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Specialties & Experience of this Expert Witness

General Specialties:

Psychiatry and Pharmaceutical Research

Specialty Focus:

Psychiatric Adverse Reactions, Side Effects, Suicide, Homicide, Involuntary Intoxication


MD, University of Queensland

Years in Practice:


Additional Information

Dr. Josef Witt-Doerring is board-certified psychiatrist who specializes in the accurate identification of psychiatric adverse drug reactions. Previously, Dr. Witt-Doerring served as a Medical Officer within the Division of Psychiatry at the Food and Drug Administration, where he analyzed emergent safety issues for psychiatric drugs and proposed strategies to mitigate risk such as writing safety sections in psychiatric drug labels. Dr. Witt-Doerring has worked in three different pharmaceutical companies (Two for psychiatric medications, and one for oncology) in clinical research and drug safety positions. With respect to clinical experience, Dr. Witt-Doerring is the supervising Medical Director for telepsychiatric services for emergency room and consult-liaison psychiatry for HCA Healthcare's TriStar Division in Tennessee. Within this role, he oversees the quality of psychiatric care for 24 psychiatrists working in a division comprised of 20 hospitals and emergency rooms. Dr. Witt-Doerring also sees outpatients in his private practice that focuses issues pertaining to psychiatric adverse reactions. Before that, he completed a fellowship in Psychiatric Drug Development at Janssen Research & Development whilst also holding the post of Assistant Professor at Drexel College of Medicine. He completed his psychiatric residency at Baylor College of Medicine and graduated from the University of Queensland Medical School in Australia. Throughout his career Dr. Witt-Doerring has focused on the scientific process for determining causal relationships between psychiatric interventions and emergent side effects. On this issue he has been an invited speaker at multiple scientific conferences and has appeared on online and television interviews. Dr. Witt-Doerring’s experience working in pharmaceutical, regulatory and clinical settings has given him a broad hands-on understanding on the scientific process to correctly identify the adverse reactions of psychiatric interventions. Dr. Witt-Doerring holds active medical licenses in over 14 US States, Please refer to for an up-to-date listing of states.