May 20, 2017: Working Stiff: The Real CSI

Judy Melinek, MD and T.J. Mitchell

Join us Saturday, May 20, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at the Four Points by Sheraton, 5115 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton, as Judy Melinek, MD, and T.J. Mitchell present “Working Stiff: The Real CSI.” Dr. Melinek and her husband, T.J. Mitchell, will speak about their experiences in New York City while Melinek was in training to be a forensic pathologist. She began that training just two months before the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Melinek and Mitchell will provide a glimpse into the fascinating world of death investigation—performing autopsies, investigating death scenes, counseling grieving relatives. No matter what type of writing you do, their presentation will give you a better understanding of an arduous, detail-oriented profession and life in the Big Apple. Whatever your genre, paying attention to details will help bring your writing to life.

Dr. Melinek and T.J. Mitchell published Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner, a memoir of Melinek’s “rookie season” as a NYC medical examiner, and the cases—hair-raising and heartbreaking and impossibly complex—that shaped her as both a physician and a mother. To read an excerpt, visit their Simon & Schuster page.

Dr. Melinek is an American Board of Pathology board-certified forensic pathologist practicing forensic medicine in San Francisco, California, and CEO of PathologyExpert Inc. She trained in pathology at University of California, Los Angeles and then as a forensic pathologist at the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office from 2001-2003. She has consulted and testified in criminal and civil cases in more than a dozen states coast to coast. She has been invited to lecture at professional conferences on the subjects of death certification, complications of therapy, forensic toxicology and in-custody deaths. She has also been published extensively in the peer-reviewed literature on subjects of surgical complications, death following gastric bypass, forensic toxicology, opioid overdose deaths, immunology, neuropathology, and transplant surgery.

T.J. Mitchell worked in the film industry before becoming a full-time stay-at-home Dad and screenplay consultant in 2000. He co-authored the New York Times bestseller Working Stiff with his wife, Dr. Judy Melinek, in 2014.

To learn more about Dr. Melinek and TJ Mitchell, visit the PathologyExpert website.

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