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Alan J. Waldman, MD
703 N. Main St.
Ste. B
Gainesville FL 32601
USA
phone: 352-377-3771
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Alan J. Waldman, MD, has practiced Forensic Neuropsychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry for over 25 years. He specializes in the evaluation of head injuries, dementia, any type of post accident cerebral neuropathy, and any neuropsychiatric / psychiatric disorder.

The learning and honing of Dr. Waldman's skills progressed through his stint as full time faculty at the University of Florida, his subsequent private practice, the neuropsychiatric consultant to a head injury rehabilitation and residential facility, and the medical directorship of a 217 bed State of Florida forensic psychiatric institution. While at the institution, he did consultations on the head injured patients and those suspected of malingering.

Litigation Support - Dr. Waldman has evaluated over 200 respondents or potential respondents, for the state and defense in Florida's post incarceration sex offender program. He has testified in approximately 50 hearings and trials (again for both sides) and has been qualified as an expert in the prediction of sex offender recidivism risk. He has a great deal of experience in the detection of Embellishment and Malingering.

Dr. Waldman has been qualified as an expert witness in circuit, county, and federal courts through out Florida. He was retained by the Office of the Attorney General of Texas in Austin for a case involving questions of malingering by a death row inmate whose case was remanded back to the Federal District Court in Austin by the U.S. Supreme Court. Dr. Waldman has been recognized as an expert by courts in California, Illinois, New Jersey, Ohio, Maryland, New Hampshire, Michigan, Georgia, Florida, The Bahamas and Texas.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Sexually Violent Predator Evaluations
  • Brain Injury
  • Criminology
  • Competence to Proceed (Stand Trial)
  • Forensic Psychiatry
  • IMEs
  • Malingering
  • Embellishment
  • Neurophysiology
  • Neuropsychiatry
  • Neuropsychology
  • Neuropsychopharmacology
  • Impaired Driver
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Sanity / Trial Competency
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Cognitive Impairments
  • Sexual Harassment / Discrimination
  • Spousal Abuse
  • Stalking
  • Suicide
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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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    21 Tamal Vista Blvd.
    Suite 194
    Corte Madera CA 94925
    USA
    phone: 415-925-3086
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    Dr. Saul Rosenberg is an authority on the assessment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and Trauma-related Disorders. At the University of California, San Francisco Medical School, Dr. Rosenberg has developed psychological tests and structured clinical interviews that are used world-wide for differential diagnosis.

    With decades of experience as a psychometrician and test developer, Dr. Rosenberg is proficient in assessing disability and psychosocial functional impairments and determining the credibility of self-reported subjective symptoms of emotional distress. He is skilled in the evidence-based assessment of exaggeration, defensiveness, symptom validity and malingering. In over 40 years of clinical practice, Dr. Rosenberg has evaluated and treated thousands of patients with PTSD.

    Litigation Support – Dr. Rosenberg provides personal injury evaluations, Independent Medical Examinations (IMEs), and Qualified Medical Examinations for worker’s compensation. His cases have included PTSD, TBI and Post-Concussive Syndrome, motor vehicle and multi-litigant transportation accidents, disability, workers’ compensation, employment, landlord/tenant, medical malpractice, standards of care, toxic torts, testamentary capacity, undue influence and other cases involving personal injury and psychiatric/psychological claims. He has conducted more than 170 forensic examinations, 80 depositions, and appeared in state and federal court more than 10 times for both plaintiff and defense.

