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Washington State University
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; 5 years as an expert witness. She is a licensed pharmacist in California, Idaho, and Washington. Dr. Skaer is a Fellow of the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, the American Society of Consultant Pharmacist, and a Member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacist's (ACCP) Pain and Palliative Care Practice and Research Network (PRN).

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

Litigation Support - Dr. Skaer has completed several expert cases across the United States. Her services are available to attorneys representing plaintiff and defendant and include record review, written reports, deposition, and trial testimony. Dr. Skaer's cases involve:
  • Chronic Pain
  • Narcotic Use
  • Opioid Pill Mills
  • Illicit Substance Abuse
  • Opioid Overdose
  • Wrongful Death
  • Urine Drug Testing
  • Medication-Related Suicide
  • Medication Reactions and Interactions
  • FDA Controlled Substances Act
  • Opioid Prescribing
  • Opioid Dispensing Regulations
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    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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    John F. Steinfirst, LCSW
    70 Parker Avenue
    San Francisco CA 94118
    USA
    phone: 415-753-9441 (Office), 510-773-9485 (Cell)
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    John F. Steinfirst, LCSW, has over 40 years of experience in Clinical Social Work, Supervision, Program Development, and Management, and as CEO for 20 years of a $30 million mental health, child welfare, social services agency.

    As principal of the well-respected residential and community based Fred Finch Youth Center in Oakland, with programs throughout California, Mr. Steinfirst has experience with an array of services for a variety of institutions, government and private agencies. Clients include but are not limited to abused and neglected children, developmentally disabled and mentally disabled, co-occurring disordered, children, youth, and families, adults, the elderly and those with substance abuse problems.

    An innovator in his field, Mr. Steinfirst is responsible for developing and implementing the first residential and day treatment programs in California for developmentally disabled consumers with mental health problems, and one of the most comprehensive affordable housing, mental health, and vocational training programs for Transitional Age Youth, ages 17-28.

    Litigation Support - As a licensed and experienced Mental Health Therapist, Mr. Steinfirst also offers expert witness services to attorneys representing plaintiff and defendant. His cases involve standards of care, group homes / residential treatment and care, foster family agencies, a wide range of states' regulations and laws, mental health issues, social services, developmental disabilities, psychiatric institutions, and clinical services, for all ages.

    Mr. Steinfirst's most recent case involved an insurance company that refused to settle for $2 million. The case resulted in a $5.3 million victory after he took the stand for 1 1/2 days.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Behavioral Science
    • Child Abuse
    • Child Custody
    • Child Psychiatry
    • Child Sexual Abuse
  • Community Mental Health
  • Disability
  • Drug Abuse
  • Therapist Malpractice
  • State Laws and Regulations
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    The Reading Medical Group- Laureldale
    William Santoro
    MD
    3212 Kutztown Road
    Laureldale PA 19605
    USA
    phone: 610-929-3380
    fax: 610-685-9290
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    Dr. William Santoro, MD is Board Certified in Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine. In addition to being the Medical Director at the Reading Hospital & Medical Center detoxification and rehabilitation program, Dr. Santoro is also the Medical Director for New Directions, Methadone Treatment center where he is responsible for all admission physical examinations and for prescribing methadone to approximately 950 opiate dependant patients.

    Dr. Santoro is the Addictionist on staff at The Reading Hospital & Medical Center in the Department of Psychiatry. He is consulted by the hospitalists to care for patients admitted to the hospital with addiction complicating their condition. Dr. Santoro runs a private Suboxone Outpatient Center treating up to 100 patients with Suboxone maintenance.

    With a special interest in Sports Medicine in 2001, he served as a volunteer physician for the U.S. Olympic Training Team in Lake Placid, New York.

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

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Methadone Treatment
    • Suboxone Treatment
    • Dual Diagnosis Pain / Addiction
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    Teo Ernst, PsyD, ABPP
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    CA USA
    phone: 415-913-8096
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    Teo Ernst, PsyD, ABPP, is a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist licensed in California and Washington State. He is board certified in forensic psychology, a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology, and an Assistant Clinical Professor in the UCSF Department of Psychiatry.

