CHARLES V. WETLI, MD
New York, USA
Dr. Charles V. Wetli graduated from the University of Notre Dame and the St. Louis University School of Medicine, completed his residency at the University of Miami School of Medicine, and is certified by the American Board of Pathology in Anatomical, Clinical, and Forensic Pathology. He served as a Pathologist in the United States Army for three years prior to joining the Medical Examiner Office in Miami, FL, in 1977 where he served as the Deputy Chief for over fifteen years. In 1995 he accepted the position as Chief Medical Examiner and Director of Forensic Sciences for Suffolk County (Eastern Long Island), NY, and retired from that position in the summer of 2006. Over the years he has taught extensively to law enforcement agencies, medical organizations, medical students and residents, many of whom are now chief medical examiners throughout the country.
In his career, Dr. Wetli has personally performed thousands of autopsies and has supervised many thousands more. He has authored two forensic texts, numerous book chapters, and over 100 research articles in peer reviewed scientific journals. He has given numerous workshops and presentations on a variety of topics in Forensic Pathology, particularly in the area of drug related deaths and deaths in police custody. He has also testified on drug abuse for Congressional, Gubernatorial, and Presidential committees. Dr. Wetli was responsible for the medico-legal investigation of the crash of TransWorld Airlines, (TWA), flight 800 where, for the first time in commercial aviation history, all 230 victims were scientifically identified. His research interests have included deaths related to the abuse of cocaine and the impact of Afro-Caribbean religions on forensic investigations. He has often testified in various courts across the country and has written and conducted workshops on the topic The Art of Courtroom Testimony for those who anticipate the potential for their own involvement in court as an expert witness. In 1995 he was featured in The Scientist as being the most cited author in forensic science from 1981-1993.
Dr. Wetli is currently a consultant in Forensic Pathology. He continues to serve on medical and editorial advisory boards, and is a foremost lecturer on Forensic Pathology for medical, legal, and law enforcement organizations.