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RICHARD KELLY*, MD, JD, MPH, FASA, FCLM

Clinical Professor, University of California, Irvine

Approved instructor by the Medical Board of California

Dr. Richard Kelly is a board-certified anesthesiologist and clinical professor at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Kelly studied biochemistry and theology as an undergraduate at Harvard University. He completed his master’s degree in Public Health at U.C. Berkeley and dual professional degrees in Law and Medicine at Stanford University. 

 

​His research interests include the societal consequences of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; the ethical and legal implications of physician fatigue; medical professionalism; and national trends in medical malpractice awards. He is associated with the Health Policy Research Institute at UC Irvine School of Medicine where he teaches classes in Health Politics & Policy. Dr. Kelly also lectures nationally and internationally on topics of legal medicine, health policy, and medical ethics. He spends the remainder of his academic time teaching medical students, residents, and working as an anesthesiologist.

 

Dr. Kelly is an Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of the Journal of Legal Medicine and a fellow of both the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the American College of Legal Medicine. He is an active member of the World Association for Medical Law, a member of the State Bar of California, and a member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States.

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JOSEPH P. McMENAMIN, MD, JD, FCLM

Principal at McMenamin Law Offices

Dr. McMenamin is the Principal at McMenamin Law Offices, PLLC, in Richmond, Virginia. He is also Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, W Medical Strategy Group, and Co-Founder and CEO, Civic Telehealth, LLC. He has over 35 years’ experience in representing and advising health care providers, life sciences companies, telemedicine concerns, and food companies. Joe has defended these organizations against a variety of allegations in state and federal court. He currently assists clients on an array of regulatory and reimbursement issues, licensure, informed consent, contract matters, risk management, privacy, and the legal issues implicated by augmented intelligence. For much of his career, Joe was a partner at McGuireWoods, a large international law firm, before launching his own law practice in 2013.

 

Previously, Dr. McMenamin practiced emergency medicine at hospitals in Pennsylvania and Georgia on a part-time and full-time basis over a seven-year period overlapping his specialty training and legal education. He presently serves as general counsel to the Virginia Telemedicine Network, and as a member of the Legal Resource Team for CTeL, the Center for Telemedicine and eHealth Law. Joe is an associate professor of Legal Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Medical College of Virginia and a former member of the Boards of Directors of the Medical Society of Virginia Insurance Agency and of the Richmond Ambulance Authority. He also serves as Editor-in-Chief, World Asian Medical Journal, and as a member of the Board of Governors of the Virginia State Bar Health Law Section.

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CYRIL H. WECHT,  MD, JD, FCLM

Professor, University of Pittsburg, School of Medicine

Dr. Wecht received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh and his law degree from the University of Maryland. Dr. Wecht is certified by the American Board of Pathology, in anatomic, clinical, and forensic Pathology, and is also a Fellow of the College of American Pathologists and the American Society of Clinical Pathologists.

​Cyril H. Wecht is a Clinical Professor at the University of Pittsburgh Schools of Medicine, Dental Medicine, and Graduate School of Public Health, and holds positions as an Adjunct Professor at the Duquesne University School of Law, School of Pharmacy, and School of Health Sciences. He has served as President of the American College of Legal Medicine, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American Board of Legal Medicine and the American College of Legal Medicine Foundation. The author of more than 550 professional publications, Dr. Wecht is also an editorial board member of more than 20 national and international medical-legal and forensic scientific publications; editor of the five-volume set, Forensic Sciences (Matthew Bender); co-editor of the two and three-volume sets, Handling Soft Tissue Injury Cases and Preparing and Winning Medical Negligence Cases (both published by Michie).

​Formerly the Chairman of the Department of Pathology at Saint Francis Central Hospital in Pittsburgh, Dr. Wecht is now the President of its medical staff and is actively involved as a medical-legal and forensic science consultant, author, and lecturer. Dr. Wecht has organized and conducted postgraduate Medical-Legal Seminars in more than fifty countries throughout the world in his capacity as Director of the Pittsburgh Institute of Legal Medicine. He has performed approximately 17,000 autopsies and has supervised, reviewed or has been consulted on approximately 30,000 additional postmortem examinations.

​Being an expert in forensic medicine, Dr. Wecht has frequently appeared on several nationally syndicated programs discussing various medicolegal and forensic scientific issues, including medical malpractice, drug abuse, the assassinations of both President John F. Kennedy and Senator Robert F. Kennedy, the death of Elvis Presley, the O.J. Simpson case, and the JonBenet Ramsey cases. His expertise has also been utilized in high profile cases involving Mary Jo Kopechne, Sunny von Bulow, Jean Harris, Dr. Jeffrey McDonald, the Waco Branch Davidian fire, and Vincent Foster. A comprehensive study of these cases is discussed from the perspective of Dr. Wecht's own professional involvement in his books, Cause of Death, Grave Secrets, and Who Killed JonBenet Ramsey? (All published by Dutton/Penguin).