Forensic Medical Examiner Pathology Expert Witness

Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

Forensic Pathology, Medical Examiner, Autopsies, Crime Scene Investigations, Death Certifications

EDUCATION

  • Brooklyn College-Brooklyn, NY 1967-72 BS Biology
  • University of California, Berkeley 1972-73 Zoology
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison 1974-75 Endocrinology
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison 1975-79 Medicine
  • New York University, New York, NY 1979-82 Resident, Anatomic Pathology
  • Dade County Medical Examiner’s Office 1982-83 Resident, Forensic Pathology

HONORS

  • Sigma Xi, Associate Member 1972-74
    National Science Foundation Fellowship, Honorable Mention – 1972

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • American Academy of Forensic Sciences 1983 – 1998
  • National Association of Medical Examiners 1985 – 1998

BOARD CERTIFICATION

  • Anatomic and Forensic Pathology – 1983

MEDICAL LICENSURE

  • States of Washington and California

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Date: 1982-1983
Title: Deputy Medical Examiner
Organization: Dade County Medical Examiner’s Office
Duties: Performed autopsies, scene investigations, and death certifications.
During my one year in the Miami Office, I had the opportunity of participating in a clinicopathologic conference at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Date: 1983-1984
Title: Deputy Medical Examiner
Organization: Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s Office
Duties: Performed autopsies, scene investigations, and death certification.

Date: 1984-1989
Title: Deputy Chief Medical Examiner
Organization: Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s Office
Supervisor: Sidney B. Weinberg, M.D., followed by Charles S. Hirsch, M.D.
Duties: Performed autopsies, scene investigations, and death certifications.
Daily overview of all cases and determination as to each case’s disposition. Coordinated all scenes between police, crime laboratory and pathologists. Reviewed death certifications by other staff pathologists. Supervised the ancillary pathology staff, including work schedules and disciplinary proceedings. Acted as consultant to user agencies (police, district attorney, county attorney, hospitals and psychiatric institutions). Actively involved in divisional policies relating to outside agencies and to the public.

During the last two months, additional administrative duties included participation in meetings as well as decision-making relating to the new building, the 1989 operating budget and capital projects. Represented the division at monthly Criminal Justice Coordinating Council meetings.

Date: 1989-1994
Title: Chief Medical Examiner
Organization: Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s Office
Supervisor: Commissioner, Department of Health Services, Suffolk County
Duties: Oversaw the operation of the Division of Forensic Sciences, a division of the Department of Health. This division was comprised of four sections:
Pathology/Investigations
Toxicology
Crime Laboratory
Public & Environmental Health
I supervised a staff of approximately 125 employees. Our office investigated 1000 deaths/year and performed 1000 autopsies per year. The Toxicology section performed analyses on suspected DWI drivers, urine testing for probation and methadone clinics, lead testing for county clinics, in addition to classical postmortem toxicology. The Crime Laboratory was actively involved in firearms analysis, drug chemistry, serology, criminalistics and arson analysis, as well as crime scene investigation.

The Crime Lab received ASCLD accreditation. This accreditation included a fully-operational DNA laboratory. The Public & Environmental Health Laboratory performed analyses on drinking water, air and soil samples, as well as hazardous waste.The budget for our division was roughly $6.5 million.

Date: 1985-1994
Title: Assistant Professor of Forensic Pathology
Organization: SUNY Stony Brook Medical School
Duties: Participated in clinicopathologic conferences and demonstration autopsies with medical students. Conducted slide conferences with pathology residents, as well as worked with visiting pathology residents on forensic autopsies.

Date: 1983-1994
Title: Adjunct Faculty
Organization: SUNY Farmingdale
Duties: Presented lectures and performed autopsy demonstrations for mortuary science students. Administered examination, including final examinations.

Date: 1994-1998
Title: Chief Medical Examiner
Organization: Onondaga County Medical Examiner’s Office
Supervisor: Commissioner of Health, Onondaga County
Duties: Oversees the operation of the Medical Examiner’s Office, with a staff of 17 full-time employees. The office currently performs about 450 autopsies and 275 externals per year. Approximately 1400 death investigations are conducted each year.

I was actively involved in ongoing discussion regarding the planning and design of a new Medical Examiner facility.

During the past year (1994-95) I have been actively involved in reshaping the office staff, recruiting certain key professionals from other states, and re-establishing relationships with nearby counties as a consultant and, when possible, full service contractual relationships.

Date: 1994-1998
Title: Director, Autopsy Services
Organization: SUNY Health Science Center, Syracuse, New York
Duties: Train and supervise residents regarding autopsy procedures.
Lecture to medical students regarding forensic pathology.

Date: 1998-2000
Title: Associate Medical Examiner
Organization: King County Medical Examiner’s Office

Date: 2000-2003
Title: Associate Medical Examiner
Organization: Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office

Date: 2009-2010
Title: Acting Chief Medical Examiner
Organization: Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office.

In addition, I have periodically been asked to participate as a guest lecturer to the following groups:

SIDS Foundation of Suffolk County
“SIDS and the Medical Examiner”

New York State Association of Coroners and Medical Examiner
“Toxicologic Problems Relating to Death Certification”

Northeast Association of Forensic Sciences
“Motor Vehicle Accident Investigation”

St. Charles Hospital
“Problems in Death Certification”

Museums at Stony Brook
“The Ruxton Case Revisited”

Homicide Detectives/District Attorneys
“Drug-Related Deaths”

I have periodically performed demonstration autopsies for the following Groups:

  • SUNY Farmingdale nursing students
  • BOCES nursing students
  • Suffolk County Community College Pathology students
  • Southampton College Anatomy students
  • Suffolk County Police Cadets
  • Suffolk County Advanced EMG groups

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