Toxicologist: Forensic & Clinical Toxicology Case Review & Expert Testimony
Toxiconsult is a full service toxicology consulting practice with three decades of toxicology experience in forensic, academic, government, clinical and environmental toxicology. Our toxicologists and pharmacologists have an international reputation and welcome an opportunity to serve your company's needs. We have extensive experience with the assessment of drug and alcohol effects related to both civil and criminal matters. We have acted as scientific liaisons and expert consultants to support attorneys, scientists with Federal Agencies, and various academic organizations.
Areas of Expertise
Our expert and board certified toxicologists have several decades of experience specializing in forensic, clinical, and general toxicology. They have opined on hundreds of cases involving toxicology and have been qualified as experts in a variety of disciplines. Their formal education and training has primarily focused on the toxicological and pharmacological aspects of drug, chemical and alcohol exposure and have extensive experience while practicing toxicology. They have held prestigious positions at a variety of institutions including a Medical Examiner's Office, the United States Government, and academia. In addition to a wide breath of practical experience, they all currently hold faculty appointments at Universities with internationally recognized programs that focus on toxicology and forensic science. Our toxicologists teach various courses in forensic pharmacology, forensic toxicology, and the toxicology of environmental and occupational chemicals and are engaged in various scholarly activities with active research programs.
All have authored numerous scientific publications, articles and books related to toxicology and have appeared on a variety of media outlets. As a qualified toxicologists, we provide excellent consulting services to various professionals seeking scientific advisement and/or expert testimony.
Chief Scientific Officer 12/12-present
Cordant Health Solutions
Huntington, NY 11731
Serve as the Chief Science Officer (CSO) providing overall leadership and direction to five Enterprise toxicology laboratories located in Tacoma WA, Huntington, NY, Denver, CO, Flagstaff, AZ, and Worchester, MA. The Chief Scientific Officer oversees the all the scientific and technical functions of this nationally recognized toxicology testing company, including basic and applied research projects, as well as the development of new processes, technologies and products. As the most senior scientific executive, the CSO reports directly to the CEO and Board of Directors. The CSO utilizes discipline-specific knowledge and strong leadership and business skills to promote the efficiency, profitability and competitive position of the company.
Chief Scientific Officer Job Duties
• Assure that the company remains competitive and maintains a cutting edge, state-of-the-art approach to toxicology testing.
• Keep the enterprise up-to-date on all technological advances and industry trends
• Advise the Board of Directors and senior management on all scientific matters. This may include making recommendations on future projects, new research opportunities or technological ventures.
• The CSO coordinates and oversees all company related research and development activities
• Provides leadership to the senior laboratory directors and R&D personnel
• The CSO is responsible for recruitment of qualified senior scientific personnel and researchers
• The CSO serves public relations functions by representing the scientific goals and interests of the company at scientific meetings, clinical functions and related events.
• Serves as the senior resource for scientific educational programs for the enterprise
• The CSO establishes and maintains advantageous relationships with government, academia and related industry.
• Provides oversight and direction to the Technical Advisory Board
CEO & Laboratory Director 09/09-12/12
American Forensic Toxicology Services, Inc.
East Northport, NY 11731
Directing all aspects of a clinical and forensic toxicology practices and serve as an expert consultant in the field of toxicology and pharmacology to attorneys, investigators and physicians involved in forensic and clinical toxicological evaluations associated with ethanol, drugs and chemicals. Provide expert unbiased case reviews involving drugs of abuse, iatrogenic/ therapeutic agents, lead and other toxic metals, carbon monoxide and environmental/occupational hazards. Providing services related to all aspects of forensic, clinical, environmental, and general toxicology including, impartial evaluations involving drug effects, overdose, toxic chemical exposure, medical malpractice associated with drug therapy, poisoning, and the role of drugs, alcohol, or chemical exposure in civil and criminal litigation. This covers a full breath of forensic medical-legal cases:
• Direction of all Laboratory Operations
• Review and Approve Toxicology Reports
• Consult with Clinicians Regarding Toxicology Results
• Serve as an Expert Witness: Experienced in Depositions and Court testimony
o Forensic Toxicology Case Reviews
o Litigation Support
o Workers' Compensation
o Drug and Alcohol Effects
o Pharmacology Evaluations
o Environmental/Occupational Chemicals & Toxic Chemical Exposure
o Interpretation of Analytical Results and Drug Testing Cases
o Continuing Education and Lectures
o Chemical and Product Safety
Other Professional Experience
St. John’s University
School of Pharmacy & Allied Health Professions
Visiting Associate Professor of Toxicology
Jamaica, NY 11439 1993-present
Long Island University
Arnold & Marie Schwartz
United States Department of Homeland Security (formerly DOE)
New York, New York 10014-3621 1985-1994
Formulate, design, and direct investigations intended to determine the fate and effects of potentially toxic chemical agents, which result from energy related activities by using biomolecular and biochemical markers. The classes of contaminants studied include various heavy metals, organics, and radionuclides. Serve as the Principle Program Director responsible for the development of the scope and direction of the Laboratory's biological investigations including: planning, organization and performance of field investigations; arrangement for the biochemical and biological analyses of appropriate samples; evaluation of the quality of the analytical results; determination of the significance of the data to the research programs objectives; and dissemination of the relevant findings as written reports for peer-review publication or oral presentation at scientific symposia. Serve as an expert consultant in the field of toxicology to scientists with other Federal Agencies, D.O.E. officials, and academic organizations.
