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Pogos H. Voskanian, M.D.

Pogos H. Voskanian, M.D.

1240 Serota Place
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19115

Phone(215) 938-7227
Fax (215) 938-7474

Website www.forensic-psychiatrist.com
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Pogos H. Voskanian, M.D. specializes in the application of scientific and clinical expertise to legal issues in legal contexts embracing civil, criminal, and correctional matters. He is a Clinical and Forensic Psychiatrist certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and is Associate Professor of Psychiatry.

Services

Pogos H. Voskanian, M.D. provides expert witness services for defense, prosecution, courts, insurance companies, and governmental agencies in areas including:

- Mental state at the time of the offense evaluations
- Insanity defense / diminished capacity
- Capital sentencing & mitigation
- Civil & criminal competency evaluations
- Competency to stand trial
- Testamentary capacity
- Testimonial capacity
- Informed consent
- Competency to refuse treatment
- Risk of violence assessments
- Suicide risk assessment
- Sex offenders
- Sexual harassment
- Independent medical evaluations / psychiatric disability
- Personal injury / pain & suffering / emotional distress
- Workplace violence assessments
- Discrimination
- Evaluations under Americans with disabilities act
- Fitness for duty
- Toxic tort
- Product liability
- Workers' compensation
- Psychiatric malpractice:
Failure to obtain information
Failure to appropriately diagnose
Failure to treat
Negligent use of psycho-pharmacologic agents or of psychotherapy
Negligent failure to prevent patients from harming themselves or others
Sexual misconduct
Failure to obtain informed consent
Violations of civil rights
False imprisonment
Restraints and Seclusion
Breach of confidentiality
Abandonment
Negligence in supervision


Litigation Support Services

Dr. Pogos H. Voskanian has served as an evaluator, consultant or expert witness in over a thousand civil and criminal cases. Forensic Psychiatry Services can be provided at the request by Plaintiff, Defense, Prosecution, Courts, Insurance Companies and Governmental Agencies: Insanity Defense/Criminal Responsibility, Competency to Stand Trial, Diminished Capacity, Capital Sentencing/Mitigation, Violence Risk, Suicide Risk, Correctional Psychiatry, Juvenile Transfer, Testamentary Capacity, Testimonial Capacity, Disability Evaluations, Workers' Compensation, Psychiatric Malpractice/Standards of Care/Medical Record Review, Americans with Disabilities Act/ADA, Sexual Harassment Discrimination, Workplace Violence Assessments, Malingering.

Areas of Expertise

Profile

Dr. Voskanian is an associate professor of Psychiatry at Drexel/formerly MCP Hahnemann University Medical School, where he directs and teaches the Psychiatry and Law Program. Dr. Voskanian has extensive clinical and forensic experience. He has served as the program director of the Philadelphia Prison System Mental Health Services, and has also served as the director of Psychiatry and Law program at the Medical College of Virginia. He is active in multiple professional organizations and serves on various committees.

Currently in private practice he consults for Forensic Aftercare Programs in Philadelphia, provides treatment for dually diagnosed patients and has an extensive clinical practice. He is also consultant for State of New Jersey Department of Human Services, and State of Pennsylvania Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs.

Dr. Voskanian graduated from University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1992, and completed Psychiatry Residency Program and Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Program at Tulane University Medical Center. Dr. Voskanian is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Psychiatry with added qualifications in Forensic Psychiatry.

Consulting Practice

All States

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About Dr. Pogos H. Voskanian, Expert Witness
Resume of Pogos H. Voskanian, M.D. - Forensic Consultant
Competency To Stand Trial Expert Witness
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Professional Experience

Current Occupation:

1998- Private Practice - Clinical and forensic psychiatry - independent medical evaluator and consulting practice
1998- Private Clinical Practice, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1998- Consultant, US Pre-trial Services, United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
2000- Consultant, Gaudenzia House, Philadelphia and West Chester, Pennsylvania
2002- Consultant, Department of Human Services, New Jersey
2004- Consultant, Department of State - Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs, Pennsylvania

Overall Experience :

