With Forensic Psychiatrist and Addiction Specialist David Kan, M.D., D.F.A.S.A.M.

As opioid addiction continues to claim lives and litigation continues to expand, attorneys who may have potential clients – as plaintiffs or defendants – will benefit from this 95-minute session with Dr. David Kan, who has been retained by plaintiffs in the opioid MDL in Ohio. This live webinar is designed to give a balanced overview of the history, use and health effects of opioids. In other words: How opioids work on the human brain, why they are they so deadly, and how we got here.

Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019 | 2pm ET | 1pm CT | Noon CT | 11am Pacific

What Dr. Kan will cover:

A history of opioid use in the United States.
The socio-economic aspects of opioid use and abuse.
The impact of opioids on the brain.
The multi-phase development of the epidemic.
What makes opioids so addictive.
Overdoses: Prescribed and non-prescribed medicines.
Treatment and rehabilitation.
Noteworthy studies you must understand.
A history of the sales, marketing and regulation of opioid products.
Differences of opinion.

About the Presenter


Dr. David Y. Kan received his BA and MD degree from Northwestern University and he completed his residency in Psychiatry and postdoctoral training in Forensic Psychiatry at University of California, San Francisco, Medical Center. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Psychiatry with Added Qualifications in Forensic Psychiatry.

His areas of special clinical and forensic psychiatric interest include substance abuse, violence and suicide risk assessment, medical malpractice, assessment of sexual offenders, electroconvulsive therapy and impaired professionals. He currently maintains a clinical faculty appointment at the University of California, San Francisco and works full-time in Substance Abuse Treatment at the Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center in San Francisco. In the past he has served as a Qualified Medical Examiner (“QME”) for the State of California (active status 2003-2005, currently “inactive”)

Dr. Kan has been a forensic expert in over 40 cases and has been qualified as an expert in the San Francisco Court system on over 30 occasions. He regularly lectures to attorneys, judges and professional groups on forensic and addiction psychiatry topics.

Dr. Kan has is a member of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL) and currently serves on AAPL’s Addiction and Sex Offender’s committee. He has presented on research on Methamphetamine and the Insanity Defense at AAPL’s National meeting.

He currently devotes 25% of his practice time to the subspecialty of Forensic Psychiatry and Medical-Legal Consultation in addition to his VA employment. He is also employed part-time by the City and County of San Francisco Community Behavioral Health network as a third-party evaluator for electroconvulsive therapy, conservatorship assessments, hospital utilization review and risk assessment.

Dr. Kan is an independent contractor to Forensic Psychiatric Associates Medical Corporation (fpamed.com), which provides assistance to defense and plaintiff attorneys around the country. Dr. Kan has been retained by plaintiffs in the Opioid MDL in Ohio.