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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 instruct students in PCOM's forensic medicine (and related) programs including:

  • Online Forensic Medicine Pathway course
  • MS in Forensic Medicine
  • DO/MS dual degree program
  • Forensic biology concentration

Our faculty are focused on helping our students acquire skills in:

  • Crime scene analysis
  • Evidence collection
  • Technical aspects of death scene investigation
  • Forensic pathology
  • Forensic anthropology
  • Forensic entomology
  • Forensic odontology
  • Forensic toxicology
  • Ballistics
  • Clandestine grave recovery
  • Expert witness testimony

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

Contact information

Department of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
Hassman Academic Center, Suite 403A-6
4170 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Phone: 215-871-6796 | Fax: 215-871-6865

Department chair

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

PCOM Forensic Medicine News

Department Faculty

Joel Garblik portrait

Joel Garblik

Clinical Assistant Professor

Phone: 215-694-4677


Gregory McDonald, DO portrait

Gregory McDonald, DO

Dean, School of Health Sciences
Chair, Department of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
Program Director, Forensic Medicine
Professor of Pathology, Microbiology, Immunology and Forensic Medicine

Phone: 215-871-6796