Dr. Vernon M. Neppe, MD, PhD, FRSSAf, BN&NP, DFAPA, FFPsych, MMed, DSPE, DPsM, FRCPC-10

Pacific Neuropsychiatric Institute
6300 Ninth Avenue NE, Suite 353
Seattle, WA 98115
Web Site
Phone: 206-527-6289
Fax: 888 211 5207

Internationally renowned neuropsychiatrist, behavioral neurologist, psychopharmacologist, psychiatrist, epileptologist, in-demand communicator, civil forensic expert (defense or plaintiff), peer-respected clinician, consciousness reseacher, extensively published academic, book-author and incisive thinker, Professor Vernon M Neppe MD, PhD (Med), FRSSAf, DFAPA, , FFPsych (SA), MMed (Psych), BN&NP Board Subspeciatly UCNS (Behavioral Neurology / Neuropsychiatry) ABPN (BC Psychiatry, subspec: Forensic Psychiatry -04 Geriatric Psychiatry-11), DPsM (with Neurology / Psychiatry), DSPE, DABFM, DABFE, DABPS (Psychopharmacology), FACFE, LMACFE, FCPsych, MB, BCh,, BA, FRCPC-10, is one of the most highly qualified medical experts in the USA. He prefers civil medicolegal expert work, attempting to equalize defense and plaintiff cases.

CLINICAL SCIENTIST
Dr. Neppe is an experienced clinician, who is so highly respected by peers that his listing is unique under subspecialties of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Neurology, Psychopharmacology and Forensic (Neuro)psychiatry plus in Psychiatry in the peer-chosen book America's Top Doctors (all 9 editions). A prolific scientist (300+ publications in every habitable continent) and academic [(Adjunct) Full Professor, SLU], he has pioneered several critical research areas, impacting on the lives of millions of patients.

BROAD FORENSIC PERSPECTIVES
An insightful thinker and former expert chess player, Professor Neppe is able to appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of lawsuits and advise consultatively, truthfully and objectively, in a manner that may make enormous changes to the case and the strategy: Cases have even settled when the other side has heard he has been retained. He has even been retained to avoid him being the other side's expert witness. His medicolegal expertise is even being used in cases outside the United States, as well as nationally within the USA. He works quickly, often saving time yet being thorough and incisive, and at times, recommending important directions that can impact case outcome. These skills led to his monograph/book to facilitate attorneys in choosing a medical expert witness (see http://www.brainvoyage.com/attorneyadvice.php)

Moreover, after examining the medical records, by giving a preliminary oral opinion on the strengths and weaknesses of a case, plaintiff attorneys can decide whether to proceed, and defense attorneys whether to settle. This can save considerable costs later.

SPECIAL EXPERTISE
He is an international authority on numerous related areas, using a criterion based on publications, presentations, research or recognitions
1. head trauma / brain injury / cerebral disturbances (key chapters in books; own published classification of closed head injuries),
2. side-effects and clinical impacts of brain medications (e.g. author of two books on psychopharmacology; extensive publications),
3. seizures and atypical spells (extensive background; publications; pioneering discoveries; measuring instrument; classification),
4. tardive dyskinesia and related exyrapyramidal syndromes (developed a successful treatment for it; and evaluation technique, the STRAW),
5. neuroleptic malignant syndrome (e.g. published review),
6. attention deficit (e.g. new treatment published),
7. mental status (a leading authority),
8. narcolepsy (developed questionnaire),
9. vegetative states and minimally conscious states (published on special evaluation skills in persistent vegetative states and minimally conscious states; expert consultant in a major case), and
10. on the organic and psychiatric aspects of brain and biological conditions. (e.g. consultancies to DSM-IVR)
11. pharmaceutical patents (retained by attorneys for both brand name and generic companies).
12. Dr Neppe also has a major interest in nutraceuticals (writing a book on dietary supplements and developed a special document on the hazards for the ASCP) on obesity (including psychotropic medication side-effects) and diet (currently, writing a book on the subject) and on previously used compounds such as Ephedra alkaloids (both plaintiff and defense expert). He also has been retained for neuropsychiatric expertise on carbon monoxide's effects on the brain.

These skills allow Dr. Neppe to be a very powerful expert for many different kinds of cases, including personal injury, malpractice and competency issues. Moreover, his potential use in multiple capacities, such as Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Neurology and Psychopharmacology as well as Psychiatry and Seizure phenomena, and as an expert on higher brain functioning, and his combined MD and PhD qualifications, and extensice publications in many areas, markedly increases his versatility and range as an expert consultant, permits the retaining of fewer experts in certain cases, and allows for powerful rebuttals and more complete perspectives in consultations.

