Dr Stuart Hamilton

Deputy Chief Forensic Pathologist

East Midlands Forensic Pathology Unit

Contact Details


  • BMSc(Hons) First class Dundee 1995
  • MB ChB Dundee 1998
  • FPCPath in forensic pathology 2008
  • Subspecialty registration in forensic pathology with the General Medical Council


  • Member of the British Association in Forensic Medicine
  • Member of the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine
  • Member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences


  1. “Expression of the DEAD Box RNA Helicase p68 is developmentally and growth regulated and correlates with organ differentiation/maturation in the fetus.”  Journal of Pathology, vol 184: pp 351-359 (1998) (BMSc project with Dr Frances Fuller-Pace, Department of Pathology, Ninewells Hospital Dundee).
  2. “TNF b production is reduced in PHA stimulated Lymphocytes from HIV+ Individuals”. Presented at Society for Leukocyte Biology Meeting in Baltimore, December 1998. (Elective Project with Dr Janet L Lathey, University of California San Diego).
  3. “Sudden Death and Suicide: Comparison Of Brain Weight”.  British Journal of Psychiatry 2002 181
  4. “Commotio cordis – a report of 3 cases”. International Journal of Legal Medicine 2005 119(2) 88-90. 
  5. “Death in the South Atlantic: A tale of two pathologists”. Hamilton SJ and Saunders SL.  ACP News Autumn 2011 p 15-18

Media Work

  • “Forensic Casebook with Matthew Kelly” 2008.  Commenting on the “brides in the bath” murders.
  • “Crimewatch Solved” 2009. Commenting on a double homicide in which I was the pathologist.
  • “Operation Mincemeat” 2010.  Offering a forensic pathologist’s opinion on a World War 2 covert operation involving a corpse.
  • “Rigor mortis” 2010.  Offering a “real” view of the topics of a BBC comedy programme set in a pathology department, broadcast in association with the show on Radio 4.
  • “My week” 2010.  A Guardian article on the work of a forensic pathologist.
  • “Another view on Silent Witness” 2011.  A Guardian piece highlighting the differences between the TV pathologist and the reality of the work.
  • “The Generation Gap” 2011.  A comparison of modern and older approaches to forensic pathology on Radio 4.
  • “Fred Dinenage Murder Casebook”. First shown 22nd May 2011 on the Crime and Investigation Network.  Once again, offering an expert opinion on historical homicide cases.
  • “History Cold Case”.  First shown 14th July 2011 on BBC 2.  Commenting on the forensic aspects of a medieval mass grave.
  • “Tony Robinson’s Gods and Monsters”.  Commenting on scientific aspects of superstitions surrounding death.
  • “The Secrets of Everything”.  First shown 4th March 2012 on BBC3.  Discussing the effects of a fall from a height into water.
  • “Bloody Tales of the Tower: Traitors”. First shown 16th April 2012 on National Geographic.  Advising on injuries and discussing on camera the component parts of hanging, drawing and quartering.
  • I have also advised for Midsomer Murders, Casualty and New Tricks for BBC television, and advised the author Paul Sussman on forensic aspects of his upcoming novel.
  • I am the series advisor on forensic pathology for the 2013 season of Silent Witness.

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