VAUGHN MCCALL

W. VAUGHN MCCALL, MD, MS 

Professor and Case Distinguished University Chair
Executive Vice Dean for the Medical College of Georgia Augusta University

Dr. Vaughn McCall has served as Professor and Case Distinguished Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior at Augusta University since 2012. Dr. McCall comes to Augusta University from Wake Forest University School of Medicine after having served as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine since 2003. He completed his medical degree and post-graduate psychiatric training at Duke University. He completed a Master’s degree in Epidemiology from Wake Forest University. He is board-certified in general psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, and sleep disorders medicine. His research interests include depression, electroconvulsive therapy, quality of life, insomnia, and suicide.  Areas of forensic expertise include wrongful death, Medicare fraud, medical malpractice-to (including suicide, inappropriate prescribing, and allegations of brain damage from ECT, lithium toxicity, trazodone side effects), standard of care for ECT,  and patent infringement.

WILLIAM S. JACOBS

WILLIAM S. JACOBS, JR., MD

Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Health Behavior and Anesthesiology 
Associate Director, Florida Professionals Resource Network

Dr. William S. Jacobs has served at the Medical College of Georgia since 2014. He served as Director of Addiction Medicine until 2019. Dr. Jacobs comes to Augusta from the University of Florida, College of Medicine after having served as Associate Professor and Director of Interventional Pain Management. After completing his medical degree at Medical College of Georgia, Dr. Jacobs completed an Anesthesiology residency at University of Alabama and an Addiction Medicine fellowship at University of Florida. Dr. Jacobs is board certified in Anesthesia, Pain Medicine and Addiction Medicine. Areas of forensic expertise include malpractice, misprescribing, wrongful death, accidents related to substance abuse, standard of care for addiction treatment, and the interface of addiction with pain.

MICHAEL J. VITACCO

MICHAEL J. VITACCO, PHD, ABPP

Professor of Psychiatry and Health Behavior 
Staff Psychologist at East Central Regional Hospital

Dr. Michael J. Vitacco has served as Director of Forensic Psychology Training at Augusta University since 2011. Dr. Vitacco previously served as Assistant Professor and Director of Forensic Psychology Training. Dr. Vitacco received his BS in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and his Ph.D in Clinical Psychology from the University of North Texas. Dr. Vitacco completed a pre-doctoral internship at a program dually sponsored by the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and the United States Department of Justice. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in forensic psychology at the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine. Dr. Vitacco is board certified in Forensic Psychology Dr. Vitacco has published on topics related to mental health and the law, with emphases on psychopathy, risk assessment, forensic assessment, and malingering. Areas of expertise include assessment for malingering, risk assessment, fitness for duty, and clinical issues related to the insanity defense.

DONNA L. LONDINO

DONNA L. LONDINO, MD

Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior

Donna Londino has been on the faculty in the Division of Child, Adolescent, and Family Psychiatry at Augusta University since 2000. She served as Medical Director of Inpatient Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services until 2014. Dr. Londino is a 1995 graduate of the Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine (MCG) and received her residency and fellowship training through the Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior at MCG. She is board certified in both general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry. Dr. Londino's forensic expertise includes understanding the nuances of why individuals with autism may behave in certain ways, the effect of neurodevelopment and psychopathology on decision making and capacity and medical malpractice. 

 

DAVID WILSON WALSH

DAVID WILSON WALSH, MD

Associate Professor and Division Chief, Hospital Medicine

Dr. Walsh has served at the Medical College of Georgia since 2019.  Dr. Walsh comes to Augusta from Vanderbilt University where he served as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine. Dr. Walsh received his medical degree from the University of Louisville and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina.  He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Walsh’s current research interest is in new treatments for Covid-19 in hospitalized patients.  Dr. Walsh area of forensic expertise is in standards of care for hospitalized patients.

 

MARSHALL BEDDER

MARSHALL BEDDER, MD 

Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior
Program Director, Addiction Medicine

Dr. Bedder joined the Faculty of Medical College of GA in 2020. Prior to that, he was in a private pain management practice. He has served as a Program Training Director for both Addiction and Pain Fellowships. Dr. Bedder received his medical degree and completed an anesthesiology residency at the University of Manitoba. He is certified by the ABA, American Board of Anesthesiology, also ABA certified in additional qualifications in Pain Medicine. Credentialed in Addiction Medicine by ABAM. A member of the American College of Academic Addiction Medicine. Dr. Bedder’s areas of expertise include Areas of forensic expertise include malpractice, misprescribing, wrongful death, accidents related to substance abuse, the standard of care for addiction treatment, and the interface of addiction with pain.

 

JACKSON ELAM

JACKSON ELAM, MD 

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine and Hospital Medicine
Assistant Chief Medical Officer, Augusta University Medical Center
Chief Medical Officer, Roosevelt Warm Springs Hospital

Dr. Elam joined the faculty of Medical College of Georgia in 2016. Prior to that, he served as a hospitalist at University Hospital, Augusta. Dr. Elam both received his medical degree and received residency training in Internal Medicine and Radiology from Medical College of Georgia. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.  Dr. Elam’s areas of forensic expertise include medical malpractice and standard of care for hospitalization.