INTANGIBLES
Professor Neppe's expertise is particularly valuable. His professional background includes both an MD and PhD. This reflects his broader skills and effectively increases his credibility.
His apparent ability to debate issues and think on his feet, and his persuasive speaking style learnt from years of in-demand public speaking as a professional speaker, may be a decided advantage for potential jurors, as well as for judges in trial or arbitration. Feedback in this regard supports this hypothesis: He has learnt to address people at the correct level, as reflected in his contributions as a book author for both laypersons and colleagues, as a playwright, and particularly with his extensive experience with the media, sometimes in live programs. Despite all of this, the majority of his work is as a clinician.

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND
Vernon Neppe is currently Director of the Pacific Neuropsychiatric Institute in Seattle, WA. He is also an attending physician at Overlake Hospital, Bellevue, WA and on staff at Northwest Hospital, Seattle, WA. He practices medicine in Washington State but his major current academic university affiliation is as (Adjunct Full) Professor, Dept of Neurology and Psychiatry at St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO. This is a singular, extremely unusual honor of respect, 1700 miles from his home base.

Dr. Neppe is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and has been additionally certified in Geriatric Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry [10 y cert-2004]. He was in the first group board certified by the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties in Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry. He is a Board Certified Forensic Examiner and in Forensic Medicine as well as being a Fellow and Life Member of the American College of Forensic Examiners. He also has an overseas specialist qualification with majors in Psychiatry and Neurology (the Diploma in Psychological Medicine).

Dr. Neppe is a fellow (or higher) of eight and member of more than a dozen additional professional associations (including American or International Psychiatric, Medical, Neuropsychiatric, Epilepsy, Psychogeriatric, Psychopharmacological and Psychological Associations and Societies).
He has been the Co-Principal Researcher of a highly competitive international research grant.
In 2002, he was honored internationally as apparently the first physician based in the United States to be elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa. In 2004, he was elected a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and then in December 2007, elevated to their highest single public level of Distinguished Fellow. He was singularly chosen to lead the first USA and International Delegation in Psychopharmacology and Neuropsychiatry (China, 2006 through People to People Ambassador Program established by President Eisenhower). He has attained the level of Diplomate of the International Society for Philosophical Enquiry.

HISTORICITY
Dr. Vernon Neppe founded the Pacific Neuropsychiatric Institute (PNI) in Seattle, WA in late 1992. The PNI aims at serving as an international model in the discipline of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Neurology; the PNI endeavors to provide directions for neuropharmacological and psychopharmacological approaches.

Prior to that in 1986, Professor Neppe, had been recruited from South Africa after an international search by the university, to establish and become Director of the first Division of Neuropsychiatry in a Department of Psychiatry in the United States (University of Washington in Seattle, WA where, until 1992, he was tenured full-time faculty).

Prior to that he trained and worked at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa: He completed his medical degree in 1973, internship in 1974, and specialist post-graduate training in 1980 with both Psychiatric and Neurological backgrounds, and then worked as a consultant attending then senior consultant at the University.
While in South Africa, the country of his birth, he organized apparently the first multiracial sports match (if chess is a sport!).He also further trained at Cornell University Medical College in New York ("Neuropsychiatry-Behavioral Neurology/ Psychopharmacology" fellowship [1982-3]) as the "Witwatersrand University Overseas Traveling Fellow".

He has been licensed to practice medicine in Britain, in 2 states of the United States and is on the Canadian specialist register. Until overseas practice regulations changed, he was licensed in two states of Australia and in South Africa.

RECOGNITIONS
Vernon Neppe has made more than a thousand scientific presentations in a dozen countries. This includes chairing international conferences on four continents and radio and television appearances around the world, and lecturing at about 100 medical schools or affiliates round the world. He is an outstanding communicator as evidence by the demand for his speaking skills, both nationally and internationally.
His incisive quick analyses, ability to think on his feet, and his respect at giving a fair, objective opinion all contribute to his highly respected forensic expertise.