New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
New York, New York 10016 1983-1984
Performed the methods of forensic toxicological analysis of human samples collected at autopsy used to determine the role of drugs and other toxic chemicals in establishing the cause of death for medico-legal investigation. Determination of blood and brain alcohol concentrations.
Courses taught at other Institutions:
Methods of Toxicology, Biochemistry, Clinical Toxicology, Forensic Toxicology,
Analytical Toxicology, and Principles of Toxicology
St. John's University (9/93-present)
College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions, Jamaica, NY 11439
Pathophysiological Basis of Clinical Practice, Pathophysiology for Physicians Assistants
State University of New York
Downstate Health Sciences Center-School of Health Professions
Brooklyn, NY 11203
Pharmacology, Human Anatomy & Physiology
The City University of New York, Queensborough Community College
New York State Department of Health Certificate of Qualification: Forensic and Clinical Toxicology Comprehensive
Legal Experience & Services
Expert consultation in the field of toxicology and pharmacology to attorneys, investigators and physicians involved in forensic and toxicological evaluations associated with drugs and chemicals including iatrogenic agents, ethanol and drugs of abuse, and environmental/occupational hazards.
Result analysis for various chemical analyses to identify potential toxic insults and the validity of the measurements.
Prepared 1000's of expert opinions
Testified on dozens of cases
American Board of Forensic Examiners
International Association of Therapeutic Drug Monitoring and Clinical Toxicology
Member of the American Pain Society
Member of the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology
Member of the National Institute of Justice Peer Review Panel in Forensic Toxicology
The International Association of Therapeutic Drug Monitoring and Clinical Toxicology
Served as a Moderator for a Criminalistics session at the Academy of Forensic Sciences
Meeting. New Orleans, LA 02/05.
Ph.D., Pharmacology & Toxicology Specialization, 1993
MS., Forensic Toxicology Specialization, 1988
BS. Toxicology (minors in Chemistry and Biology), 1983
Toxicology Laboratory Certifications
New York State Department of Health Laboratory Director Certificate of Qualification
• Clinical Toxicology
• Forensic Toxicology
• State of New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners
Bioanalytical Laboratory Director-Toxicology
Seminars & Training
Dr. Stripp teaches courses for doctoral/graduate and upper level undergraduate training in the areas of Toxicology, Clinical Toxicology, Analytical Toxicology, Forensic Toxicology, Forensic Pharmacology, Pharmacology and much more.
Shaparin, N., Mehta, N., Kunkel, F., Stripp, R., Borg, D., and Kolb, L. A Novel Chronic Opioid Monitoring Tool to Assess Prescription Drug Steady State Levels in Oral Fluid. Pain Medicine, 2017: in press.
