The LiverLab Medical Advisory Board

Meet the Medical Advisory Board for The LiverLab

Richard A. Melde, MD, MD(H)


Dr. Melde grew up in Minnesota and moved to Scottsdale Arizona graduating from Scottsdale High School. He then went on to graduate Occidental College in Los Angeles and subsequently was admitted to The Charter Class at the College of Medicine at the University of Arizona. Dr. Melde also received an MBA from Thunderbird International School of Business. Dr. Melde did his residency training at St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix. He holds an M.D. Allopathic license as well as M.D.(H), Homeopathic and Integrated Medicine in the state of Arizona. Dr. Melde has practiced emergency medicine and more recently family medicine in Wickenburg and Phoenix. Dr. Melde has joined The LiverLab in 2014.

Robert F. Waters, Ph.D


Received a BA in pre-medicine (1971) (Biology major, Chemistry minor) from Carroll College (Helena, Montana), and was admitted directly to a Doctorate Program and earned a Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics from Montana State University Genetics Institute (1975) with minor emphasis in Biochemistry and Mathematical Statistics, thesis: A Modified Microbiological Assay of Amino Acids in Hordeum spp., with patent (published). His post-doctoral research and faculty appointment was at Kansas State University working on DNA Hybridization techniques, and worked with CYMMYT (Mexico) under the auspices of Nobel Prize Laureate, Prof. Norman E. Borlaug, in Mexico (1975-1977) (publications). Studied CIS WAN communications and became a specialist working with CAPLAMAR (Mexico City), CIA (Langley), British Petroleum (London) and Tyndall AFB (Florida) in the late 1970's to early 80's. In the late 80's, he had extensive CSE training with IBM, DEC, Data General, CDC, etc, and developed high a volume billing system for emergency room use, and mathematical statistical modeling in predictive systems. He helped in the successful rewriting of the national EMT-Basic curriculum for DOT/NHTSA, a multi-million dollar grant with Samaritan Health Systems approved by all 50 states, and worked with the State of Arizona on the "Seatbelt Coalition", and Arizona State Educational statistics issues. Dr. Waters taught for over 20 years at a medical school, and continues to teach Medical Biochemistry, Medical Genetics, Biostatistics, and is a senior research professor at Arizona State University Biodesign Institute. Dr. Waters has research interests with focus in genomics, anti-virals, diabetes, cancer, artificial intelligence mathematics, and continues to publish in major journals.

Other accomplishments include:

  • Developed the first automated tracking system for the Arizona State Federal Inspection System.
  • Designed, developed, and implemented the first cellular phone cell site monitoring system in Arizona for Metro Mobile Inc. (the first cell phone company in Arizona). Included in this system was the interfacing with the cell system in Tucson, Arizona as well.
  • Dr. Waters is a partner and half owner of a successful farm and ranch operation in Montana for over thirty years. He is a proponent of organic farming, and has been asked by the American Consulate in Guatemala to consult in GMO issues. Dr. Waters is a member of the Mathematical Association of America, and the American College of Medical Genetics.

  • David L. Payne, D.O.


    ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY – (1965-67, 1969-71) Graduated with a B.A. in chemistry in May of 1971.

    KIRKSVILLE COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE – (1974-1978) Graduated with Doctor of Osteopathy in June of 1978.

    INTERNSHIP – PHOENIX GENERAL HOSPITAL – (1978-1979) Completed a rotating internship in June of 1979 and was licensed in the same month (license #1640). Associate staff member from 1981 to 1985.

    MESA GENERAL HOSPITAL – (1979-1989) Active staff member and worked emergency room for the first five years of practice. Was Chief of Staff in 1987.

    GENERAL PRACTICE – (1979-1999). Family medicine and office surgery with an emphasis on HIV disease and myalgic encephalomyelitis.

    SPECIAL INTERESTS AND ACTIVITIES – I have published several case histories concerning HIV disease and its problems. I have lectured at numerous conventions, seminars and other scientific gatherings concerning HIV disease, office-based treatments and alternative therapies for related opportunistic infections. At one point, I had about 200 HIV positive patients and was participating in a number of studies sponsored by drug companies for the treatment of HIV disease and its associated problems. I have also given numerous lectures on myalgic encephalomyelitis (chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction syndrome), its diagnosis and treatment.

    PUBLICATIONS – "Clarithromycin for Mycobacterium Avium Complex Prophylaxis in HIV Positive Patients", Infections in Medicine, January 1996. Numerous articles in AIDS Treatment News and other patient-oriented publications.

    OTHER STUDIES – I have also participated in the following studies: Zoloft in the treatment of depression, DDI in the treatment of HIV disease, D4T in the treatment of HIV disease, 3TC in the treatment of HIV disease, human growth factor for wasting syndrome associated with HIV disease, ABT-538 (protease inhibitor) in the treatment of HIV disease, azithromycin in the treatment of cryptosporidial diarrhea, retrospective study of clarithromycin as prophylaxis for mycobacterium avium complex, TBL-12 in the treatment of HIV wasting syndrome, ritonavir (a protease inhibitor) in patients with advanced HIV disease, 9-cis-retonic acid topically applied to Kaposi's sarcoma lesions, combination therapy using D4T, DDI and ritonavir.

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