Dr. Neppe is recognized in numerous books. These include editions of:
-Marquis' Whose Who in the World (including the upcoming 2010 edition),
-America's Top Doctors. (Castle Connolly; all nine editions; Dr Neppe is currently (apparently) the only physician listed in his several combined subspecialties of psychiatry / neurology (Neuropsychiatry/ Behavioral Neurology, Psychopharmacology and Forensic Psychiatry).
-Woodward White's The Best Doctors in America (all versions)
-Men of Achievement (International Biographical Institute, Britain)
-Two Thousand Notable American Men (American Biographical Institute)
-Five Thousand Personalities of the World
-Five Hundred Leaders of Influence.
-Great Minds of the 21st Century

Dr. Neppe was an International Man of the Year 1992-3 (International Biographical Center in Cambridge, England) "in recognition of his services to Neuropsychiatry, Psychopharmacology and Anomalistic Psychology". He was one of 3 winners worldwide of the Rupert Sheldrake New Scientist Research Hypothesis Competition (1983, London) and received the Marius Valkhoff Medal in 1982. Dr. Neppe was chief research consultant to the Epilepsy Institute in New York and consultant to the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual 3 Revision and DSM 4. He also received an award in an Obesity expertise competition. He received a 2000 Millennium Medal of Honor.

RESEARCH AND WRITING BACKGROUNDS
Dr. Neppe has developed numerous pioneering models and contributed to books in every one of his areas of expertise. Dr. Neppe is author of the books Innovative Psychopharmacotherapy, The Psychology of Deja Vu and three other deja vu EBooks, Cry the Beloved Mind: A Voyage of Hope, a play Quakes. Of particular interest is a special monograph written for attorneys on maximizing expert medical witnesses (see www.brainvoyage.com)

He has written more than thirty chapters in textbooks. He has served as guest editor of the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry and founding editor of a South African scientific journal. He is currently Science Editor for a journal. He has been on the editorial boards of several other publications. He has acted as a referee for more than a dozen scientific journals.

Dr. Neppe has developed several measuring instruments, including computerized applications. Prof Neppe's major research areas include developing several measuring neuropsychiatric instruments and inventories, evaluating anomalistic psychology and brain, such as the BROCAS SCAN (Screening Cerebral Assessment of Neppe), the INSET (Inventory of Neppe of Symptoms of Epilepsy and the Temporal Lobe)and the SOBIN (Soft Organic Brain Inventory of Neppe). His contributions in pharmacological areas is profound including pioneering the use of anticonvulsant drugs in neuropsychiatry and psychiatry, developing a very promising treatment for the sometimes permanent movement disorder of tardive dyskinesia, and describing the extended use of azapirones in aggression and attention deficit disorder. He has proposed the latest classification of closed head injury and has also suggested a classification of seizures in relation to psychiatry. He has published broadly, including in obesity and minimally conscious states (in press)

Dr. Neppe's book "Cry the Beloved Mind: A Voyage of Hope" is written with the main target audience being patients and family members, as well as colleagues and students. Widely acclaimed, it allows for a great deal of insights as to comprehensive evaluations in Neuropsychiatry and Psychopharmacology. Cry the Beloved Mind, is discussed in some detail at http://www.brainvoyage.com as are his other recent books.

Attorney peer reviewers have found his recent, remarkable electronic monograph valuable "How Attorneys Can Best Utilize Their Medical Expert Consultant: A Medical Expert’s Perspective". This book is available for download by attorneys (http://www.brainvoyage.com/attorneyadvice.php).

An updated revision of his book "The Psychology of Deja Vu" in electronic format led to a special trilogy of books (Deja Vu Revisited, Deja Vu: A Second Look, Deja Vu: Glossary and Library).

His recent play "Quakes" is the first play in the genre of "sciction".

His website at The Pacific Neuropsychiatric Institute (PNI) is http://www.pni.org has a special forensic section at http://www.pni.org/forensics. This large academic site delineates comprehensive evaluation and management in Neuropsychiatry and Psychopharmacology at clinical, research, forensic, education and phenomenological levels. Foci include terminology, criteria and concepts on seizures and epilepsy, temporal lobe, brain, the anomalous, head injury (traumatic brain injury), forensic medicolegal facets, deja vu, vortex pluralism, measuring instruments and ethics.

SOURCES
This brief introduction to Dr. Vernon Neppe has several internet linked derivation sources e.g. http://www.pni.org and http://www.brainvoyage.com
http://www.pni.org/forensics

Background

Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: MD, PhD(Med),FRSSAf,DFAPA,BN&NP(UCNS -Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry). DSPE, FFPsych(SA, MMed(Psych, FRCPC-10, FCPsych, MB, BCh, DPsM, Dip ABPN (Psych), Geriatric Psych (91-01-11), Forensic Psych (94-04), FAPA, DABFE, FACFE, DABFM, DABPS (Psychopharmacology), BA.

