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Careers in Pathology: Medical Examiner Investigator

February 1, 2022 / Forensics

Learn more about what it takes to be a Medical Examiner Investigator (MEI) within the section of Autopsy and Forensic Pathology.

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Year in Review: 2021

January 31, 2022 / Anatomic Pathology

Last year was an eventful time within the Department of Pathology at Michigan Medicine. As we reminisce about 2021, let's revisit some of the greatest memories [...]

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Careers in Pathology: Pathology Imaging

December 14, 2021 / Staff

Lisa Neal, Kelly Root, Sierra Onickel, and Camren Clouthier share insights into Forensic and Departmental Photography.

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Department of Pathology Represents at NAME 2021

October 29, 2021 / Forensics

The Department of Pathology was well represented at the 55th Annual Meeting of the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) held on October 15-19, 2021. This year’s event was held in person at the Hilton West Palm Beach in West Palm Beach, FL. There was also an on-demand virtual option for those who couldn’t attend the conference in person [...]

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Advances in Forensic Medicine & Pathology

/ Anatomic Pathology

True to its theme, this exciting two-day conference is intended to meet the educational needs of Practicing Pathologists, Medical Examiners, Law Enforcement/Police Officers, Coroners, District Attorneys, and Health Care Professionals.

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Schmidt Recognized as a true Champion

August 23, 2021 / Award

Congratulations to Dr. Carl Schmidt, Professor of Forensic Pathology and Wayne County Medical Examiner for being selected by Gift of Life Michigan to receive the prestigious 2021 Champion Award for promoting organ and tissue donation. Schmidt was one of 13 individuals recognized at the Champions Gala held at Zingerman’s Cornman Farms in Dexter on August 13th.

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Medicolegal Death Investigation Course

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Virtual Course

This course is designed for law enforcement officers, firefighters, medical examiners, pathologists, and other forensic investigators interested in expanding their knowledge of principles in forensic sciences.

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Detroit's Daily Docket Returns for Season 2

February 25, 2021 / Forensics

Detroit's Daily Docket (D3), a podcast produced by Michigan Medicine forensic pathologists at the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office (WCMEO), launched its initial season in 2020. This successful podcast series is now gearing up to launch Season 2 on February 26, 2021.

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Faculty Spotlight: Michael J. Caplan, MD

January 22, 2021 / Faculty Spotlight

Michael Caplan, MD is no stranger to the University of Michigan Department of Pathology.  This is actually his fourth time joining the Department! After completing a BS in Criminalistics at Michigan State University and an MD from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Caplan joined the Department for the first time as an AP/CP Resident from 1987-1992.

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Faculty Spotlight: Myra Khan, DO

January 11, 2021 / Anatomic Pathology

While in medical school, Dr. Myra Kahn discovered her love for gross pathology during a pathology rotation. This led her to a residency in Anatomic Pathology at the University of Chicago from 2014-2018.  As a resident, Forensic Pathology “[put] together my interest for gross pathology along with autopsy,“ shared Khan. She also discovered her love for breast pathology [...]

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Batoul Aoun, DO wins John Smialek Best Resident Award at 2020 NAME Conference

October 22, 2020 / Residents

Congratulations to Batoul Aoun, DO, a second year AP/CP resident, for winning the John Smialek Best Resident Award for her 2020 poster presentation “SARS-CoV-2 in the Kidneys: Postmortem Renal Histopathologic Findings in Three Patients with COVID 19” at the National Association of Medical Examiners Conference (NAME) [...]

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Study of SARS-CoV-2 reveals new disease surveillance method

September 4, 2020 / Anatomic Pathology

In a broadly collaborative effort, Pathology faculty Drs. Carl Schmidt, Jeffrey Myers, Kristine Konopka, Paul Lephart, and Teresa Nguyen joined Michigan Medicine faculty from the departments of Epidemiology, Internal Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology, Mathematics and Complex Systems, and the School of Public Health in a study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases entitled “SARS-CoV-2 surveillance in decedents in a large, urban medical examiner’s office.”

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The COVID-19 Heroes You Haven't Met Yet: Behind the Scenes of a Pandemic

August 13, 2020 / Anatomic Pathology

When people think about forensic pathology, images of crime shows where an investigator sets out to determine a murder victim’s cause of death often come to mind. However, it’s important to acknowledge the crucial role this field actually plays in our collective response to death, especially as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unravel...

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Research Surrounding H3K27M-mutant diffuse midline glioma in COVID-19 Published

July 7, 2020 / Forensics

New research related to H3K27M-mutant diffuse midline glioma with extensive intratumoral microthrombi in young adults with COVID-19 from the Department of Pathology was just published in Acta Neurologica. [...]

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Five New Fellowship Directors Named

July 1, 2020 / Announcement

The Department of Pathology has a long history of exceptional fellowship directors and this tradition continues as we welcome five new Fellowship Directors for this academic year.

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Forensic Research Regarding COVID-19 Published

June 18, 2020 / Forensics

The publication takes an in-depth examination of diffuse alveolar damage (DAD) caused by COVID-19 and how it is morphologically indistinguishable from other causes of DAD.

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Faculty Spotlight: Milad Webb, MD, PhD

February 14, 2020 / Anatomic Pathology

Great mentorship, at just the right time, led Milad Webb, MD, PhD, to specialize in forensic Pathology. After completing a PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Nevada in Reno, Webb earned his MD at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. He then enrolled in residency training at [...]

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“Detroit’s Daily Docket” Podcast Sheds Light on the Medical Examiner Process

February 3, 2020 / Announcement

A new podcast out of the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office, in partnership with the Michigan Medicine Department of Pathology, provides education for the lay public and armchair detective. Drs. Leigh Hlavaty, Lokman Sung, Milad Webb, and Omar Rayes are your guides through the field of forensic pathology [...]