    Dr. Saul Rosenberg is the author of more than 15 peer-reviewed publications including, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, in the Encyclopedia of Neurological Sciences. He has made over 20 presentations at national and international meetings on the evidence-based assessment of PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and co-morbid conditions. On two occasions, Dr. Rosenberg has testified about the assessment and treatment of PTSD before the United States House of Representatives, Veterans Affairs Subcommittee.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
    • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post-Concussive Syndrome
    • Assessment of Credibility, Exaggeration, Symptom Validity, Malingering
    • Disability and Workers' Compensation
    • Employment
    • Medical, Psychiatric, and Psychological Malpractice and Standards of Care
    • Testamentary Capacity and Undue Influence
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    Jeffrey H. Oppenheimer, MD
    854 Azalea Street
    Boca Raton FL 33486
    USA
    phone: 866-659-8051 (Office) 503-706-8272 (Cell)
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    Jeffrey H. Oppenheimer, MD is an actively-practicing board-certified Neurosurgeon with 27 years of experience. He founded and presently practices at Neurosurgery Medical Associates in Coral Springs, Florida. Dr. Oppenheimer is also on the faculty at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine, and holds medical licenses in several states.

    Dr. Oppenheimer received his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine, where he also obtained an MS with distinction in Physiology and Biophysics. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Neurobiology and Behavior cum laude, from Cornell University. Dr. Oppenheimer completed his residency training at the University of Southern California-Los Angeles County Hospital. He has published numerous journal articles and textbook chapters in the field of neurosurgery. Multilingual, he is fluent in English, German, and Spanish.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Oppenheimer is a seasoned expert witness with significant testifying experience. He has provided expert consultation for both plaintiff and defense in a variety of cases, including personal injury, medical malpractice (standard of care and causation), and worker’s compensation (IMEs).

    Dr. Oppenheimer has offered litigation support services for 18 years. A seasoned deponent with both trial and deposition experience, he has excellent communication skills and a caring personality. He has testified as an expert in court or before an arbiter 20 times. Dr. Oppenheimer's services include IMEs, medical record review, conferences, and court and pretrial testimony.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Neurosurgery
    • Spine Surgery
    • Laminectomy
    • Laminoplasty
    • Artificial Disc Replacement
    • Spinal Fusion
    • Total Brain Injury
  • Brain Tumor
  • Spinal Instrumentation
  • BMP
  • Infuse Bone Graft
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Neurosurgery Wrongful Death
  • Neurosurgery Medical Malpractice
  • 7/13/2018 · Medical
    The trend of using smaller operative corridors is seen in various surgical specialties. Neurosurgery has also recently embraced minimal access spine technique, and it has rapidly evolved over the past 2 decades. There has been a progression from needle access, small incisions with adaptation of the microscope, and automated percutaneous procedures to endoscopically and laparoscopically assisted procedures. More recently, new muscle-sparing technology has come into use with tubular access. This has now been adapted to the percutaneous placement of spinal instrumentation, including intervertebral spacers, rods, pedicle screws, facet screws, nucleus replacement devices, and artificial discs. New technologies involving hybrid procedures for the treatment of complex spine trauma are now on the horizon. Surgical corridors have been developed utilizing the interspinous space for X-STOP placement to treat lumbar stenosis in a minimally invasive fashion. The direct lateral retroperitoneal corridor has allowed for minimally invasive access to the anterior spine.

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    Michael Perrotti
    PhD
    Three Pointe Drive Suite 303
    Brea CA 92821
    USA
    phone: 714-528-0100
    fax: 714-528-2575
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    Dr. Michael PerrottiDr. Michael J. Perrotti, Ph.D, a member of the National Academy of Neuropsychology, specializes in Clinical and Forensic Psychology. He has over 30 years of experience with consumers, courts, and counsel including civil, prosecution, defense counsel, family court and the US Government. Dr. Perrotti contributes to the profession as an Expert Witness for the State of California Department of Consumer Affairs, Enforcement Division, Board of Behavioral Science Examiners and is a government expert on disability for the Social Security Administration, Office of Hearings & Appeals as well as the US Department of Health & Human Services. Dr. Perrotti was an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science at the Keck School of Medicine, USC (2005-2006).

