Reputable Forensic Pathologist and Wrongful Death Expert Witness

Dr. Frank Sheridan is a practicing physician, specializing in forensic pathology and neuropathology. He has extensive experience in the administration of a medical examiner’s division, supervision of practicing forensic pathologists, the performance of autopsies, medical-legal testifying in criminal and civil courts, regular teaching of medical students and monthly lectures to pathology students at Loma Linda University Medical Center.

He currently works as a part-time forensic pathologist at the Sheriff/Coroner’s Office in San Bernardino County and was formerly the Chief Medical Examiner at the same office from July 1, 1991 to June 9, 2017. With his expertise in pathology, he provides independent and objective wrongful death expert witness services in the state of California.

As one of the foremost expert witnesses for wrongful death cases in California, Dr. Frank Sheridan has gained a reputation for helping attorneys answer complex questions in court by providing credible and defensible expert witness testimony to prove wrongdoing or negligence. Arrowhead Evaluation Services is proud to have Dr. Sheridan among our network of physicians in California.


Dr. Frank Patrick Sheridan, M.D., attended Conleth’s College, Dublin, Ireland Primary and Secondary School from 1995 to 1966. He attended premedical and medical school at the University College Dublin, Ireland from 1966 to 1971. He also went for rotating internship at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin, Ireland from 1971 to 1972, focusing on both internal medicine and surgery psychiatry (Surgery or psychiatry?).

He holds board certifications from the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic Pathology & Neuropathology, since September 1989. He is also a certified member of the American Board of Pathology in Forensic Pathology, since August 1990. He’s been licensed to practice medicine in the State of California since May 1983 (License # A039891).

His academic and professionals awards include:

  • Bernard Shepard Memorial Medal: St. Conleth’s College, 1965
  • Dargan Prize in Clinical Medicine: St. Vincent’s Hospital, 1970
  • Bellingham Gold Medal in Clinical Medicine: St. Vincent’s Hospital, 1971
  • One Legacy/Transplant Donor Network Achievement Award: March 2003
  • Commander’s Award: San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, March 2011
  • Commander’s Award: San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, April 2011
  • Accreditation of Coroner Division, San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department by the National Association of Medical Examiners, August 2011.
  • Instructor Excellence Award: University of California Riverside Extension, 2013
  • Commander’s Award: San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, March 2016

Background and Experience

Dr. Frank Patrick Sheridan has a long background working in different capacities as a forensic pathologist and wrongful death medical expert. His professional experience spans many areas of medicine as highlighted below:

  • Started working as a Medical Officer in Malawi, from 1973 to 1976 and was in charge of physician assistant training where his work involved the administration, curriculum, planning, regular teaching, and clinical work.
  • Lecturing in Pharmacology at the University College, Dublin, Ireland from 1976 to 1978 and was awarded an honors degree in Pharmacology in 1977.
  • Graduate teaching assistant in Biology at the University of Oregon, Eugene from 1978 to 1980.
  • Internship and residency in medicine and pathology, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, California from 1982 to 1983.
  • General medical practice in Yucca Valley, California from 1983 to 1984. Requirement for permanent resident status in the United States.
  • Pathology residency program, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, California from 1984 to 1986.
  • Fellowship in neuropathology, Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center from 1986 to 1988.
  • Regular weekend clinical work in urgent cares throughout Southern California from 1985 to 1991.
  • Fellowship in forensic pathology, San Bernardino County Coroner’s Office from 1988 to1989.
  • Forensic pathologist, San Bernardino County Coroner’s Office (since 1989). Now part-time.
  • Appointed Chief Medical Examiner, San Bernardino County Coroner’s Office, July 1991.

Professional Consulting and Teaching

As one of the most recognized forensic pathologists in San Bernardino County and the greater California area, Dr. Frank Patrick Sheridan has extensively worked with numerous medical teaching facilities like the University of California as well as high schools, colleges, medical conferences and other industry sectors to provide teaching, conference presentations and professional consulting services. He frequently offers lectures and medical expert insights on a wide range of topics with special focus on traumatic head injury, in-custody deaths, sudden infant death, and child abuse.

His expertise in syndrome and organ/tissue transplantation and preservation of forensic evidence in emergency medicine makes him one of the most reputable experts to rely on in medical-legal forensic pathology and neuropathology cases. He provides professional consulting services on both criminal and civil cases in California, Arizona, Florida, Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, Nevada, Alaska, Hawaii, Vermont, Washington, and New Hampshire in areas of forensic pathology and neuropathology.

Professional Memberships

Dr. Frank Patrick Sheridan is an active member in some of the leading U.S. academic and professional societies. These include:

  • Member of the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME)
  • Member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • Member of the American Institute of Biological Science (AIBS)
  • Member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS)
  • Founding member of The Philosophical Society, Redlands

Published Forensic Expert

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Some of Dr. Frank Patrick Sheridan’s published work includes:

  • Effects of alcohol on nerve conduction in the brain. Research thesis for Honors B. Sc. in Pharmacology.
  • Lipomas of the mesencephalic tectum and rostral pons associated with sleep apnea syndrome. Clinical Neuropathology, Volume 9, Number 3, 1990 (pages 152-156).
  • Cell-subset specific antigens in developing mouse and human retina. Presented at American Association of Neuropathologists’ meeting; Seattle, Washington 1987. Abstract published in Journal of Experimental Neurology, Volume 46, Number 3, 1987.
  • “Pediatric Death rates and Donor Yield: A Medical Examiner’s View”. The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. Volume 12, Number 6, part 2, 1993 (pages 179-185).
  • Medical Examiner’s Review of Organ and Tissue Donation, “Organ Procurement, Preservation and Distribution in Transplantation”. Second Edition. Edited by Michael G. Phillips. Published, UNOS, 1996.

Dependable Wrongful Death Expert Witness Services

If you’re looking for a board-certified and highly experienced forensic expert to provide objective medical opinion and defensible wrongful death expert testimony for your case, Dr. Frank Patrick Sheridan can provide dependable medical-legal support services. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Frank Patrick Sheridan, or any of our highly quality medical expert witnesses, please get in touch with us at Arrowhead Evaluation Service. Call us on our toll-free number at (888) 888-0098, or send us a message to schedule an evaluation.

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