Lee D. Cranberg, MD, is a Neurologist and Behavioral Neurologist on the faculty of Harvard Medical School. He has 30+ years of clinical experience combining patient care and teaching. He is past President of the Boston Society of Neurology and Psychiatry.
Litigation Support – Dr. Cranberg is available to review medical records, discuss and write up his opinions, and testify at deposition and trial. He works with both plaintiffs and defendants.
Dr. Cranberg has handled personal injury, medical malpractice, competency, testamentary capacity, and criminal cases.
Thorough in his reviews and precise in his opinions, Dr. Cranberg is skilled at explaining complex and technical issues to a lay audience.
Testimonial – "I found Dr. Cranberg to be very thorough, resourceful, and exceedingly well prepared. He was very precise at his deposition and stood up well against a very seasoned lawyer. He knew the medical records better than either the defense lawyer or I did. The case settled; so I cannot tell you how he did before a jury, but I had complete confidence that he would have presented well. He was very easy to work with and was very accessible. He bills fairly. I would not hesitate to use him again." - Charles Muchmore, Esq.
Ms. Roughan is a Rehabilitation Nurse Specialist who functions in the capacity of case manager, life care planner and expert witness. Her company, Roughan & Associates at LINC, is a nationally recognized Case Management and Medical/Legal Consulting service. It has been in existence since 1987, providing coordination of patient care; construction of Life Care Plans; and, consultative services to both the defense and plaintiff bar on simple and complex cases alike. Ms. Roughan has experience with diagnoses involving both children and adults and are knowledgeable in current treatment philosophies, identification of appropriate resources.
Diagnoses include, but are not limited to:
Neurological Injuries (Brain and Spinal Cord Injury)
Marcel O. Ponton, PhD, has over 25 years of experience in the field of Psychology. He specializes in the Neuropsychological Assessment and treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury patients and patients with Psychological Trauma.
Dr. Ponton continues to treat brain injury and trauma survivors in his private practice. He has extensive expertise in the assessment of Spanish-speaking patients. He is a published author, Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UCLA, and Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Counseling at Fuller Theological Seminary.
Litigation Support - Over the past 22 years he has served as an expert witness, Dr. Ponton has executed hundreds of evaluations and been retained for his expertise over 300 times. He has testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator over 40 times. Dr. Ponton's services include neuropsychological assessments, psychological assessments, report writing, medical records review, consulting, and assessment of children and adults.
Paul T. Fogle, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, earned his BA, MA, and PhD in Speech-Language Pathology (minor: Psychology) and has been a practicing therapist since 1971. A university professor for 35 years (now Professor Emeritus), he primarily taught graduate courses in Neurology and Neuropathologies of Adults and Children, Swallowing Disorders / Dysphagia, Gerontology, Voice Disorders, Cleft Lip and Palate, and Counseling Skills for Speech-Language Pathologists.
Consulting Services: In private practice, Dr. Fogle specializes in Neurological Disorders (strokes and traumatic brain injury) in adults and children. He works with a great variety of speech, language, cognitive, and swallowing disorders of children and adults from neonatal intensive care units (NICU) to the last moments of life, and in numerous settings, such as schools, hospitals (acute, subacute, convalescent), rehabilitation centers, clinics, and private practice.
Communication Disorders include:
Articulation and phonological disorders in children
Language (receptive and expressive) disorders in children and their contributions to learning disabilities
Literacy disorders in children
Fluency (stuttering) disorders in children and adults
Voice disorders in children and adults
Cleft lip and palate (oral-facial anomalies)
Neurological disorders in adults (e.g., strokes and traumatic brain injuries) that cause speech (apraxia and dysarthria), language (receptive and expressive aphasia), cognitive (memory, orientation, reasoning, problem solving, and executive function) disorders, and swallowing disorders (dysphagia)
Speaking Engagements / Presentations: An expert in his field, Dr. Fogle has delivered approximately 150 presentations at state, national, and international conventions and conferences. In 2017, he was the keynote speaker at the International Speech-Language Pathology Conference in Las Vegas, NV, where the topic was, “Sports-Related Concussions in Children and Adolescents.”
