Dr. Janice Ophoven is a pediatric forensic pathologist with over thirty years of clinical, administrative and quality improvement experience. She is board certified in Pathology, Forensic Pathology, Quality Assurance and Utilization Review. Dr. Ophoven has focused her clinical practice on understanding child abuse and injury to children.
Dr. Ophoven is an internationally recognized and a court-certified medical expert in pediatric forensic pathology. She has consulted and/or testified in civil and criminal cases in the US and abroad for both defense and prosecution when injury or death to a child has occurred. For these cases and as a consultant to Medical Examiners/coroners, physicians, law enforcement, and legal professionals she has been asked to determine the cause and manner of a child's injury or death.
She is also a consultant and nationally recognized speaker and educator on Forensic Pathology as well as on quality improvement of health care systems. She has worked with physicians, clinicians and hospital systems at organizations such as, Children's Hospital-St. Paul, MN; and Allina Health System, MN: Montefiore Hospital (Albert Einstein University), NY to improve quality system-wide.
Through her years of experience, Dr. Ophoven has pioneered an innovative and successful evidence-based model that draws on medical science and practicing clinicians to identify risk and challenge barriers to successful medical care.
In 1981, Dr. Ophoven founded her firm specializing in pediatric forensic pathology services. Her work has included cases of Munchausen's Syndrome By Proxy (MSBP), infanticide, sexual misuse, infant apnea/SIDS, suffocation, and accidental and inflicted head trauma. Her work requires both in-depth knowledge of medical sciences and forensics including: General Pediatric Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Developmental and Gestational Pathology, as well as Pediatric Autopsy and Injury Analysis, Pediatric Laboratory Medicine, Pediatric Hematopathology, and Pediatric Pulmonary Disease.
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