Academic Rank:
Clinical Assistant Professor, UBC
Lead Forensic Pathologist, BC Coroners Service
Affiliation(s):
Abbotsford Regional Hospital (Fraser)
Short Bio:

I am the Lead Forensic Pathologist for the BC Coroners Service and am board-certified in Anatomic and Forensic Pathology by the American Board of Pathology.

After obtaining my BS in Molecular Biology and MPH in Epidemiology from Tulane University, I completed an MD/PhD program at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. My research in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology involved studying cellular differentiation of the cardiac pacemaking and conduction system using embryonic stem cells.

I then completed my residency in Anatomic Pathology at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), followed by a Forensic Pathology fellowship at the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office in Chicago, subsequently working as an Assistant Medical Examiner and Cardiovascular Pathology Consultant for the office.

Teaching is very important to me. In addition to my regular duties at the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, I worked as Attending Autopsy Pathologist at North western Memorial Hospital, supervising residents in performing hospital autopsies. I had academic appointments at Northwestern University and Rush University.

My primary research interests involve cardiovascular pathology and sudden, unexpected death in children and young adults. In Chicago, I was fortunate to work with an amazing team establishing a post-mortem genetic testing and family screening program with collaborators at Lurie Children’s Hospital and Northwestern University.

I look forward to sharing my enthusiasm for forensic and autopsy pathology with students and trainees and collaborating on related research projects.

Academic background

  • MD. Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. 2007
  • PhD. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. 2004
  • MPH. Epidemiology. Tulane University School of Medicine. 1998

Research Interest

Below are areas of interest. However, I welcome research collaboration ideas in any area related to forensic or autopsy pathology.

  • Forensic and autopsy pathology
  • Death investigation systems development
  • Forensic toxicology
  • Pediatric pathology
  • Cardiovascular pathology
  • Neuropathology
  • Sudden, unexpected death in infants, children, and young adults
  • Child abuse