Alireza Bagherian, D.C., QME


  • Doctor of Chiropractic, Life Chiropractic, (Summa Cum Laude)                                1997
  • Bachelor of Arts, San Francisco State University                                                         1993



  • Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Examiners                                           2008
  • Diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management                                        2005



  • Fellow of the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute                                2011
  • Fellow of the American Board of Disability Analysts                                                  2002
  • Fellow of the Academy of Forensic and Industrial Chiropractic Consultants             2002



  • Human Factors Engineering                                                                                       2012
       University of Michigan, College of Engineering
  • Expert Reviewer/Witness                                                                                           2008
    California Board of Chiropractic Examiners
  • Certified Forensic Consultant                                                                                     2006
       American College of Forensic Examiners Institute
  • Certified Traffic Accident Reconstructionist                                                                         2006
       Contra Costa County Law Enforcement Training Center
  • Internationally Certified in Impairment and Disability Rating under                        2004
    the AMA Guidelines, 5th Edition
    American Board Of Forensic Professionals
  • Certified Functional Capacity Evaluator                                                                    2004
       J-Tech Medical Center
  • Certified in Manipulation Under Anesthesia                                                             2002
       Texas Chiropractic College
  • Qualified Medical Examiner                                                                                       2001
    Agreed Medical Examiner
       Department of Industrial Relations, State Of California
  • Certified Industrial Disability Evaluator                                                                    2001
    Palmer College of Chiropractic West
  • Advanced Certification in the diagnosis, treatment, and management                      2001
    of motor vehicular cervical acceleration/deceleration (CAD) trauma
       Spine Research Institute of San Diego


  • Certified Low Speed Rear Impact Automobile Crash Reconstructionist                  2000
       The Center for Research into Automotive Safety and Health, Spine Research

            Institute of San Diego

  • Certification in advanced diagnosis and clinical management of CAD trauma           2000

and whiplash related temporomandibular joint disorders
   Spine Research Institute of San Diego

  • Certified Chiropractic Extremity Practitioner                                                               1998
       Board of Examiners-Council of Chiropractic Extremity Adjusting


  • Member, Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine
  • Member, American College of Forensic Examiners
  • Member, California Association of Accident Reconstruction Specialists
  • Member, Society of Automotive Engineers – Affiliate for 7 years
  • Member, American Academy of Pain Management
  • Honorary Chairman of the NRCC’s Physician’s Advisory Board
  • Member, National Registry of Who’s Who in Chiropractic
  • Life Chiropractic College West Alumni Association


Founder and Clinic Director of Synapse Health Center,                                      2002 – Present
San Francisco, CA

Private practice - Synapse Chiropractic,                                                                   1998 – 2001
San Francisco, CA

Preceptorship - Nystrom Chiropractic,                                                                                 1997
San Francisco, CA


Irene Gold and Associates Inc.                                                                                        1997
   Instructor: National Boards Part IV Professional Review

Medlink, San Francisco                                                                                                    2005
Instructor: Impairment and disability rating using the AMA Guides, 5th, Edition


Long-term Outcome Study of Human Subjects Following MVC and CAD.
Sponsor: The Center for Research into Automotive Safety and Health.
Principal Investigator: Art Croft, D.C., M.S., M.P.H., F.A.C.O.
Co-Investigator: Alireza Bagherian, D.C., C.C.E.P., Q.M.E., F.A.F.I.C.C. et al.
San Diego, August of 2004 and February of 2005

Cervical Spine Curve Research Study.
Sponsor: The Center for Research into Automotive Safety and Health.
Principal Investigator: Art Croft, D.C., M.S., M.P.H., F.A.C.O.
Co-Investigator: Alireza Bagherian, D.C., C.C.E.P., Q.M.E., F.A.F.I.C.C. et al.
San Francisco, 2005

  • Co-author, “A Secondary Air Bag System for the Prevention of Hyperextension Injuries to the Cervical Spine,” Life Work, Vol. 3, No. 1, 1996 (92-95)
  • Co-author, “Treatment of Migraine: A New Era,” Life Work, Vol. 3, No. 1, 1995 (7-8)



Diablo Valley Industrial Claims Association.                                                                       02/2012

  • Lectured to senior claims analysts, claims examiners, nurse case managers, physicians, and defense attorneys on Functional Capacity Evaluation and Injury Biomechanics. Walnut Creek, CA

American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants, Bay Area Chapter.                            01/2012

  • Lectured on FunctionalCapacity Evaluations and Injury Biomechanics. San Francisco

Lecturer and faculty on QME Recertification Course                                               2011-2012

  • Saint Francis Memorial Hospital, San Francisco

Lectured to the San Francisco Trial Lawyer Lawyers Association on Functional               12-2010
Capacity Evaluations

FCE Co-Instructor for J-Tech Medical Group. Functional Capacity Evaluation                08-2007

  • Certification Program. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles

Lectured to California Uninsured Employers Fund. Including Senior Claims                    03-2007

  • Analysts and Claims Examiners on the issues of disability and utilization ofThe AMA Guides Fifth Edition, Impairment, and report auditing  

Lectured to CAAA (California Applicants’ Attorneys Association) on impairment 09-2006and disability rating using the AMA Guides, Fifth Edition. San Francisco WCAB.

Lectured on medical causation and impairment rating and disability using the                  04-2006
AMA Guides, Fifth Edition.

  • The lecture was given to medical residentsin the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department and Neurosurgeonsat Valley Medical Center in Santa Clara.

Lectured on impairment and disability rating using the AMA Guides, Fifth Edition.      05-2005

  • Presentation was made to claims examiners, case managers,and defense attorneys. The lecture was given to Advanced RiskTechnologies in Concord, California.

Lectured on impairment rating using the AMA Guides, Fifth Edition.                              04-2005

  • Presentation was made to physicians, surgeons, and attorneys through and for Medlink.

Lectured to State Compensation Fund in the Redding Office on Functional Capacity     01-2005

  • Evaluations and using the AMA Guides to Permanent Impairment, 5th Edition.Attendees included utilization review physicians, nurse case managers,claims adjustors, and claims supervisors.


  • Participated in over 75 full-scale crashes including human volunteers and RID dummies 2000-2005


  • Team USA Doctor - 2008 Muay-Thai World Cup, Busan,

South Korea

  • Team USA Doctor - 2008 TAFISA Games under the International Olympic Committee, South Korea
  • Attending doctor - 2008 “War of the Heros”, USMF and Fairtex,

Santa Clara

  • Team USA Doctor - 2007 Muay-Thai World Cup and King Cup,

Bangkok, Thailand.

  • Attending doctor for Fairtex Smoker Full-Contact Muay-Thai Events - 2006-2007,

Pre and post physical examination and ringside doctor.
San Francisco and Mountain View, CA.


  • Injury Biomechanics
  • Occupant Kinematics & Mechanism of Injury
  • Accident Reconstruction
  • Medical Records (Reasonableness & Medical Necessity
  • IME, QME
  • Functional Capacity Evaluations
  • Prognosis and Future Medical Care
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Chiropractic & Medical Care
  • Impairment & Permanent Disability
  • Risk Analysis


National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, No. 25120

X-Ray Supervisor and Operator, Permit No. 144577

National Provider No: 1376520775






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