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General Pediatrics Childhood Physical Sexual Abuse Toxic Exposures Expert Witness

Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

Childhood Physical and Sexual Abuse, Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS), Munchausen92s Syndrome by Proxy (MSBP), Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), Lead Poisoning, Standards of Pediatric Care, Childhood Injury and Product Liability, Child and Adolescent Growth and Development, Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, Developmental Disabilities (Autism), Custody Evaluation

Expert Witness No.1850


Areas of Expertise

.  Childhood Physical and Sexual Abuse
.  Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS)
.  Munchausen’s Syndrome by Proxy (MSBP)
.  Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
.  Lead Poisoning
.  Standards of Pediatric Care
.  Childhood Injury and Product Liability
.  Child and Adolescent Growth and Development
.  Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities
.  Developmental Disabilities (Autism)
.  Custody Evaluation


1973 – 1976
UCLA School of Medicine/Los Angeles County MLK Pediatric Residency

1968 – 1973
University of California, San Diego
School of Medicine
MD Degree

1963 – 1968
Antioch College Yellow Springs, Ohio BA in Biology

Board Certification

1978 – Present
American Board of Pediatrics
Board Certified Pediatrician

Medical License

1975 – Present
Medical Board of California Physician and Surgeon

1994 – 2000
State of Washington Health Professions Quality Assurance Division


2001 – Present
Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health
Edmund Edelman Children’s Dependency Court of Los Angeles County
Senior Physician
Pediatric consultant for Dependency Court Judges and Minor’s Attorneys on complex
medical and mental health cases.

2001 – 2002
Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic
Pediatric consultant

2001 – 2002
California Children’s Services
Pediatric Consultant for specialized clinics known as Medical Treatment Units located throughout the Los Angeles Unified School District serving children with severe impediments to education.

1993 – 2001
Private Pediatric Practice
Pediatric clinician providing full scope in-home health service for foster children in Los
Angeles County.

1994 – 1997
Pediatric Consulting Practice Los Angeles and Seattle
Pediatric consultant for private patients and for treatment facilities and projects, including managed care organizations, therapeutic day care centers, AIDS residential services, and other specialized residential placements.

1993 – 1994
Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles
Urgent Care Service, Department of Emergency Medicine
Clinical attending pediatrician for direct patient care as well as pediatric resident training.
Westside Regional Center, Los Angeles
Medical Director for developmental center serving approximately 5000 adults, children, and high-risk infants with mental retardation, cerebral palsy, uncontrolled seizures and/or autism.

1987 – 1993
Private Pediatric Practice
Pediatric clinician for high-risk foster children at Orthopedic Hospital, Los Angeles.

Cigna Health Plans, Los Angeles
Pediatric clinician for managed care service provider.

1980 – 1987
Private Pediatric Practice
Pediatric clinician as well as a consultant on parenting, nutrition, and behavioral issues for inner city children and families.

1978 – 1980
Los Angeles Unified School District, Medical Division
Examined and diagnosed children with severe learning disabilities.

Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, Child Health and Disability Prevention Program Pediatrician
Screened children for undiagnosed medical conditions.

Indian Free Clinic of Huntington Park
Medical Director
Supervised the medical staff of a clinic serving relocated Native Americans.

1976 – 1978
Los Angeles County Department of Health Services Hubert H. Humphrey Comprehensive Health Center Pediatrician
Team leader for a full-service public health clinic serving indigent adults and children.

Pediatric Consulting

2004 – Present
Los Angeles County Children’s Court Collaboration on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
2003 – Present
Edward Edelman Children’s Court Coordinated Care Committee

2001 – Present
Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, Psychotropic Medication Committee

Clinical Faculty

2007- Present
USC Department of Pediatrics Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Teaching first year pediatric residents advocacy by providing consultation services for dependent children with complex medical conditions.

2006 – Present
UCLA Department of Pediatrics
Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
Teaching third year pediatric residents advocacy by providing consultation services for dependent children with complex medical conditions.

2003 – 2008
UCLA Department of Psychiatry
Clinical Instructor (02/27/2003 - 08/14/2008)
Teaching Child and Adolescent Fellows consultations for dependent children with mental health diagnoses, developmental delays, and co-morbid medical conditions.

Membership Organizations

2010 to Present
Member, American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children.

2010 to Present
Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics
California Chapter 2; Adoption and Foster Care, Child Abuse and Neglect Sections.

2002 to Present
Special Interest Group on Child Abuse (SIGCA) of the Physicians’ Network on Child
Abuse and Neglect.

2001 to Present
California Children’s Services, Los Angeles County Workgroup.
Other Distinctions

UCLA Pediatric Grand Rounds June 12, 2009
Child Abuse Pediatrics in Edelman Children’s Court

Case Name: Salvana Maria Fernandez, Appellant vs. The State of Nevada
Nevada Supreme Court overturned judgment of conviction. My testimony identified
mother’s developmental delays and child’s missed failure to thrive condition.

2007 – 2008
Pediatric clinical record review for Medical Board of California

Recent Talks

Available Upon Request

Recent Child Abuse Training

10/14/2011 - 10/16/2011
American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference & Exhibition, Boston Massachusetts; Section on Child Abuse and Neglect; Radiologic Imaging of Child Abuse and Metabolic and Genetic Mimics of Child Abuse

07/07/2011 - 07/08/2011
Third International Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma: Medical, Forensic, & Scientific
Advances & Prevention, Sir Francis Drake Hotel, San Francisco, California

07/22/2009 – 07/26/2009
PREP ®CAP: An Intensive Review and Update in Child Abuse Pediatrics, American
Academy of Pediatrics Review Course, Portland Oregon