Highly-experienced expert witness (500+ cases, 300+ depositions, 30+ trials, 20+ arbitrations) and independent medical examiner (3,000+ IMEs). Headaches, concussions, epilepsy, whiplash, discogenic disease, peripheral nerve injury, fibromyalgia, thoracic outlet syndrome, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, carbon monoxide poisoning, electrocution, dementia, traumatic brain injury, behavioral disorders, trauma, ms/Parkinson's disease, fitness for duty, long-term disability.
Richard A. Rubenstein, M.D., a board certified neurologist with an active practice in the San Francisco Bay Area, provides to legal counsel and insurers case evaluations including Independent Medical, Fitness for Duty and Disability Insurance Examinations; medical records review; written reports; and expert testimony. Dr. Rubenstein is a highly experienced expert witness. He has been an expert witness at both trial and arbitration and has participated in 300+ depositions.
Dr. Rubenstein provides quality service, timely record review and prompt report generation. Dr. Rubenstein has been involved in more than 500+ cases including 30+ trials and 20+ arbitration hearings.
Areas of Expertise
- Brain Injury
- Hospital & Medical Ethics
- Independent Medical Examinations (I.M.E.)
- Medical Fraud
- Medical Toxicology
- Occupational/Environmental Health
- Pain Management
- Personal Injury
- Wrongful Death
- Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
- A: Education and Training
B.A. (Honors major in Biology), Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts, 1962-66. Doctor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, 1966-70. Straight Medical Internship, St. Elizabeth's Hospital of Boston, Tufts University Medical Service, 1970-71. Junior Assistant Resident in Neurology, Boston University School of Medicine and Affiliated Hospitals' Neurology Residency Program, 1971-72. Senior Assistant Resident in Neurology, Boston Veterans Administration Hospital, Boston City Hospital Pediatric Neurology Service, 1972-73. Senior Resident and Chief Resident, Boston Veterans Administration Hospital, Boston University Hospital, 1973-74.
- Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
- A: Membership in Professional Organizations
Boston Society of Neurology and Psychiatry, 1972-74. San Francisco Neurologic Society, 1974-present. Fellow Member of American Academy of Neurology, 1976-present. American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine, Active Member, 1978. American EEG Society, 1979. Examiner, American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine certification examination, 1980. Alameda-Contra Costa Medical Association, 1980-present. California Medical Association, 1980-present. American Medical Association, 1980-present. Association of California Neurologists (ACN), 1999-present.
- Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
- A: Presentations
1. American Conference Institute Automobile Insurance Claims and Litigation Conference, January 26-27, 2006. Wynn Las Vegas Hotel, Nevada. Featured speaker on spinal cord trauma and traumatic brain injury.
2. California Department of Transportation Annual Tort Conference, May 24-26, 2006. Monterey Beach Resort, Monterey, California. Featured speaker on mild traumatic brain injury.
3. UC Hastings College of the Law, April 8, 2009. Guest lecturer on role of the medical expert in litigation proceedings to second and third year law students.
1. Rubenstein, R., and Benson, D.F., Treatment of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (submitted to Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry).
2. Rubenstein, R., Treatment of Pituitary Microadenomas, Lancet 2:460, 1977.
3. Rubenstein, R., and Satyamurti, S., Conduction Aphasia with Normal Praxis, (Submitted to Cortex).
- 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: 500+
- Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
- A: Traumatic brain injury
Discogenic disease in the neck and low back
Peripheral nerve injury
Posttraumatic fibromyalgia syndrome
Soft tissue musculoskeletal injury
Traumatic spinal cord injury
Thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS)
Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD)
Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
Carbon monoxide poisoning
Product liability issues injurious to the nervous system
- Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
- A: 50 percent
- Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
- A: 50 percent
- Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
- A: 300+ depositions
- Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
- A: 2017
- Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
- A: 50+ trials
- Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
- A: 20+ arbitrations
- Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
- A: 30+
- Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
- A: Case evaluations including Independent Medical, Fitness for Duty and Disability Insurance Examinations; medical records review; written reports; and expert testimony.
References upon request.