Dr. Raffle is Board Certified in Psychiatry, and in 1994 became one of the first psychiatrists to be independently Board Certified in Forensic Psychiatry.

In addition to his active clinical psychiatric practice, at least 50% of Dr. Raffle’s practice is dedicated to rendering forensic psychiatric medical-legal opinions including by report and testimony.

Dr. Raffle consults with attorneys, insurers, employers, and judges in multiple venues such as: Civil, Criminal, Administrative, Employment, EEOC, ADA, Title VII, Social Security, Long and Short Term Disability, and the Military. He has evaluated and/or testified about virtually all of the issues arising in his profession, e.g.: personal injury (including toxic torts, product liability, negligence), breach of contract, undue influence, testamentary capacity, employment litigation, wrongful termination, fitness for duty, threat of violence, long-term and short-term disability. Dr. Raffle has provided his expert opinion in approximately 150 trials and conducted over 5000 independent medical examinations over the course of his career.

Dr. Raffle taught in the departments of Psychiatry and Orthopedics (as a psychiatrist) at UCSF Medical School. He also taught attorneys at the Hastings Law School postgraduate course “Trial and Appellate Advocacy” for 11 years, instructing attorneys about the direct and cross-examination of Expert Witnesses.

Dr. Raffle discusses many of the psychiatric disorders he has addressed, both clinically and as a Forensic Psychiatrist in Practice Areas and Articles.



University of Chicago

1959 – 1962

University of California, Berkeley, California A. B. Physiology

1962 – 1966

The Chicago Medical School, Chicago, Illinois Doctor of Medicine

1966 – 1967

Michael Reese Hospital, Chicago, Illinois Medical Internship

1967 – 1968

University Hospitals, Cleveland, Ohio 1st year Psychiatric Residency

1968 – 1969

Letterman General Hospital, San Francisco, CA 2nd year Residency

1970 – 1972

Herrick Hospital, Berkeley, California 3rd and 4th year Psychiatric Residency

1971 – 1972

Auditor, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall)

1977 – Present
2006 – Present

Qualified Medical Examiner (QME), State of California, Department of Industrial Relations Division of Workers’ Compensation Medical Unit

Academic Positions

1980 – 2001

University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine Assistant Clinical Professor, Psychiatry

1983 – 2001

University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine Assistant Clinical Professor, Orthopedic Surgery

1985 – 2000

Center for Trial and Appellate Advocacy Hastings College of Law Faculty

1972 – 1983

Herrick Hospital Psychiatric Residency Instructor, Training Program

1974 – 1980

University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine Instructor, Psychiatry

Professional Consultant

2009 – Present

Hospice by the Bay, Psychiatric Consultant

1993 – Present

Work Trauma Services, Senior Consultant, San Francisco, Since 1993

1979 – Present

U.S. Dept. of Labor, Independent Medical Examiner, Longshoreman’s and Harbor Act

1972 – Present

Consultant on case-by-case basis to defense firms, plaintiff’s firms and Applicant’s firms, and insurance companies (including Worker’s Compensation) (See below)

2006 – Present

Qualified Medical Examiner, State of California Department of Industrial Relations

1994 – 1998

United States Postal Service Threat AssessmentTeam, Consultant, Oakland, California

1979 – 1993

Independent Medical Examiner, State of California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board

1978 – 1987

Administrative Law Judges of Social Security Administration

1976 – 1980

Alameda County Personnel Department.  Includes second opinions for Sheriff’s Department

1971 – 1974

Herrick Hospital, Berkeley, California, Psychiatric consultant – Neurological Rehabilitation Unit

1969 – 1970

Headquarters 5th United States Army: Psychiatric consultant to the Surgeon of the 5th United States Army, Psychiatric Liaison to Judge Advocate General, 5th United States Army, Examiner for prospective West Point Cadets, Acting Chief, Office of Physical Standards

Consulted By (exemplar list):

  • Law Firms representing both Plaintiff and Defense, including multinational firms such as Morrison Foerster, Littler Mendelson, Squire Sanders and Reed Smith LLP as well as boutique law firms and sole practitioners
  • Fortune 500 Insurance Companies such as Zurich, State Farm, Matson Navigation, Liberty Mutual
  • Fortune 500 Employers and EAPs (Employee Assistance Programs), referrals available on request
  • U.S. Department of Justice; U.S. Attorney’s Office
  • U.S. Department of Defense: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines
  • U.S. Department of Treasury: Coast Guard
  • U.S. Postal Service
  • Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E)
  • Gas and Oil Refineries, such as Chevron and Tesoro Golden Eagle
  • Hazardous Materials Shipping Companies
  • State Law Enforcement
  • California Department of Transportation
  • Public Defenders and District Attorneys in California and Alaska
  • Municipal Utility Districts
  • Municipal Police Departments
  • Municipal Fire Departments

For reasons of confidentiality, endorsements and details available only on request.