    Dr. Perrotti possesses specialized training and expertise in the area of Assessment of Sexual Deviation and Evaluation of Child Sexual Abuse Allegations. His training, experience and use of the Abel Assessment of Sexual Interest Computerized Test from the Abel Center in Atlanta, Georgia, enables him to add a state-of-the-art sophisticated tool for the evaluation of sexual offending.

    Dr. Perrotti was appointed a government expert for the Office of Hearings and Appeals for the Social Security Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services. He has been a Expert Consultant on T.V. shows such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigations, Numbers, and Vanished. Dr. Perrotti is a part of a cadre of psychologists who assisted the San Bernardino Juvenile Court with the establishment of risk factors and protocols for the evaluation of juvenile sex offenders. Dr. Perrotti is a member of the Orange County Sheriff's Reserve, Professional Services Division.

    Services Include:
  • Neuropsycholgical Assessment
  • Sanity / Competency to Stand Trial Assessment
  • Police Misconduct
  • Suggestibility Testing
  • Crime Scene Investigation in Report Formulation
  • Sexual Predator Determination
  • Effects of Psychotropic Medications on Confession
  • Expert Neuropsychologist in Sexual Assault Trial
  • Disability Determination for Social Security Office of Hearings & Appeals
  • Expert in Bonding Studies and False Confessions
  • PTSD (acute and complex) in General, Law Enforcement, and Iraq War Veterans
  • Panic Disorders and Phobias
  • Custody Evaluation
  • Severe Trauma in Children, Adolescents, and Adults
  • False Confessions
  • 4/9/2018 · Neuropsychology
    One is frequently presented with an individual who presents for evaluation as a result of traumatic events such as sexual harassment, sexual abuse in the school and workplace, electrical injury, and Traumatic Brain Injury.

    Voir dire of experts as to credentials and experience needs to be viewed as only one aspect of the vetting process of forensic work product. Experts, as much as anyone else, are prone to conscious and unconscious sources of bias. This rather significant problem area in forensic reports is discussed by (Stuld and Simon, 2013) under the rubric of heuristic and cognitive biases. Heuristics addresses how people arrive at decisions or reach conclusions in complex family law, civil, or criminal matters. Errors in this area are of concern when experts focus or overly attend to only a part of the problem or afford overemphasis to certain factors and minimize the contribution of other factors. One can also see this problem in medicine. A patient may complain of pain in a particular body region whereas the provider focuses only another medical issue.

    Defense counsel is frequently presented with the problem of a client protesting their innocence and accusers, perhaps multiple accusers, leveling allegations of sexual assault against the client. Of course, with defendants facing severe legal consequences, complaints need to be evaluated as to their reliability and validity.

    8/8/2017 · Psychology
    Proper interviewing Protocols are critical to maximize information-gathering as well as accuracy of information in criminal and National Security investigations. Police procedures incorrectly assume that promoting physical close proximity with an interviewer (eg, Inbau, Reid, Buckley, & Jane, 2013) will induce subjects to become more forthcoming.

    8/16/2016 · Psychology
    Unlike in Alzheimer's Disease, neurofibrillary tangles in athletes with CTE tend to accumulate perivascularly within the superficial neocortical layers. It is interesting to note that TAU pathology in CTE is partially and extensively distributed, possible related to multi-directional mechanical force from physical trauma (McKee et al, 2009; Neuropath Exp Neurol 68, 709-35.) It is theorized that accumulation of hyperphosphor is related to a protein that is thought to result in development of CTE and associated neurobehavioral disturbances.

    6/21/2016 · Psychology
    Just this month, an article appeared in the Journal of Neuropsychology entitled "Early Onset Marijuana Use is Associated with Learning Inefficiencies." Young adults reporting early onset marijuana use have learning weaknesses, which accounted for the association between early onset marijuana use and delayed recall.

    1/19/2016 · Psychology
    The recent editors of Myers on Evidence of Interpersonal Violence (Myers 2016) notes that the most well-known of psychological instruments to assess suggestibility is the Gudjohnson Suggestibility Scales (GSS). The GSS is utilized by psychologists to evaluate whether defendant's confessions were voluntary. The author notes that it is doubtful that these instruments are sufficiently reliable for use in legal proceedings. It is noted that in Shanklin, 379 111 Dec 211 the trial judge did not err in subjecting the GSS to a Frye Henry.

    11/6/2015 · Psychology
    Does the availability of weapons lead to violence? Citizens certainly have a right to bear arms and defend themselves. However, what does the science say about this area?

    10/19/2015 · Neuropsychology
    The public understanding of TBI is so poor that it is officially referred to by the US National Center for Injury Prevention and Control as "the silent epidemic." In the acute phase, the usual radiological examinations are not sensitive to TBI and diffuse axonal injury (DAI). There is a significant amount of false negatives with CT scans administered in the ER.

    9/22/2015 · Neuropsychology
    The author recently had a chapter accepted for publication on Methodology for Conducting Bonding Studies in Child Custody Evaluations (CCE). This chapter was written in response to the requests of many psychologists over the years who wanted guidance in procedures for conducting bonding studies. Many psychologists conduct bonding studies with cursory observations of parent and child. There is no application of an objective scoring system or any methods that can be replicated by other CCE Evaluators. This is essential in science.

    8/20/2015 · Neuropsychology
    This week marked the enshrinement of Junior Seau in the NFL Hall of Fame. Junior was an outstanding linebacker for USC who went onto great accomplishments in the NFL. However, all was not well. The effects of domestic violence, substance abuse and gambling difficulties; as reported on ESPN's Outside the Lines, took the toll on Junior. He repeatedly complained to a friend who was a fellow player and suffered from headaches, how he too, suffered for years from headaches. ESPN noted that he was reported to have been diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a neuro-degenerative disease that can lead to dementia, memory loss and depression. Gina Seau reported that Junior's disease was associated with head-to-head collisions caused from 20 years of playing in the NFL. This scenario affected his ability to think logically.

    11/20/2013 · Psychology
    To determine if there are any changes in self-concept, locus of control and frequency of aggressive behaviors in juvenile offenders. As a function of receiving Direct Decision Therapy (DDT). Sub-objectives are whether DDT will effect positive change in self-concept, higher interval control and significantly fewer aggressive behaviors.

    7/17/2013 · Brain Injury
    Recently the examination of the brain of Junior Seau revealed the diagnosis of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. The recent diagnosis of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) after examination of the brain of Junior Seau underlines the seriousness not only of repetitive brain trauma in professional sports and in military populations but also raises continuing serious questions about the management and prevention of CTE in athletic sports.

    6/26/2013 · Psychology
    Prosecutors and law enforcement are frequently confronted with situations wherein children have been traumatized and/or injured. These injuries have resulted in disabilities which affect the child’s ability to understand questions as well as express answers to questions.

    It is a matter of utmost importance that an even playing field be created in adversarial proceedings. What is conducive to this is use of forensic guidelines as standards by all experts involved in a case.

    4/18/2013 · Psychology
    There has been great voiced concern by practitioners and researchers over overcategorization and overgeneralization of individuals accused of sexual offending being lumped into one category of "sexual predators." Whereas there certainly is a need for protection of children from predators in our society, the pendulum has swung too far to the extreme.

    3/18/2013 · Psychology
    Recently the Oregon Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upended how eyewitness identification is to be used in criminal trials. The article in The New York Times (2012) indicated that misidentification is the country's leading cause of wrongful conviction.

    2/4/2013 · Psychology
    The issue of children's memory is contentious. Some individuals assert that if a child says something, therefore it must be true. However, the research shows that this certainly is not the case. Human memory is not an exact recording of an event(s).

    11/15/2012 · Psychology
    All too often one sees survivors of abuse all categorized under the rubric of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). As Herman, in a paper on complex PTSD, notes (1992), PTSD formulation fails to capture the sequelae, acuity, and severity of prolonged, repeated trauma.

