Michael S. Pollanen

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Michael S. Pollanen, MD, PhD, FRCPath, DMJ (Path), FRCPC

Michael Pollanen obtained his MD from the University of Toronto in 1999, his PhD from the University of Toronto in 1995, Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists of the United Kingdom (published work in 2001), Diploma of Medical Jurisprudence in (Forensic) Pathology from the Society of Apothecaries of London, United Kingdom in 2002, and Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons on Canada in Anatomical Pathology in 2003.

He was appointed as the Chief Forensic Pathologist for Ontario in 2006. He is an Associate Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology and an Associate Member of the School of Graduate Studies at the University of Toronto. He is the founding Chair for the Forensic Pathology section of the Canadian Association of Pathologists and the founding Program Director for the forensic pathology residency at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Pollanen's main professional duties are to: perform autopsies, oversee quality processes for medicolegal autopsies in Ontario, and provide second opinions. He also performs autopsies for the Canadian military and has consulted in other Canadian provinces. He has international experience with consulting for: East Timor; Kazakhstan; Uzbekistan; Cambodia; Thailand; Bermuda; United States; and the International Criminal Court. In Ontario, he frequently testifies in criminal cases, mostly for the prosecution. He has also testified for the defense in the Ontario Court of Appeal in two cases related to fresh evidence issues in forensic pathology (R. v. Steven Truscott and R. v. Mullins-Johnson). He has also testified in New York State, Maryland, Washington, D.C., East Timor, Bermuda, and Jamaica and the (Goudge) Inquiry into Pediatric Forensic Pathology. He has a research program in experimental forensic pathology, has published over 50 papers in the peer-reviewed medical literature, and is on the editorial board of the journals: Forensic Science International, and Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology.