James Wood, DDS
James Wood, DDS
1. Introduction to Forensic Dentistry
This workshop will acquaint participants with forensic dental mass disaster protocols. The hands-on computer exercise allows attendees to attempt to identify victims of a mock disaster by developing, entering, and comparing dental information using current accepted forensic guidelines and computer software. Computers will be supplied for the exercise. Attendees will experience some of the challenges that forensic dentists face in identifying victims of a mass disaster.
Bitemark analysis (human and animal), dental identification, documentation of injuries, and age determinations are just some of the kinds of cases a forensic dentist performs. This fast-paced course illustrates the scientific principles behind the work and uses actual cases to illustrate them. We’ll also talk about how a poor analysis can lead to disastrous consequences. Cases range from the typical to the truly bizarre. This isn’t “CSI” – you’ll see exactly how cases are done and we’ll contrast that to what you see on TV.
Dr. Wood is a graduate of the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. He has maintained a family practice in Cloverdale since 1987. Dr. Wood is a Forensic Dental Consultant to six Northern California counties and the California Department of Justice Missing/Unidentified Persons Unit. Dr. Wood was a co-founder of the California Dental Identification team. He is also a member of the Federal Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team. Dr. Wood is an active member of his community. He is a member of the Healdsburg City Council and served as the Mayor for 2010.