MICHAEL M. BADEN, MD
New York, USA
Dr. Michael M. Baden is a board certified forensic pathologist, former Chief Medical Examiner, New York City, lecturer and accomplished author. In addition to maintaining a private practice, Dr. Baden is the co-Director of the New York State Police Medico-Legal Investigation Unit.
After receiving his Medical Degree in 1959 from New York University School of Medicine, Dr. Baden interned in New York City hospitals. From 1961 to 1986, Dr. Baden worked in the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in New York City and was the Chief Medical Examiner from 1978 to 1979. He was also the Deputy Chief Medical Examiner for Suffolk County from 1981 to 1983. Dr. Baden has held professorial appointments at Albert Einstein Medical School, Albany Medical College, New York Law School and John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Dr. Baden has lectured at numerous universities, has been affiliated with the New York State Police for twelve years and has worked closely with the New York State Police Child Abuse and Violent Crime Analysis Unit (VICAP). He has served as the President of the Society of Medical Jurisprudence and Vice President of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. He was the Chairman of the Forensic Pathology Panel of the U.S. Congress Select Committee on assassinations that investigated the deaths of President John F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. Baden has been involved as an expert in forensic pathology in many cases of international interest, including the examination of the remains of Tsar Nicholas of Russia and his family, the death of John Belushi, the re-autopsy of Medgar Evers, Civil Rights Leader, the death of Billy Martin, the deaths of Mary Beth Tinning's nine children, the exhumation and re-autopsy of the five Hoyt children who were murdered by their mother, the re-examination of the Lindbergh kidnapping and murder, and autopsies of the victims of TWA Flight 800.
Dr. Baden has also served as an expert witness for the defense in many criminal cases, including the Claus Von Bulow murder trial, Marlon Brando's son's murder trial, as well as the O.J. Simpson trial. Dr. Baden has also served as an expert witness for the prosecution in the case of State of Nevada v. Tabish and Murphy, the highly-publicized trial of the murder of casino mogul, Lonnie “Ted” Binion.
During his career, Dr. Baden has been published in numerous national and international medical journals. He has also published factual accounts of several of his cases in the books Unnatural Death, Confessions of a Medical Examiner and Dead Reckoning: The New Science of Catching Killers which was released in September 2001. He and his wife, Linda, are co-authors of Remains Silent (2005), a popular forensic novel. In addition, Dr. Baden has been the subject of ten HBO specials beginning in 1994 and continuing through the present, including a “Best of” which highlights several of his interesting cases to demonstrate the value of forensic sciences allied with solid police investigative techniques in homicide investigations.