Autopsy Initiative

Free Autopsies for Police Related Killings

Our Panel of Board-Certified Pathologists

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Dr. Cyril Wecht

Cyril H. Wecht is a medical-legal consultant and forensic pathologist, author and lecturer who served the people of Allegheny County as their elected coroner for 20 years. He has performed approximately 21,000 autopsies and reviewed or been consulted on approximately 40,000 additional post mortem examinations, including cases in several foreign countries. Dr. Wecht holds various faculty positions at the University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University and Carlow University, and serves as chairman of the Advisory Board of The Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law. He is the author or co-author of more than 625 professional publications and editor or co-editor of 46 books, as well as co-author of the popular non-fiction book Cause of Death, Grave Secrets, Who Killed JonBenet Ramsey?, Mortal Evidence, Tales from the Morgue, Final Exams. He has served as president of the American College of Legal Medicine and the American Academy of Forensic Science as well as chairman of the boards of trustees of both the American Board of Legal Medicine and the American College of Legal Medicine Foundation. Dr. Wecht is certified by the American Board of Pathology in anatomic, clinical and forensic pathology, and is a fellow of the College of American Pathologists, the American Society of Clinical Pathologists and the National Association of Medical Examiners. Formerly chairman of the Department of Pathology and president of the medical staff at St. Francis Central Hospital in Pittsburg, he received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh and his law degree from the University of Maryland. Dr. Cyril Wecht’s autobiography “The Life and Deaths of Cyril Wecht: Memoirs of America’s Most Controversial Forensic Pathologist” recently published, and his book dealing with JFK assasination will be published in November, 2021 

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Dr. Allecia Wilson

Dr. Allecia M. Wilson received her B.S in Medical Technology from Michigan State University in Lansing,Michigan in 1999 and M.D. from the University of Michigan in 2004. She completed her residency training in Anatomic Pathology also at the University of Michigan (2004-2007). Dr. Wilson subsequently completed a Forensic Pathology Fellowship at the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner’s Office in Miami, Florida (2007-2008). Following completion in 2008, she served as the Deputy Medical Examiner of the Genesee County Medical Examiner’s Office based in Flint, Michigan (2008-2012). Dr. Wilson also held active teaching roles in Flint, Michigan serving as part-time faculty at Mott Community College and co-instructor of the Autopsy Assistant Certificate Program. 


Dr. Wilson returned to the University of Michigan in 2012 as faculty supporting the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office based in Detroit, Michigan. Due to an academic interest in pediatrics, Dr. Wilson completed an additional fellowship in Pediatric and Perinatal Pathology at the University of Michigan (2013-2014). She currently holds a faculty position with the University of Michigan serving as the Director of Autopsy and Forensic Services and Chief Medical Examiner for Washtenaw and Livingston County Medical Examiner’s Offices. Dr. Wilson is active in numerous medicolegal, pediatric and community committees. Her clinical areas of interest include sudden death in infancy and childhood, pregnancy- related deaths, suicides in the pediatric population and in-custody deaths.

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Dr. Barbara C. Wolf

Barbara C. Wolf, M.D. is a Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha graduate of Boston

University's Six-Year Program in Liberal Arts and Medical Education. She began her

career in forensic pathology in Upstate New York where she started a private consulting

practice providing forensic pathology services to law enforcement, medical examiners

and coroners, prosecutors, defense attorneys and child protective services. Additionally,

in 1999, Dr. Wolf joined the Medicolegal Investigation Unit of the New York State Police

as the Director of Forensic Medicine until she relocated to Florida in 2001. While in New

York she served for many years on the medical review boards for New York State’s

Commission on Corrections and Commission on Quality of Care for the Mentally

Disabled. She is board certified in Anatomic Pathology, Hematopathology and Forensic



Dr. Wolf is currently the District Medical Examiner for Florida's District 5, covering five counties in central Florida, and the Interim District Medical Examiner for District 24.  She also serves as the Chair of the National Association of Medical Examiners Inspection and Accreditation Committee and as a member of the Florida Medical Examiners Commission.  Dr. Wolf lectures throughout the country and internationally. She is on the faculties of the National District Attorneys Association and the International Firearms Specialist Academy.  She is the recipient of National Association of Medical Examiners Setting the Standards and STAR (Service, Time, Attitude & Respect) Awards.