    Dr. Ernst has specialized expertise in the assessment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. As a trauma expert, Dr. Ernst chose to complete an additional year of fellowship training in PTSD at the San Francisco Veterans Hospital. He is additionally frequently retained to conduct a diverse range of civil and criminal evaluations including, but not limited to, mitigation evaluations (juvenile & adult), competency/capacity evaluations, personal injury evaluations, mental state at the time of the offense evaluations, violence risk assessment, and employment evaluations.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Ernst has completed over 300 Forensic Psychological Evaluations during the course of his career. He is currently a Qualified Medical Evaluator for the California Department of Industrial Relations and serves as a member of the Criminal Panel for Psychological and Psychiatric Experts for multiple Superior Courts. Dr. Ernst's past professional experiences including providing treatment and expert testimony as a member of medical staff of Napa State Hospital and completing VA forensic evaluations on veteran's alleging psychiatric injury from military trauma.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Assessment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
    • Personal Injury Evaluations
    • Employment Evaluations
    • Assessment of Civil and Criminal Competencies
    • Violence Risk Assessment / Threat Assessment
    • Mitigation Evaluations
    • Capital Sentencing Evaluations
    • MSO Evaluations
    • Assessment of Neuropsychological Functioning
    • Assessment of Malingering
  • Independent Medical Exams (IME)
  • Trial Consultation
  • Disability Evaluations
  • Drug Abuse / Drug Addictions
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder (Manic Depression)
  • Depressive Disorders
  • Panic Disorders
  • Schizophrenia Assessments
  • Violence Evaluations
  • San Francisco Office
    703 Market, Suite 410
    San Francisco, CA 94103
    Telephone: 415-913-8096
    Alameda Office
    1402 Park St., Suite C
    Alameda, CA 94501
    Telephone: 415-913-8096


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    Manonmani Antony, MD, DABA, DABIPP
    CEO, Interventional Pain Specialist
    18229 DuPont Blvd.
    Georgetown DE 19947
    USA
    phone: 302-519-0100
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    Manonmani Antony, MD, DABA, DABIPP, is triple board-certified in Anesthesiology (ABA), Pain Medicine (ABA), and Interventional Pain Medicine (ABIPP).

    Dr. Antony completed medical school at University of Peradeniya and later finished her residency at Texas Tech University, where she was awarded the Outstanding Resident Award. Dr. Antony was trained to perform advanced pain procedures utilizing cutting-edge technology during her Pain Management Fellowship at the University of Maryland. She currently lectures on Opioid Risk Management for the Medical Society of Delaware and the Delaware State Medical Board.

    Dr. Antony's personal philosophy as a physician motivates her to explore every treatment option possible in order to avoid invasive surgeries and Opioid drug abuse in chronic pain patients. With great success, she uses Interventional Spinal / Joint Procedures along with Physical Therapy as alternative pain-management therapies to supplement patients' pharmacological regimens.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Antony provides expert witness services for cases involving Interventional Pain Management and Opioid Risk Management. She has performed numerous Independent Medical Reviews (IMEs) and has testified in court approximately 25 times. Dr. Antony's services are available to counsel representing plaintiff and defendant and include Workers Compensation Review, Auto injury Review, Depositions, Narrative Reports, and Peer Reviews.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection
    • Cervical Facet Joint Injection
    • Cervical Medial Branch Block
    • Cervical Medial Branch Neurotomy
    • Diagnostic Ultrasound
    • Fluoroscopic-Guided Hip Injection
    • Fluroscopically-Guided Spinal Injection
    • Ganglion Impar Block
    • Implantable Peripheral Neurostimulator
    • Intercostal Nerve Block
    • Lumbar Discography
    • Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection
    • Lumbar Facet Joint Injection
    • Lumbar Selective Nerve Root Block
  • Lumbar Sympathetic Block
  • Lumbar Transforaminal Injection
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Neuromodulation
  • Neurostimulation
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Piriformis Injection
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection (PRP)
  • Sacroiliac Joint Injection
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Stellate Ganglion Block
  • Thoracic Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Thoracic Facet Joint Injection
  • Total Disc Replacement
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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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    Mohan Nair, MD
    133 The Promenade, Ste. 108
    Long Beach CA 90802
    USA
    phone: 562-495-3937
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    Mohan Nair, MD, trained at the University of California (Irvine) and Harvard and is board certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties in:
    • Brain Injury Medicine
    • Psychiatry
    • Child Psychiatry
    • Forensic Psychiatry
  • Addiction Medicine
  • Pain Medicine
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Behavioral Neurology / Neuropsychiatry
  • Dr. Nair brings his extensive training, clinical experience, and formal board certifications to provide in-depth and nuanced medico-legal analysis of cases for both adults and children involving brain injury, frequently and tragically combined with chronic pain and severe psychological trauma (PTSD). He is committed to comprehensive and accurate forensic examinations, quality neuropsychological assessment, and use of the most up to date technology available in the field.

