Patrice Mangin

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Professor Patrice Mangin is a widely published forensic pathologist and toxicologist, director of the University Center of Legal Medicine in Lausanne and Geneva, Switzerland.


He has graduated from the Faculty of medicine Broussais-Hôtel-Dieu, University René Descartes Paris VI (1967-1973). He has obtained his M.D. thesis at Faculty of medicine, University Louis Pasteur - Strasbourg I (1978) and board certification in legal medicine in France (1980) and Switzerland (FMH 1996). He wrote his Ph.D thesis in toxicology with Prof. G. Dirrheimer, Faculty of pharmacy, University Louis Pasteur - Strasbourg I (1985). His professional activities include work as an intern and resident in different French hospitals (Hôpitaux de Besançon: 01/10/1973 - 30/09/1977; Clinical neurophysiology department, Centre hospitalier universitaire, Strasbourg : 1978 - 1980). He was subsequently appointed " Attaché - Assistant " at the Institute of legal and social medicine, Faculty of medicine, University Louis Pasteur - Strasbourg I (01/10/1978 - 30/09/1979) and " Assistant des Universités - Assistant des Hôpitaux ", Institute of legal and social medicine, Faculty of medicine, University Louis Pasteur - Strasbourg I (01/03/1981 - 30/09/1986), " Maître de conférences - Praticien Hospitalier ", Institute of legal and social medicine, Faculty of medicine, University Louis Pasteur - Strasbourg I (01/10/1986 - 30/09/1990).


In 1990, he was appointed " Professeur des Universités - Praticien Hospitalier ", Director of the Institute of legal and social medicine, Faculty of medicine, University Louis Pasteur - Strasbourg I (01/10/1990 - 31/08/1996 ) and is, since 1996, the Ordinarius professor of legal medicine and director of the Institute of legal medicine of the faculty of medicine, University of Lausanne, Switzerland.

From 1999 to 2006 he was selected to become subsequently Vice-Dean of the Faculty of medicine, University of Lausanne and then Dean of the Faculty of Biology and Medicine, University of Lausanne (01/09/2003 – 31/08/2006).

Since 2007, he is the Director of the new "University Center of Legal Medicine, Lausanne - Geneva", Switzerland (Ordinarius Professor of legal medicine at the Universities of Lausanne and Geneva). Moreover, Prof. Mangin took over the leadership of the Department of Community Medicine and Health (DUMSC) of the University Hospital of Lausanne (CHUV) August 1, 2011.

Professional societies memberships[edit]

Patrice Mangin is member of a number of distinguished national and international professional societies (the French Society of Legal Medicine, the International Academy of Legal Medicine of which he was treasurer (2009-2012) and elected vice-president in 2012 (2012-2015). He is also member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), the International Society for Forensic Genetics, European Council of Legal Medicine of which he is treasurer, and of The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists (TIAFT)). He is member and former president of the Swiss Society of Legal Medicine (President: 01/01/1999 – 31/12/2003).

Furthermore, he is member of several editorial boards: International Journal of Legal Medicine, Springer-Verlag, The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Journal de Médecine Légale et de Droit Médical, Editions Lacassagne, Law, Probability and Risk, Oxford University Press, Encyclopedia of Forensic Sciences, Academic Press.

The Al Salami case[edit]

Patrice Mangin headed an international pathology team that volunteered to examine the body of Salah Addin Ali Ahmed Al-Salami, a Yemeni detained in the United States Guantanamo Bay detainment camps, who died on June 10, 2006.[1] American authorities said Al Salami and two Saudi men committed suicide by hanging themselves. Mangin reassured family members that it was routine for the American medical team to have removed some organs that decay rapidly, such as the brain, heart and liver. But he said that the Americans had retained the organs of Ahmed's throat: the larynx, hyoid bone and thyroid gland, which he needed to examine to determine whether Al Salami died by hanging.[1]

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