Dr. Fogle has presented all-day seminars and workshops in cities throughout the U.S. and in several foreign countries, including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Egypt, and Romania. The seminars and workshops provide continuing education for Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, and Special Education teachers. Topics have included:
"Counseling Skills for Rehabilitation Specialists"
"A Cognitive-Linguistic Approach for Working with Children Who Have Attention Deficit Disorders and/or Auditory Processing Disorders"
"Traumatic Brain Injury in Children and Adolescents."
Author: Dr. Fogle has authored or co-authored five textbooks (currently working on his sixth, Traumatic Brain Injury in Infants, Children, and Adolescents) and four therapy manuals that are used in universities, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and clinics throughout the U.S. and other English-speaking countries.
There are relatively few speech pathologists who have had any experience in medical-legal work and even fewer who have been involved in more than one or two cases. However, the education, training, and professional experience of speech pathologists makes them uniquely qualified to provide expert testimony in a variety of cases for either the plaintiff or the defense.
Fully revised and updated, this is an accessible and engaging introductory resource for students new to communication sciences and disorders. This text covers basic information about speech disorders in both children and adults, while numerous case scenarios and personal stories paint a vivid picture of the profession.
Whether you are a beginning or more experienced speech-language pathologist or audiologist, this book can equip you with effective counseling skills needed to help your clients cope with the challenges of communication disorders. It is the only text available that combines the insights of a well-respected clinical psychologist with the practical knowledge of a recognized speech-language pathologist to highlight the most important basic and advanced counseling skills.
This is an exciting, new full-color textbook introducing concepts in communication sciences and disorders. Written in accessible, engaging and caring language, it is rooted in the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's "Big Nine" knowledge and skill areas.
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.
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.
Dr. Robert H. Odell, Jr., MD, PhD, owner and Medical Director of Neuropathy and Pain Centers of America in Las Vegas, NV, is a Stanford and UCLA trained Anesthesiologist and Pain Management Physician. As a fellow of the Medical Scientist Training Program, he received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Stanford University in 1974 and his MD degree from Stanford in 1976. He completed his residency in anesthesiology at UCLA, and served as chief resident at Harbor/UCLA Medical Center in 1982. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Anesthesiology (1983), American Academy of Pain Management (2001) and the American Board of Pain Medicine (2007) and a Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice of the World Institute of Pain (2008).
Dr. Odell has extensive experience with a wide variety of non-interventional and interventional Acute and Chronic Pain Management techniques, including Vertebral Axial Decompression and Electroanalgesia. Treatment utilizes the Combined Electrochemical Block (CEB), which combines the clinical benefits of these Electronic Signal Treatment (EST) devices with interventional pain management techniques to produce dramatic patient outcomes in a wide variety of Refractory Neuropathic Pain States, including Low Back Pain, Diabetic Neuropathy, Idiopathic Neuropathy, Failed Spine Fusion Syndrome and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Over the last several years, Dr. Odell has been working with some advanced electromedical devices which produce salutary effects for some of the most refractory pain management challenges. He is the first author on three significant papers in the Electromedicine and Pain Management literature. The first, "Electroanalgesic Nerve Block: Theory and Case Reports" appeared in Practical Pain Management in 2006. The cornerstone of treatment at New Vision is the use of local anesthesia along with the Electroanalgesia block. This technique is outlined in Dr. Odell ‘s third paper, "New Device Combines Electrical Currents and Local Anesthetic for Pain Management," Practical Pain Management (2011). Dr. Odell has also been invited to deliver presentations in his field of expertise throughout the United States.
Dr. Farr Ajir, MD, MBA, FACS, CIME, is a Board Certified Neurosurgeon with more than 35 years of experience in the treatment of disorders of the Brain, Spine, and Peripheral Nerves. He is also certified by the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners.
Dr. Ajir has been staff neurosurgeon at Mayo Clinic and Kaiser Permanente Healthcare Systems.
