Dr. Danielo Perez – Pathologist, Instructor, and Presenter

Over the course of his career, forensic pathologist Dr. Danielo Perez has performed postmortem examinations for unexplained and unattended deaths in both Texas and Illinois. He began his career as a graduate of the SUNY Downstate College of Medicine, having previously earned his bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry from Columbia University and master’s degree in forensic sciences from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. After completing his residency at the George Washington University Hospital and, more recently, the Stony Brook University Medical Center, Dr. Danielo Perez traveled to San Antonio as a forensic pathology fellow with the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Subsequently named assistant medical examiner for the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office in Chicago, Dr. Danielo Perez served there until his appointment as a forensic pathologist with Central Texas Autopsy in Lockhart. Throughout his tenure, he remained actively involved in his field as a member of the National Association of Medical Examiners and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

Triple board certified in anatomic, clinical, and forensic pathology, Dr. Danielo Perez has shared his considerable experience as a presenter before medical examiners and physicians. His topics have included sudden cardiac death, hydrogen sulfide suicides, and blunt and sharp-force injuries.

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The Emergence of Haiku Poetry

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Experienced forensic pathologist Danielo Perez lives in Austin, Texas, where he studies Eastern philosophy and energy work in his free time. Austin resident Danielo Perez has developed an appreciation for haiku poetry.

Haiku poetry has been a staple of Japanese culture for centuries, with its structural predecessors emerging in Japan’s Heian period, which began in the year 794. Recognizing and reciting Japanese and Chinese poetry was a social requirement, so shorter forms of poetry gradually came into favor. A five-line poem, consisting of a 5-7-5 triplet and a seven-syllable couplet, became the standard.

As poetry grew in popularity among the peasantry, a lighter form began to emerge, called renku or haikai. These also began with a triplet that followed the same 5-7-5 format and was required to have a seasonal word and an exclamation. Japanese poet Basho, near the end of the 17th century, turned this triplet into a poetry form unto itself, giving the world the modern haiku.

AAFS Offers Young Forensic Scientists Scholarship

 

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An experienced forensic pathologist residing in Austin, Texas, Dr. Danielo Perez has provided services over the years to many counties in the state that don’t have medical examiners of their own. Committed to the advancement of his participation outside of his work in Austin, Dr. Danielo Perez is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Scientists (AAFS).

The AAFS recently highlighted an opportunity for AAFS members and affiliates to travel for an international presentation at the Brazilian Academy of Forensic Sciences (BAFS) Second interFORENSICS Conference in May 2019. AAFS is offering the Young Forensic Scientists Scholarship, which will cover the cost of the trip, to student/trainee affiliates, as well as associate members and members who are 35 or younger.

Those interested can submit their 500-word or less applications in either English or Portuguese to the conference’s online portal at interforensics.com/en. A panel of AAFS/Forensic Sciences Foundation jurors will review all applications and choose three submissions to receive scholarship funding. The deadline for all applications is March 1, 2019 by 11:59 p.m. EST.

Avenues of Postmortem Toxicological Analysis

 

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With experience as a forensic pathologist in Austin, Texas, Dr. Danielo Perez has performed autopsies across rural communities in Central Texas that do not have their own medical examiner’s offices. In this capacity, Dr. Danielo Perez performed a number of duties, including toxicological analysis of blood and urine.

When undertaking drug testing among live patients, blood and urine samples are commonly analyzed in the lab. After death, similar tests present a number of challenges, including variable concentrations depending on the area of the body in which the chemical is found. Urine specimens can also be difficult to analyze when decomposition occurs.

While urine may be useful for initial tests, a drug’s presence does not always correlate with drug effects at the time of death. This has to do with the way the body takes an extended period to eliminate drugs and their metabolites through urine. Often, the presence of toxins in a urine sample is used to determine whether liver and stomach contents should be further tested.

Postmortem toxicology testing primarily involves the liver, where a majority of toxins and drugs are metabolized. Even when no traces of substances are found in the blood, they may still be concentrated in the liver (although forensic interpretation is often challenging). Another avenue of postmortem toxicology is the clear, gel-like vitreous humor, which is found in the eye and is particularly useful for determining blood alcohol concentration.

About NAME Accreditation

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Austin, Texas resident Dr. Danielo Perez is an experienced forensic pathologist, a role in which he has conducted autopsies related to deaths that were unexplained, unnatural, or unattended. In addition to his work in Austin, Dr. Danielo Perez keeps up with emerging trends in the field and networks with his peers through membership in the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME).

In order to ensure high quality services in death investigations across the country, NAME has developed a comprehensive accreditation program. Accreditation is not for individual medical examiners, but instead evaluates an entire office’s standards and practices with an emphasis on the policies that govern its everyday activities. Accreditation is conducted on a peer-review basis in which fellow medical examiners offer evaluation, feedback, and suggestions for improvement.

In addition to standard accreditation, NAME also offers International Organization for Standardization (ISO) accreditation in the ISO/IEC 17020 category in partnership with the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board. All accreditations are valid for a four-year period.

American Academy of Forensic Sciences – Membership Levels

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Based in Austin, Texas, Danielo Perez is a forensic pathologist with experience working for the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office in Chicago. Danielo Perez belongs to the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

Established in 1948, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) is a professional organization dedicated to the advancement of the forensic sciences.

There are three types of memberships available within AAFS. The first is a student affiliate membership. To become a student affiliate, the applicant must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program that would lend itself to a forensic science career. This status can be maintained for two additional years after graduation, and once a student affiliate gains employment in a forensic discipline, he or she is eligible to become a trainee affiliate.

Trainee affiliate status is granted to those who meet education requirements but do not yet have the experience required for the third status, associate member. Associate members must be actively engaged in the field and have made a significant contribution to the forensic science literature or they must have advanced forensic science in another way. They also must hold a degree from an accredited and approved university.

How Forensic Pathologists Perform Autopsies

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A resident of Austin, Texas, Dr. Danielo Perez earned his MS in forensic science before pursuing his medical degree at the SUNY Downstate Medical College in New York. Drawing on years of experience in forensic pathology, Dr. Danielo Perez of Austin has performed numerous autopsies for deaths that were considered unnatural or unexplained.

Forensic pathologists are physicians responsible for examining the bodies of people whose deaths are sudden or violent. Their goal is to determine the cause as well as the manner of death through a process known as an autopsy.

An autopsy involves an external and internal examination of the decedent. During an external examination, the pathologist first takes note of the body’s characteristics like sex, age, weight, and eye color. The pathologist then searches for anomalies like gunpowder residue, wounds, or scars, which may serve as evidence to help investigators regarding the person’s death.

On the other hand, an internal examination involves opening the body to gain access to the chest, abdominal, and pelvic organs. The pathologist examines the organs in place, after which some organs may be removed for individual inspection, depending on the circumstances. In some cases, the autopsy may require the examination of the brain as well.

At the end of the autopsy, the body is lined with wool or other materials and closed up. In most cases, bodies that have undergone an autopsy can still be presented in open-casket funerals, due to the careful and respectful handling of the pathologist.