We are pleased to introduce Patrick Besant-Matthews as our forensic expert!
Dr. Besant-Matthews was born and raised in England, and came to the US at age 27. He graduated from the University of London, England. After a year of hospital medicine in England (to obtain full medical licensure), he completed an internship in the US.
He assumed a position in Tacoma, Washington, and during his time there, he considered going to law school. His chief mentor suggested that legal medicine might be a good option for him, and he launched his career in forensic pathology. He began a residency in anatomic and clinical pathology, starting with 21/2 years at Tacoma General Hospital. He later transferred to the program at the M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute (now the M D Anderson University of Texas System Cancer Center) in Houston for 1 year and later to the Baylor University College of Medicine in Houston.
By February 1970, he was eligible to take the board examinations in anatomical and clinical pathology, and assumed a residency at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and concurrently signed on for active duty in the US Army.
His first year of training included autopsy work at the office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the State of Maryland in Baltimore. During his forensic residency and subsequent work on the staff of the AFIP, he reviewed hundreds of cases from all over the world, when the US Armed Forces had far more personnel than today. In his opinion it was an opportunity of a lifetime because there were (and still are) very few places where a young forensic pathologist could see such a wide range of cases. After his active duty tour, he assumed the position of Chief Medical Examiner for Seattle/King County in Washington State. Later, he worked for private entities in Anchorage and New Orleans. Finally, settling in Dallas Texas, he served as the Deputy Chief Medical Examiner for approximately 8 years.
In 1989 Dr. Besant-Matthews became self-employed, and spent 3-4 years traveling widely, teaching nurses, paramedics, and EMTs. He still is active as a consultant to lawyers, and as a teacher, sharing his wealth of knowledge regarding forensic pathology, especially regarding mechanical injuries and forensic photography.
Well-respected among the emergency department and legal communities, Dr. Besant-Matthews is a highly sought speaker for meetings and continuing educational programs. His engaging presentation style has made him a favorite and he invariably garners rave reviews when he teaches. Those who have heard him speak on one occasion will invariably plan to attend any subsequent venues in which his name appears on the program. As a foundational pillar of the International Association of Forensic Nurses, he has been requested to return again and again to teach and inspire. His amazing acumen and massive collection of teaching slides are unparalleled, and many forensic experts borrow his cases for their lectures and textbooks. Seasoned forensic scientists as well as students appreciate his detailed handouts which are highly practical and include "stuff you never get in textbooks."
Few forensic pathologists have "ready-to-go" presentations on topics such as: clinical forensics and principles of case investigation, blunt and sharp injury, examination and interpretation of gunshot wounds, estimation of time of death, death by asphyxia, electrical injury and death, forensic toxicology, forensic guidelines for evidence handling in hospitals, hazards and their potential to turn into disasters, burns and arson, motor vehicle injuries, expert witness testimony and applied photography and effective imaging for the "functional" photographer.
Dr. Besant-Matthews admits, "I love to teach and to travel. I am always willing to share my experience in the classroom or in the courtroom." See the TAIFE Advisor's tab for complete Biography information.