Dr. Laurence Robert Simson, Jr., M.D. – Forensic Pathologist

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Dr. Laurence Robert Simson, Jr., M.D. – Forensic Pathologist

· Denison University, Granville, Ohio, B.S. 1957
· University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, M.D. 1962

· St. Luke’s Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio 1962-1963

· Department of Pathology, The University 1963-1967 of Michigan Medical
Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan (Anatomic and Clinical Pathology)
· USAF School of Aerospace Medicine 1969 Brooks Air Force Base,
Texas (Aerospace Medicine Primary Course)
· The Southwestern Institute of Forensic 1973 Sciences. The University of Texas
(March-June) Southwestern, Dallas, Texas

· Ohio (35-02-6026-S) 1962-present
· Michigan (#4301026232) 1964-present

· The American Board of Pathology
· Anatomic and Clinical Pathology 1968
· Forensic Pathology 1974

· Private Practice of Forensic Pathology, Lansing, Michigan
· Lansing Area Pathologists, P.C. 1971-1986
· Laurence R. Simson, Jr., M.D.,P.C. 1987-present
· Associate Pathologist, Sparrow Hospital 1971-1999
· Co-Director of Laboratories,Sparrow Hospital 1975-1985 & 1993-1995
· Medical Director, Michigan Tissue Bank 1993-1998
· Forensic Pathologist, Sparrow Hospital 1974-1999
· Director, Forensic Pathology Services, 1995-1999 Sparrow Hospital
· Member, Medical Staff, Sparrow Hospital 1971-present
· Consultant in Forensic Pathology and 1974-present Forensic Medicine

· Member, Medical Staff Executive Committee, Sparrow Hospital 1975-1985
· Chief of Medical Staff, Sparrow Hospital 1982-1983
· Member, Board of Trustees, Sparrow Hospital 1982-1985

· Assistant Clinical Professor of Pathology Michigan State University 1971-1975
· Associate Clinical Professor of Pathology Michigan State University 1975-1978
· Clinical Professor of Pathology Michigan State University 1993-1999
· Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Criminal Michigan State University
· Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Criminal Michigan State University
· Adjunct Professor, School of Criminal Justice, Michigan State University
· Special Guest Lecturer in Aviation Pathology 1971-1983
· USAF School of Aerospace Medicine Brooks AFB, Texas
· Adjunct Instructor, USAF School of Aerospace 1983-1994
· Medicine, Brooks AFB, Texas Council of Forensic Pathology 1978-1980
· American Society of Clinical Pathologists


· Consultant Forensic Pathologist to the Medical 1976-1999
· Examiner, Ingham County, Michigan
· National Consultant to Surgeon General USAF, 1979-1994
(Aviation and Forensic Pathology)
· Member, Scientific Advisory Committee, 1980-1992
· Great Lakes Region, American Red Cross
· Chairman, Scientific Advisory Committee, 1982-1986
· Great Lakes Region, American Red Cross


· American Society of Clinical Pathologists, Fellow
· American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Fellow
· National Association of Medical Examiners
· Aerospace Medical Association, Associate Fellow
· Michigan Society of Pathologists
· Michigan Association of Medical Examiners
· Michigan State Medical Society Ingham County (Michigan) Medical Society

· United States Air Force Active Duty: 27 July 67 – 15 October 71
· (Lt. Col) Chief, Laboratory Services, USAF Regional Hospital,
Sheppard AFB, Texas – August, 1997-July, 1970
· Assistant for Aerospace Pathology , HQ Air Training Command,
Randolph AFB, Texas – August, 1970-October, 1971
· Military Consultant in Pathology to the Surgeon General,
USAF, July, 1968-July, 1970
· Consultant Pathologist, USAF Medical Service School
Sheppard AFB, Texas – June, 1968-July, 1970
· Lecturer in Aerospace Pathology, USAF School of Aerospace
Medicine, Brooks AFB, Texas- 1969-1971
· Aeronautical Rating (Flight Surgeon) – May, 1969
· Chief, Aerospace Medicine, USAF Regional Hospital, Sheppard AFB,
Texas- 1969-1970
· Flight Surgeon, Randolph AFB, Texas – 1970-1971


1. Simson, L.R.: Some physiological correlates of psychological stress in the adrenal organs of the white mouse. J. Sci. Lab., Denison Univ. 44: 138-150, 1958.

2. Black-Schaffer, B., Hensley, G.T., and Simson, L.R.: Protection of the adult mouse against 1800 G. acceleration by hypothermic immersion. Aerospace Med. 32:1110-1126, 1961.