    11/15/2012 · Brain Injury
    Freeman et al. (2005) noted that it was in the mid-'80s when it was first noted that mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) could result in serious and lasting consequences. Numerous studies with human and animal subjects have demonstrated the evidence of neurocognitive defects and delayed return to work in MTBI patients with postconcussive syndrome.

    10/4/2012 · Psychology
    The recent death by suicide of Junior Seau of the San Diego Chargers is only one of many suicides in the NFL. O.J. Murdock, a 25-year-old wide receiver for the Tennessee Titans, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

    Recent cases have come to the fore concerning faulty eyewitness ID raising increasing and continuing concern about the error rate of eyewitness ID. This concern dates all the way back to Janet Reno, Attorney General, who appointed a committee of mentalhealth professionals and attorney to evaluate the area of eyewitness ID.

    6/21/2012 · Neuropsychology
    The United States is seeing more and more young men returning from Afghanistan and Iraq with horrendous results in terms of family integration, societal integration, and domestic violence. Some of these individuals, according to Cernak, are found on the battlefield dead with no marks whatsoever on them.

    The problem of false confession is alarming. Just after publication by Barry Scheck in his text on and his writings on DNA and establishment of the Innocence Project, he found 77 wrongful convictions and individuals wrongfully imprisoned in California.

    2/3/2012 · Psychology
    Police departments across the United States are routinely questioning young children concerning child sexual abuse allegations. Frequently the police are untrained in the correct techniques to utilize for investigating interview of the children.

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    DSc, MD, MBChB, MPhil, FRCPsych, DFAPA, FACFEI
    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.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Johnson provides expert witness services for cases involving all aspects of Addiction Medicine (e.g. alcohol, cocaine, heroin and other opioid and substance abuse) as well as diseases of the brain and brain disorders that affect mental capacity. He is experienced as an expert witness not only for medical malpractice but also for capital cases and major crimes. Dr. Johnson's services are available to attorneys for plaintiff and defendant and include medical record review, written reports, depositions, and trial testimony when needed.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Addiction Medicine
    • Alcohol
    • Brain Injury
    • Disability
    • Health Insurance
  • Medical Insurance
  • Disability Insurance
  • Medical Insurance
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Psychiatry
  • 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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    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. Dr. Zender is also a Contributing Editor for The Forensic Examiner, Journal of the American College of Forensic Examiners. He has also been named in Outstanding Scientists of the 21st Century, 1st Edition and in Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century, 1st Edition.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Zender provides Forensic Psychological Services for plaintiff and defense. He Works in the area of accident prevention and promoting transition to autonomous vehicles. Dr. Zender administers Independent Psychological Evaluations for the following:
    • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
    • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
    • Auto Accident Trauma
    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • Psychotherapy
  • Pain Psychology
  • Family
  • Injury
  • Veterans
  • Addiction
  • Autonomous Vehicles
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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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    Jon Mitchell “Mitch” Jackson, Esq.
    23161 Mill Creek Drive, Suite 150
    Laguna Hills, Orange County CA 92653
    USA
    phone: 800-661-7044
    fax: 949-861-9554
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    Mitch Jackson Legal Malpractice Expert PhotoJon Mitchell “Mitch” Jackson, Esq. was admitted to the California Bar in 1986 and immediately opened up his own practice representing victims of Personal Injury and Wrongful Death.

    In 2009, Mr. Jackson was named an Orange County “Trial Lawyer of the Year” by the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association. In 2011, he was again nominated for OCTLA “Trial Lawyer of the Year” and also nominated for the Consumer Attorneys of California for the “CAOC Street Fighter of the Year” award.

