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Associate Clinical Professor of Pathology, University of California, San Francisco

Judy Melinek is a Forensic Pathologist practicing forensic medicine in San Francisco, California, as well as an Associate Clinical Professor of Pathology at the UCSF Medical Centre. She trained in Pathology at University of California, Los Angeles and then as a forensic pathologist at the New York City Medical Examiner's Office from 2001-2003.

She has been qualified as an expert witness in forensic pathology, neuropathology and wound interpretation. She is also trained in surgery and has published and consulted on cases of medical malpractice and therapeutic complications. She trains doctors and attorneys on forensic pathology, proper death reporting and certification.

She has been invited to lecture at professional conferences on the subjects of death certification, complications of therapy, forensic toxicology and in-custody deaths. She has also published extensively in the peer-reviewed literature on subjects of surgical complications, death following gastric bypass, forensic toxicology, opioid overdose deaths, immunology, neuropathology and transplant surgery.

Dr. Melinek is co-author of the book Working Stiff which will be published by Simon & Schuster in August 2014
(, and blogs at Forensic Pathology Forum (


  • –present
    Associate Clinical Professor of Pathology, University of California, San Francisco, Medical Centre