World Association for Medical Law

DRAFT  -  Scientific Advisory Board - DRAFT

Bernard Dickens

Professor Emeritus of Health Law and Policy & Co-Director, International Reproductive and Sexual Health Law Program | Chair Scientific Advisory Board

LL.B., LL.M., Ph.D. (Law-Criminology), LL.D. (Medical Jurisprudence) (London), LL.D. (Sherbrooke, h.c.) a member of the English Bar and the Ontario Bar, is Professor Emeritus of Health Law and Policy in the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Medicine, and the Joint Centre for Bioethics at the University of Toronto.  He is legal articles co-editor of the Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, co-editor of ethical and legal issues of the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, and a member of editorial boards of several journals including the American Journal of Law & Medicine, and Medicine and Law. He has been a member of the Board of Governors of the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics, and is a former Society President.  He was founding chair of the Public Health Agency of Canada's Ethics Advisory Committee, now known as the Public Health Ethics Consultative Group, of which he remains a member.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and an Officer of the Order of Canada. 

Joan Gilmour

Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University (Toronto, ON)

Joan M. Gilmour, B.A., LL.B. (Toronto), J.S.M., J.S.D. (Stanford), is a Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, and a member of the Bar of Ontario. She joined the faculty after practicing civil litigation and administrative law in Toronto. She teaches in the areas of health law, disability and the law, and torts, and is Director of the law school’s Master’s Program specializing in Health Law. She has served as Acting and Associate Director of the York University Centre for Health Studies (now the York Institute for Health Research), and Director of Osgoode’s Institute for Feminist Legal Studies. Her research and publications span a wide range of issues, including medical assistance in dying, treating children, professional regulation, patient safety, legal capacity, and the interrelation of disability, gender, inequality and law. Her publications include “Death, Dying and Decision-Making About End of Life Care,” in Canadian Health Law and Policy (4th ed), and “Study Paper on Assisted Suicide, Euthanasia and Foregoing Treatment,” prepared for the Ontario Law Reform Commission. 

Brian H. Greenspan

Barrister & Solicitor

Brian Greenspan is one of the most prominent and well-regarded defence lawyers in Canada. He has served as counsel on many of Canada’s most significant cases that have helped shape criminal law over the last four decades. He has a an unparalleled and distinguished reputation in both trial and appellate law.

A Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Society of Barristers, Brian is sought after for his sage advice in respect of international cross border investigations and criminal trial and appellate matters.

Greenspan was President of the Criminal Lawyers' Association (Ontario) from 1989 to 1993 and was the founding Chair of the Canadian Council of Criminal Defence Lawyers from 1992 to 1996. Greenspan is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers. He was awarded the Douglas K. Laidlaw Medal for excellence in oral advocacy in 2002 and received the G. Arthur Martin Medal for contributions to criminal justice in Canada in 2010. In 2012, he was recognized by the Law Society of Upper Canada with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. 

Thomas T. Noguchi, MD | Forensics Medicine

President, World Association for Medical Law

 Dr. Thomas T. Noguchi is the former Chief Medical Examiner-Coroner for the County of Los Angeles, and served in that position from 1967 to 1982. He is known as the "coroner to the stars", since he determined the cause of death in many high-profile cases during the 1960s and 1970s. He is most famous for performing autopsies on Marilyn Monroe, Robert F. Kennedy, Sharon Tate, Gia Scala, William Holden, Natalie Wood, and John Belushi.

Dr. Noguchi was born in Japan and graduated from Tokyo's Nippon Medical School in 1951 before interning at The University of Tokyo School of Medicine Hospital. Shortly thereafter he immigrated to the United States. He then served a second internship at Orange County General Hospital. He was appointed a deputy coroner for Los Angeles County in 1961 and in 1967, he became Chief Medical Examiner (CME) for the county. He was later appointed Chief of Pathology at the University of Southern California and then as Administrative Pathologist for Anatomic Pathology services at the USC Medical Center.  

As of 2019, Noguchi is the president of World Association for Medical Law (WAML).

Rebecca Cook

Professor Emerita & Co-Director, International Reproductive and Sexual Health Law Program

A.B. (Barnard), M.A. (Tufts), M.P.A. (Harvard), J.D. (Georgetown), LL.M. (Columbia), J.S.D. (Columbia), called to the Bar of Washington, D.C., is a Professor in the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Medicine and the Joint Centre for Bioethics at the University of Toronto; and Co-Director, International Reproductive and Sexual Health Law Programme, University of Toronto. She is ethical and legal issues co-editor of the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, and serves on the editorial advisory boards of Human Rights Quarterly and Reproductive Health Matters.  She is the recipient of the Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Contribution to Women’s Health by the International Federation of Gynecologists and Obstetricians, the Ludwik and Estelle Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Regis Anthony de Silva, MD, MPA

Attending Physician, BIDMC; Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School


Dr. de Silva specializes in emergency cardiac care training, emergency cardiac care systems development, and hospital governance. He is a trained cardiologist at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), Harvard Medical School and served as attending physician on the staffs at BWH and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC).

