Danielo Perez first became interested in forensic pathology in high school when he watched how forensic science impacted the OJ Simpson trial. From there, Danielo Perez got a degree in biology and chemistry from Columbia University, a master’s degree in forensic science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and a medical degree from State University of New York at Downstate.
Following his schoolwork, Danielo Perez went on to medical residencies at the George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, DC, and Stony Brook University Medical Center in New York. He spent time as an assistant medical examiner with the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office and then began his career as a forensic pathologist, providing autopsies, consultation, and trial information when needed. He maintains memberships with the American Academy of Forensic Scientists, the National Association of Medical Examiners, and the American Society of Clinical Pathologists.
A major aspect of Mr. Perez’s work was answering questions for families who needed closure, especially when the reasons for their loved one’s death was unexplained. His work was not only about uncovering scientific fact, but also about attending to the many emotions of the families dealing with death.
In addition to his work as a forensic pathologist, Mr. Perez has a keen interest in Eastern spirituality, including daoism, martial arts, and writing haiku.