Forensics Consultant for CSI: Crime Scene Investigation to Visit EMU
YPSILANTI - Interested in how forensics pathology helps to solve crimes? How realistic are the crime shows on television? Gary Telgenhoff, M.D., forensics consultant for the top-rated television drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and an Eastern Michigan University alumnus, will offer insights into the world of forensic pathology and the hit TV show, April 12, 12 p.m., at EMU’s Pease Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.
When he’s not consulting for CSI, Telgenhoff works as a forensics pathologist and deputy medical examiner with the Clark County Coroner’s Office in Las Vegas.
Telgenhoff credits being in the “right place at the right time” for his success with CSI. “I was the first forensic pathologist consultant for the show and continue in this capacity,” said Telgenhoff. “Dr. Robbins (Robert David Hall), the show's "coroner," is loosely based on me.”
The Cadillac, Mich.nativeearned his master’s degree in biology and physiology from Eastern Michigan University in 1989 and went on to earn a medical degree from Michigan State University. After completing a five-year pathology residency, he relocated to Las Vegas.
“When I first attended EMU, I was looking to take a few classes.” Telgenhoff said. “Little did I know it would change my life. While taking a physiology class, the instructor, George Simone, asked if I had considered medical school. This planted an idea, which took me on a big left turn. I ended up completing a master’s degree at Eastern, something totally unplanned. This new path opened many doors for me. I became a physician, and a specialist in pathology, and eventually forensic pathology.”
Glenn Walker, professor of biology at EMU, said, “Working with a student of Gary’s caliber was a real treat. He was an exceptionally inquisitive, creative graduate student. His intelligence and relaxed personality blended wonderfully with a quick wit and sense of humor. While at EMU, Gary balanced his thesis research efforts with a serious involvement in a rock band, The Whiz Kids. Tunes from his latest band, SkinnerRat, have been featured on CSI.”
Telgenhoff promises that his presentation at EMU will be entertaining as well as informative. “I may even consider getting into a "stand up" routine: ‘The Comic Coroner,’” he jokes. “After all, death can be fun!"
Telgenhoff also looks forward to visiting his alma mater. “I look back on my days at Eastern fondly. If I had not met the great instructors that I had and not received the encouragement and support that I did, I would not be doing any of this now.”
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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.
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