CENTRAL NEBRASKA CREMATION AND FORENSIC SERVICES
              " SERVING FUNERAL HOMES AND LAW ENFORCEMENT SINCE 1986"
GIBBON, NEBRASKA

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Chad and Jamie Dolan, Dr. Matthias I. Okoye, Dr. Cyril Wecht at a Forensic Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.










FORENSIC STAFF

Matthias I. Okoye M.D. J.D.

Dr. Matthias I. Okoye is a practicing physician and retired lawyer, and the director of the Nebraska Institute of Forensic Sciences, Inc., and Nebraska Forensic Medical Services, P.C. In addition, he is an associate professor of forensic pathology at Creighton University School of Medicine, Omaha, Nebraska. He is also an adjunct professor of forensic medicine and pathology at several universities abroad. He was formerly the Chief Medical Examiner for the District of Columbia Washington, D.C., and Associate Professor of Forensic Pathology at Georgetown University, George Washington University, and Howard University, Washington, D.C.

Dr. Okoye is a consultant forensic pathologist with the State of Nebraska’s Office of the Attorney General, serves as a coroner’s physician and forensic pathologist for Seward County, Nebraska, as well as, for several other counties in Nebraska. Dr. Okoye is also an attending pathologist at St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center.

Born in Nigeria, Dr. Okoye received his medical degrees (Summa Cum Laude) from the University Of Lagos College Of Medicine, Lagos, Nigeria and the British Conjoint Board before serving as a senior house officer in surgery and pathology for the Nigerian Ministry of Health. He was a junior fellow in pathology at King’s College, University of Cambridge, U.K., in 1972. In 1976, he came to the United States and undertook residencies in anatomic and clinical pathology at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas. He also took a residency in forensic pathology at the state of Maryland’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Dr. Okoye also earned both a Master of Science degree in pharmaceutical science (toxicology) from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a law degree from the Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Pathology and the American Board of Legal Medicine.

He is a member of the State Bars of Pennsylvania and Nebraska and is also admitted to practice in several Federal Courts and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the American College of Legal Medicine, Board of Trustees of the American board of Legal Medicine, Editorial Board of the Journal of International Academy of Legal Medicine, and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. He is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, National Association of Medical Examiners, and a Fellow of the College of American Pathologists. He has also lectured and published extensively in forensic pathology, forensic toxicology, and legal medicine.




Dr. John Filippi D.A.B.F.O.


John Filippi, D.D.S., A.B.F.O. is a Board Certified Forensic Odontologist and dental consultant. Dr. Filippi’s first involvement in mass disaster dental identifications was in 1989 with United Flight 232, in Sioux City, Iowa. Since 1991, and his affiliation with the DMORT Teams, he has been actively involved with multiple cemetery desecrations and seven major mass fatality deployments.

His experiences also include two tours of service at the World Trade Center/ 911 and Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and a tour in Joplin, Missouri. Dr. Filippi is a Fellow in the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), a Member of the American Society of Forensic Odontology,( ASFO) , a Member and recently appointed to a second term, to the Board of Directors for the American Board of Forensic Odontology (ABFO).



Dr. Tim Huntington


Dr. Tim Huntington is one of 15 Board Certified Forensic Entomologists, and is a Forensic Entomology Consultant for several law enforcement agencies.  He has consulted on more than 50 death investigations spanning in seven different states and four countries, and is a member of the American Board of Forensic Entomology, American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Entomological Society of America, North American Forensic Entomology Association and the Nebraska Chapter of the International Association for Identification.  In 2007 he was awarded the Young Alumnus of the Year Award by Concordia.




Dr. Mike Finnegan


Dr. Michael Finnegan is a Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Kansas State University and a consultant in Forensic Anthropology. He holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Colorado and held pre- and postdoctoral fellowships at the Smithsonian Institution, studying paleopathology and non-metric variation for population studies and forensic science application. He is a Distinguished Fellow, served as a Director and Vice President of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences; a Diplomate, and past President, of the American Board of Forensic Anthropology, Inc.; and is a recipient of the Kansas Attorney General's Certificate Of Merit in recognition of outstanding service rendered to law enforcement in and for the State of Kansas by a private citizen. He has published numerous articles on theory, method and application of osteological analysis in population studies and forensic cases.






Dr. Lyle Noordhoek


Dr. Noordhoek is a consults with Central Nebraska Forensic Services as a Pathologist.  Dr. Noordhoek has over 30 years of Forensic Background.  Dr. Noordhoek has testified in many criminal trials and continues to do clinical pathology along with his Forensic and Anatomic work.   


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