CYRIL H. WECHT
Cyril H. Wecht, M.D., J.D., is a world- renowned forensic pathologist, attorney and medical-legal consultant. He has performed approximately 17,000 autopsies and has supervised, reviewed or has been consulted on approximately 30,000 cases.
Cyril H. Wecht, M.D., J.D., is a world-renowned forensic pathologist, attorney and medical-legal consultant. As an expert in forensic medicine and law, he is frequently asked to appear on national news and talk programs to discuss a range of issues, including medical malpractice, drug abuse, the assassinations of both President John F. Kennedy and Senator Robert F. Kennedy, the death of Elvis Presley, and other high-profile cases.
Born in a tiny mining village in Dunkard Township, Pennsylvania called Bobtown, Dr. Wecht grew up in Pittsburgh. He earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Pittsburgh in 1952, an M.D. degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 1956, a Bachelor of Law from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law 1962, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland School of Law. He served in the United States Air Force at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama, where he became a captain in the medical corps. Dr. Wecht served as Allegheny County coroner from 1970 to 1980, and again from 1996 to 2006.
Dr. Wecht is a clinical professor at the University of Pittsburgh Schools of Medicine, Dental Medicine, and Graduate School of Public Health, and holds positions as an adjunct professor at the Duquesne University School of Law, School of Pharmacy, and School of Health Sciences. He has served as president of the American College of Legal Medicine, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and served as chairman of the board of trustees of the American Board of Legal Medicine and the American College of Legal Medicine Foundation. The author of more than 550 professional publications, Dr. Wecht is also an editorial board member of more than 20 national and international medical-legal and forensic scientific publications. He has performed approximately 17,000 autopsies and has supervised, reviewed or has been consulted on approximately 30,000 cases.