AJ Orenstein Memorial Lecture 2008

The AJ Orenstein Memorial Lecture 2008, Digging for the truth: lessons from my casebook, will be delivered by Dr Hendrik Scholtz, Group General Manager: Professional Development, International SOS and former Professor and Chief Specialist of Forensic Pathology Services in the Gauteng Department of Health and Head of the Division of Forensic Medicine in the School of Pathology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Wits.

Thursday 21 August 2008 at 18:00
Lecture Theatre, 5th floor, Wits Medical School
7 York Road, Parktown

In this lecture Dr Scholtz will impart some of the important forensic and life lessons he has learnt from the array of cases he has dealt with in 17 years of forensic pathology practice, dealing with such cases as homicidal deaths, ritual murders, accidental deaths including mine-related deaths and mass disasters such as the 2004 South East Asian tsunami.

Brief curriculum vitae: Hendrik Johannes Scholtz

Current appointment
Dr Hendrik Johannes Scholtz is currently Group General Manager: Professional Development, International SOS, the world s leading provider of medical assistance, international healthcare, security services and outsourced customer care. Dr Scholtz is based at the Worldwide Headquarters of International SOS in Singapore and is responsible for 780 medical doctors and 1 300 paramedics and nurses active in 85 countries globally.

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Dr. Hendrik Johannes Scholtz

Qualifications and Experience
Prior to his current appointment with International SOS, then Professor Scholtz was a forensic pathologist holding a joint appointment as Chief Specialist of Forensic Pathology Services in the Gauteng Department of Health and as Head of Division Forensic Medicine in the School of Pathology of the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Professor Scholtz obtained the degree MBChB from the University of Cape Town in 1986. After completing his internship at Frere Hospital in East London and serving as Medical Officer in the South African Defence Force for two years, he was appointed as Registrar: Forensic Medicine, at the University of Cape Town.

After qualifying as a forensic pathologist and receiving a Masters Degree in Medicine in the field of Forensic Pathology and Toxicology (MMedPath(Forens)), Professor Scholtz was employed as forensic pathologist and lecturer in the Department of Forensic Medicine at the University of Dundee, Scotland.

Thereafter Professor Scholtz was jointly employed as Specialist and later Senior Specialist in the Gauteng Department of Health and as Lecturer in the Department Forensic Medicine at the University of Pretoria.

On 1 April 2001 Professor Scholtz assumed his appointment as Chief Specialist and Head of Department at Wits.

Membership of Professional bodies and Committees
Professor Scholtz is registered as a specialist forensic pathologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa and is an Associate Member of the College of Forensic Pathologists of the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa (CMSA).

He is currently a Member of Council of the College of Forensic Pathologists of the CMSA and Examiner for the Fellowship examination of this body. He also serves as an Advisor to the Inforce Foundation, The International Forensic Centre for Excellence based in the UK, and was a member of the Disaster Victim Identification Committee of Interpol.

Professor Scholtz served as Chairperson of the National Forensic Pathology Services Academic Committee for two years in 2004 and 2005.

Court Appearances and International Expert Assistance
Professor Scholtz has given expert testimony and has been accepted as expert witness in the High Courts of Cape Town, Umtata, Pretoria, Johannesburg, Essex and Edinburgh. Outside South Africa, Professor Scholtz has assisted the Crown Prosecution Service, The Metropolitan Police, The Thai Tsunami Victim Identification International Management Centre, The Maldives Police Service on behalf of Interpol and the Mozambican Government on behalf of the South African Government.

Professor Scholtz has authored several articles in peer reviewed scientific journals, numerous Cabinet Memoranda and policy documents for National and Provincial government. His MMed Dissertation was entitled: Fatal Penetrating Injuries of the Chest.

Professor Scholtz has lectured widely on the subject of Forensic Pathology at both undergraduate and postgraduate level to both medical and legal students and at certificate level to paramedics, nurses and magistrates.

Professor Scholtz has attended international conferences in the United States of America, presented papers at conferences in the United Kingdom and in South Africa.