Vincent Joseph Martin Di Maio (March 22, 1941 – September 18, 2022) was an American pathologist and an expert on the subject of gunshot wounds. Born in Brooklyn, New York,[1][2] he was a board-certified anatomic, clinical and forensic pathologist, and a private forensic pathology consultant.[3]

Vincent J. M. Di Maio
BornMarch 22, 1941
DiedSeptember 18, 2022(2022-09-18) (aged 81)
Alma materDownstate Medical School
Duke University

Early life and education Edit

Di Maio was the son of Dominick Di Maio, chief medical examiner of New York City.[4] Vincent Di Maio attended St. John's University and the State University of New York (SUNY). He graduated in 1965 from Downstate Medical School and received postgraduate training at Duke University, SUNY, and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Maryland.[5][6]

Career Edit

Di Maio was a veteran of the U.S. Army Medical Corps, and served as chief medical examiner of San Antonio, Texas, until 2006, when he retired; Di Maio had more than 40 years of experience as a forensic pathologist.[5][7][8][9] He was the editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology, and was a professor of the Department of Pathology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.[5] Di Maio was a fellow of the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and in 2011, he was appointed to the Texas Forensic Science Commission by Governor Rick Perry.[3][10]

Expert opinions Edit

Di Maio authored or co-authored four books and numerous articles related to forensic pathology, and won several awards for his work, including the Outstanding Service Award from the National Association of Medical Examiners.[5] Di Maio gave expert testimony in a number of high-profile trials, including the exhumation of Lee Harvey Oswald's body on October 4, 1981, and the George Zimmerman murder trial[11] and provided expert opinion on the death of Vincent Van Gogh.[12]

Death Edit

Di Maio died from complications of COVID-19 at his home in San Antonio, Texas, on September 18, 2022, at the age of 81, during the COVID-19 pandemic in Texas.[2] He was buried at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.[13][14]

Bibliography Edit

  • Gunshot Wounds: Practical Aspects of Firearms, Ballistics, and Forensic Techniques (1992) (2e: 1999, 3e: 2021)
  • Forensic Pathology (1992) (2e: 2001) (3e: 2022)
  • Handbook of Forensic Pathology (1998) (2e: 2007)
  • Excited Delirium Syndrome: Cause of Death and Prevention (2005)
  • Morgue: A Life in Death (2016)

See also Edit

References Edit

  1. ^ "Morgue A Life in Death". Macmillan Publishers. Retrieved April 13, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Roberts, Sam (October 14, 2022). "Dr. Vincent DiMaio, Pathologist in Notorious Murder Cases, Dies at 81". The New York Times. Retrieved October 14, 2022.
  3. ^ a b "Gov. Perry Appoints Four to Texas Forensic Science Commission". Office of the Governor Rick Perry. October 31, 2011. Retrieved November 20, 2011.
  4. ^ Beltran, Jacob, "Vincent Di Maio, world-renowned forensic pathologist, was force behind ‘Angel of Death’ case in San Antonio," San Antonio News Express, September 26, 2022
  5. ^ a b c d Parnell, W. Tracy (2001). "My Interview With Dr. Vincent J.M. Di Maio". Marquette University. Retrieved November 20, 2011.
  6. ^ Obituary, Porter Loring Mortuaries,, accessed October 5, 2022
  7. ^ "Interviews - Dr. Vincent DiMaio". Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). June 20, 2010. Retrieved November 20, 2011.
  8. ^ Ramsland, Katherine. "Ambiguous Evidence: Suicide or Murder?". truTV. Retrieved November 20, 2011.
  9. ^ McCarthy, Brendan; Maggi, Laura (July 14, 2011). "Danziger Bridge shooting victim killed by shotgun blast to back of the head, shot several other times, pathologist says". The Times-Picayune. Retrieved November 20, 2011.
  10. ^ Moravec, Eva Ruth (November 1, 2011). "DiMaio named to Texas Forensic Science Commission". mySanAntonio. Retrieved November 20, 2011.
  11. ^ Kapitan, Craig (July 9, 2013). "Bexar's Di Maio: Evidence backs Zimmerman". mySanAntonio. Retrieved August 7, 2013.
  12. ^ Gregory White Smith; Steven Naifeh (November 7, 2014). "NCIS: Provence: The Van Gogh Mystery". Vanity Fair. Retrieved March 10, 2018.
  13. ^ "Vincent J. M. Di Maio Obituary - Visitation & Funeral Information".
  14. ^ Beltran, Jacob, "Vincent Di Maio, world-renowned forensic pathologist, was force behind ‘Angel of Death’ case in San Antonio," San Antonio News Express, September 26, 2022

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