McMaster University

McMaster University

John Fernandes


Pathology and Molecular Medicine

Division: Anatomical Pathology

Specialty: Forensic Pathology

Chief, Hamilton Regional Laboratory Medicine Program
Program Director, Forensic Pathology
Founder, Forensic Pathology (RCPSC)

Hamilton General Hospital
Hamilton, Ontario
905-527-4322 ext. 46530

Assistant: Lynda Worthey

Dr Fernandes

Faculty Biography

Education and Professional Standing

Fellowship, Forensic Pathology, Commonwealth University of Virginia, 2002
FRCPC, General Pathology, 2002
FRCSC, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 1988
MD, McGill University, 1982


Research Focus

  • Basic applied research to forensic pathology

Clinical Focus

  • Sudden unexpected death, particularly in individuals with no prior medical history
  • Gunshot injury
  • Perinatal and placental pathology
  • Pathology of high risk obstetrics
  • Impact of decreased length of stay on the outcome of clinical care

Academic Interests

  • Education of medical as well as non-medical personnel
  • Evidence based practice of medicine
  • Impact of health sector economic distribution on clinical outcomes
  • Evaluation of community based teaching
  • Quality management as applied to forensic pathology

Selected Publications

  • Filter ER, Fernandes J. Fatal traumatic subarachnoid hemorrhage due to assault-related tear of the basilar artery. Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine 2009; 16(7):414-416.
  • Lemieux C, Fernandes J, Rao C. Motor Vehicle Collisions and Their Demographics: A 5-year Retrospective Study of the Hamilton-Wentworth Niagara Region. Journal of Forensic Science 2008; 53(3):709-715.
  • Hanna S, Rao C, Fernandes, J. A Retrospective study of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Cases in the Hamilton-Wentworth Region from 1995-2005.  Can. Soc. Forensic Sci. J. 2007; 40(2):39-52.
  • Arredondo J, Fernandes J, Rao C. Ocular Findings in Pediatric Deaths Under 2Years of Age (1994–2004). Journal of Forensic Sciences 2007; 53(4):928-934.
  • Filter E, Gorczynski L, Fernandes J. Fatal Intoxication With a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor, Lorazepam, and Codeine. American Journal of Forensic Pathology and Medicine 2007;28(4):361-363.
  • El Demellawy D, Fernandes J. Suicide by Explosion of Natural Gas: Case Report and Review of Literature. American Journal of Forensic Pathology and Medicine 2007;28(1):48-52. 
  • Shaw D, Fernandes J,  Rao C. Suicide in Children and Adolescents: A 10-Year Retrospective Review.  American Journal of Forensic Pathology 2005;26(4): 309-315.   
  • Lobo F, Fernandes J, Heggtveit A. Postinfarction double papillary muscle rupture in three surgically excised mitral valves. Cardiovascular Pathology 2005;14(5): 251-255.
  • Fernandes J, Chan R, Coovadia A, Reis M, Pinkerton P. A Gel Technique for the Determination of the Adequacy of RhIg Dosage. Immunohematology 2000;16:115-119.
  • Fernandes J, Seymour R. Bowel Obstruction in Patients with Ovarian Cancer: A Search for Prognostic Factors. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 1988;158(2):244-249.
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