    Mohan Nair Neuropsychiatry Expert PhotoLitigation Support - Dr. Nair has provided extensive trial testimony in defense and plaintiffs cases. With cases primarily involving Traumatic Brain Injury and PTSD - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, he provides and coordinates medical, psychological, neuropsychological, toxicological, and imaging experts for complex civil litigation.

    Dr. Nair is familiar with the milieu of the courtroom and its adversarial nature that can be intimidating for non-forensic scientists. He will provide timely and jargon free IME reports when needed and prepare for and withstand forceful cross examinations He provides the full spectrum expert witness services for personal injury/civil litigation, criminal cases, private disability, medical board investigations, and employment litigation, including confidential consultations, record reviews, litigation support for IME, depositions, witness preparation, and trial testimony.
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    4184 Johnston Road
    Winston GA 30187
    USA
    phone: 770-359-9807 (office) and 770-359-980 (cell)
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    Ted Simon Environemntal Toxicology Expert PhotoTed W. Simon, PhD, DABT, is an award winning Environmental Toxicologist and Scientist. His expertise is in toxicology, risk assessment, mathematical modeling, statistics, neuroscience, and environmental / ecological health issues.

    Dr. Simon has over 10 years of experience as a toxicologist employed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He served as EPA’s senior toxicologist in the waste management division working on risk and soil cleanup.

    Teaching Experience - Since 2001, Dr. Simon has served as an Instructor / Adjunct Professor in the Department of Environmental Health Science, College of Public Health, at the University of Georgia.

    Public Speaker - Well published, including the author of a textbook on toxicology and environmental risk assessment, Dr. Simon has extensive national and international public speaking experience. Since 1996, he has been delivering seminars and lectures to universities and national institutes on many subjects within his area of expertise. In 2016, he delivered a lectures on “Bayesian Methods for Application of Uncertainty Factors,” to the Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, and “Quantitative Prediction of Phenotypic Change from High Throughput Assay Results,” to the EPA's Workshop on In Vitro to In Vivo Extrapolation, Research Triangle Park, NC.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Simon has over 15 years of experience offering expert witness services to counsel representing both plaintiff and defendant. He has been retained over 20 times since 2000 for cases involving environmental risk, drug and alcohol cases, DUI, accidental poisoning, and intellectual property. Dr. Simon has particular expertise in dioxin-like chemicals and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). His services include consulting, reports, deposition, and trial testimony when necessary.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Dioxins
    • PCBs
    • Drugs
    • Alcohol
    • Poisoning
    • DUI / DWI
    • Water Contamination
    • Soil Contamination
    • Environmental Risk Assessment
  • Environmental Toxicology
  • Carcinogenicity
  • Food Contamination
  • Pesticides
  • Fracking
  • Lead
  • Marijuana
  • Polychlorinated Biphenyls
  • Intellectual Property
  • 9/26/2016 · Environment
    The willingness to view risk as part of daily life has vanished. A risk-averse mindset among environmental regulators engenders confusion between the ethics of intention and the ethics of consequence, leading to the elevation of the precautionary principle with unintended and often unfortunate outcomes. Environmental risk assessment is conservative, but the actual level of conservatism cannot be determined. High-end exposure assumptions and current toxicity criteria from the USEPA, based on linear extrapolation for carcinogens and default uncertainty factors for systemic toxicants, obscure the degree of conservatism in risk assessments. Ideally, one could choose a percentile of the target population to include within environmental standards, but this choice is complicated by the food, pharmaceutical and advertising industries, whose activities, inadvertent or not, often promote maladaptive and unhealthy lifestyle choices.

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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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    Sanjay Adhia, MD
    Forensic Psychiatry, Psychiatric Damages Consultant
    Sugar Land TX 77479
    USA
    phone: 832-746-5905
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    Dr. Adhia is double-Board-Certified in Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry, and is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB). His forensic and clinical practices focus on the psychiatric impact of personal injury, abuse, competency, violence, and complicating mental illness. Dr. Adhia evaluates and treats psychiatric injury and disability in victims and alleged abusers. He treats patients in high-risk and security sensitive settings including maximum security prisons and correctional psychiatric hospitals, inmates on death row and segregated in Isolation. In addition, Dr. Adhia works with Physicians for Human Rights to assess victims of kidnapping and false imprisonment, human trafficking, undue influence, physical and sexual abuse, rape, and fear of imminent death. In all populations, he assesses PTSD, Anxiety, Depressive Disorders, risk of suicide, and malingering. He is experienced in treatment and impact of drug and alcohol abuse on decision-making. Dr. Adhia also treats severe psychosis (Schizophrenia, hallucinations) and psychopathology.

