Dr. William R. Sawyer is a Professional Toxicologist with a doctorate in toxicology from Indiana University School of Medicine. He has over 32 years of extensive experience in Public Health and Forensic Toxicology. Forensic Environmental & Laboratory Analyses. Through education and experience, Dr. Sawyer has gained extensive expertise in Forensic Petroleum Analyses, Environmental and Clinical Forensic Analyses.
With over 23 years of laboratory experience and over 14 years experience as a licensed environmental and forensic laboratory director in New York State, he has directed forensic laboratory analyses, sampling protocol and chain-of-custody in criminal and civil matters and has provided petroleum spill assessments to multiple clients including governmental environmental agencies (NYSDEC), Departments of Justice, various State Attorney General Offices (New York, Montana), defense and plaintiff law firms and industry. Petroleum spill and exposure assessment reports have provided an objective determination to within a reasonable degree of scientific certainty.
Dr. Sawyer is a noted author having written numerous publications, abstracts, treatises and editorials on subjects within his field of expertise. He has also delivered professional presentations on the "Fundamentals of Medical Toxicology" and "Reactive Airways Dysfunction Syndrome (RADS)" to such entities as The American Board of Forensic Medicine & The American College of Forensic Examiners among others.
Lisa Myers interviews Dr. Sawyer on NBC Nightly News
As a Board Certified Toxicologist, Dr. Sawyer provides impartial toxicological evaluations involving:
Robin D. Franks, PG, CHMM, RSO has over 25 years of relevant industry experience as a professional Geoscientist / Geologist and Certified Hazardous Materials Manager. Ms. Franks has been the President, Founding Principal, and Managing Director of TGE Resources, Inc., for over 19 years. Her specialties include Real Property Assessment and Characterization, Clean-up, and Closure in the commercial, industrial, oil and gas, and healthcare industries.
Consulting Services Include:
Real Property Assessment
Industrial Compliance Auditing
Oil and Gas Real Estate Clean-up
Well Blow-out / Underground Storage Tank Project Management
Ms. Franks has been actively involved in more than 35 "merger/acquisition" projects encompassing over 750 sites nationwide. As senior Technical Advisor, she has been involved in thousands of real property investigations, many of which have involved remediation/closure projects within Texas and throughout the United States.
Ms. Franks is a professional lecturer who delivers presentations and instruction throughout the United States.
Ted 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.
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.
Scott L. Turner is a highly qualified Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Transportation Expert, FMCSR Regulatory and PHMSA-HMR Expert with approximately 30-years experience in the highly specialized field of CMV crashes and incidents, and 16 years as the CEO of a nationwide CMV crash & HazMat disaster response corporation.
Mr. Turner's career includes personal response and/or investigation of over 1,000 CMV crashes, 200 cargo-tank truck crashes/incidents and a multitude of industrial setting incidents including fixed facilities, loading docks and loading rack disasters. His FMCSR and PHMSA knowledge (Federal Enforcement Training), detailed reporting and testimony can be a focal point of any civil litigation, where commercial motor vehicle crashes and/or transit incidents are at issue, with or without hazmat involvement. Mr. Turner is qualified in both the Federal Court system as well as multiple States throughout the United States and testifies on an approximate 50/50 average of Defense to Plaintiff ratio.
Areas of Expertise:
Level 1 FMCSA Inspections
Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Post-Crash Inspection
Expert Witness – Patent infringement (intellectual property all categories)
Expert Witness – Medical physics, supervision of (medical physicist, dosimetrist, radiation therapist, radiologic technologist)
Expert Witness - Termination of employment
Michael S. Gossman, M.S., DABR, FAAPM, is a Board Certified Qualified Expert Medical Physicist, an honorary Fellow of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), and the Chief Medical Physicist & Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) in Radiation Oncology at a clinic in Indiana. Chief Gossman is directly and ultimately responsible for all technical and scientific aspects of cancer treatment. He directly supervises and oversees efforts from staff medical physicists, dosimetrists, radiation therapists and x-ray technologists.
Chief Gossman is the highest ranking scientist in medicine and has been in the field for 24 years. Chief Gossman's expertise involves the safe, effective and precise delivery of radiation to achieve the therapeutic result prescribed in patient care by radiation oncologists striving to treat cancer patients with particle accelerators and radioactive material.
Extra-professionally, Chief Gossman is retired as the Interim Editor-in-Chief and Editorial Board Member for the Medical Dosimetry Journal, Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics, served four years as a Medical Consultant to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and was a veteran Accreditation Site Reviewer for both theAmerican College of Radiology (ACR) and the American College of Radiation Oncology (ACRO). He was a 2-term Ohio River Valley Chapter President of the AAPM, and was also formerly a Graduate School Professor of Clinical Medical Physics at Wright State University.
