Prof. Vernon M. Neppe, MD, PhD, FRSSAf, DFAPA, FFPsych, MMed, DPCP(ECA), DSPE, DPsM, FRCPC-10, BN&NP-16

Pacific Neuropsychiatric Institute
4616 25th Avenue NE, #236
Seattle , WA 98105
Office: 206-527-6289
Fax: 206-892-9689

Internationally renowned neuropsychiatrist, behavioral neurologist, psychopharmacologist, psychiatrist, epileptologist, in-demand communicator, civil forensic expert (defense or plaintiff), peer-respected clinician, consciousness researcher, 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 / Neuropsychiatr-16y) 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. (Please note: ONLY ATTORNEYS SHOULD CONTACT DR. NEPPE AND THE PACIFIC NEUROPSYCHIATRIC INSTITUTE. Dr. Neppe only works with attorneys or attorney firms. Generally he requires all pertinent information including phone numbers and emails, and is unavailable for "short-cuts" like "just writing a quick letter".) He consults throughout the United States, in Canada and more distantly.

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 19 editions). A prolific scientist (about 800+ publications in every habitable continent) and academic [(Adjunct) Professor, SLU], he has pioneered several critical research areas, impacting on the lives of millions of patients. He's also a research methodologist and philosopher of science allowing significant forensic interpretations (e.g see including

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 He is an expert on Research Method and on scientific feasibility (including 'more probable than not' concepts).

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.

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 in drugs that impact the brain).
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).
13. Chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
14. Toxicity relating to the brain e.g. Carbon monoxide poisoning (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 and highly respected 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, Psychopharmacology , as well as Psychiatry and Seizure disorders and temporal lobe and paroxysmal conditions, and as an expert on higher brain functioning, and his combined MD and PhD qualifications, and extensive 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.

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 and might save costs in hiring one not multiple experts.
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.

Vernon Neppe is currently Director of the Pacific Neuropsychiatric Institute in Seattle, WA. He is also an attending physician at Overlake Hospital, Bellevue, 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. He was unanimously the rare, worldwide, interdisciplinary Whiting Memorial Prize Recipient (2016) ( for his contributions. He was even recognized as one of the Leading Psychopharmacologists of the 20th Century (by the top group in that discipline, the CINP, who listed the autobiography of some of his discoveries).

Dr. Neppe is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and has been additionally certified in Geriatric Psychiatry (-2011) and Forensic Psychiatry [-2004]. He was in the first group board certified by the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties in Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry (2006-2016; all of these are 10 year certifications). 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) as well as a Master Of Medicine (majors Psychiatry and Neurology)

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). and did a Fellowship at Cornell University, New York in those areas. He has attained the level of Diplomate of the International Society for Philosophical Enquiry and is the only Distinguished Professor at the Exceptional Creative Achievement Organization ( He has several major websites:,, (his many books). Historically, he trained originally in South Africa and was recruited to establish the first Division of Neuropsychiatry in a Psychiatry Department in the USA ( Director, Division of Neuropsychiatry, University of Washington, Seattle, WA) .

Areas of Expertise
  • Addiction Medicine
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Behavioral Science
  • Biomedical
  • Brain Injury
  • Child Abuse
  • Child Psychiatry
  • Child Psychology
  • Competency
  • Criminology
  • Disability
  • Discrimination
  • Driver Behavior
  • Drug Abuse
  • Elder Abuse
  • FDA
  • Forensic Psychiatry
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Gangs
  • Geriatric Psychiatry
  • Geriatrics
  • Hospital & Medical Ethics
  • Independent Medical Examinations
  • Labels & Warnings
  • Long Term Care
  • Malingering
  • Medical Fraud
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Medical Toxicology
  • Neurology
  • Neuropharmacology
  • Neurophysiology
  • Neuropsychiatry
  • Neuropsychology
  • Neuropsychopharmacology
  • Nursing Homes
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational Medicine
  • Pain Management
  • Patents
  • Personal Injury
  • Pharmacology
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Physiology
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Premises Liability
  • Products Liability
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychology
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Safety
  • Sanity/Trial Competency
  • Sexual Harassment/Discrimination
  • Spousal Abuse
  • Stress
  • Suicide
  • Testamentary Capacity
  • Undue Influence
  • Wrongful Death

Expert 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)-16. 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;; progressed from Senior Research Fellow).

Abbreviated Qualifications Listing


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 then Professional Member circa 2016 (affiliate of the American Association for the Advancement of Science)
Exceptional Creative Achievement Organization since about 2010: Distinguished Professor and Executive Director.

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-.
Olympiq society.
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 or affiliates: >80 in United States, 8 in South Africa, 4 in Canada, 2 in Britain, 2 in China, 2 in Israel.
TV / radio in several countries.
See CV e.g. for access.
Dr Vernon Neppe was the Keynote Speaker for the American Academy of Forensic Sciences at the AAFS 2018 / Annual Meeting
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 and dystonia; seizures, the temporal lobe, post-traumatic epilepsy, 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.
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 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).
The following monograph/book may assist attorneys
in their choice of medical expert witnesses at

"How Attorneys Can Best Utilize Their Medical Expert Witness: A Medical Expert's Perspective"
by Vernon M Neppe MD, PhD, FRSSAf, DFAPA 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
Special link to Forensic Neuropsychiatry and Psychopharmacology is

Special link to more about Dr. Neppe is
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