Ali Z. Hameli, MD - Identifying Dr. Joseph Mengele: The Angel of Death
The MSD Physician Emeritus Section held its final lunch and learn program
on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at the University and Whist Club in Wilmington. Ali Z. Hameli, MD, Former Delaware Chief Medical Examiner and Director of the Forensic Sciences Laboratory, as well as Chair of the Physician Emeritus Section, presented "Identifying Dr. Josef Mengele: The Angel of Death." Dr. Hameli was selected as a member of an international team of forensic scientists to identify the exhumed remains thought to be those of Nazi doctor, Josef Mengele. Mengele conducted inhumane medical experiments on concentration camp prisoners, mostly children, and was the subject of an international manhunt following World War II. Upon his death, Mengele was buried under the assumed identity of Wolfgang Gerhard. Watch Presentation.
The Establishment of Medicolegal Investigation of Death and Forensic Sciences in the State of Delaware
June 11, 2019 - Ali Z. Hameli, MD, Former Delaware Chief Medical Examiner and Director of the Forensic Sciences Laboratory, as well as Chair of the Physician Emeritus Section, presented on "The Establishment of Medicolegal Investigation of Death and Forensic Sciences in the State of Delaware" at the Physician Emeritus Section luncheon. Dr. Hameli told the story of his struggles in eliminating Delaware's coroner system, which was in existence since the early 1600s in the U.S., to the establishment of a medical examiner system in Delaware in 1964 under his leadership.
His quest was to establish an independent system to provide justice for those to whom a crime was committed, as well as advocating for better public health and safety,
learning from the deceased. This presentation is now available to watch online thanks to a grant from the Delaware Medical Education Foundation.
Vietnam Through the Eyes of a Surgeon On April 9th, 2019 MSD member Allen L. Davies, MD presented at the Physician Emeritus Section luncheon on his experiences as a young surgeon in Vietnam. Dr. Davies shared colorful memories of life in war time and how military medical personnel lived and operated under less than ideal conditions. Watch Presentation