 

ERIN M. DEXTER

ERIN M. DEXTER, MD  

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior
Forensic Psychiatrist, East Central Regional Hospital

Dr. Dexter joined the faculty at Medical College of Georgia in 2020. She received her medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Dexter completed her residency in general psychiatry at the Medical College of Georgia, followed by a Forensic Fellowship at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine at Columbia. Dr. Dexter is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Dexter consults on a wide array of both civil and criminal cases involving mental health questions that come before the courts. She has an active clinical practice treating adults committed to inpatient forensic services at East Central Regional Hospital. 

 

DEREK BACKER

DEREK BACKER, MD 

Assistant Professor, Division of Hospital Medicine

Dr. Derek Backer has served as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Hospital Medicine since 2020. He holds a master's degree in public health from the University of Georgia with an emphasis on health promotion and behavior.   He completed his medical training at the Medical College of Georgia in 2011 and completed residency training at the Medical University of South Carolina in 2014. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, and a member of the Society of Hospital Medicine. Dr. Backer’s areas of expertise include standards of care of the hospitalized adult with a particular interest in the areas of medical ethics and diagnostic dilemmas.

 

JASON HENLE

JASON HENLE, PSY.D 

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior
Forensic Program Director and Interim Administrative Clinical Director, East Central Regional Hospital

Dr. Henle has served as Assistant Professor at the Medical College of Georgia since 2011. He has worked as the Director of Psychology and the Forensic Program Director at East Central Regional Hospital and currently also serves there as the Interim Administrative Clinical Director. Prior to this, he served as a forensic psychologist at Central State Hospital in Milledgeville, GA. He completed his Doctor of Psychology with a concentration in Forensics at Nova Southeastern University. He then completed an APA accredited internship at Nova Southeastern and a fellowship at Central State Hospital. He has provided competency restoration services, completed assessments regarding competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility and risk of violence assessments.

 

CASSANDRE PERARD

CASSANDRE PERARD, DO, MS  

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Hospital Division
Family Medicine Inpatient Service Director

Dr. Perard has served as an Assistant Professor at Medical College of Georgia since 2019 and as Family Medicine Inpatient Service Director since 2020 and Telehealth Medical Director since 2021. She completed her medical training at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine and a Family Medicine Residency at Michigan State University. She also completed a year-long Graduate Certificate in Population Health at the University of Michigan. She is Board Certified in Family Medicine. Dr. Perard’s areas of forensic expertise include medical malpractice and standard of care for hospitalization.

 

NORMAN MILLER

NORMAN MILLER, MD, JD, PLLC   

Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University

Dr. Miller is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta University. He is a member of the Faculty for the Addiction Medicine Fellowship.

He holds Board Certification in Psychiatry, Neurology, Addiction Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry. He obtained his BA from the University of Michigan, MD from Howard University, and completed residencies in Psychiatry from Johns Hopkins and the University of Minnesota, Neurology from the University of Minnesota, and fellowship in Clinical Pharmacology from the University of Minnesota.  He maintains an active practice and teaching in Medical-Legal Medicine and Forensic Psychiatry, and Clinical Psychiatry. He obtained his law degree from Michigan State University and is licensed to practice law in Michigan.

 

MEGAN PORTER STAATS

MEGAN PORTER STAATS, PSY.D. 

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior

Dr. Staats joined the faculty of the Medical College of Georgia in 2021. She is currently working as a unit psychologist at East Central Regional Hospital. She received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Indianapolis. She then completed an APA accredited internship focused on forensic psychology and a forensic fellowship at the Medical College of Georgia. Her areas of forensic expertise include competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility, and violence risk assessments.

 

WILLIAM T. PARKER

WILLIAM T. PARKER, MD 

Assistant Professor, Neuroradiology and Musculoskeletal Sections

Dr. William Parker has served as an Assistant Professor at the Medical College of Georgia since 2019. Prior to that he was in private practice with collateral responsibility as the Radiology Medical Director at Wills Memorial Hospital. Dr. Parker received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia. He spent five years of training in General Surgery residency and transitioned to complete Diagnostic Radiology residency. Subsequently, he completed a fellowship in Neuroradiology, all at the Medical College of Georgia. He is Board certified in Diagnostic Radiology, with anticipated additional board certification in Neuroradiology September 2022. Dr. Parker serves as a forensic consultant and provides witness testimony on matters related to diagnostic and neuroradiology. Modalities include computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), conventional radiography, fluoroscopy and ultrasound for the performance of procedures, as well diagnosis and characterization of disease processes and pathology of the central and peripheral nervous system, spine, head and neck.

JEREMY G. GAY

JEREMY G. GAY, PSY.D. 

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior
Inpatient Psychologist at East Central Regional Hospital

Dr. Jeremy G. Gay joined the Medical College of Georgia faculty in 2022. He received both a BA in Psychology and a MS in Clinical Psychology from Augusta University and a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Georgia Southern University. Dr. Gay completed a pre-doctoral internship at the Medical College of Georgia, with an emphasis in forensic psychology, and a postdoctoral fellowship in forensic psychology at the Medical College of Georgia. He currently serves as an inpatient psychologist at East Central Regional Hospital. Dr. Gay’s areas of forensic expertise include police officer evaluations (e.g., pre-employment and annuals), fitness for duty evaluations, violence risk assessment, and malingering assessment, as well as competency to stand trial and criminal responsibility evaluations. He has published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at a number of professional conferences on a variety of topics including factors predicting both initial opinions of incompetency to stand trial and ultimate prediction of competency restoration outcomes; psychopathy; and moral decision making. He is a member of Division 41 (American Psychology-Law Society) of the American Psychological Association (APA).