    Dr. Adhia’s findings consider complicating factors, such as emotional distress worsened by physical and emotional isolation from family and support. Other factors are pre-existing mental and physical illness, competency and capacity (e.g. dementia, Intellectual Disability.)

    As a physician, Dr. Adhia is uniquely qualified to review medical records and doctor reports.

    Institutional medicine, medical malpractice, and standard of care, apply to both public and private facilities, including government regulated correctional institutions and psychiatric hospital. Dr. Adhia is skilled in these med-legal issues.

    Dr. Adhia conducts Independent Medical Examinations, review of records, and reports his med-legal findings and opinions. He is available to testify in civil, criminal, probate, Federal, Immigration and administrative jurisdictions.

    • Violence
    • Sexual abuse
    • Malpractice and Standard of Care
    • Alcohol and Drug Abuse
    • PTSD
    • Anxiety and Depression
    • Psychopharmacology
    • Competency
  • Suicide
  • Psychiatric Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Correctional
  • Fitness for Duty
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    Samuel I. Miles, MD, PhD
    8631 W. Third Street 425E
    Los Angeles CA 90048
    USA
    phone: 310-659-1674
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    Samuel I. Miles, MD, PhD, has been engaged in the private practice of Psychiatry in Los Angeles since 1978. He has extensive experience in diagnosing and treating people with mental disorders and substance use disorders in inpatient, outpatient, and custodial settings. He provides consultations to other physicians and mental health practitioners, as well as to attorneys, employers, insurance companies, government agencies, and the courts.

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

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

    Litigation Support - Dr. Miles has provided consultations, reports, and expert testimony to both plaintiffs and defendants in litigated civil and criminal matters. He has qualified as expert in state and federal courts to provide legally relevant psychiatric, medical, and psychopharmacological opinions. Cases have included issues of:
    • Forensic Psychiatry
    • Pharmacology
    • Psychopharmacology
    • Criminal Responsibility
    • Sanity / Competency to Stand Trial
    • Alcohol Abuse / Drug Ingestion
    • Testamentary Capacity
    • Psychiatric Standards of Practice
  • Prescription Practices
  • Impairment
  • Harassment & Discrimination
  • Disability
  • Emotional Distress
  • Malingering
  • Suicide
  • Need for Treatment
  • Samuel I. Miles, MD, PhD
    This article is an outline of basic principles of psychopharmacology, and an overview of psychotherapeutic agents, along with some clinical and medical-legal issues related to them.
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    Dr. Richard Stieg, MD, MHS
    409 Main St. #216
    PO Box 2370
    Frisco CO 80443
    USA
    phone: 303-886-1836
    fax: 970-455-8233
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    Richard Stieg Neurology Pain ExpertDr. Richard Stieg, MD, MHS is board certified in Neurology, Pain Medicine, and Addiction Medicine. He is a founding member and tenth President of the American Academy of Pain Medicine. He has also served the American Pain Society in various board capacities and as co-founder of their journal, Pain Forum.

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

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

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Chronic Pain
    • Drug Addiction
    • Short Term Disability
    • Long Term Disability
    • Opioid Abuse / Overdose
    • Drug Overdose / Abuse
    • Wrongful Death
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome(CRPS)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Post Traumatic Headache
  • Malingering
  • Chronic Pain Disorder
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Workers' Compensation
  • View Dr. Richard Stieg's Consulting Profile.
    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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    Ray S. Kim, Ph.D.
    Forensic Psychologist
    2300 Barrington Road, Suite 400
    Hoffman Estates IL 60169
    USA
    phone: 847-309-7475
    fax: 847-984-9292
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    Ray S. Kim, Ph.D., is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Board Certified Forensic Psychologist. Dr. Kim is also a Board Registered Mental Illness / Substance Abuse Provider, Diplomate of the American Psychotherapy Association, Diplomate of the American Board of Psychological Specialties, Fellow of the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute, and Fellow of the American College of Advanced Practice Psychologists.

