difficult for some to consider beyond the once-mainstay "30 day" inpatient treatment program. While many programs still use this "30 day" model, this duration was not based on research or science. It was simply the time period that insurance carriers agreed to provide coverage in the 1940-s and 1950-s, and so was adapted as the model for treatment.

    There are many reasons not to drink at a Holiday party. For example, you may need to avoid alcohol because you are driving, because you are a recovering alcoholic or simply because you are going somewhere after the party and you need to be clear-minded. There is also a chance that you want to have a drink or two but want to avoid getting drunk and losing control. In any case, there are some things you can do to stay sober.

    11/3/2017 · Addiction Issues
    The pills - he had to find the pills. Running from his house to his leased car, he yanked open the front door and reached for the fuse box. The stash he kept there was gone. Frantically pushing his hands under the front seat, he poured through the car before ripping off the dashboard.

    Scott M. Davis, MD
    A true story of identical twin brothers, each fighting similar physical and emotional battles. One would lose his life; the other would nearly self-destruct. It includes a directory of treatment programs, intervention resources and the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.
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    Stephen M. Raffle, M.D.
    President
    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 49 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
  • Expert testimony in 700 depositions and trials
  • Successful clinical practice

    The job of an expert witness is to educate a jury, judge, attorney, and trier of fact about the forensic psychiatrist's conclusions and how those opinions were derived in a manner well-reasoned, skillful, and 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
  • U.C. 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 (MDs), Psychologists (LCSWs / MFTs), 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
    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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    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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    Adam J. Carinci, MD
    601 Elmwood Ave., Box 604
    Rochester NY 14642
    USA
    phone: 585-273-5875 (Office) 845-797-2305 (Cell)
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    Adam CarinciDr. Adam J Carinci, M.D. is a nationally recognized and sought after clinician, speaker and expert witness with over a decade of pain medicine experience. He is double-board certified in both Anesthesiology and in Pain Medicine and maintains an active, full time medical practice. Dr. Carinci is Chief of the Pain Management Division and Director of the Pain Treatment Center at the University of Rochester Medical Center and an Associate Professor at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. Prior to his current position, Dr. Carinci was the Director of the Pain Medicine Center at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Instructor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Carinci trained at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He has been involved in over 50 cases as an expert witness for both plaintiff (35%) and defense (65%). He has qualified as an expert witness in federal court. He has authored over 30 expert reports, and has offered testimony under oath at both depositions and trials. Dr. Carinci is pleased to provide attorney references and redacted sample reports. He is an active member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, The American Academy of Pain Medicine and the American Pain Society. He lectures nationally as an expert on opioids and pain. He is a consultant for several Federal Agencies including; CDC, HHS and USDVA.



    Pain Management Credentials:

    -Board Certification in Anesthesiology (ABMS)

    -Board Certification in Pain Medicine (ABMS)

    -Expertise: CRPS, RSD, Opioids

    -Division Chief and Director at URMC

    -Prior Director of the MGH Center for Pain Medicine

    -Active clinical practice in pain management

    -Litigation Support

    -Extensive expert witness experience

    -Standard of care opinions, Case merit

    -Medical Necessity Standards, Medical Fraud and Abuse

    -Translate complex medical issues into easily understood language -Trial Experience
    5/9/2018 · Pain Management
    Pain is one of the most prevalent conditions for which patients seek medical attention. Additionally, the number of patients who utilize complementary and alternative medicine as a treatment of pain either in lieu of, or concurrent with, standard conventional treatments continues to grow. While research into the mechanisms, side effect profiles, and efficacies of these alternative therapies has increased in recent years, much more remains unknown and untested. Herein, we review the literature on complementary and alternative medicine for pain, with particular emphasis on evidence-based assessments pertinent to the most common alternative therapies, including acupuncture, herbal therapy, massage therapy, hypnosis, tai chi, and biofeedback.

    4/16/2018 · Addiction Issues
    Addiction to opioid analgesics is an important and yet underinvestigated clinical issue, which has substantial implications in opioid therapy for chronic pain management. Problematic opioid use, including compulsive opioid seeking and addiction, arises in some fraction of opioid-treated chronic pain patients. The connection between chronic pain and opioid addiction is a complex interplay between psychological, epidemiological, and neurobiological factors. Herein, we explore this critical relationship.

    4/2/2018 · Pain Management
    Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is the great imitator1,2. The current medical literature is clear that severe CRPS, particularly CRPS that has been present for several years, is a systemic disease which can manifest in literally any organ system throughout the body. In fact, there is not a single organ system that is known to be immune from the spread of CRPS. Not uncommonly, CRPS can spread from one limb to another and from one organ system to another through interactions between the somatic and sympathetic nervous systems.

    3/6/2018 · Pain Management
    Torture is widely practiced throughout the world. Recent studies indicate that 50% of all countries, including 79% of the G-20 countries, continue to practice systematic torture despite a universal ban. It is well known that torture has numerous physical, psychological, and pain-related sequelae that can inflict a devastating and enduring burden on its victims. Health care professionals, particularly those who specialize in the treatment of chronic pain, have an obligation to better understand the physical and psychological effects of torture. This review highlights the epidemiology, classification, pain sequelae, and clinical treatment guidelines of torture victims. In addition, the role of pharmacologic and psychologic interventions is explored in the context of rehabilitation.

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    Tracy L. Skaer, PharmD, 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, FASHP, FASCP is a Professor of Pharmacotherapy with over 30 years of pharmaceutical experience. Dr. Skaer's research and professional experience includes pharmacy practice, chronic pain, mental health, substance abuse, and complementary and alternative medicine. She is licensed pharmacist in California, Idaho, and Washington.

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

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

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

    View Dr. Skaer's Expert Witness Profile.