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Department of Forensic Medicine and Pathology

Our department provides instruction in the theory, concepts and principles of forensic medicine; the medico-legal and technical aspects of death scene investigations; and clinical forensic pathology skills. We also cover the emerging demands, roles and responsibilities of medico-legal investigators and clinical forensic specialists.


We are focused on helping our students acquire skills in:

  • technical aspects of death scene investigation;
  • identifying, preserving and protecting custody of forensic evidence;
  • differentiating accidental and intentional injuries in both living and dead persons;
  • determining potential forensic value of written and photographic records.

Our faculty also provide instruction in the interpretation of research in forensics and skills in utilizing information technology to access information in the forensic sciences.


Department of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
Evans Hall, Suite 403A-6
4170 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Phone: 215-871-6760 | Fax: 215-871-6865

Gregory McDonald, DO, FCAP
Chair and Professor, Department of Forensic Medicine and Pathology

Terri Curry
Academic Coordinator

James McCans, MS, NREMT-P
Clinical Assistant Professor

Joel Garblik, DDS, MS
Clinical Assistant Professor

Detective David J. McDonald
Clinical Instructor