Peter Cummings, MD
|Institution||Boston University School of Medicine|
|Department||Anatomy & Neurobiology|
|Address||72 E. Concord St.|
Boston MA 02118
|2005||-||2007||University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA:
Outstanding Contribution to Teaching|
|2001||Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, Ireland:
Professor Max Ryan Radiology Medal|
Dr. Peter Cummings is an Assistant Professor of Anatomy & Neurobiology with the Boston University School of Medicine. Previously, Dr. Cummings worked as a Forensic Pathologist and Staff Medical Examiner at Massachusetts Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME). He is Board certified in Anatomic Pathology and Neuropathology and was the Director of the Neuropathology Service at the OCME. He has taught at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and at the University of Maine. Dr. Cummings was a NASA astronaut candidate finalist for 2009 and was a member of the identification teams for the World Trade Center and the Swissair Flight 111 crash.
Dr. Cummings completed his Forensic Pathology fellowship with the OCME in Boston and his Pathology residency training at the University of Virginia. He received his Medical degree in Forensic Pathology from Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, Ireland, and he earned his Master’s degree in Pathology from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Dr. Cummings maintains an active research position investigating the effects of cosmic radiation on astrocyte activation and response of retinal glial cells to space flight. In addition, he also conducts research investigating the forensic implications of pediatric head trauma. He has developed patent-pending technology using real time 3D imaging to detect concussion on the playing field. He has authored two textbooks: ‘The Atlas of Forensic Histopathology’ (Cambridge University Press 2010) and ‘Pearls and Pitfalls of Pediatric Death Investigation’ (Cambridge University Press in production, expected publication Spring 2016). In his spare time, Dr. Cummings has authored two fiction novels ‘The Neuropathology of Zombies’ and ‘The Seven Stars’. He has appeared in two NOVA television programs ‘Can Science Stop Crime’ (October 2012) and ‘Cold Case JFK’ (November 2013) and has been featured in People Magazine ‘Cold Case Comes to Life’ (April 2009).
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