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Forensic Pathology on Both Sides of the Pond


April 4, 2005
Stetson University College of Law, The Great Hall, 1401 61st Street South, Gulfport, FL

Dr. Michael M. Baden, a Board-certified forensic pathologist and former Chief Medical Examiner, New York City, maintains a private practice, and is the Co-Director of the New York State Police Medico-Legal Investigation Unit. After receiving his Medical Degree in 1959 from New York University School of Medicine, Dr. Baden interned in New York City hospitals. From 1961 to 1986, Dr. Baden worked in the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in New York City and was the Chief Medical Examiner from 1978 to 1979. He was also the Deputy Chief Medical Examiner for Suffolk County from 1981 to 1983. Dr. Baden has held professorial appointments at Albert Einstein Medical School, Albany Medical College, New York Law School and John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Dr. Baden has also served as an expert witness for the defense in many criminal cases, including the Claus Von Bulow murder trial, Marlon Brando's son's murder trial, as well as the O.J. Simpson trial. He was the Chairman of the Forensic Pathology Panel of the U.S. Congress Select Committee on Assassinations that investigated the deaths of President John F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Baden has been involved as an expert in forensic pathology in many cases of international interest, including:
  • The examination of the remains of Tsar Nicholas of Russia and his family
  • The death of John Belushi
  • The re-autopsy of Medgar Evers, Civil Rights Leader
  • The death of Billy Martin
  • Autopsies of the victims of TWA Flight 800
During his career, Dr. Baden has published in numerous national and international medical journals. He has also published factual accounts of several of his cases in the books “Unnatural Death, Confessions of a Medical Examiner” and “Dead Reckoning – The New Science of Catching Killers,” which was released in September 2001. In addition, Dr. Baden has been the subject of nine HBO specials beginning in 1994 and continuing through the present, including a “Best of” which highlights several of his interesting cases to demonstrate the value of forensic sciences allied with solid police investigative techniques in homicide investigations.

Dr. Peter Dean graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine from The London Hospital Medical College, then went on to secure his degree as Bachelor of Dental Surgery before securing a Diploma from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. While working as a G.P. in East London he started working part time as a Police Surgeon or Forensic Medical Examiner with the Metropolitan Police.

As his interest in Forensic Medicine developed, he became a Coroner after further legal studies, and now divides his time between working as a Coroner in Suffolk and Essex, and practicing Clinical Forensic Medicine in London. He has written innumerable professional papers on forensic medicine and has published a book, “Medico-Legal Essentials in Healthcare”. He regularly acts as an expert witness in cases relating to clinical forensic medicine, child abuse, and adult sexual assault. He is also called upon to advise on the forensic aspects of television drama series such as “Silent Witness” and “Waking the Dead” for the BBC. Dr. Dean has a particular interest in the historical development of Forensic Medicine, aspects of which will be touched upon in this lecture.