From 2007 to 2011, Dr. de Silva worked as Director of Global Programs for HMI (later known as Partners Harvard Medical International) for programs in India, Dubai and the Caribbean implementing medical school curricular reform and managing graduate medical education and hospital accreditation programs.

Dr. de Silva is currently a senior consultant at the Department of Emergency Medicine’s International Projects Division, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, and an attending physician at BIDMC.

Ken J Berger, Esq., MD, JD 

Secretary General of the World Association for Medical Law and Program Chair

Ken J. Berger is the Secretary General of the World Association and sits on its Executive Committee.

He is a graduate of the University of Toronto Medical School and Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto MD JD.

He attended McGill University for Post Graduate Education.  He is a member of the United States Supreme Court Bar, the New York State Bar, the Law Society of Ontario and the College of Physician and Surgeons of Ontario.

He teaches at the Faculty of Law, Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation, and Faculty of Medicine all at the University of Toronto where he holds faculty appointments.  He is principal at, which is a leading Health Law litigation boutique serving the interests of physicians, nurses, allied health and patients, and clients with diverse legal issues including landmark Constitutional cases and serves as an active academic Hospitalist serving his patients and his Division, where he works to develop best practices in both medicine and law.  He is Program Chair of the 26th World Congress on Medical Law and a sought after lawyer, physician, health law expert and speaker.

Joseph Colangelo 

Barrister & Solicitor

Joseph Colangelo graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto in 1976 and was called to the bar of the province of Ontario in 1978. He has over 40 years of experience representing clients and arguing cases before the courts and administrative tribunals on health law issues. He has represented patients and health care practitioners of many of the regulated health care professions. He has seen both the patients’ and the health care providers’ side of legal debates concerning health law and health policy issues. He frequently consults to and acts as co-counsel with other legal firms on health law cases. He is a past president of the Medico-Legal Society of Toronto (MLST). He has chaired several MLST committees which have produced the MLST’s seminal publication, The Medico-Legal Report, including the most recent 2010 edition. He speaks frequently to lawyers, health care professionals, law students, medical students and members of the public to inform and educate on topics concerning the delivery of health care. He was the lead mentor-supervisor of the MLST Health Law Advocacy Project, a pro bono access to justice project which enabled law students to assist members of the public in presenting their case to the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board. The Project was a joint undertaking of the MLST and Pro Bono Students Canada and engaged law students at the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto, Osgoode Hall Law School and the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa. For his community service, he has received the Arbor Award and the Award of the Medico-Legal Society of Toronto for outstanding service to the medical and legal communities.

Honourable Justice Stephen Goudge

Justice of the Court of Appeal for Ontario

Honourable Justice Stephen Goudge earned a BA (Political Science/Economics) from University of Toronto in 1964, an MSc (Economics) from the London School of Economics in 1965 and a law degree from U of T in 1968. He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1970.

Until he was appointed to the bench, he practiced general litigation, including civil and commercial, administrative, labour and charter litigation at Gowling, Strathy & Henderson in Toronto. From 1974-86, he lectured on labour law and native rights at U of T. In 1989, he served as Counsel to the Office of the Premier of Ontario.

Goudge was appointed as a judge of the Court of Appeal of Ontario in 1996. He retired from the bench in April 2014. Today, he serves as counsel to Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP in Toronto. Goudge is best known to the public for leading the Inquiry into Pediatric Forensic Pathology in Ontario in 2008. During that time, he helped shape the use of pediatric forensic pathology related to its practice and use in investigations and criminal proceedings. Following its completion, he was cited as a model of how to lead an efficient, effective, fair and successful public inquiry. Many of his recommendations have since been implemented.

Cyril Wecht, MD, JD

Forensic Pathologist, Attorney, Medical-Legal Consultant

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.

He 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).

Honourable Richard Wilbur, MD, JD

World Association for Medical Law Finance Committee

Executive Vice President Emeritus, Council of Medical Specialty Societies; Former Secretary, Accreditation Council of Continuing Medical Education; and Past President, American College of Physician Executives. Former Asst. Secretary of Defense for Health and Environment and Past President of the American College of Legal Medicine. I am also a Member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine).

Graduated from Stanford (BA) and Stanford Medical School (MD) and post graduate trained at Stanford, Pennsylvania, Michigan and the Karolinska Institutet.


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