As an expert in radiation safety, dosimetry, detector measurements, particle accelerator and radioactive material calibrations, and radioactive material handling, Chief Gossman is a highly respected medical physicist by medical physicists nationally. He is also the owner of Regulation Directive Medical Physics, which he created as a consulting company, providing services for medical physics, dosimetry, medical device testing, and expert witness efforts.
Medical expert witness
Review of: medical event, malpractice, and misadministration
Investigation and audits
Independent medical evaluation of the probable deterministic effects of radiation exposures
Facility practice vs. standards review
Accelerator acceptance testing & commissioning
Peer review of the Chief Medical Physicist
Calibration of medical accelerators
Calculation of time and dose for treatment
Handling, shipping, receiving, and storing radioactive material
Calibrating radioactive material
Interpretation of bioassay results and other data related to radiation exposure
Calculation of internal and external radiation doses, as necessary
Cochlear implants, via direct electrical stimulation of the auditory nerve, allow the restoration of hearing and speech recognition in both adults and children having sensorineural deafness. These devices typically contain both extemal components (speech processor, microphone, transmitter) and intemal components (including the cochlear stimulator and electrode array), which are surgically placed under the skin behind the ear and in the cochlea.
Inadequate research exists regarding testing of a ventricular assist device (VAD) for susceptibility to radiation damage. Specifically, minimal data are available to radiation oncologists prescribing treatment plans for patients with an implanted VAD. As the number of implanted devices increases, patients requiring radiation at tissue sites near or at the device will increase.
Abstract. Object: Where no society-based or manufacturer guidance on radiation limits to neuromodulation devices is available, this research provides the groundwork for neurosurgeons and radiation oncologists who rely on the computerized treatment plan clinically for cancer patients.
Abstract-The medical community is advocating for progressive improvement in the design of implantable cardioverter-defibrillators and implantable pacemakers to accommodate elevations in dose limitation criteria.
Since the first commercial multichannel cochlear implant was marketed by Cochlear in 1985 (1), use of the device has grown exponentially. As of mid-2010, more than 188,000 people worldwide have received a cochlear implant system (2). Recent developments in the manufacturing of cochlear implants by the market leader, Cochlear Limited (based in Australia), have resulted in an aim to provide electronically stable models (3).
Abstract -- In order to determine a mouse's dose accurately and prior to engaging in live mouse radiobiological research, a tissue-equivalent tumor-bearing phantom mouse was constructed and bored to accommodate detectors. Comparisons were made among four different types of radiation detectors, each inserted into the mouse phantom for radiation measurement under a 6 MV linear accelerator beam.
As promulgated by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, packaging regulations for radioactive material are confusing (e.g., “activity” vs “contained” activity vs “total” activity). As a consequence, medical physicists are forced to secondguess the intent of the regulations.
Recent improvements to the functionality and stability of implantable pacemakers and cardioverter-defibrillators involve changes that include efficient battery power consumption and radiation hardened electrical circuits. Manufacturers have also pursued MRI-compatibility for these devices
Vascular access ports are used widely in the administering of drugs for radiation oncology patients. Their dosimetric effect on radiation therapy delivery in photon beams has not been rigorously established. In this work, the effects on external beam fields when any of a variety of vascular access ports were included in the path of a high energy beam are studied. This study specifically identifies sidescatter and backscatter consequences as well as attenuation effects.
Authors: Todd Pawlicki, et al; Editors; Michael Gossman (Ch. 19), et al
This comprehensive work highlights benefits of quality techniques, approaches to implementation, and guidelines for specific quality assurance steps related to equipment and procedures used in radiotherapy. After an overview of manufacturing and engineering techniques, the text addresses quality and safety issues in radiotherapy from both the physician and physicist viewpoints.
Hazardous Waste Pollution Consultant Dennis Stainken
Dr. Dennis Stainken has over 30 years of Industrial and Government experience managing Pollution Control and Hazardous Waste Projects. His experience includes assignments in engineering, analytical and toxicology sciences for regulatory compliance, product registration, risk assessment, technology development.
Dr. Stainken is a national expert in Environmental Toxicology & Ecological Research on the transport, fate and effect of pollutants, and in quality assurance in government and industry.
Nancy M. McClellan, MPH, CIH, CHMM, is an award winning, Industrial Hygiene and Safety expert with over 25 years of broad international experience practicing, teaching and authoring to anticipate, recognize, evaluate, control and prevent workplace health and safety hazards in high hazard industries.
