Dr. Fletcher has been on the front lines since 1995 when he developed the first national DOT medical certification training program for physicians at the American Occupational Health Conference (AOHC) in Las Vegas, Nevada and in advocating for the development of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FCMSA) National Registry Certified Medical Examiner (NRCME) system to certify medical examiners, which became operational in 2014. In serving the trucking industry as a private practitioner, Dr. Fletcher is in the trenches daily and brings forth real-world experience in conducting daily DOT medical examinations. Additionally, Dr. Fletcher’s private practice, SafeWorks Illinois Occupational Health Services, Ltd., one of the country’s premier private occupational medicine programs, performs in excess of one thousand Department of Transportation (DOT) medical examinations annually.
In addition to being the Medical Director and CEO of SafeWorks Illinois, Dr. Fletcher is board-certified in occupational and preventive medicine, is a certified Medical Review Officer (MRO), a certified Substance Abuse Professional (SAP), and a Senior Federal Aviation Administration Examiner (FAA – all three classes).
Dr. Fletcher has provided expert witness services in 40 different states and has earned his reputation as an objective and fair-minded expert witness. In fact, Dr. Fletcher has been consistently retained by both sides of the bar because he stands behind his opinions and has not wavered in more than 1500 depositions and live trial testimony settings throughout his career
Dr. Fletcher has continued to maintain his professional integrity as an expert by not overly expanding the areas of his expertise, and in providing opinions only in those cases within those practice areas.
For Dr. Fletcher, one of the key elements to his credibility is being a practicing occupational medicine specialist with admitting privileges to OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center (HMMC) in Urbana, IL, where he serves on the OSF Foundation Council. Another key element is his ability to manage complex workers’ compensation and personal injury cases as the primary gatekeeper from the start of each case until the injured patient has reached maximum medical improvement (MMI). Since 1986, Dr. Fletcher has treated more than 19,000 injured persons and has performed more than 20,000 DOT commercial driver examinations.
Additional services provided by Dr. Fletcher are independent medical evaluations (IME), American Medical Association (AMA) permanent partial impairment (PPI) ratings, development of life care plans, and medical record reviews.