Doctor of Philosophy in Medicine - Witwatersrand, 1981 (PhD [Med])
Master of Medicine in Psychiatry - Witwatersrand, 1979 (MMed [Psych])
Diplomate, American Board of Psychological Specialties in Psychopharmacology, 1998
Diplomate, American Board of Forensic Medicine, 1996; Diplomate, Board Certified Forensic Examiner of the American Board of Forensic Examiners, 1995 (Primary Divisions: Neuropsychiatry, Psychopharmacology;
Specialty: Psychiatry, Geriatrics, Epileptology, Movement Disorder, Head Trauma)
Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Psychiatry, 1988 (Psychiatry).
Additional Certification by American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (Forensic Psychiatry) 1994 (10 year), Additional Certification by American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (Geriatric Psychiatry) 1991 (10 year, recert. 2001-2011).
Fellow, Royal College of Physicians of Canada, 1987 (FRCPC), Fellow, Faculty of Psychiatrists (College of Medicine of South Africa,1977) (FFPsych[SA]) and FCPsych (2002).
Diploma in Psychological Medicine, University of Witwatersrand, 1976 (The DPM was a registrable specialist qualification in Neurology and Psychiatry; sometimes abbreviated DPsM to distinguish from Podiatry)
The PhD (Med) and MMed also registrable specialist qualifications of SA Medical & Dental Council
Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, Witwatersrand, South Africa 1973 (MB, BCh)
American Medical Examinations:
Federal Licensing Examination, 1982 (U.S.A. MD)
2. Visa Qualifying Examination, 1980 (VQE)
3. Educational Council Foreign Medical Graduates Examination, 1973 (ECFMG)
Bachelor of Arts, University of South Africa (UNISA ), grad 1977 (Psychology and Sociology majors)
Diplomate, International Society for Philosophical Enquiry (DSPE; 2009; thethousand.com; progressed from Senior Research Fellow).


Abbreviated Qualifications Listing

MD, PhD, FRSSAfr, DFAPA, BN&NP, DSPE, FFPsych(SA), MMed(Psych), DPsM, FACFE

Specialist registrations

American Board of Medical Specialties and Directory of Medical Specialists American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology: Geriatric Psychiatry, 1991 recertified 2001, Forensic Psychiatry 1996, Psychiatry 1988,
Certified in Psychiatry by Royal College of Physicians of Canada 1987
Registered with South African Medical and Dental Council as a Specialist Psychiatrist 1980 (#5404).
The DPM, FFPsych (SA), MMed (Psych) and PhD (Med) are all registrable specialist qualifications in Psychiatry in South Africa
The DPM (DPsM to distinguish from Podiatry) involved dual registration in Neurology and Psychiatry.
The MMed involved Neurology, Psychiatry and Neuropathology as majors.
American College of Forensic Examiners: Diplomate in Forensic Medicine, and in Psychological Specialties (Psychopharmacology)

Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: Executive Director, and Distinguished Professor, Exceptional Creative Achievement Organization. 2010-
Director, Human Performance Enhancement Division (HPED) of the World Institute for Scientific Exploration (WISE)(also Faculty of WISE and Faculty, Applied Consciousness Research Division) 2012

Current Memberships and Fellowships include:
By Election Only
Royal Society of South Africa, Fellow 2002 (Foreign) (one of handful of Americans so elected; possibly first American USA based physician so elected)(Member,1986).
Distinguished Fellow, American Psychiatric Association, Dec 2007, Fellow 2004 (Member 1986)
Collegium Internationale Neuropharmacologicum, Fellow, 1986 (elected; initially Member)
PA Associate 1981, Full Member 1983 (affiliate of the American Association for the Advancement of Science)

Society for Scientific Exploration, Member, 1992.
American Epilepsy Society, Member, 1986-.
Society for Biological Psychiatry, Member 1988-.
American Psychiatric Association, Member, 1990-.
Canadian Psychiatric Association, Member, 1988-.
King County Medical Society, Member, 1988-.
Royal College of Physicians of Canada, Fellow, 1987-2010
Faculty of Psychiatrists of the College of Medicine of South Africa - Fellow of Faculty, 1977-, Fellow of College.
American Society for Clinical Psychopharmacology, Member, circa 1992 -
American Neuropsychiatric Association, Member, circa 1996-
International Psychogeriatric Association, Member, 1990-
American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, Member, 1991-approximately 1995.
American Medical Association., Member, 1992-2010
American College of Forensic Examiners, Member 1995, Lifetime Member 1995, Fellow 1995
International Society for Philosophical Enquiry, Member 2005, Fellow 2006, Senior Fellow 2007, Senior Research Fellow 2008, Diplomate 2009-.
North Pacific Society of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, 1991-2001. Fellow. (This ceased functioning in 2001)

Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: More than a thousand invited lectures.
Chairman of international symposia on four continents.
Scientific presentations in 11 countries, 48 of 50 states of the U.S.A. and half of the Canadian provinces.
Approximately one hundred at national / international conferences
Grand Rounds / presentations at different Medical Schools or linked institutions (Departments involved have been Psychiatry, Neurology, Medicine, Pediatrics, Family Practice even Gynecology; or outside CME linked to the medical schools)
Worldwide lectured at about 100 different medical schools: >80 in United States, 8 in South Africa, 4 in Canada, 2 in Britain, 2 in China.
TV / radio in several countries.
See CV e.g. http://www.pni.org/cv for access.

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: Numerous. This has been in most of the states of the United States as well as outside the United States.

Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Psychopharmacology, neuropsychiatry, behavioral neurology, psychiatry, research methodology, vegetative states, movement disorders: extrapyramidal Parkinsonism, tardive dyskinesia and dykinetic conditions; seizures and atypical spells, pharmaceuticals, patents, side-effects, carbon monoxide, neuroleptic malignant syndrome, Ephedra and related alkaloids, vegetative and minimally consciousness states, Alzheimer's and related dementias, brain injury, head trauma. Exclusively civil expert work performed now.
Areas include personal injury, medical malpractice, liability, competence, chart evaluations, medical examinations, rebuttal, consultation, evaluations of research and literature strengths and limitations.
Geographically diverse within the United States and also outside of the USA including Canada.
Although based in the Pacific Northwest, consultations are throughout the USA.
See http://www.pni.org/forensics

Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: Tried to be approximately equal plaintiff-defendant and varies from time to time. Partly dependent on definition because cases settle, or consultations done with advice.

Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: Tried to be approximately equal plaintiff-defendant and varies from time to time. Partly dependent on definition because cases settle, or consultations done with advice.

Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: Numerous

Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: As this is in continual flux, it changes and generally occurs every few months.

Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: Numerous. Always qualified. Used also in rebuttal and mediation, and also with video-testimony and telephone testimony.

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

Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: Since 1980s overseas and since 1986 in the USA.
Mainly over the past several years but always first a clinician.

Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Civil, competence: Consulations, evaluations, reports, testimony, expert opinions as to how to proceed.
Geographically throughout the USA. Also Canada and overseas despite being based in Seattle, WA.

Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: Available on request. Charges are reasonable based on training, experience and qualifications
A breakdown is available on request.

Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: Available on request. Reasonable based on training, experience and qualifications. Ability to work quickly and efficiently, as well as reliance on computers, diminishes,the time required both initially and later.

Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: Available on request. Reasonable based on training, experience and qualifications.

Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: Available on request. Reasonable based on training, experience and qualifications.

Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: Available on request. Reasonable based on training, experience and qualifications.

References

References are available on request:
applicability of referees depends on the context. _____________________
The section below is exclusively for attorneys.
(If you are an individual involved in your own case and interested in Prof Neppe being involved: please ask your attorney to contact Dr Neppe. Please do not contact Dr Neppe directly).
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BOOK TO ASSIST ATTORNEYS WITH MEDICAL EXPERTS
The following monograph/book may assist attorneys
in their choice of medical expert witnesses at
http://www.brainvoyage.com/attorneyadvice.php

"How Attorneys Can Best Utilize Their Medical Expert Witness: A Medical Expert's Perspective"
by Vernon M Neppe MD, PhD, FRSSAf, DFAPA
Brainvoyage.com 2006
(attorneys can download parts of this monograph for free [html version) or purchase the full PDF electronic published book version])
There are nine individual chapters:
Retaining Appropriate Medicolegal Expert: Part 1
Getting Most Out Of Your Medical Expert: Part 2
Records and the Medical Expert: Part 3
The Predeposition Period: Part 4
The Discovery Deposition: Part 5
Preparing Court Testimony: The Early Phase: Part 6
Medical Court Testimony: Plan of Attack: Part 7
The Direct Examination of a Medical Expert: Part 8
Cross & Redirect Examination of the Expert: Part 9
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LINKS TO ASSIST ATTORNEYS IN RELEVANT AREAS
Special link to Forensic Neuropsychiatry and Psychopharmacology is
http://www.pni.org/forensics/

Special link to more about Dr. Neppe is
http://www.pni.org/forensics/#neppeforensically
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CV is available via http://www.pni.org/cv
or alternatively EMail: forensics@pni.org
or phone Dr Neppe's office at 206 527 6289.