Ms. McClellan is domestically and internationally recognized for leadership service to the IH profession for the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH), the Occupational Hygiene Training Association (OHTA) and the Joint Industrial Hygiene Ethics Education (JIHEEC) Boards of Directors and Committees. She currently serves on the AIHA Executive Board of Directors.
Planned and carried out evaluation and exposure assessment of global drug supply management resulting in >55% reduction in respiratory personal protective equipment in clinical packaging operations. Completed initiative resulted in potential total reduction of >70% respiratory protection equipment as new engineering controls were implemented and evaluated for controlling pharmaceutical dust.
Developed and executed strategy for assessing potential IDLH chemical release during missile destruction testing. Outcome enabled missile scientists to safely enter the test site and collect time-critical data.
Provided expert witnessing to nationally profiled, occupational health cases in multiple states.
Executed reduction of >70% respiratory personal protective equipment for potent compound isolators as result of statistical analysis of occupational hygiene data, saving time and materials and eliminating need to transport active pharmaceutical ingredients between facilities.
Identified and addressed the mysterious source of staphylococcus biohazard in canning industry to address epidemic and prevent further widespread infections among workers.
Developed and instituted IH programs through effective change management process, impacting 85 countries, increasing engineering control implementation and reducing need for quantitative-evaluation consulting services by over 20%.
Planned and executed highly potent (HPAPI) compound containment risk assessment and management strategy, achieving 50% improvement in potent compound containment across global manufacturing in 5 years, fully engaging engineering, operations and EHS communities in reaching goal.
Designed sustainable industrial hygiene risk assessment strategy and tools, addressing prioritization of industrial hygiene goals and resources, resulting in 32% increase in manufacturing site exposure assessments and global program engagement.
Reviewed, planned, and prepared EHS response to Statement of Work for TPMs, required for first trial as third-party manufacturer in clinical supply operations, leading team in completing multiple rounds of production of highly potent compound for other major pharmaceutical companies in collaboration with global pharmaceutical operations in high-containment facility.
Served as volunteer leader for past 9 years for globally-endorsed Occupational Hygiene Training Association (OHTA) for development and proliferation of free, public-domain training modules, collaborating in creating module materials taught in over 55 countries and officially training over 8000 students regarding OH technical skills to universally impact and grow occupational hygiene profession.
Directly addressed IH competency in global corporations by implementing training curriculum, impacting over 100 health and safety staff by providing endorsed training materials and tools for manufacturing-site-level industrial hygiene programs.
Mold, pollen, dust, smog, smoke, carbon dioxide, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and other viruses and bacteria released through materials like furniture upholstery and carpeting, gaseous chemicals, particulates, and occupants, can all impact and jeopardize human health. Investing in healthier indoor air now will lead to a better environment in your building as we emerge from this pandemic with occupants that are more productive and focused.
For over 40 years, Chuck Dutill, P.E., D.F.E. has been performing hydrology and environmental engineering nationwide. He has focused on wastewater, stormwater, flooding, sewers, septic systems, groundwater, drainage, hydrology, hydraulics, drinking water, mold, erosion, and air quality. The hydrology, civil engineering, and environmental engineering work of Mr. Dutill has been heavily concentrated in:
Provision of expert witness services, including investigation, analysis, consultation
Analysis of regulations, including concerning compliance and enforcement
Evaluation of monitoring requirements
Development of engineering feasibility studies and facility plans
Acquisition of permits with appropriate requirements and fees
Provision of project cost advice
Mr. Dutill also has significant engineering experience in the areas of design, construction management, operation and maintenance assistance, and community acceptance. He serves as a civil engineer, environmental engineer, and hydrologist on a consulting basis for private, institutional, and governmental clients.
DNA Industrial Hygiene CSLB 773462 1A,HAZ is an occupational/environmental health & safety firm providing comprehensive industrial hygiene/environmental services. Dan Napier is the 'go to' person for help with your health & safety program. if you are a small business or one of the fortune 500's DNA has helped someone like you. whether you need a simple survey for a single issue or a complex benchmark or safety audit they have the experience and expertise to do the work. Mr. Napier provides services to the legal community. please check with him for trial assistance, forensic studies or expert witness services. he has been designated as an expert and has testified in federal and state courts.