He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS), Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and California Association of Neurological Surgeons. He is a Certified Physician Executive (CPE) with many years of leadership and administrative experience in healthcare delivery.
Litigation Support - As an expert neurosurgeon with decades of experience, Dr. Ajir offers services to attorneys representing plaintiff and defendant. He is certified by the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners (CIME), performs IMEs, and provides expert reviews and medical-legal opinions. Dr. Ajir holds medical licenses in California, Montana, New York, Pennsylvania, Washington, Wisconsin, and Utah.
Saman Hazany, MD, is a board and CAQ certified Neuroradiologist, who did his radiology residency training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) of Harvard University. His main expertise is in Traumatic Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Epilepsy, and Stroke.
Dr. Hazany is a staff neuroradiologist at the west Los Angles Veterans Administration (VA) medical center and an associate professor in the division of neuroradiology at the University of Southern California. He has worked at multiple level 1 trauma, stroke, and rehabilitation centers such as BIDMC of Harvard University, LA County USC, and Rancho Los Amigos for more than 9 years, where he has gained a great deal of experience with trauma and stroke imaging.
In addition, as the epilepsy expert neuroradiologist of the USC surgical epilepsy consortium, Dr. Hazany has contributed to the care of numerous patients with epilepsy. He has designed and led multiple clinical trials and research projects involving neurologic diseases.
MRK Medical Consultants provides Medical-Legal Evaluations to help legal and insurance professionals reach appropriate conclusions about their client's situations. MRK provides a wide array of medical experts that offer objective review and analysis of personal injuries. Each stage of the process—research to review, analysis to opinion—is addressed in a comprehensive manner in order to help legal and insurance professionals reach appropriate conclusions about their client’s situations. MRK has over forty board certified physician specialists and many with subspecialty certifications. MRK provides physician experts to the entire State of California, the Reno/Lake Tahoe area and Las Vegas, and we travel to many areas of the United States. Physical therapy, registered nurses, physician assistant and billing review consultants are available services MRK provides. Oncall MD's in office daily to discuss your needs if you are unsure of what expert you need.
Edward W. Younger, III, M.D., Medical Director of MRK Medical Consultants, specializes in Orthopedic Surgery. He has extensive experience in total joint replacement, as well as reconstructive surgery of the knee, hip and shoulder. He was instrumental in bringing computer navigation technology to his hospital. He has served on the orthopedic trauma staff at Mercy San Juan Medical Center and serves on the Medical Executive Committee at Mercy San Juan. He is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Society and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, a member of the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the California Orthopedic Association.
Dr. Michael R. Klein, Jr., M.D., specializes in Orthopedic Surgery and is a founding member and the first Medical Director of Northern California Orthopedic Centers. He is a senior member of the medical staff at Mercy San Juan Medical Center and was involved with the development of the orthopedic section of the Level II Trauma Center.
Dr. Klein is a clinical instructor at University of California, Davis, Medical Center, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and a member of the American Medical Association and the California Medical Association.
Alberto Martinez-Arizala, MD, FAAN, has over 35 years of clinical experience as a Board Certified Neurologist specializing in Spinal Cord Medicine. Moreover, he served as an assistant professor in the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine while stationed at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center when he served active duty in the U.S. Army.
Dr. Martinez-Arizala has been part of the faculty of the Department of Neurology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine since 1989 and currently holds the rank of Professor of Clinical Neurology. He also serves as the Medical Director of the Spine Institute and as a research investigator for The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis in the university. Most recently, Dr. Martinez-Arizala served as Chief of the Spinal Cord Injury Service at the Miami VA Medical Center for 13 years where he continues as a VA Spinal Cord Injury staff physician. His research interests include Pathophysiology and Treatment of Secondary Complications in Spinal Cord Injury. Dr. Martinez-Arizala has spent years investigating the basis for the development of the different spasticity and pain profiles in the spinal cord injured population, and studying potential novel treatments for this conditions.
