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Jerald L. Cook, MD, FACOEM
President
10425 Tierrasanta Blvd
Ste 108
San Diego CA 92124
USA
phone: 858-848-9052
fax: 858-251-3041
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Jerald Cook Occupational Medicine Expert PhotoJerald L. Cook, MD, FACOEM, is Board certified in Occupational Medicine and Public Health and Preventive Medicine.

With additional experience in Environmental Medicine and Toxicology, Dr. Cook has broad background experience, serving such industries as nuclear power, firefighters, healthcare workers, police officers, veterinarians, public service, transportation, military and veterans, warehousing and retail, environmental engineering, business services, and federal government.

Dr. Cook is currently the Medical Director at a worksite health clinic providing primary and preventive care to warehouse workers. He also serves as a military commander advisor and provides direct acute care, primary care, wellness screening and health counseling to active duty Marines and Sailors.

Previously, Dr. Cook held the title of Occupational Health Department Head at the Twentynine Palms Naval Hospital where he was the sole provider offering occupational health services to 660 hospital staff and over 5,000 civilians and service members. He provided OSHA compliant medical surveillance examinations, FMCSA certification examinations, and managed federal workers’ compensation injuries and illnesses.

Litigation Support - Dr. Cook provides expert witness services for cases involving Occupational Medicine, Preventive Medicine / Occupational Environmental Medicine, Preventive Medicine, and Public Health. He has reviewed 10,000 medical records for medical necessity and standard of care. Dr. Cook's services include medical record review, causation analysis, written reports, depositions, and trial testimony as needed. He is also a Registered Nurse, and has testified as an expert on the training and expectations of nursing care. He is also an expert in conditioning and physical fitness, as an IRONMAN Certified Coach and endurance athlete himself for over 30 years.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Neuromuscular / Musculoskeletal Injuries
  • Workplace Drug Testing
  • Psychiatry
  • Environmental / Work Stress
  • Service Animals
  • Exercise Science
  • Ionizing Radiation
  • Environmental Exposures
  • Long Term Disability
  • Peer Review
  • DOT / FMCSA
  • Travel Medicine
  • Mold
  • Organic Solvents
  • Metals
  • Heat Injuries
  • Impairment Ratings
  • Fitness for Duty Determinations
  • View Dr. Cook's Consulting Profile.
    3/19/2018 · Toxicology
    Cocaine remains a popular drug of abuse, and per HHS (2008) of 6.5 million US Federal workplace drug tests, about 40,000 were positive for cocaine in 2007. Drug testing for cocaine is based on the metabolite benzoylecogonine which is detectable in the user’s urine for 24 hours, possibly even up to 72 hours. Non-metabolized cocaine may only be detectable for 4-6 hours following use, making it a less useful target in a drug testing program.

    2/12/2018 · Forensics
    In 2016 the White House reported that they were going to scrutinize some forensic sciences in the court room. The White House's scrutiny, however, over some forensic disciplines is probably justified. When the level of evidence required is very high, the expectations from the scientific community should also be very high. These are usually cases where consequences of decisions can lead to long imprisonments. Being speculative about what evidence means, or making decisions based on poor science is irresponsible. The public has high expectations from the scientific community, and when experts testify that there is scientific evidence which proves a case, there is trust involved in those statements. If judges allow experts to present themselves as such, and to express their opinions as the truth, errors involved making scientific conclusions may not be well understood by the layperson.

    1/17/2018 · Toxicology
    Presumptive tests, also known as preliminary tests or field tests, allow drugs to be quickly classified into a particular chemical group, but do not unequivocally identify the presence of a specific chemical compound. Preliminary drug test results are often included in a panel of tests, which then be used as a guide to an appropriate confirmatory test to determine and verify the chemical compounds present.

    11/16/2017 · Disability
    Fibromyalgia is considered a functional disorder with unknown etiology and unclear pathophysiology. It's not well understood because there is little objective information to support the physical and psychological impairment that affected individuals report. This often becomes a challenge for individuals that feel disabled by the disorder and try to prove that the disorder prevents productive and meaningful work, so they qualify for disability benefits. Fibromyalgia is characterized by complaints of widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue and poor sleep, cognitive and psychiatric symptoms, headaches including migraines, and a variety of other symptoms. With or without psychosomatic symptoms, depression and anxiety are common in fibromyalgia (Ghiggia, et al. 2017) and should always be assessed when evaluating the presence of and effects of fibromyalgia. Individuals with fibromyalgia experience a heightened response to stimuli.

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    Stanley C. Haimes, MD, MPH, CIH, FACOEM, CIME
    Orlando FL USA
    phone: 407-230-8000
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    Stanley C. Haimes, MD, MPH, CIH, FACOEM, is board certified in Occupational Medicine and has extensive experience in travel medicine, medical surveillance, drug testing, and wellness programs for companies of all sizes.

    Dr. Haimes is also a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Medical Officer for OSHA, and Member of the national committee that determines safe exposure levels to chemicals in the workplace. He is highly qualified to analyze workplace conditions ranging from Air Quality and Bio-hazard Risks to Noise Pollution and Work Site Ergonomics.

    Background - For 10 years, Dr. Haimes served as the medical director for Lockheed Martin, where he developed their travel medicine program, performed travel clearance and immunizations for 30 international destinations, and reduced their Workers’ Compensation costs by 75 percent. He also served as the medical director for the National Science Foundations’ Antarctic Program, providing medical clearance for destinations like the South Pole.

    A high-profile member of the occupational medicine community, Dr. Haimes has written numerous medical surveillance guidelines for the OSHA. He also serves on a number of national committees responsible for establishing the medical criteria for emergency personnel on behalf of the National Fire Protection Association and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Haimes provides expert witness services for Cases involving Occupational Medicine and Medical Toxicology. His services are available to attorneys representing plaintiff and defendant and include medical record review, depositions, and trial testimony.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Occupational Medicine
    • Toxicology
    • Exposure Evaluation
    • Disability Evaluation
    • Return to Duty
  • Fit for Duty
  • Worker's Compensation
  • Complex Causation
  • Firefighter Medical Employment Criteria
  • Law Enforcement Medical Employment Criteria