Borg, D., Tverdovsky, A., Stripp, R.. A Fast and Comprehensive Analysis of 32 Synthetic Cannabinoids Urine Agilent Triple Quadrupole LC/MSMS. J Analytical Toxicology. doi: 10.1093/jat/bkw104 2016
Kunkle, F., Borg D., Fey, L., Stripp, R.. Assessment of the Use of Oral Fluid as a Matrix for Drug Monitoring in Patients Undergoing Treatment for Opioid Addiction. J Opioid Management. 11: 435-442. 2015
Stripp, R.A., Cheatle, M., Borg, D., and Fey, L. Detection of undisclosed prescription drugs and illicit compounds in hair: Utility when on-boarding new patents. 4th annual International Conference on Opioids meeting at Harvard Medical School. June 2015
Stripp, R.A., Borg, D., Fey, L. Surprising truths about opioid misuse: Correlating laboratory and pharmacy data to identify and monitor high-risk patients. 4th annual International Conference on Opioids meeting at Harvard Medical School. June 2015.
Stripp, R.A., Shaparin, N., Borg, D., and Fey, L. Can oral fluid replace urine and blood in the pain management industry. American Pain Society. Palm Springs CA. May, 2015.
Stripp, R.A. Combining PDMP and Other Data to Combat Rx Drug Abuse. Invited lecture, 2015 National Rx Drug Abuse Summit. April, 2015.
Sarris, G., Borg D., Liao, S., Stripp, R.. Validation of an EMIT Screening Method to Detect 6-Acetylmorphine in Oral Fluid. J Analytical Toxicology. 38: 605-609. 2014
Mehta, N., Kunkel, F., and Stripp, R.A., Prediction of Plasma Oxycodone Concentration Ranges in Patients at Steady State from Measured Oral Fluid Levels, The International Conference on Opioids at Harvard Medical School, June, 2014.
Kunkel, F. and Stripp, R.A. Assessment of the use of oral fluid as a matrix for drug monitoring in patients undergoing treatment for opioid addiction. PAINWeek, Las Vegas, NV. Sept. 2013.
Stripp, R.A. Forensic and Clinical Issues in Alcohol Analysis, Book Chapter, In:
Forensic Chemistry Handbook .Wiley. ed. L. Kobilinsky.Stripp, R.A. 2011
Stripp, R.A. The Forensic Aspects of Poisons. The Forensic Science Series, Ed. L.
Kobilinsky. Chelsea House Publishers, Langhorne, PA 19047-1813 2007.
Stripp, R.A. and Brinsko, K. Assessment of the role of endogenous opiate receptors
in the development of hyperprolactinemia following acute ethanol exposure in
mice. J. of Pharmacol. and Toxicol.2 (3): 290-294, 2007.
Miller G. and Stripp, R.A. A determination of the extent of adulteration of Chinese
patent/herbal medicines with western drugs. Legal Med 9, (5): 258-264, 2007.
Stripp, R. A. and Hoffman D.. Alteration in Prolactin Secretion in Female Ovariectomized
Rats by some Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals. Int J of Toxicol. 3 (1)
Hoffman, D. and Stripp, R. A. The role of vomitus and mouth alcohol in assessing
evidential alcohol testing. The Forensic Panel Letter, July 2000.
Hoffman, D. and Stripp, R. A. Commentaries on blood breath alcohol ratios and
testing. The Forensic Panel Letter, March 2000.
Stripp, R.A. Chapter 1: Normal and Altered Cellular Function. In: Focus on Pathophysiology
ed. Bullock & Henze, J.B. Lippincott Company, Philadelphia PA. 1999.
Stripp, R. A. A Concise Guide Medical Physiology and Pathophysiology. WCB
McGraw-Hill Company, New York 1999.
Hoffman, D. and Stripp, R. A. The technical aspects of evidential breath alcohol
testing in legal cases selected for review. The Forensic Panel Letter, August 1999
Miller G. and Stripp, R.A.. A determination of the extent of adulteration of Chinese
patent/herbal medicines with western drugs. The American Academy of Forensic
Science. Seattle, Washington. February 2006.
Stripp, R.A. and L. Guia. A study of cross reactivity of selected animal proteins on an enzyme-linked immunoassay for recombinant human erythropoietin, Joint Meeting
of the Society of Forensic Toxicologists & The International Association of Forensic
Toxicologists, Washington, D.C. August 2004.
Stripp, R.A. Endocrine Disruption and the Role of Drugs and Chemicals: Consideration
to Women's Health Issues, JJC Science Department Seminar Series, March
St. John's University, College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions
Jamaica, New York 11439
Ph.D., Pharmacology & Toxicology, 1993
MS., Forensic Toxicology, 1988
BS., Toxicology (minors in Chemistry and Biology), 1983