Michael Baden

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Michael Baden
Born (1934-07-27) July 27, 1934 (age 85)
New York, New York, United States
EducationNew York University (B.S, M.D)
Known forTestimony at the O. J. Simpson trial · Investigations of the John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King assassinations and the death of Jeffrey Epstein.
Medical career
InstitutionsAlbert Einstein College of Medicine
Albany Medical College
New York University
New York Law School
Sub-specialtiesForensic pathology

Michael M. Baden (born July 27, 1934[1]) is an American physician and board-certified forensic pathologist known for his work investigating high-profile deaths and as the host of HBO's Autopsy.[2] Baden was the chief medical examiner of the City of New York from 1978 to 1979. He was chairman of the House Select Committee on Assassinations' Forensic Pathology Panel that investigated the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

He is the Forensic Science Contributor for FOX News Channel and was a frequent guest on Fox News's late-night satire program Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld where he was known as the Death Correspondent. Baden has been author or co-author of more than 80 professional articles and books on aspects of forensic medicine and two non-fiction books, Unnatural Death, Confessions of a Medical Examiner and Dead Reckoning, the New Science of Catching Killers. He is also the author, with his wife, attorney Linda Kenney Baden, of two forensic thrillers, Remains Silent and Skeleton Justice.

Professional career[edit]

Baden received his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine in 1960.[3]

Baden was the chief medical examiner of the City of New York from 1978 to 1979. He was chairman of the House Select Committee on Assassinations' Forensic Pathology Panel that investigated the assassination of John F. Kennedy.[4] He is the Chief Forensic Pathologist for the New York State Police.[5]

Baden maintains a private forensic pathology consulting practice. He has been a consulting or lead pathologist and an expert witness on a number of other high-profile cases and investigations. He testified at the trial of O. J. Simpson, at Sergeant Evan Vela's court martial,[6] and at Phil Spector's murder trial. He has been hired to conduct private autopsies in a number of cases, including the shooting of Michael Brown[7] and the deaths of New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez[8] and civil rights lawyer and politician Chokwe Lumumba.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Michael Baden was born in the Bronx, New York City to a Jewish family.[10][11] He is married to Linda Kenney Baden, who served as one of Phil Spector's main attorneys during his capital murder trial and replaced Bruce Cutler after his withdrawal from the proceedings.[12] They have four children. His first marriage, which ended in 1997, was to Judianne Densen-Gerber, a physician and founder of the drug treatment program Odyssey House; together they had three children, Sarah, Tessa, and Lindsey.[13]


  1. ^ "Bio - Baden, Michael M. - 1934". Archived from the original on 2015-03-29.
  2. ^ "HBO: Autopsy: Ask Dr. Baden: Bio". web.archive.org. April 4, 2008. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  3. ^ Baden Michael M. New York State Education Department (Office of the Professions). Accessed on: April 9, 2008.
  4. ^ "Evaluation of the medical, pathological and related evidence pertaining to the death of President John F. Kennedy". Appendix to Hearings before the Select Committee on Assassinations of the U.S. House of Representatives. VII. Washington, D.C.: United States Government Printing Office. March 1979. p. 73.
  5. ^ "Michael Baden". www.penguin.com.au. Retrieved 2019-08-12.
  6. ^ Moore S. G.I. Tells of Ordering Unarmed Iraqi's Death. New York Times. February 9, 2008. Accessed on: April 18, 2008.
  7. ^ Robles, Frances; Bosman, Julie (August 17, 2014). "Autopsy Shows Michael Brown Was Struck at Least 6 Times". Retrieved February 23, 2019 – via NYTimes.com.
  8. ^ http://www.bostonherald.com/news/local_coverage/2017/04/the_latest_independent_autopsy_completed_on_aaron_hernandez
  9. ^ "Saying goodbye and thank you to the 'judicial genius' Chokwe Lumumba". AmsterdamNews.com. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  10. ^ https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/08/13/michael-baden-jeffrey-epstein-autopsy/?noredirect=on
  11. ^ https://www.timesofisrael.com/epstein-lawyers-bring-in-celebrity-pathologist-for-autopsy/
  12. ^ "The Phil Spector Trial: We Watch Court TV So You Don't Have To : Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily". web.Archive.org. May 25, 2009. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  13. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2003/05/14/nyregion/dr-judianne-densen-gerber-is-dead-at-68-founded-odyssey-house-group-drug-program.html
Preceded by
Dominick DiMaio
New York City Chief Medical Examiner
Succeeded by
Elliot M. Gross