Victor W. Weedn

Victor W. Weedn
Professorial Lecturer in Law
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
[email protected]

Victor W. Weedn is a forensic pathologist, attorney, Professor in the George Washington University Department of Forensic Sciences and past President of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS).  He has worked as a medical examiner, crime laboratory director, and academic (law, medicine, forensic science), as well as a flight surgeon with the Air National Guard.  As a Visiting Professor at the Duquesne University Law School, he taught Scientific Evidence, Legislation and Healthcare Law.  He has drafted several pieces of legislation that have been enacted into law.  He founded the military’s DNA identification program, pioneered capillary electrophoretic DNA fragment separation, mitochondrial DNA sequencing and microchip technology, and directed the Armed Forces Identification Laboratory (AFDIL), which identified Czar Nicholas II of Russia, the Branch Davidian victims, and later Michael Blassie, the Vietnam unknown of the Tomb of the Unknown.  He has worked on mass graves in Iraq to develop evidence against Saddam Hussein.  He holds a patent on latent fingerprint technology.  He led the establishment of the current NAME accreditation program and participated in the establishment of clinical molecular pathology standards for the College of American Pathologists.  He was recently detailed to DOJ as the Senior Forensic Advisor to Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, March 2016 to January 2917.  He testified before Congress in March, 2017 on Forensic Science Reform.  He is currently involved in the opioid crisis response.


BA, University of Texas at Austin; MD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School; JD, South Texas College of Law