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Dr. Gary Telgenhoff, Consultant, Top-Rated Television Drama: "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" to Speak

Dr. Gary Telgenhoff, Consultant, Top-Rated Television Drama: "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" to Speak

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Dr. Gary Telegenhoff, “Dr. T,” forensic consultant for the hit television show and drama “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and forensic pathologist and deputy medical examiner in Las Vegas will present a lecture titled, “Speak for You: The Real Vegas CSI,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Living/Learning Center’s Heritage Hall.

The lecture, which is being sponsored by the UPJ Office of the President, is free of charge and open to the public.  A reception will be held at 6 p.m. in the Living/Learning Center Alumni Lounge.

“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’s” top-rating is due to the show’s attention to detail when it comes to presenting grisly crime scenes and autopsy facts. 

Dr. Telgenhoff sees approximately 1,000 bodies in a year, 450 of which he autopsies.  Of these cases, 45 are homicides.  His presence is often required in court with regard to his findings and determination of cause and manner of death.  Television viewers may also recognize him as the coroner on an anti-drug public announcement, where he describes Ecstasy as the sole cause of death of a young woman.

Along with his professional interests, Dr. Telgenhoff is a rock musician who has played with various bands.  In fact, some of his music has been played on the soundtrack of a “CSI” episode.

A graduate of Eastern Michigan University, Dr. Telgenhoff received a master’s degree in biology and physiology in 1989.  The degree was completed while in the first year of medical school at Michigan State University, which he completed in 1992.  He served five years of pathology residency in different locations in Ohio before relocating to Las Vegas.

His first “real job” was in Las Vegas where he met Anthony Zuiker, who was then working on a script about crime scene analysts.  “Next thing I know, he gives me the pilot to “CSI” to be aired on CBS.  My jaw dropped,” recalls Dr. Telgenhoff.  “I was the first forensic pathologist consultant for the show and continue in that capacity,” he adds.  The character of the coroner on the show is loosely based upon Dr. Telgenhoff.

A question-and-answer session will follow the lecture.

Advance interviews may be arranged by contacting the Office of Marketing and Public Relations at 814-269-2080.

Founded in 1927, the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is a four-year, degree-granting college of the University of Pittsburgh with an enrollment of approximately 3,200.  The university offers more than 40 majors and is known for its engineering technology, education, humanities, natural and social sciences degree programs.  UPJ has been ranked “Third in the North” among public comprehensive colleges and universities, northern region, by U.S. News and World Report, America’s Best Colleges, 2007.

Posted by Shook, Kimberly on 2/16/2007 2:20:00 PM