Dr. Bagherian is the founder and clinic director of Synapse Health Center in San Francisco. He has been in clinical practice since 1997 and specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and management of musculoskeletal / soft tissue injuries and mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBI) for professional athletes, motor vehicle crash victims, injured workers, and the private sector.
Dr. Bagherian has completed extensive post-doctorate training within the areas of injury causation, injury biomechanics, occupant kinematics, human factors, accident reconstruction, functional capacity evaluations, disability and permanent impairment. Dr. Bagherian is a fellow of the American Board of Vocational Experts and was awarded the Presidential Citation Award by the ABVE in 2019.
Dr. Bagherian is particularly known for performing evidence-based functional capacity evaluations (FCEs) in a variety of fields including civil litigation, workers’ compensation litigation, family law, permanent disability cases, SSA cases, VA cases, and professional sports teams. Dr. Bagherian also provides FCEs for vocational rehabilitation experts, nurse case managers, life care planners, economists, Medicare experts, and employers.
Dr. Bagherian is a certified accident investigator and accident reconstructionist. He holds additional certification in low speed and low energy rear impact collisions from the Center for Research into Automotive Safety and Health (CRASH) and the Spine Research Institute of San Diego. From 2000 to 2006, Dr. Bagherian participated in live crash analysis as a research assistant and medical examiner in over 75 vehicle impacts. His seven years involvement with crash testing involved RID crash test dummies and live human subjects (male and female) which were instrumented for velocity measurements and force calculations under the general theory of the Society of Automotive Engineers.
In the areas of injury causation, injury biomechanics, human risk factors, forensic analysis and mTBI, Dr. Bagherian has additional training from the Spine Research Institute of an Diego, University of California Riverside, UCLA, Department of Engineering at the University of Michigan and Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands.
Dr. Bagherian holds a black belt in Enshin Karate and has been involved with the world of full contact fighting for over 30 years. He has represented the United States kickboxing and Muay Thai team as Team USA’s physician in the 2006 World Cup in Thailand and the TAFISA Games under the International Olympic Committee in South Korea in 2007. He has treated many patients with traumatic brain injuries including professional athletes, crash victims, fall victims and members in the military.