Psychiatrist Expert Witness
Dale E. Panzer, M.D., Psychiatrist, Brain Injury Medicine and Expert Witness
200 Barr Harbor Drive, Suite 400
West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania 19428
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During his decades-long career, Dr. Panzer is experienced in high-stakes, high-value litigation. He has testified in civil and probate litigation, undue influence and capacity cases; class-action, and mass and toxic tort lawsuits.
He adds a unique and highly specialized medical-legal perspective to cases spanning hundreds of forensic psychiatric assessments and expert reports for plaintiff and defense.
Dr. Panzer complements his medical-legal services with a vibrant practice in clinical psychiatry and neuropsychiatry. He treats a broad range of mental disorders, including patients with catastrophic injuries and reversible and permanent brain injuries. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at the Drexel University School of Medicine and is an invited speaker at Pennsylvania Bar CLE programs.
Dr. Panzer offers the following services:
-Independent Medical Examination (IME)
-Review of records, medical, medication, hospital, treatment, legal, depositions, testimony, criminal, physician and psychologist notes
-Testimony, Deposition and Trial
-Testamentary Capacity Evaluations
-Fitness for Duty evaluations and return to work
-Consultation to attorneys as a non-disclosed Expert Witness
Litigation Support Services
Dr. Panzer has been qualified in Federal, State and Administrative Courts and regularly provides opinions for both plaintiff and defense.
Areas of Expertise
Depression, CTST, Toxic Tort, Psychiatric Injury, Hypoxia, Brain Bleeds, Delirium, Criminal Behavior, Crime, Vehicle Accidents, Prognosis, Care Assessment, Diagnosis, Pain and Suffering, Rehabilitation, Recovery, Prognosis, geriatric, senior citizen, elder abuse, testator, executor, catastrophic injuries
Dr. Panzer is a Psychiatrist with over 25 years of clinical experience. He has served as an Expert Witness and forensic evaluator since 2010. Dr. Panzer has conducted hundreds of forensic assessments and testified in dozens of cases including high-stakes litigation in Mass Tort, PI, and Probate cases. Dr. Panzer has regularly lectured about Will Contests, Undue Influence and Psychiatry, and has significant experience testifying in such cases.
Dr. Panzer is actively involved with the education of psychiatrists, forensic psychiatrists on the faculty of Drexel University School of Medicine, and presents to attorneys at the Pennsylvania Bar Association.
Dr. Panzer is co-Chair of the Forensic Neuropsychiatry Committee of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law.
He has organized and participated in Panels at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Psychiatry & the Law on Advanced Topics in Forensic Neuropsychiatry (2022) and Proving and Disproving Testamentary Capacity and Undue Influence (2020). He is a regularly invited speaker and Panelist at continuing legal education Institutes of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.
Dr. Panzer maintains an active clinical practice in psychopharmacology and psychotherapy, as well as at physical medicine and rehabilitation hospital Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital as a psychiatric consultant where he treats patients with catastrophic injuries such as amputations, burn injuries, dementias, spinal cord injuries, concussions, and traumatic brain injuries. Dr. Panzer applies this clinical experience when offering plaintiff and defense opinions in personal injury.
With additional board certification in Brain Injury Medicine, Dr. Panzer has extensive experience in cases across the full spectrum of traumatic brain injury and concussion as well as Alzheimer's and Dementias.
Dr. Panzer has participated in several class action litigations assessing psychiatric claims of first responders, individuals exposed to hazardous chemical spills, and individuals with pre-existing post-traumatic stress disorder in a product liability case.
All States, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Florida, New Jersey, Maryland, New York, Connecticut, Virginia.
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Pennsylvania Medical License
Board-Certification in Psychiatry ABPN# 45301 (1998-Present)
Board-Certification in Brain Injury Medicine ABPN #139 (2018-Present)
Legal Experience & Services
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American Psychiatric Association
American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, Co-Chair Neuropsychiatry Committee
Member of Ethics Committee, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital
Pennsylvania Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education, Invited Panelist and Speaker
Pennsylvania Medical Society
American Medical Association
American Psychoanalytic Association
Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia
Diplomat National Board of Medical Examiners
Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Drexel University School of Medicine
Consulting Psychiatrist, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital
Private Psychiatric Practice
25 years' experience as a clinical Psychiatrist and conducting medical-legal assessments and testimony. Specialist in brain injuries and brain diseases, Alzheimer's, and dementia. Dr. Panzer's experience as an expert witness, treating psychiatrist, expert in Brain Injury Medicine and educator is extensive.
Awards & Honors
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Seminars & Training
Certification: Adult Forensic Certificate Program on insanity defense, competency to stand trial restoration, and malingering at the Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy of the University of Virginia (2022).
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1990 M.D., Hahnemann University School of Medicine (Now Drexel University School of Medicine)
1985 A.B. History, Duke University (Magna Cum Laude)
1994-1997 Residency, Psychiatry, Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital
1991-1994 Residency, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
1990-1991 Internship, Internal Medicine, Pennsylvania Hospital
2003-2007 Psychoanalytic Training, Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia
Articles Published by Dale E. Panzer, M.D., Psychiatrist, Brain Injury Medicine and Expert Witness
Testamentary Capacity and Undue Influence
Understanding the relationship between testamentary capacity and undue influence in the law is essential in will contest litigation, especially since Courts often allow challenges to testamentary capacity and arguments of undue influence to proceed simultaneously. Common themes emerge. • Can a cognitively impaired person have intact testamentary capacity? • Can a person with intact testamentary capacity still be vulnerable to undue influence or lose free will? • How can a psychiatric expert retrospectively assess testamentary capacity and susceptibility to undue influence for the Court or Jury?Read Article
Train Derailment, Toxic Exposure, Psychiatric Responses
On February 3, 2023, a freight train derailed near the Ohio/Pennsylvania state line. Release of toxic chemicals into the air, and a subsequent fire broke out. Evacuation and shelter-in-place orders were issued. The impact on the community and first responders is addressed here. It would not be surprising to see a class action or multi-plaintiff lawsuit brought at some point. The article is for plaintiff and defense attorneys. --Source, AP News reporting on Feb. 4, 2023 Read Article