Werner Spitz, MD Dr. Werner Spitz has practiced forensic pathology for over 50 years. He currently works as a Consultant, Forensic Pathology and Toxicology Professor of Pathology, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Adjunct Professor of Toxicology, University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Spitz previously worked as the Chief Medical Examiner Wayne County, Detroit, Michigan (1972 – 1988), Forensic Pathologist then Chief Medical Examiner for Macomb County, Michigan (1972 -2004), Deputy Chief Medical Examiner for the State of Maryland, Associate Prof. University of Maryland School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins University, Department of Legal Medicine at the University School of Medicine, West Berlin, Germany.
He is certified by The American Board of Pathology in Anatomic and Forensic Pathology, received medical training at the Geneva University Medical School in Switzerland and the Hebrew University Hadassa Medical School in Jerusalem, Israel. Dr. Spitz is an author of 96 scientific publications, author and editor of the textbook: Spitz and Fisher’s MEDICOLEGAL INVESTIGATION OF DEATH, first published in 1972, Charles C. Thomas, Publisher, Springfield, IL, currently in its 4th edition.
Served on various committees investigating the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, including the US House of Representatives Committee on Assassinations. Served as an expert and testified in all level courts across the US and Canada, in numerous high visibility cases including, the Mary Jo Kopechne/Ted Kennedy, Chappquidick case, the Preppy Murder in New York, for the Goldman family in their wrongful death lawsuit against O.J. Simpson, the Jenny Jones trial, the Crown v Truscott case in Toronto, Owen Hart’s high wire fall during a WWF event, the Philip Spector case in California and the Casey Anthony trial in Florida. He consulted with the Boulder, CO police regarding the Jon Benet Ramsey case.
Recipient of numerous awards including, the Dean's Award for service to the Medicolegal Community and Wayne State University School of Medicine, Award for Distinguished Service to Wayne State University School of Medicine and Awards from Wayne and Macomb County Board of Commissioners for Outstanding Service to the Community. He has also received numerous awards from various police departments and also the FBI. He has lectured and given expert testimony worldwide and has performed or supervised approximately 60,000 autopsies.