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Dr. Wilson Becomes New Director of Autopsy and Forensic Services

January 27, 2020 / Announcement

After a nationwide search, Allecia (Lisa) Wilson, MD, has been named the new Director of Autopsy and Forensic Services. Wilson follows the leadership of Dr. Jeffrey Jentzen. In addition to this new role, Wilson serves as Residency Program Director [...]

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Dr. Milad Webb's presentation draws attention at NAME

December 12, 2019 / Anatomic Pathology

The National Association of Medical Examiners met recently in Kansas City, MO, for their annual conference. University of Michigan forensic pathologist, Milad Webb, MD, PhD, presented on the critical national shortage of forensic pathologists, as well as pathologists in general [...]

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New Autopsy and Forensic Services Leaders Announced

September 5, 2019 / Announcement

Drs. Wilson and Hlavaty take on new roles beginning January 1, 2020.

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Paying Attention to the Details

September 3, 2019 / Faculty Spotlight

For Omar Rayes, MD, accepting a faculty position in Michigan feels like coming home. Born in Damascus, Syria, Rayes moved to Cincinnati after medical school. He did a year of research at Cincinnati Children’s hospital before embracing life in Michigan during his [...]

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Advances in Forensic Medicine and Pathology 2019 Conference

June 18, 2019 / Forensics

The University of Michigan hosted nearly 100 forensic pathologists, medical examiners, death investigators, coroners, and others at Weber’s Inn in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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Advances in Forensic Medicine and Pathology 2019 Summary

June 18, 2019 / Forensics

The University of Michigan hosted nearly 100 forensic pathologists, medical examiners, death investigators, coroners, and others at Weber’s Inn in Ann Arbor, Michigan, for its 10th Annual Advances in Forensic Medicine and Pathology, May 9-10, 2019, for two full days of continuing education.  Speakers and attendees from across the globe gathered to learn and contribute to this exceptional conference.  Dr. Jeffrey Jentzen, Professor, and Director of Autopsy and Forensic Services, Department of Pathology, Michigan Medicine kicked off the conference with an intriguing review of the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Co-Ed Murders from 1967-1969, during which time 7 females, ages 13-23, were murdered by a serial killer, then dumped in open areas [...]

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New Publications on Microbiome

June 5, 2019 / Anatomic Pathology

Three publications by Carl Schmidt, MD, Professor of Forensic Pathology, Wayne County Medical Examiner, were released [...]

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U-M Biomedical Photographer Helps Families Heal

February 28, 2019 / Anatomic Pathology

Every day at Michigan Medicine’s University Hospital, Lisa Belanger Neal uses a camera to demystify death.

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Medicine, Humility, Respect, and Beyond

November 8, 2018 / Newsletter

Rohit Mehra, MD—faculty perspective on the need to understand why a patient’s cancer would not respond to treatment.

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Advances in Forensic Medicine & Pathology 2018 Conference Recap

June 18, 2018 / Conferences

U-M hosts experts and trainees as they sharpen skills and discuss trends in forensic medicine.

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Winners of the Inaugural Poster Session at the Advances in Forensic Medicine and Pathology Conference

May 16, 2018 / Award
 
 

Congratulations to both Sarah Avedschmidt, MD, and Anna (Ania) Owczarczyk, MD, PhD, winners of the outstanding poster award at the first annual poster session for the Advances in Forensic Medicine and Pathology Conference on May 10, 2018! Posters presented at this year’s Advances in Forensic Medicine & Pathology Conference [...]

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Photographer Lisa Neal Wins Best in Show at AAO/OPS Meeting

November 17, 2017 / Award
Autopsy and Forensic photographer, Lisa Belanger Neal, CRA, OCT-C, won Best of Show at the American Academy of Ophthalmology Photographers’ Society annual education program [...]
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Michigan Legacy Tissue Program to Expand Patient Contribution and Clinical Research

August 15, 2017 / Forensics
 
Under the Direction of Dr. Rohit Mehra, of Pathology, and Dr. Ajjai Alva, of Medical Oncology, the Rapid Autopsy Program has been expanded and renamed the Michigan Legacy Tissue Program (MLTP). Originally started by Dr. Arul Chinnaiyan and Dr. Kenneth Pienta in 1996, the Rapid Autopsy Program was formed to retrieve metastatic prostate tumors for molecular study. This program continues to thrive with current input and collaboration from Dr. Jeffrey Jentzen and colleagues in Autopsy and Forensic Services.  [...]
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Visiting Professor Lectures on New Book

August 11, 2017 / Forensics
 
Ian Burney, Professor of History at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine at Manchester University will visit on Thursday August 17 to give a lecture on his newest book, Murder and the Making of English CSI.

The book tells the story of how one of the most iconic features of our present-day forensic landscape — crime scene investigation — came into being. Drawing on material ranging [...]
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Allecia Wilson, MD Named President of the Michigan Association of Medical Examiners

February 2, 2017 / Forensics

Assistant Professor of Forensic Pathology and Director of the Residency Training Program, Allecia Wilson, MD has been named President of the Michigan Association of Medical Examiners (MAME). MAME's mission is to foster the highest professional standards in the performance of the duties of the county medical examiners of Michigan. [ ... ]

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WCMEO & University of Michigan

June 7, 2016 / Newsletter
Collaborating to Benefit the Public Interest
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Uncovering the Truth

May 5, 2016 / Newsletter
Director of Autopsy and Forensic Services, Dr. Jeffrey Jentzen, reflects on his career
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