Professional Committees and Board Memberships

2007 – 2008

Board of Directors, Hospice by the Bay Foundation

1994 – 1995

Medical Board of California, Board of Podiatric Medicine, Podiatry Diversion Evaluation Committee

1991 – 1995

Medical Staff Assistance Committee, Impaired Physician Committee, Samuel Merritt Hospital

1983 – 1986

Education Committee, Northern California Psychiatric Society

1976 – 1987

Task Force about the Role of the Psychiatrist in the criminal law process, Northern California Psychiatric Society

1973 – 1990

Chairman, Committee on Informed Consent. In 1978, this committee merged into Committee on Psychiatry and Law

Hospital Affiliations

2002 – 2008

Staff Privileges, Kentfield Rehabilitation Hospital, Kentfield, CA

1977 – 2002

Summit Medical Center, Oakland, California; previously Merritt Hospital and Providence Hospital

1972 – 1977

Herrick Hospital and Alta Bates Hospital, Berkeley, California



Malingering,” Presentation to John L. Hill Law Offices, Attorneys in a civil litigation, personal injury, and Workers’ Compensation practice


Diminished Capacity in the Elderly for Trusts and Wills,” Hult International Business School sponsored by the Herald Tribune World Youth Forum Alumni Association, Shanghai, China


“The Prosecutor’s Best Use of a Psychiatrist or Psychologist Expert Witness in Cases of Alleged Stalking; Examination and Cross Examination of a Mental Health Expert Witness,” Collaborative Stalking Summit, by San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, Stalking Task Force, September 2011 (Conference for District Attorneys, Law Enforcement and Private Sector Attorneys)


Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Other Stress Response Syndromes,” Industrial Claims Association of San Francisco, Featured Speaker


Fitness for Duty and Employment Law Seminar,” Kaiser Permanente, Featured Speaker


Threat Assessment in the Workplace,” for Regional Medical Unit Personnel, United States Postal Service


“Suicide Prevention,” and assistance with preparation of suicide prevention materials for Employee Asssistance Program at employer utility company


Chronic Pain Syndrome: An Interdisciplinary Approach,” Management Circle, The Public Pension Fund Forum for New Trustees Conference


“Permanent and Stationary is not Forever,” Institute for International Research, Controlling Disability Payments in the Public Pension Plan

1992 – 1994

Trial of a Sexual Harassment Case: From Voir Dire to Jury Decision,” American Bar Association, Division for Professional Education: Consultant and Psychiatric Presenter


Treatment of Chronic Pain,” Merritt-Peralta Medical Center, Oakland, CA


“Crisis Management for Psychiatric Emergencies,” U.S. Postal Services


“Psychiatric Malpractice: A Review of Treatment Risks, Opportunities and the Law,” Alaska Psychiatric Institute, Anchorage, Alaska


Assessment of Chronic Pain,” Merritt-Peralta Medical Center, Oakland, CA


“Crisis Management for Psychiatric Emergencies,” U.S. Postal Services


University of California, San Francisco Medical School: Intensive Residency for Occupational Medicine. “Stress and Cardiovascular Disease”


Psychiatry and Workers’ Compensation Law” (a twelve hour course presented by me over four days), California Applicant Attorney’s Association


“Psychopathology and Physiology of Pain,” Northern California Psychiatric Society


The Role of the Psychiatrist in the Courtroom,” American Society of Criminology, Tucson, Arizona


“Psychiatry and Criminal Law,” CEB, California

Professional Affiliations

  • American Medical Association
  • California Medical Association
  • American Psychiatric Association
  • Northern California Psychiatric Society
  • American Academy Psychiatry and Law
  • California Academy of Medicine
  • Fellow, Royal College of Medicine (Member, forensic psychiatrycommittee)
  • California Society of Industrial Medicine and Surgery (CSIMS)