Biographical Sketches

May 28, 2018
Stephen Barrett, M.D. (Site Operator)

Stephen Barrett, M.D., a retired psychiatrist who resides in Allentown, Pennsylvania, has achieved national renown as an author, editor, and consumer advocate. In addition to heading Quackwatch, he has served as vice-president of the National Council Against Health Fraud, a scientific advisor to the American Council on Science and Health, and a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. In 1984, he received an FDA Commissioner’s Special Citation Award for Public Service in fighting nutrition quackery. In 1986, he was awarded honorary membership in the American Dietetic Association. From 1987 through 1989, he taught health education at The Pennsylvania State University. He is listed in Marquis Who’s Who in America and received the 2001 Distinguished Service to Health Education Award from the American Association for Health Education.

An expert in medical communications, Dr. Barrett operates 25 Web sites; edits Consumer Health Digest (a weekly electronic newsletter); is medical editor of Prometheus Books; and has been a peer-review panelist for several top medical journals. His 52 books include The Health Robbers: A Close Look at Quackery in America and eight editions of the college textbook Consumer Health: A Guide to Intelligent Decisions. One book he edited, Vitamins and Minerals: Help or Harm?, by Charles Marshall, Ph.D., won the American Medical Writers Association award for best book of 1983 for the general public and became a special publication of Consumer Reports Books. His other classics include Dubious Cancer Treatment, published by the Florida Division of the American Cancer Society; Health Schemes, Scams, and Frauds, published by Consumer Reports Books; The Vitamin Pushers: How the “Health Food” Industry Is Selling America a Bill of Goods, published by Prometheus Books; and Reader’s Guide to “Alternative” Health Methods, published by the American Medical Association. To contact Dr. Barrett, click here

Robert S. Baratz, MD, DDS, PhD (Consultant)

Robert S. Baratz, MD, PhD, DDS, who served is an internist, dentist, and researcher who resides in Newton, Massachusetts. The founder of four companies, he has also served as medical director for two others in the medical device and pharmaceutical industry. He has been involved with issues regarding the safety and proper use of drugs and biomaterials since 1980. He has served on the medical and dental faculties of Northwestern and Tufts Universities. He currently serves on the faculty of Boston University School of Medicine, having initially been appointed in 1976. His broad knowledge of interactions of materials and the body has been sought by numerous licensing boards, regulatory agencies, universities, government agencies, insurance companies, and professional associations. He is also an expert in medical database applications and analyses.

Dr. Baratz has worked for more than twenty years in dental and medical practice for private, public, and government entities, including the Department of Veterans Affairs, The Daughters of Charity, and the Harvard Community Health Plan. He has also worked internationally for the Agency for International Development. Currently he is president and medical director of South Shore Health Center in Braintree, Massachusetts, where he practices general and occupational medicine. He also serves as president of International Medical Consultation Services, Inc. of Newton, Massachusetts; medical director of Skin Systems, Inc.; and a member of the board of scientific advisors of the American Council on Science and HealthIn 1992, the American Dental Association gave him a Presidential Citation for his work in advancing oral public health. In 1993, he received the City of Newton’s first Good Neighbor Award. From 2002 to 2007, he served as president of the National Council Against Health Fraud. He has been listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who in Science and Engineering.

Cases involving questionable medical practices are often complex and require knowledge of standards of care, professional ethics, and drug and device regulation. Often they involve attempts to legitimize such questionable activities by concealing or misrepresenting what was done, altering records, miscoding insurance claims, and/or failing to obtain proper informed consent. These cases can present a formidable challenge to regulators, prosecutors, disciplinary boards, third-party payers, and tort litigators. Dr. Baratz has considerable knowledge of these matters and has been retained as a legal strategist, expert, and consultant by licensing boards, other governmental agencies, insurance companies, and private attorneys. He has also been an invited speaker at meetings conducted by the FDA, medical and dental associations, insurance associations, and other industry groups.

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