    In 2013, Mr. Jackson received the California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year (CLAY) Award for litigation. According to California Lawyer Magazine, the CLAY Award recognizes attorneys who have:
      "changed the law, substantially influenced public policy or the profession, or achieved a remarkable victory for a client or for the public and have made a profound impact on the law."
    His firm, Jackson & Wilson, is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, an exclusive listing reserved for less than 5% of all distinguished law practices in the United States. Several earlier recognitions include Mr. Jackson being named as a “Southern California Super Lawyer” and an ability rating of 10.0 or Superb by the AVVO lawyer rating system.

    Over the past 30 years, Mr. Jackson has obtained numerous multimillion dollar verdicts and settlements for his clients. He is also a multiple time member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum (membership limited to those attorneys having obtained million dollar plus verdicts and settlements). In his spare time, he has served as a Judge Pro Tem, and arbitrator with the Orange County Superior Court and attorneys fee mediator with the Orange County Bar Association.

    Mitch Jackson on Personal Injury and Wrongful Death


    Mr. Jackson is active with the local and national legal community including the Orange County Bar Association, Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, Consumer Attorneys of California, American Bar Association, American Association for Justice, and National Trial Lawyers Association.

    Litigation Support - Mitch Jackson serves as an Expert Witness in Legal Malpractice cases. With decades of experience litigating Personal Injury and Wrongful Death, Mr. Jackson's opinions are unbiased and well-founded. His services are available to both Plaintiff and Defendant.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Large Truck Accidents
    • Slip and Fall Injuries
    • Spinal Cord and Paralysis Injuries
    • Animal Attacks
    • Head and Brain Injuries
    • Drowning
    • Burn Injuries
    • Boat and Watercraft Accidents
  • Construction Accidents
  • Hazardous Products
  • Insurance Bad Faith Cases
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Railroad Accidents
  • Wrongful Death
  • View Mitch Jackson's Consulting Profile.
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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 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.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Obolsky's forensic practice is focused on evaluation of mental, emotional, and cognitive functioning, ascertaining current and past competencies for variety of life and work activities and functions, and identifying causation for mental conditions and functional deficits. He addresses such legal issues as fitness and competency in a variety of settings, e.g., ascertaining level of impairment for a particular function (fitness for duty), disability, and mental state at the time of the offense (NGRI), among other competencies.

    Uniquely qualified to consult in will contest cases, Dr. Obolsky takes into account the effects of physical injuries, illnesses, location (e.g., ICU, nursing home, isolation), and medications on individuals' testamentary capacity and ability to withstand undue influence. Past cases have included personal injury, probate, workers' compensation, and criminal law. He also works with corporate occupational health and HR departments.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • PTSD
    • Traumatic Brain Injury
    • Pain / Suffering
    • Depression
    • Chronic Pain
    • Toxicity
    • Burns
    • Neuropsychiatry
    • Medical Malpractice
    • Personal Injury
  • Impairment
  • Insanity
  • Fitness for Duty
  • Malingering
  • Workers Compensation
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Disability
  • Discrimination
  • Competency
  • Addiction Psychiatry
  • View Dr. Obolsky's Consulting Profile.
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    Gregory T. Whitman, MD
    Dr. Gregory T. Whitman
    MA, RI, CT, CA USA
    phone: 949-328-4854
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    Gregory T. Whitman, MD, is a Board certified Neurologist physician in full time practice since 1998, on staff at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Brigham and Women's Hospital.

    Dr. Whitman is one of a handful of fellowship trained, practicing Otoneurologists in the U.S. (an otoneurologist is a neurologist who focuses on the causes and treatment of dizziness; vestibular disorders, gait and balance disorders and falls). Previous medical director of a dementia clinic. He is an instructor at Harvard Medical School and has delivered lectures at the Harvard Neurology Annual Update CME course in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

    Dr. Whitman is an award winning Neurology Residency Program Director and Neurology Medical Student clerkship/training director. He is co-author of the book, Dizziness. Why You Feel Dizzy and What Will Help You Feel Better (Johns Hopkins University Press), and a contributor to books for neurologists and otolaryngologists, including a best-selling handbook used by neurology trainees.

