Resume (CV): Stephen M. Raffle, M.D., Forensic and Clinical Psychiatrist

Stephen M. Raffle, M.D.

Diplomate in Psychiatry
Diplomate in Forensic Psychiatry

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 nationwide 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.


1958-1959 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 American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Diplomate in Psychiatry
1994 – Present American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Diplomate in Forensic Psychiatry
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 Assessment Team, 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
1970 – 1971 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


2014 Malingering,” Presentation to John L. Hill Law Offices, Attorneys in a civil litigation, personal injury, and Workers’ Compensation practice
2014 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
2011 A Few Thoughts About the Direct Examination and Cross Examination of a Mental Health Expert Witnessin Worker’s Compensation Proceedings,” Sacramento County Bar Assn., Featured Speaker
2011 “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)
2010 Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Other Stress Response Syndromes,” Industrial Claims Association of San Francisco, Featured Speaker
2009 Fitness for Duty and Employment Law Seminar,” Kaiser Permanente, Featured Speaker
2009 Threat Assessment in the Workplace,” for Regional Medical Unit Personnel, United States Postal Service
2009 “Suicide Prevention,” and assistance with preparation of suicide prevention materials for Employee Asssistance Program at employer utility company
1996 Chronic Pain Syndrome: An Interdisciplinary Approach,” Management Circle, The Public Pension Fund Forum for New Trustees Conference
1995 “Permanent and Stationary is not Forever,” Institute for International Research, Controlling Disability Payments in the Public Pension Plan
1992 – 1994 “Sexual Harassment,” American Bar Association
1992 Trial of a Sexual Harassment Case: From Voir Dire to Jury Decision,” American Bar Association, Division for Professional Education: Consultant and Psychiatric Presenter
1992 Sexual Discrimination in the Workplace,” American Bar Association, National Meeting
1991 Treatment of Chronic Pain,” Merritt-Peralta Medical Center, Oakland, CA
1990 “Crisis Management for Psychiatric Emergencies,” U.S. Postal Services
1990  “Psychiatric Malpractice: A Review of Treatment Risks, Opportunities and the Law,” Alaska Psychiatric Institute, Anchorage, Alaska
1990 Assessment of Chronic Pain,” Merritt-Peralta Medical Center, Oakland, CA
1989 “Crisis Management for Psychiatric Emergencies,” U.S. Postal Services
1985 University of California, San Francisco Medical School: Intensive Residency for Occupational Medicine. “Stress and Cardiovascular Disease”
1985 Psychiatry and Workers’ Compensation Law” (a twelve hour course presented by me over four days), California Applicant Attorney’s Association
1984 “Psychopathology and Physiology of Pain,” Northern California Psychiatric Society
1976 The Role of the Psychiatrist in the Courtroom,” American Society of Criminology, Tucson, Arizona
1973 “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 psychiatry committee)
California Society of Industrial Medicine and Surgery (CSIMS)