Dr. Melvin N. Kramer

EHA Consulting Group, Inc.
7904 Starburst Drive
Baltimore, MD 21208
Web Site
Phone: (410) 484-9133
Fax: (410) 484-9515

Melvin N. Kramer, Ph.D., M.P.H., has over 30 years of professional experience in all aspects of the food industry. He has consulted widely with food processors, manufacturers, importers, exporters, retail and foodservice, as well as having served as an expert witness in matters relating to the regulation of food and food borne diseases. He has participated in the epidemiological investigations of numerous outbreaks of food borne diseases involving a wide variety of commodities. He is the author of numerous journal publications on food sanitation and infectious disease topics and has lectured nationally and internationally at colleges, universities and conferences and on behalf of the United States in trade negotiations involving food safety. In addition, Dr. Kramer has consulted and testified in matters concerning viruses transmitted through blood and blood products (HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B), nosocomial infections, including MRSA and Clostridium difficile, as well as respiratory diseases—ranging from fungal diseases, Legionella and tuberculosis. Another focus has been outbreaks of diseases related to poor sanitation practices; such as, norovirus, salmonella and hepatitis A.

Background

Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: B.A. from Rutgers University with a major emphasis in Anthropology and Bacteriology
M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins University with a major emphasis in Epidemiology
Ph.D. from Pacific Western University with a major emphasis in Environmental Health
Registered Sanitarian:
National Environmental Health Association
Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Florida Environmental Health Association
Certificate for Seafood HACCP Course
Presented by Seafood HACCP Alliance & The Association of Food and Drug Officials
State of New Jersey Department of Health Certified Instructor:
Foodservice Management Certification Program
State of New Jersey Department of Health Licenses:
Health Officer
Sanitary Inspector, First Grade (not renewed)
Public Health Laboratory Technician (not renewed)
State of New Jersey Department of Education Certificate (not renewed):
Part-time Teacher of Vocational and Technical Occupations
Certified Pesticide Applicator (not renewed):
State of New Jersey - Department of Environmental Protection
State of Maryland - Department of Agriculture

Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: Diplomate, American Academy of Sanitarians
American Association of Analytical Chemists
American Association of Blood Banks
American Public Health Association
American Society for Microbiology
Association for Practitioners in Infection Control
Association of Food and Drug Officials
Central Atlantic States Association of Food and Drug Officials
Infectious Diseases Society of America
Institute of Food Technologists
International Association for Food Protection
Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Conference
Maryland Association of Sanitarians
Maryland Public Health Association
Metropolitan Assoc. of Dairy, Food and Environmental Specialists
National Environmental Health Association
Society for Epidemiologic Research
Society for Foodservice Management
United States Animal Health Association

Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: Cook College, Rutgers University - Environmental Health and Law
Essex Community College - Maryland State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Training Course for County Health Officials
East Carolina State University - HACCP Training for County Health Officials
University of Maryland - Epidemiology of AIDS and Hepatitis B
University of Maryland - Epidemiology of AIDS
Sackler School of Medicine, Israel - Epidemiology of AIDS and Blood Supply
Towson State University - Peer Pressure, Sensitivity, and Relations
University of Maryland at Baltimore - Food and Drug Law Seminar

Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
A: No.

Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
A: Over one hundred times.

Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Dr. Kramer has been retained as an expert for food safety, bioaerosol-mold, infectious diseases, administrative public and environmental health matters.

Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: About 40% of cases.

Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: About 60% of cases.

Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: More than fifty times.

Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: 2008

Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: About 8 times.

Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: About 8 times.

Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: Over 25 years.

Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: EHA - Services include consulting, inspection, laboratory surveillance, and educational services.

Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: 700/hr

Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: 700/hr

Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: 800/hr

Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: 800/hr

Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: All expenses constitute an additional fee.

References

Scott A. Lazar, Esq.
Barrett Lazar, LLC
145 West Passaic Street, 2nd Floor
Maywood, NJ 07607
(201)843-5900

Robert G. Hibbert, Esq.
Partner
K & L Gates (Kirkpatrick & Lockhart
Preston Gates Ellis LLP)
1601 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006-1600
(202)778-9315

Peter Villari, Esq.
Ostroff, Villari & Kusturiss, P.C.
311 North Broad Street, Suite 2
Landsdale, PA 19446
(800) 769-4529 x72