Giancarlo Di Vella, PhD, MD
Forensic Pathologist
Bari, Italy

Dr. Giancarlo Di Vella is Associate Professor of Legal Medicine at the University of Bari, School of Medicine and School of Nursing. His major areas of professional interest and publication involve Forensic Pathology, Anthropology, Crime Scene Investigation and Forensic Nursing.

A native of Bari, Italy, he graduated with Distinction from D. Cirillo Bari high school specializing in classical studies. He obtained his Medical Degree from the University of Bari School of Medicine in 1990, the Doctoral Degree in 1995 from the University La Sapienza in Rome (Italy) about using Analytical Morphometry in Personal Identification. He obtained the Fellowship in Forensic Pathology in 1998 from the University of Bari. He was certified Associate Professor in Legal Medicine passing the examination of National Italian Board in the University of Udine (Italy).

Dr. Giancarlo Di Vella serves as instructor for such organizations as the Italian Association of Judges and State’s Attorneys, as well as the Italian Armed Forces. He has been named the Director of the Masters Course in Forensic Nursing at the University of Bari, Italy. Dr. Di Vella is a consultant to several Italian Tribunals and Courts and to UNICRI, (the Exhumation Projects in the Year 2000, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Kosovo). He is a medical examiner for the Office of Medical Examiner in Bari, Italy. Dr. Di Vella serves on several committees and has held offices in the International Association of Craniofacial Identification (President 2000-2002), the National Association of Medical Examiners (member of Ad Hoc Committee on International Relations), Italian Group of Forensic Pathologists (member of Executive Committee).

Dr. Di Vella participated in the following international meetings, workshops and intensive courses: the 10th I.A.C.I. Meeting, in 2003, A Practicuum in Forensic 3D replica of Skin and Bones (University of Bari and of Melbourne) in 2003; the International Forensic Nursing meeting (2004); The Investigation of Child Death (2005); and Personal Identification by Forensic Art (2006). He has authored several papers edited by the International and Italian forensic journals in field of the forensic sciences, i.e., Pathology, Anthropology, Toxicology, Crime investigation, Malpractice, Bioethic, Personal Identification and Forensic Nursing.

Honors/Awards: Mario Cappa Memorial Award for the Best Degree Thesis in Forensic Sciences in the University of Bari, in the period 1989-1992; Miembro Honorario Extranjero of the Asociaciòn Argentina de Farmacia y Bioquìmica Legal (2003, AsAFyBLe - Argentina); Fellow in Pathology and Biology of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (2003); Honorary Member of the International Association of Forensic Toxicologist (2006); and recipient of the Vision Award of the International Association of Forensic Nursing (2006).