Dr. Michael S. Pollanen is the Chief Forensic Pathologist of Ontario, a Deputy Chief Coroner, a Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto, and Director of the Forensic Pathology Residency/Fellowship training programs. He regularly performs and supervises medicolegal autopsies, provides second opinions on controversial cases, testifies in court, and publishes in the peer-reviewed literature. Professor Pollanen has dedicated his career to promoting forensic pathology as a profession, public service and academic discipline nationally and internationally. He contributed to restoring public confidence in forensic pathology in Ontario and Canada after systemic failure resulting in wrongful convictions. Dr. Pollanen has developed forensic pathology as a medical subspecialty in Canada and created the first residency training program at the University of Toronto. He was recognized as a “Founder, forensic pathology” by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
Dr. Pollanen is interested in capacity development in forensic sciences to support human rights and justice, particularly in lower-income countries, and has worked with agencies such as the International Committee of the Red Cross and the United Nations in the Middle East, South Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. He helped to establish the G. Raymond Chang Forensic Pathology Fellowship through University of Toronto, the first fund that enables young physicians from the developing world to train and strengthen forensic capacity in their own countries.
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