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Ernest P. Chiodo, M.D., J.D., M.P.H., M.S., M.B.A., C.I.H. is a physician, attorney, industrial hygienist, industrial toxicologist and biomedical engineer with board certification in internal medicine, occupational and environmental medicine, public health and general preventive medicine, and industrial hygiene. He received his medical, legal, biomedical engineering, and industrial toxicology degrees from Wayne State University. He received his Master of Public Health from Harvard University and a Master of Science in Threat Response Management (biological, chemical, and radiological defense) from the University of Chicago. He also received a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in economics from the University of Chicago. Wayne State University in Detroit is a leading center for the study of vehicular (car and truck) impact biomechanics as well as industrial hygiene and toxicology. Biomedical engineering is the area of engineering that includes biomechanical engineering. He is a former Medical Director of the Detroit Health Department. Dr. Chiodo has clinical privileges in the Henry Ford Health System. He served for many years as an assistant clinical professor of internal medicine, family medicine, and public health at Wayne State University as well as an adjunct assistant professor of industrial hygiene and industrial toxicology at Wayne State University. He is a Past-President of the Michigan Industrial Hygiene Society and is the Chairman of the Environmental Litigation and Administrative Practice Committee of the State Bar of Michigan. In addition to his medical board certifications, Dr. Chiodo is also a Certified Medical Review Officer which is the designation required by the U.S. Department of Transportation for a physician to determine whether or not a drug or alcohol test is a true or false positive. He is licensed to practice medicine in Michigan, Illinois, Florida and New York. He is also licensed to practice law in the states of Michigan and Illinois and is an adjunct professor of law at John Marshall Law School in Chicago and Loyola University of Chicago Law School where he teaches toxic tort law. He has offices in Chicago and suburban Detroit. He also has a forensic medical office located in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Dr. Chiodo’s medical practice includes the diagnosis of occupational and environmental disease caused by exposures to toxins, chemicals, molds, infectious agents, lightning, electrocution, heat, noise, lasers, and radiation. He has special expertise in determining causation of disease due to automobile accidents and falls given his Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering. As a Certified Industrial Hygienist (C.I.H.), and a graduate industrial toxicologist, Dr. Chiodo also has special expertise in issues concerning Building Related Disease. Dr. Chiodo also has a Master of Science in Threat Response Management (biological, chemical, and radiological defense) from the University of Chicago and has served as the international advisor to Goodrich Corporation concerning pandemic influenza as part of his consulting practice in threat response management. Dr. Chiodo has also held a postion of significant public responsibility having served as the Medical Director of the City of Detroit and was responsible for protecting the public health of over one million people.
An area of focus in Dr. Chiodo’s practice given his Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering is impact biomechanics including the calculation of forces in low speed vehicular (car and truck) collisions. Biomedical engineering is the area of engineering that includes biomechanical engineering.
Dr. Chiodo has also been frequently called upon to provide services concerning building related disease (mold, carbon monoxide, vapor intrusions, and bed bugs) since he is a physician board certified in the medical specialties of internal medicine, occupational and environmental medicine, and public health and general preventive medicine as well as being a Certified Industrial Hygienist (C.I.H.) and a graduate industrial toxicologist.
Dr. Chiodo’s law practice has included service as a trial attorney in toxic tort and environmental litigiation. He has also represented numerous physicians in medical licensure, peer review, and contract issues. His legal practice also includes venture capital law services to biotechnology and environmental concerns.
Determination of causation of occupational and environmental disease requires knowledge of medicine, epidemiology, toxicology, biostatistics, industrial hygiene, public health, and biomedical engineering. Dr. Chiodo has formal education and board certifications documenting his expertise in all of these disciplines. In addition, as a practicing attorney, he has knowledge of evidentiary rules including the Federal Daubert Rules for admission of expert testimony.
Toxic Tort: Medical and Legal Elements
When your legal concerns involve dangerous toxins and pesticides, you want to know exactly what you are dealing with. Attorney and physician Dr. Ernest Chiodo has outlined these concerns in his book, Toxic Tort: Medical and Legal Elements. This is what former Chairman of the environmental law section of the State Bar of Michigan, Donnelly W. Hadden had to say about the book:
“Dr. Chiodo provides within this book gems of researched law and accepted science polished with the grit of practical courtroom experience. If you do any toxic tort litigation, this book will soon become dog-eared and full of underlined passages. You will always keep it near.”
ERNEST P. CHIODO, M.D., J.D., M.P.H., M.S., M.B.A., C.I.H.
Ernest P. Chiodo, M.D., J.D., M.P.H., M.S., M.B.A., C.I.H. provides medical, legal, industrial hygiene, toxicology, biostatistics, epidemiology, and biomedical engineering services from his offices in Metropolitan Detroit and Chicago. Dr. Chiodo also has a forensic medical office in West Palm Beach, Florida.