Dr. Olen R. Brown, PhD (Microbiology) is a board certified Diplomate in Toxicology and member of the Standards of Knowledge Committee . With broad teaching and research experience, Dr. Brown has dedicated over 35 years to the Life Sciences with a focus on Human Medicine using the disciplines of bacteriology, virology, immunology, epidemiology, biochemistry, physiology, analytical chemistry, toxicology and environmental sciences. Dr. Brown currently is a scientific consultant to corporations and universities.
Dr. Brown is an invited peer reviewer for federal agencies (NIH, NIEHS, CDC, EPA, Superfund, ATSDR and others) and reviewer for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Books and Films. He is also an invited reviewer of submitted papers for various scientific journals including regularly for the American Chemical Society publications and serves as judge of submitted abstracts for the Society of Free Radical Biology and Medicine.
Dr. Brown is the author of over 150 scientific publications and two books: "The Art and Science of Expert Witnessing," published in 2002 by the Cypress Publishing Group; and "Miracles," published in 2007 by BookSurge Publishing.
Consulting Experience Includes:
Risk assessment from exposure to toxic chemicals and bacteria, viruses, molds (fungi) and the occurrence of acute and chronic toxic, infectious, allergic, and inflammatory diseases
Evaluation of the therapeutic and harmful effects of ethical drugs and the effects of alcohol and other drugs of abuse
Toxicity of solvents, pesticides, heavy metals, ozone, carbon monoxide, nanoparticles, and other air pollutants
Safety evaluation of human medical and veterinary medical devices and pharmaceuticals and White Papers
"Miracles" reveals truth from Scripture, science and life. Everything that is or was or is to come is part of God's miracle. Science says that nothing is miraculous- Time and Chance created the universe with no meaning or purpose. God's universe has great meaning extending from the stars to atoms and to you. What we believe about miracles can be a source of great joy or missed joy in our lives. Dr. Brown, a Christian and author of over 100 scientific papers, has coined a new word, synscicretism, to call attention to the doctrine that today elevates science above religion. Science works best for the great "how" questions, but poorly for the great "why" of all things.
This authoritative guide is designed to achieve a synthesis of understanding and effort between case science and case law. It examines all stages of attorney/expert interaction from the initial interview to post-trial evaluation.
Michael J. Fagel, PhD, CEM has over 30 years of broad based experience in a variety of fields relating to Crisis Management & Recovery, Consequence Management & Emergency Management. Dr. Fagel has spent nearly four decades in emergency response. He has been in all phases of public safety, law enforcement, emergency management, fire rescue, and emergency medical services. He has served the US Government at FEMA, the Department of Justice, Defense Department, Department of Energy and Department of Homeland Security. Dr. Fagel also works on Emergency Management and safety missions internationally.
Dr. Fagel has served as President of Region V, IAEM, as well as Vice-Chair of the Certified Emergency Managers Commission of IAEM. He has been a course developer for DHS as well as an instructor at several universities in their Emergency Management and Homeland Security master’s programs. He currently teaches Industrial Safety and Emergency Medical Services at several college locations and guest lectures at various professional trade conferences throughout the country. Dr. Fagel's team at Aurora Safety has taught for organizations that include The National Domestic Preparedness Consortium, Louisiana State University, TEEX, Yale, Johns Hopkins, Harvard, Yale, and many more.
Schools, campuses, houses of worship, recreational sites, transportation hubs, retail facilities, those thoughts ring out day after day. Replay in your mind’s eye the horrific images of Columbine High School, Virginia Tech, Northern Illinois University (Valentine’s Day), Aurora Colorado movie theater, Sandy Hook Elementary School
At schools, campuses, sporting events, and retail facilities, those thoughts ring out day after day. We have watched with horror the increasingly more frequent news of violence at establishments we once thought "safe" from wanton violence. One has to just scan the news to see that no place is immune from any type of random act that injures or kills innocent civilians, be it a movie theater, retail mall, sporting event, school, or church. In this column, let's take a look at a few basic elements.
Emergency managers and officials have seen a tremendous increase in the planning responsibilities placed on their shoulders over the last decade. Crisis Management and Emergency Planning: Preparing for Today's Challenges supplies time-tested insights to help communities and organizations become better prepared to cope with natural and manmade disasters and their impacts on the areas they serve.
This book offers preparedness and mitigation recommendations for advanced emergency planning. Because disasters are so unpredictable, advance planning is needed to effectively respond to and mitigate against the potential effects of such events. More than a dozen contributors offer their professional expertise on a wide variety of topics.
This book provides a clear and up-to-date understanding of how an EOC should operate within the guidance of various federal and national programs. It discusses the processes and systems that must be considered in emergency planning and preparedness efforts, and provides time-tested tips for those developing and revising emergency preparedness plans.