Working Stiff: An Interview with Forensic Pathologist Dr. Judy Melinek and her co-author and husband T.J. Mitchell

Judy Melinek, M.D. is a graduate of Harvard University. She trained at UCLA in medicine and pathology, graduating in 1996. Her training at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in New York is the subject of the memoir, Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner, co-authored with her husband, writer T.J. Mitchell. Currently, Dr. Melinek is CEO of PathologyExpert Inc., and works as a forensic pathologist in Oakland for the Alameda-County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office. She also travels nationally and internationally to lecture on anatomic and forensic pathology and she has been consulted as a forensic expert in many high-profile legal cases, as well as for the television shows E.R. and Mythbusters.
T.J. Mitchell, her husband, graduated with an English degree from Harvard and worked in the film industry before becoming a full-time stay-at-home dad to their three children. He is currently collaborating with Dr. Melinek in writing First Cut, the inaugural novel in a forensic detective fiction series. Working Stiff is Mitchell’s first book.
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Scribner Books Video Interview: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner
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