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 Expert  726875

Expert in Diabetes, Incretin Therapy, Lipid Disorders, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Fibromyalgia


Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

California (CA)
USA
Education Work History Career Accomplishments Consulting Services Expert Witness Market Research

Summary of Expertise:

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Expert has extensive experience in using all psychotropic medications for treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, eating disorders and schizophrenia spanning 26 years of residency and private practice. He has worked in locked psychiatric units during residency both as a rotation, as well as moon-lighting for the last 2 years of residency. During his private practice, he has treated psychiatric patients in office setting, in-patient, nursing home psychotropic medication management committees, and psychiatric day hospital. He also has extensive experience in treatment of both adult and children ADHD. Furthermore, he has had extensive experience in treating dementia and the behavioral issues associated with it. He has also been treating fibromyalgia and its associated disability in both mood and functional realms for more than 12 years, utilizing combinations of both psychotropic and non-psychotropic medications to achieve not only pain relief, but dramatic decrease in disability and improving functionality in all arenas. He also has had extensive experience in treating non-fibromyalgia chronic pain by combing multiple treatment classes and modalities with great success. He has also lectured extensively on all of these topics both locally and nationally, both promotional as well as CME in nature. He has also served on multiple advisory boards for the industry in multiple arenas within this discipline.

Expert's other passion is the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus. During the early years, he participated in phase 4 clinical trials for the glitazone class of drugs. Subsequently he has been in the forefront in adapting new treatment modalities for this condition, including the use of GLP-1 analogs (Byetta) in novel ways not yet approved by the FDA in achieving superior diabetic control of this disease, while maintaining or decreasing the BMI of most patients, yet minimizing hypoglycemia and other risk factors. He is considered a local expert in this field that other physicians seek for help in management of difficult cases. He has also combined multiple diabetic medications with other classes of drugs in achieving weight loss in some non diabetic patients with safety and reproducibility. He has also very successfully treated pre-diabetics, thus preventing the progression to frank disease. Once again, he has also lectured extensively on this area. He has also served on advisory panels for both pharma and device companies.

Expert is also very passionate in treatment of lipid disorders and has believed in treating complex dyslipidemia issues that will ultimately reduce morbidity and mortality residual risk that 70% of patients may still have after they reach very aggressive LDL goals. He frequently uses 2 to 4 combinations of drug classes to achieve these goals. He was an early adapter of genetic testing (e.g., Apo-E and KIF-6 genotyping) to better counsel patients on behavioral changes, as well as, to appropriately chose pharmacologic interventions to achieve therapeutic goals. He has recognized the importance of inflammation in the patho-physilogy of cardiovascular disease, and to that end he has utilized such markers as hs-CRP and Lp-PLA2 since their inception. He was also been an early adapter of advanced lipid testing (e.g., VAP and Berkeley Lipid Testing) to better serve these patients. Once again, he has served on several advisory boards and lectured extensively on these topics for both pharma and laboratory companies.

Lastly, he has extensive experience in utilizing logical combination therapies to better control hypertension, while minimizing side effects, improving adherence and ultimately achieving very aggressive goals for his patients. He has lectured extensively on these topics as well.

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antidepressant drug

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antihypertensive drug

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antilipemic agent

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antipsychotic drug

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arterial hypertension

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atherosclerosis

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bipolar disorder

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blood glucose measurement

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blood pressure

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calcium channel blocker

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cholesterol

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cholesterol lowering

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chronic fatigue syndrome

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dementia

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depression (mood)

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depressive disorder

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diabetes

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diabetes treatment

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diabetic complication

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diuretic drug

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family medicine

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fibromyalgia

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fluoxetine

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high-density lipoprotein

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hypercholesterolemia

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hyperglycemia

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hyperlipidemia

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hypertension

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hypoglycemia

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hypotension

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insulin

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lipid

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lipoprotein

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low-density lipoprotein

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mood disorder

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niacin

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omega-3 fatty acid

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orthostatic hypotension

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psychiatry

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statin

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triglyceride

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type 2 diabetes

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hypertriglyceridemia

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dyslipidemia


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Localities:
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Los Angeles, California;  San Diego, California;  Long Beach, California;  Santa Ana, California;  Anaheim, California;  Riverside, California;  Glendale, California;  Huntington Beach, California;  San Bernardino, California;  and Chula Vista, California.

Education:
Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1980   MD, FAAFP   MEDICINE   UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA   MEMBER ALPHA OMEGA ALPHA MEDICAL HONOR SOCIETY
1976   BA   PHYSICAN AND PSYCHOLOGY   UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA   MGANA CUM LAUDE, MEMEBER PHI BETA KAPPA

Work History:
Years   Employer   Title   Responsibilities

1983 to 2009

 

RIFAT B RIFAT MD INC

 

PHYSICIAN

 

PRIVATE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE


Career Accomplishments:
Associations/Societies

AMA. AAFP, CALIFORNIA MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, UNION OF AMERICAN PHYSICIANS AND DENTISTS, ORANGE COUNTY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION

Licenses/Certifications

MD, FAAFP

Professional Appointments

MEDICAL DIRECTOR, HELPING HANDS WESTMINSTER CONVALSCENT HOSPITAL

Awards/Recognition

MEMEBER, PHI BETA KAPPA, ALPHA OMEGA ALPHA MEDICAL HONOR SOCIETY

Medical/Professional Internships

ST PAUL RAMSEY MEDICAL CENTER, ST PAUL MINNESOTA: RESIDENCEY IN FAMILY MEDICINE


Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Consulting ro glucometer manufacturing company to help them better design and market their products and for future developments.
  • Consulting for pharmaceutical companies on how to compete as well as how to market their products to both consumers and physicians Expert has also spoken to managed care entities on behalf of pharmaceutical companies in order to get them to adopt the pharmaceutical companies' products or to improve the status of the products in the managed care companies' formularies.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
Depression and Fibromyalgia
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
ARABIC   ARABIC IS HIS FIRST AND NATIVE LANGUAGE

Market Research:
Expert has served on advisory panels for glucometer manufacturers as well as strategic planning for pharmaceutical companies.

Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your marketing research, industry research, and company research needs.  For research needs involving multiple experts or secondary research, a Research Director can be assigned to coordinate the work into a custom report for you as a potentially quicker and more cost effective alternative to doing this work yourself or hiring a boutique consultancy.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:
Training/Seminars

CME: Medication Adherence Pandemic Influenza Lipid Disorders

Seminars in Lipid Disorders, Dibetes Mellitus, Hypertension, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Fibromyalgia, Testosterone Replacement Therapy, Visco-Supplementation, Laboratory Testing in Complex Lipids, Pandemic Influenza, Smoking Cessation, Dementia, Antibiotics, Osteoporosis, Migraine Headaches


 

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