McMaster University

McMaster University

Jane Willman Turner,


Pathology and Molecular Medicine

Division: Anatomical Pathology
Specialty: Forensic Pathology

Medical Director, Regional Forensic Pathology Unit

Hamilton General Hospital
Forensic Pathology, Level 1
Hamilton Ontario
905-521-2100 ext 46160

Assistant: Lynda Worthey

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Faculty Biography

Education and Professional Standing

  • Saint Louis University Graduate School
  • Saint Louis University School of Medicine
  • University of Oklahoma and St. John’s Mercy Medical Center (anatomic and clinical pathology)
  • Saint Louis University and City of St. Louis Medical Examiner’s Office (forensic pathology)
  • American Board of Pathology Diplomate in Forensic Pathology



Clinical Interests

  • The pathology of trauma
  • Interpretation of postmortem toxicology
  • Investigation of pediatric deaths
  • Placental pathology
  • Deaths in custody

Academic Activities

  • Faculty governance
  • Education and training of forensic pathology fellows, pathology residents, and medical students
  • Policy review and development
  • Quality improvement in the performance of autopsies

Community Outreach

  • Review of fatality reports of consumers of mental health services
  • Mentorship to high school and college students

Selected Publications

  • Lueder GT, Turner JW and Paschall R: Perimacular retinal folds simulating nonaccidental injury in an infant. Archives of Ophthalmology 2006; 124:1782-1783.
  • Garg U and Turner JW: A fatal case involving extremely high levels of ethylene glycol without elevation of its metabolites or crystalluria. American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology 2009; 30: 219-312.
  • Turner, JW: Death of a Child from Topical Diphenhydramine. American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology 2009;30:380-381.

Selected Presentations

  • Turner JW “Fatal Concussive Injuries of the Spinal Cord” Meeting of the National Association of Medical Examiners, Savannah, GA, October 2007.
  • Turner JW “Concussive Head Injury and Alcohol” Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Washington DC, February 2008.
  • Tersigni-Tarrant MT, Duff D, and Turner JW “Entrance of Exit? A Multidisciplinary Approach to Gunshot Wound Interpretation on Fresh Remains” American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, February 2016

Selected Media Appearances

  • “What Did the Children See?” CBS 48 Hours. February 20, 2016
  • “Yasser Arafat Poisoned? Testing Could Prove Tricky.” CCTV America. November 8, 2012
  • “Women Behind Bars.” WEtv; Season 1, Episode 1. March 11, 2008
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