1993-97 Charity Hospital of New Orleans
Contract physician - emergency psychiatric services and substance abuse unit

1994-97 New Orleans Parish Crisis Intervention Mental Health Services
Contract physician - emergency psychiatric evaluations of children and families in crisis

1994-97 New Orleans Veterans Administration Hospital
Contract physician - psychiatric services

1994-97 Jefferson Parish Crisis Intervention Mental Health Services
Contract physician - emergency psychiatric evaluations of children and families in crisis

1994-97 Central State Hospital
Contract physician - psychiatric services

1995-96 Community Psychiatric Services
Contract physician - psychiatric services for the elderly in the nursing homes in Lafayette area

1995-96 New Orleans Veterans Administration Hospital
Co-leading PTSD/Post Traumatic Stress Disorder groups for veterans


Licenses

Diplomate of American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in the specialty of psychiatry
Diplomate of American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in the sub-specialty of forensic psychiatry
Diplomate of National Board of Medical Examiners
Licensed to practice medicine in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, California, Virginia and Louisiana


Legal Experience & Services

1996-97 Feliciana Forensic Facility - Jackson, Louisiana
Treatment and forensic psychiatric evaluations

1996-97 Forensic Services, Jefferson Parish Human Services Authority - New Orleans, Louisiana
Providing forensic psychiatric evaluations for the 24th Judicial District Court

1996-97 New Orleans Forensic After Care Clinic - New Orleans, Louisiana
Outpatient treatment, evaluations and monitoring of NGRI's (Individuals found not Guilty by Reason of Insanity) and of conditionally released mentally ill.

1996-97 Hunt Correctional Facility - Gonzales, Louisiana
Psychiatric evaluations and treatment of inmates

1997-98 Medical College of Virginia - Richmond, Virginia
Director, psychiatry and law program - providing forensic psychiatric evaluations for the city courts

1997-98 Central State Hospital, Forensic Unit - Petersburg, Virginia
Treatment and forensic psychiatric evaluations for state courts, defense and prosecution

1998-2000 Correctional Mental Health Services for the City of Philadelphia Prison System - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Program director - providing clinical services for the mentally ill inmates in Philadelphia Prison System and forensic psychiatric evaluations for the city courts


Affiliations

1987- American Medical Association
1992- American Psychiatric Association
1995- American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
1999- Pennsylvania Psychiatric Association
1999- Philadelphia Psychiatric Society
1998- Armenian Medical Association of Philadelphia
2002- American Academy of Forensic Sciences

Academic Affiliations:
1998- MCP Hahnemann University - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Associate professor of psychiatry
Director, psychiatry and law program

Committees:
1997 - American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law - Directors of Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Programs committee
2000 - American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law - Private practice committee
1999 - American Association of Community Psychiatrists
2000 - Eighth Annual Forensic Rights and Treatment Conference - Program planning committee
2001 - Armenian Medical Association of Philadelphia - Treasurer


Awards & Honors

Teacher of the Year Award, MCP Hahnemann University/Drexel University College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, 1999-2000 and 2001-2002


Education

Tulane University Medical Center - New Orleans, Louisiana
Forensic Psychiatry Fellow, 1996-97

Tulane University Medical Center - New Orleans, Louisiana
Psychiatry Resident, 1992-96

University of Massachusetts Medical School - Worcester, Massachusetts
M.D. Degree, 1987-92

Harvard University Extension - Cambridge, Massachusetts
Pre-med Program, 1984-86

Yerevan Polytechnical Institute - Yerevan, Armenia
B.S. Degree: Engineering, Major: Automobile roads and bridges, 1974-79


Articles Published by Pogos H. Voskanian, M.D.

 Competency to Make a Will: Testamentary Capacity & Undue Influence

Wills are generally contested either on the grounds that the testator lacked Testamentary Capacity (was incompetent to make a will at the time of signing it) or the testator, because of his/her mental state, was subject to Undue Influence (i.e. if there is evidence of coercion, manipulation, deception, compulsion, intimidation, etc.) or an Undue Influence secondary to a thought disturbance (such as delusions affecting the testator's free will in making decisions).

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