3. Simson, L.R.: Effects of temperature on biological systems. Univ. Mich. Med. Center J. 31:33-38, 1965.

4. Simson, L.R., Lein, D.M., and Oberman, H.A.: Plasmpheresis: An innovation in procurement of blood components. Mich. Med. 65:111-114, 1966.

5. Simson, L.R., Lein, D.M., Warner, C.L., and Oberman, H.A.: The long-term effects of repeated plasmapheresis. Am. J. Clin. Path. 45:367-372, 1966.

6. Simson, L.R., Oberman, H.A., Penner, J.A., Lein, D.M., and Warner, C.L.: A method for preparing plasma factor VIII (antihemophilic globulin) concentrate. Am. J. Clin. Path. 45:373-376, 1966.

7. Simson, L.R., Oberman, H.A., and Penner, J.A.: Clinical evaluation of cryoprecipitated Factor VIII. J.A.M.A. 199:554-558, 1967.

8. Simson, L.R., Lampe, I., and Abell, M.R.: Suprasellar germinomas. Cancer 22:533-544. 1968.

9. Simson,L.R.: “Cause of Death” is not enough. Medical investigation of fatal aircraft accidents. USAF Med. Serv. Digest 22:25-27, 1971.

10. Simson, L.R.,: Investigation of fatal aircraft accidents: “Physiological incidents.” Aerospace Med. 42:1002-1006, 1971.

11. Simson, L.R.: “Chin-sternum-heart syndrome.” Cardiac injury associated with parachuting mishaps. Aerospace Med. 42-1214-1217, 1971.

12. Simson, L.R.: Roentgenography in the human factors investigation of fatal aviation accidents. Aerospace Med. 43:81-85, 1972.

13. Simson, L.R.: Human factors investigation of fatal aircraft accidents. Forensic Sci. Gaz. 4:2-5, 1973.

14. Simson, L.R.: Physiological and psychological investigations of fatal aircraft accidents. 211-215 AEROSPACE PATHOLOGY. Reals, W.J. and Mason, J.K.,Eds., Coll. Am. Path. Found., Chicago, Il. 1974.

15. Brantley, R.E., Campbell, E.W., Harrold, M., and Simson, L.R.: Angiomyolipoma presenting as fever of unknown origin. Am. J. Med. 57:843-846, 1974.

16. Simson, L.R.: Sudden death while attempting to conceal illegal drugs – Laryngeal obstruction by package of heroin. J. Forensic Sci. 21:378-380, 1976.

17. Brantley, R.E. and Simson, L.R.: Angiography and histopathology of nephroblastomatosis. Radiology 120:151-154, 1976.

18. Simson, L.R.: Thyrotoxicosis: postmortem diagnosis in an unexpected death. J. Forensic Sci. 21:831-832, 1976.

19. Simson, L.R. and Brantley, R.E.: Postural asphyxia as a cause of death in sudden infant death syndrome. J. Forensic Sci. 22:178-187, 1977.

20. Simson, L.R.: Aircraft death investigation: A comprehensive review. 338-361. MODERN LEGAL MEDICINE, PSYCHIATRY, AND FORENSIC SCIENCE. Curran, W.J., McGarry, A.L., and Petty, C.S., Eds. F.A. Davis, Co., Philadelphia, PA., 1980.

21. Green, E.D., Simson, L.R., et al: Cardiac concussion following softball blow to the chest. Ann. Emerg. Med. 9:155-157, 1980.

22. Melvin, J.R., Cronholm, L.S., Simson, L.R., and Issacs, A.M.: Bacterial transmigration as indicator of time of death. J. Forensic Sci. 29:412-417, 1984.

23. Sauer, N.J. and Simson, L.R.: Clarifying the role of forensic anthropologists in death investigations. J. Forensic Sci. 29:1081-1086, 1984.

24. Melvin, J.R., Kateley, J.R., Oaks, M.A., Simson, L.R., and Maldonado, W.E.: Paternity Testing. 273-346.FORENSIC SCIENCE HANDBOOK, VOL.II, Saferstein, R., Ed., Prentice-Hall, Inc., Englewood, N.J., 1988.

25. Sauer, N.J., Dunlap, S.S., and Simson, L.R.: Medicolegal investigation of an eighteenth century homicide. Am. J. Forensic Med Pathol. 9: 66-73, 1988.

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Dr. Laurence Robert Simson, Jr., M.D. – Forensic Pathologist