Cyril H. Wecht, MD, JD, FCAP, FASCP received his MD degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and his JD degree from the University of Maryland. Certified by the American Board of Pathology in anatomic, clinical, and forensic pathology, he is also a Fellow of the College of American Pathologists, the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, and the National Association of Medical Examiners. Formerly he was the Chairman of the Department of Pathology and President of the Medical Staff at St. Francis Central Hospital in Pittsburgh. He also served as the elected Coroner of Allegheny County for a total of 20 years. He is now actively involved as a medical-legal and forensic science consultant, as an author—with over 525 publications to his credit—and lecturer.
Dr. Wecht’s achievements extend to academia where, in addition to lecturing at Yale Medical School, Harvard Law School, at the FBI Academy, and the Medical Division of the CIA, he is a Clinical Professor of Pathology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Graduate School of Public Health; he is Adjunct Professor at Duquesne University Schools of Law, Pharmacy, and Health Sciences; Distinguished Professor of Anatomy and Pathology, Carlow University; Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law at Duquesne University School of Law; Past President of the American College of Legal Medicine and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and former Chairman of both the Board of Legal Medicine and the American College of Legal Medicine Foundation. He has served as Vice Chairman of the American Board of DisasterMedicine and is a Charter Diplomate of both the American Board of Legal Medicine and the American Board of Disaster Medicine.
Called to testify in more than 1,000 civil, criminal, and workers compensation cases throughout the United States and abroad, he has also appeared on numerous TV and radio shows to give his evaluation of the medico-legal and forensic scientific aspects of high profile cases ranging from the assassinations of Pres. John F. Kennedy and Sen. Robert F. Kennedy to the deaths of JonBenét Ramsey, Amadou Diallo, Laci Peterson, Anna Nicole Smith, Daniel Smith, Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, and Chandra Levy, among many others.