    Litigation Support - An expert witness since 2006, Dr. Whitman is experienced with writing narrative reports, depositions, and court testimony. He has been providing disability file reviews since 2012, having forensically reviewed over 100 sets of medical records. He is able to opine on all aspects of Neurology with added specialty expertise in the following:
    • Otoneurology
    • Dizziness
    • Vertigo
    • Gait and Balance
    • Falls
    • Vestibular Disorders
    • Vestibular Tests
    • Ototoxicity
  • Cervicogenic Dizziness
  • Mal de Debarquement
  • Meniere's
  • Syncope
  • Stroke
  • Memory Loss
  • Alzheimer's
  • Gregory T. Whitman, MD & Robert W. Baloh, MD
    Anyone who has experienced the sensation of the room spinning around or the lightheadedness that signals an impending faint knows how bad it feels to be dizzy. Almost any medical condition can cause dizziness, but the most common include benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, transient drops in blood pressure, migraine, and anxiety. Inner ear disorders that cause dizziness are often associated with abnormal eye movements?in fact, it’s possible to diagnose an acute inner ear infection in five seconds, just by looking at a person’s eyes. In Dizziness, Drs. Gregory T. Whitman and Robert W. Baloh explore the different conditions that can cause dizziness, describe the types of dizziness they see most frequently, and explain what people with dizziness can do to feel better.
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    Geoffrey A. Negin, MD, PA
    Geoffrey A. Negin, MD
    Neuroradiologist
    11154 Harbour Estates Circle
    Fort Myers FL 33908
    USA
    phone: 239-994-0421
    fax: 239-489-1818
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    Geoffrey A. Negin, MD is Fellowship Trained in Neuroradiology and MRI. Actively practicing general radiology for over 20 years with fellowship training in Neuroradiology. He is a Senior Member of the American Society of Neuroradiology. Dr. Negin specializes in Injuries and Disorders of the Brain and Spine. He is currently the Director of Outpatient Imaging at Florida Radiology Consultants, a 19 person radiology practice, where he oversees research, clinical trials, and imaging protocols.

    Dr. Negin has been performing medical-legal case reviews for over 20 years including matters related to personal injury, medical malpractice, traumatic brain injury and non accidental trauma. Dr. Negin has extensive experience in depositions and trial testimony. He is available to attorneys for both Plaintiff and Defense. References relating to medical expert and trial testimony expertise are available upon request.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Brain and Spine Imaging
    • Musculoskeletal Imaging
    • Head, Neck and Spine Imaging
    • Musculoskeletal Imaging
    • Personal Injury Imaging
    • Traumatic Injury Imaging
  • Medical Malpractice Imaging
  • Child Abuse Imaging
  • General Radiology Imaging
  • TBI/Dementia Imaging
  • Standard of Care
  • Injury Causation Assessment
  • View Dr. Negin's Consulting Profile.
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    Vertebral compression fractures associated with osteoporosis occur with increasing frequency as skeletal mass and bone strength diminish with the aging process (1). These fractures generally involve collapse and compression of the vertebral body, associated with a wedge deformity, which may lead to kyphotic angulation of the spine (2). In the United States alone, it is estimated that one-quarter of white postmenopausal women are affected by fractures of the vertebrae (3), and among persons 65 years of age or older, vertebral fractures account for 150,000 hospital admissions in the United States annually (4).

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    301 W. Platt Street, #419
    Tampa FL 33606
    USA
    phone: Cell: 813-598-3474. Scheduler: 813-810-7010
    fax: 813-221-3475
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    Larry Fishman, MD, PA, is a Board Certified Neurosurgeon with more than 22 years of experience. A Mayo Clinic-trained neurosurgeon, specializes in minimally invasive surgery, including carpal tunnel, spinal, and cranial procedures. He is associated with Brandon Regional Hospital, Tampa General Hospital, South Bay Hospital, Memorial Hospital, and South Florida Baptist Hospital.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Fishman performs CME's and IME's, disability evaluation, permanent impairment rating, future care costs, and determines medical appropriateness of care to date. He performs medical record review, as well as other medical legal issues. Dr. Fishman's services are available to counsel for both plaintiff and defendant.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Neurosurgery
    • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
    • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
    • Disability
    • Head & Neck Surgery
    • Hydrocephalus
  • Spinal Procedures
  • Health / Medical / Disability Insurance
  • Neuroimaging
  • Independent Medical Examinations (IME)
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Medical Record Review
  • View Dr. Fishman's Consulting Profile.
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    Evans Songer Legal Nurse Experts
    Joahnna D. Evans Budge RN, CCRN, CLNC
    RN Legal Nurse Consultant, Expert Witness Experience
    Offices in Bluffdale, UT & Kerman, CA
    CA, UT USA
    phone: 559-741-3054
    fax: 8667282119
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    California Office
    15662 Orchard Way
    Kerman, CA 93630
    Utah Office
    1581 W Iron Horse Blvd
    Bluffdale, UT 84065
    Joahnna Evans Budge RN, CCRN, CLNC (formerly Songer) is co-founder and lead Legal Nurse Consultant with Songer Evans Legal Nurse Experts. Ms. Evans Budge has 27 years of Critical Care, Emergency / Trauma, PACU/ Recovery Room, and Cardiac-Cardiovascular Surgery nursing practice at multiple university teaching hospitals, regional medical centers and level-one trauma centers. She is a specialist on CODE BLUE Issues and Procedure.

    Mrs. Budge actively practices in the hospital setting in Critical Care, Emergency Nursing, Nursing Supervision, Recovery Room/PACU and trauma neuro critical care. She has extensive knowledge and experience in the health care environment. She has more than 25 years of experience as both an Expert Witness & Medical-Legal Consulting Expert, reviewing medical records for case merit, case development and trial preparation.

    Services Offered:
    • Critical Care / Intensive Care
    • Emergency Nursing
    • Case Screening for Merit: Screen and investigate medical-legal cases for merit; define the applicable standards of care; identify deviations from and adherences to hospital, state and nationally-accepted standards of care
    • Organize, analyze, summarize and interpret relevant medical records
    • Identify and request additional documents and tangible items relevant to the case
    • Research medical literature relevant to the case
    • Develop comprehensive case evaluations and reports for the attorney's study and case development
    • Identify and recommend potential defendants and witnesses
    • Assess alleged damages / injuries: Identify causative or contributing factors to the alleged damages/injuries
    • Review and analyze Expert Witness reports and testimony
    • Consult with health care providers
    • Attend depositions, trials, arbitration and mediation hearingsReview, analyze and summarize testimony, including past testimony
    • Prepare interrogatories, health care-related questions
    • Assist with medical / health care demonstrative evidence preparation
    • Attend IME sessions / IME reports
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    Dr. William J. Holden
    William J. Holden, PhD
    Georgetown TX 78628-3333
    USA
    phone: 512-639-4254
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    William J. Holden, PhD, has over 30 years of experience in the field of Psychology, specializing in Neuropsychology.

    Dr. Holden is currently in private practice providing psychological and neuropsychological evaluations for a broad range of clinical cases including children, adolescents, and adults ranging in age from preschool age children to elderly adults in nursing homes and geropsychiatric units.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Holden has over 25 years of experience conducting neuropsychological evaluations, psychological evaluations, and IMEs. His records review and assessment services are available to counsel representing plaintiff and defense.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Brain Related Disorders - stroke, head injury, dementia, developmental delays, ADHD / LD, anoxic / hypoxic events
    • Neuropsychiatric Conditions - post-traumatic stress and personal injury sequela, symptom validity, malingering
    View Dr. Holden's Consulting Profile.
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