About me


I recently read an interesting list of “top ten blogging mistakes.” The number one mistake, apparently, is not having a short bio. So, OK. here’s one.

I am a forensic pathologist and computer scientist living in North Carolina. My MD is from Vanderbilt, my MS in Computer Science is from U North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I did my residency and fellowship at North Carolina, I have a BS in Microbiology from Oklahoma University, and a Master of Public Administration (Justice Administration) from Columbus State University. I am board certified in Anatomic, Clinical, and Forensic Pathology. My primary professional interests are in computer vision and image processing applications in forensic pathology with an emphasis on interpretation of patterned injury of the skin. I am a veteran, having spent 8 years in the Army Medical Corps and an additional 4 years as a DoD civilian. While with the DoD, I was involved with the evaluation of imagery in a number of cases of national interest, including the beating of Rodney King, the shootings at Ruby Ridge, the OJ Simpson case, and issues surrounding events in the middle east and the US involvement there. I was also involved in research involving force protection during our engagements in the middle east and the evaluation of the Pentagon attack on 9/11.  Following federal service, I was Regional Medical Examiner for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for four years. I was elected as one of Federal Computer Week’s 100 most influential IT professionals in the mid 1990s (don’t have the plaque handy), and was a Berry Prize finalist for excellence in military medicine while in the military. I am was a GIAC-certified incident handler (GCIH) UPDATE:expired in 2008. I am on the executive committee for the Applied Imagery Pattern Recognition Workshop held annually at the Cosmos Club in Washington, DC.

I am a member of the core bioterrorism committee of the National Association of Medical Examiners and co-author of the CDC bioterrorism manual for Coroners and MEs. I am involved in a national standards organization writing guidelines for the use of digital imaging technologies in law enforcement. I am a co-author of the DoJ position paper on the use of electromechanical disruption devices (e.g. TASER-like devices) by law enforcement. I am on the editorial board of the American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology, and am a reviewer for a number of forensic journals.

I am a Christian, though not particularly adept, with a particular interest in mystical Christianity.

I am married, and am deeply in love with my wife.

My interests are medicine, death investigation, software engineering, image processing, theology, woodworking, gardening,writing, graphics, music (I play the folk harp badly), Appalacia, and the Chesapeake.

UPDATE: Someone asked me why I didn’t mention where I work now. The reason, of course, is that my employer has nothing to do with my site, nothing to do with my opinions, nothing to do with my writing, and as far as I know, does not read this site. Yet, if I write who my employer is, there is always some buffoon (invariably a liberal) who will try either to a) pretend that I represent my employer’s opinion, or 2) tries to use threats of complaining to my employer to control my expression. This kind of threat is the pinnacle of liberal “tolerance.” My employer has nothing to do with this site or the opinions expressed. Nothing. Nada. Get another bone to chew.

This article last updated 12/5/2009