    Dr. Kim is currently the Director of Chicago Metropolitan Forensic Services at the Illinois Department of Human Services where he supervises a team of clinical psychologists and social workers who evaluate the placement of individuals into forensic facilities. He also serves as the Director of Clinical Training at Chicago Metropolitan Forensic Services where he developed and supervises a forensic practicum program which provides opportunities for specialized clinical training in the area of forensic psychology.

    Litigation Support - Since 2010, Dr. Kim has testified in over 40 cases in both criminal and civil court proceedings. He is sensitive to the nature of legal matters, and provides comprehensive, timely, and professional services.

    Dr. Kim's services are available to attorneys or defendants seeking a qualified evaluator to help support a case, or wishing to obtain a second opinion on a legal matter already in progress. He is skilled in utilizing the field of psychology's most up-to-date assessments to provide recommendations for prosecution or defense teams.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Psychological Evaluations
    • Pre-Sentencing Evaluations
    • Sex Offender Evaluations
    • Violence Risk Assessments
    • Competency to Waive Miranda Rights
    • Diminished Capacity
    • Fitness for Duty Evaluations
    • Substance Abuse Assessments
    • Independent Medical Examinations (personal injury, workers' compensation, disability determination, malpractice)
    • Detection of Malingering
    • Federal Evaluations (competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility)
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    3/11/2015 · Psychology
    Forensic psychological evaluations have become a valuable resource for the criminal justice system by addressing important forensic questions. For instance, assessing risk for violence can help courts make appropriate decisions on issues such as sentencing, granting privileges, and community reintegration. If an individual is assessed to be a high risk for future violence, a judge has grounds to order a more restrictive setting compared to someone who is a lower risk for recidivism. By tailoring court decisions based on accurate psychological evaluations, the community is safer while the defendant's rights are also protected.

    Ray S. Kim, PhD
    When minors violate a criminal statute, they enter the juvenile justice system rather than the adult criminal system. Although differences exist, both court systems recognize the competency to stand trial law. Just like adults, it would be unfair for juveniles to proceed in the legal process if they were deemed incompetent to stand trial because they did not understand the court proceedings against them or could not adequately assist in their defense. The purpose of this book is to educate minors about the juvenile justice system and prepare them for their day in court.
    Ray S. Kim, PhD
    The correctional system has become the largest provider of mental health care in our society. Due to the prevalence of mental disabilities in the criminal justice system, many defendants are found Incompetent to Stand Trial. However, defendants do not usually understand what it means to be incompetent, let alone what to do about it. The purpose of this guidebook is to help defendants better understand why they were found incompetent, what they can do about it, and how to get the best possible outcomes.
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    Paul Abato Consulting
    Paul Abato, PhD
    Services Provided Nationally
    Providence RI USA
    phone: 401-487-6594
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    Litigation Support - Dr Abato has been retained by a major generic pharmaceutical drug company in a high profile case, he was deposed and participated in pretrial preparation. Currently, Dr Abato is providing expert witness consulting services in an ongoing case for a nutraceutical company where he has been deposed and is involved in pretrial preparation.

    Paul Abato, PhD, is a Medicinal ChemistDr Abato is also presently consulting for H3 Biomedicine where he oversees radio-labled syntheses of active pharmaceutical agents for pharmacokinetic studies in rodent and higher species. A Ph. D. Medicinal Chemist with over 20 years of experience in the discovery and development of novel human therapeutics in the areas of anti-infective, anti-inflammatory and neurodegenerative diseases.

    Dr. Abato has been involved in all aspects of drug research and development from synthesis/purification, in-vitro, in-vivo (efficacy and pharmacokinetics) testing, dosing routs, formulation, and the management of CROs to support pre-clinical testing. He has contributed significantly to the development of an antibacterial clinical candidate (Omadacycline) currently in Phase III clinical trials and the discovery of five preclinical candidates for Multiple Sclerosis, Arthritis, and Spinal Muscular Atrophy. In 2013, Dr. Abato co-authored a pre-IND proposal that received a favorable review by the FDA.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Pharmacology Science
    • Drug Research and Analysis
    • Drug Formulation Development
    • Drugs & Pharmaceutical Testing
    • Drug Effects / Reactions
    • Synthesis / Purification
  • In-vitro /In-vivo (efficacy and pharmacokinetics)
  • Dosing Routs
  • Drug Delivery
  • Drug Dogs
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Patent Infringement
  • Hatch-Waxman ANDA Patent Infringement
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