Human Vapor Lock

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Chapter Event: Northern California


Join the FEWA Northern California Chapter for the fascinating case study Human Vapor Lock with the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants on July 10th! This presentation will focus on procedural, organizational, and testimony techniques used to succeed in all types of cases, especially the medical malpractice case regarding failure to recognize and treat an air embolism that settled in 2018.


6:00PM - Networking
6:15PM - Dinner, self introductions, and networking
7:00PM - Program and Q&A
8:30PM - Adjourn    

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Dr. Bruce Wapen

Dr. Wapen completed undergraduate work at the Pennsylvania State University (1963-1967), taught high school chemistry, physics & general science in Wheeling, WV (1967-1969), received his MD degree from the West Virginia University School of Medicine (1969-1973), completed three-years of general surgery residency in San Francisco (1973-1976), and then began working as an emergency physician before emergency medicine became recognized as a medical specialty. He practiced as an emergency physician for 37 consecutive years (1976-2013), was board certified in emergency medicine for 30-years (1984-2014), is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians (FACEP), and is licensed to practice medicine in the State of California. He retired from the active practice of emergency medicine in 2014.

In 1970, he joined the United States Air Force Early Commissioning Program, served eight years in the Air Force Reserve, and was honorably discharged in 1978. In 1986, he was recruited by the San Francisco Regional Headquarters of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to be the physician member of the DEA SWAT Team and functioned as their SWAT DOC for 2 years.

During his years of active practice, he worked in a variety of Emergency Department (ED) settings from a 22-bed hospital with a single emergency room to a Level-I Trauma Center with a sprawling ED. He also was a clinical instructor in emergency medicine affiliated with Stanford University School of Medicine, UC Davis School of Medicine, the United States Army Medical Corps at Letterman Army Medical Center, San Francisco State University Nurse Practitioner Program, and The Samuel Merritt College Physician Assistant Program.

For the past 24 years and continuing into the present, Dr. Wapen has functioned as an expert in emergency medicine wherein he is retained to do forensic analysis of both criminal and medical malpractice cases and to explain the medicine to lawyers, judges and juries. He is a member of the Society of Forensic Engineers & Scientists and the Forensic Expert Witness Association and has qualified as an expert witness in emergency medicine at trials in the States of California, Alaska, Idaho, Michigan, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada and Florida.


Basque Cultural Center

599 Railroad Ave

South San Francisco, CA 94080

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