Litigation Support - In addition to his practice, Dr. Martinez-Arizala has served as an expert witness for more than 25 years in Complex Spinal Cord Cases and also has solid experience in conducting Independent Medical Evaluations (IMEs), medical record reviews, and developing and reviewing Life Care Plans.
Bankole 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.
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.
Gregory P. Brown, MD, is a is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and specializes in the fields of adult Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry. His private office is dedicated to the practice of Forensic Psychiatry, and includes evaluations for matters in civil court, criminal court, family court, and independent psychiatric evaluations.
Dr. Brown is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry, and the Residency Training Program Director at the University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Medicine. He founded the Psychiatry Residency Training Program, and has been the Residency Training Director since the time of the first entering class in 2004, under the UNRSOM.
Litigation Support - Dr. Brown has extensive experience in medico-legal work. As a Board Certified Forensic Psychiatrist, he has worked in diverse areas of this subspecialty of psychiatry. Dr. Brown offers litigations support services to attorneys for Plaintiff and Defendant.
Services include Disability Evaluations, Estate Planning Capacity Evaluations, Independent Psychiatric Evaluations, Medical Board Evaluations, Fitness for Duty Evaluations, Department of Energy Fitness Evaluations, Social Security Appeals Record Reviews, and Independent File Reviews for Medical Necessity and for Disability Claims.
Forensic Experience Includes:
Criminal Court Evaluations - Competence to Stand Trial, Assessment of Criminal Responsibility, NGRI Assessments
Civil Court Evaluations - Personal Injury with Psychiatric symptoms, Brain Injury with Psychiatric symptoms, Malpractice related questions
Family Court Evaluations - Involuntary Commitment, Guardianship, Testamentary Capacity, Undue Influence, Contractual Capacity, Fitness to Parent, Child Custody
Third Party Forensic Evaluations - Fitness for Duty, Return to Work, Disability, ADA Accommodations, Medical Necessity, Independent Psychiatric Evaluations
Neurological Surgery is a medical office in Brandon, Florida, with a highly practiced neurosurgeon who focuses on minimally invasive outpatient surgery. He is a Mayo Clinic-trained neurosurgeon with decades of experience. Larry Fishman, MD, PA, is a Board Certified Neurosurgeon with more than 22 years of experience. Dr. Fishman specializes in minimally invasive surgery, including Carpal Tunnel, Spinal, and Cranial Procedures.
Dr. Fishman provides minimally invasive spine and brain surgery that requires only a small incision. The recuperative time is much less than required with traditional surgical methods, and patients can return to normal activities in a much shorter amount of time. This type of procedure minimizes potential risks of full surgery and maximizes the benefits of an early recovery. Dr. Fishman is a Member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the Florida Neurological Society, the American Academy of Neurological Surgeons, the International Association of Minimally Invasive Surgery, and many more.
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Yolanda Anderson, RN, BSN, CEN, CLNC is a Registered Nurse and has been working in the Emergency Department for more than 25 years. She began work in the Emergency Department of Los Angeles County, USC Medical Center, a level I Trauma Center. She then worked in the Emergency Department at Saint Anthony Hospital Central in Denver, Colorado, a level I Trauma Center where she helped initiate the Hyperbaric Medicine program. For 15 years, she was employed as a staff RN, Charge RN and Assistant Nurse Manager in the Emergency Department at Littleton Adventist Hospital - Littleton, Colorado, a level II Trauma Center. There, she helped with the expansion and reconstruction of the current Emergency Department facility.
A Certified Legal Nurse Consultant, Ms. Anderson is knowledgeable about all aspects of Hospital Care and Standards of Care for Physicians, Nurses and Ancillary Personnel. Her consulting services include:
Hospitals, Clinics, and Offices - Consult and organize for the development and expansion of a new facilities or offices and related care patterns
Personal - Consult with family members to organize health care history, needs, and medications and to help understand healthcare information and interpretation
Teaching - Emergency Nurse Pediatric Course Instructor, Triage Class instructor, Charge Nurse class instructor