Expertise DescriptionI have more than 20 years of experience in the field of Medicine and am Board Certified in Occupational and Environmental Medicine. My private Occupational and Environmental Medicine practice works with toxicological, biological, and physical exposures, and diseases. I perform medical surveillance examinations and biological monitoring, audiograms, and respirator medical clearance examinations. I have over 20 years of expert witness experience with consultations, deposition, and courtroom testimony.
Areas of Expertise
My expert witness experience includes both plaintiff and defendant work in workers’ compensation and civil cases involving occupational diseases, construction defects (water intrusion, mold, carbon monoxide), and environmental pollution. I have testified (deposition and trial) in over 100 cases in district, state and federal courts, as well as arbitrations.
As a consultant to hazardous, highly regulated industries including precious metals mining, metallurgical assay laboratories, chemical manufacturing, and battery recycling, I advise, review and develop regulatory compliance (OSHA, MSHA) and internal programs for protecting employees and monitoring them for adverse health effects and diseases from hazardous exposures. These services often involve statistical analysis of medical, biological (laboratory, radiographic, audiometric, pulmonary function), and industrial hygiene data. My expertise and insight into these complex hazard compliance challenges led me to develop a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform designed specifically for employers to manage health and safety as an essential business process. As a forensic expert, I independently investigate disease outbreaks and risks involving exposures to chemical and biological agents. For example, I served as the principal investigator of one of the largest, non-governmentally investigated environmental pollution cases in the US, in which I developed and implemented a web-based epidemiological study of health effects in over 11,000 people acutely exposed to a large release of sulfur-based chemicals from a nearby hazardous waste facility. I have evaluated and investigated thousands of people and hundreds of problem/sick buildings (homes, workplaces, schools and public buildings) around the US for building-related disorders including mold/water intrusion, pesticides, carbon monoxide, and other toxicants.
In addition to my private clinical and consultation practice, I serve as an Assistant Clinical Professor at a school of medicine in training Occupational Medicine fellows. I have given numerous professional presentations on topics of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. My research experience includes collaborating and publishing original research on building science and occupant health. I have authored Occupational and Environmental Medicine textbook chapters on Medical Surveillance, Workers’ Compensation, and Food Contamination.
I have expertise in evaluating chemical exposures, industrial hygiene data, medical records (and medical examination) to evaluate risk for and causation of occupational cancer throughout my 23 year career in Occupational Medicine and Internal Medicine. I am also licensed to practice medicine in California. Please note, a “toxicologist” is typically a PhD level professional who is not qualified to render opinions to reasonable medical probability.
This is an excellent case for referral to me as an Occupational Medicine specialist to evaluate cancer causation. This particular case requires expertise in medical diagnosis and differential diagnosis, toxicology, epidemiology, risk assessment, and industrial hygiene—all of which are in my scope of training, qualifications, and experience in Occupational Medicine and Internal Medicine. I have conducted numerous occupational cancer causation evaluations of this type as independent medical evaluations and patient clinical consultations in the course of my 22 year career, including brain and other forms of cancer, and am familiar with the epidemiology and toxicology of vinyl chloride and PVC. In addition, I have authored and co-authored recently published Occupational Medicine textbook chapters on Medical Surveillance and Workers’ Compensation (reprints available on my web site home page) which address issues of occupational disease causation and exposure assessment.
|M.D.||Harvard Medical School|
|M.P.H.||Public Health||Rutgers University|
|Medical License: NV; CA|
|Occupational Medicine – American Board of Preventive Medicine|
|Internal Medicine – American Board of Internal Medicine|
Awards & Affiliation
|FACOEM Fellow of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine|
|FACP Fellow of the American College of Physicians – Internal Medicine|