Dentistry’s Role in the Mass Disaster Scenario / Child Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence Recognition
Thursday October 24, 2019 – 6:00pm to 9:00pm
In this lecture, Dr. Cardoza will discuss the evolution of mass disaster management from the perspective of forensic dentistry. Learn how forensic dentists have participated in events such as commercial airline crashes, tsunamis, hurricanes, and wildfires. See how the postmortem record collection has evolved from analog to digital along with the integration of dental postmortem software programs. Also, as dental health care professionals, you are mandated by law to report patients you suspect have signs or symptoms of physical abuse. These patients may be children, adults, or the elderly. The law assumes that you have had training on recognition of signs of abuse and if you have not, the law requires you to become educated on the subject. This course will also familiarize you with what those signs may be as well as discuss what your reporting duties are and how to properly file a report if you do indeed suspect abuse on a patient.
Anthony “Rick” Cardoza, DDS, D-ABFO. Dr. Cardoza began his affiliation with the San Diego County Medical Examiner in 1992 under the mentorship of Dr. Norman Sperber. Dr. Cardoza is a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Odontology (ABFO), a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), a member of the American Society of Forensic Odontology (ASFO) and the California Society of Forensic Dentistry (CSFD). Dr. Cardoza serves as a forensic dental consultant for the Office of the Medical Examiner, County of San Diego, Office of the Coroner, County of Imperial, Office of the Coroner, County of Riverside, California Department of Justice in Sacramento, the San Diego Police Department and the San Diego County Sheriffs Department. He is also the Member of the California Dental Identification Team (CalDIT) and the California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES).
Dr. Cardoza maintains a busy forensic caseload due to the San Diego and Imperial Counties proximity to the Mexican border. He has performed numerous postmortem dental examinations, comparisons and identifications and most recently was involved with the identifications of victims of the Southern California wildfire disasters.
Dr. Cardoza is a 1985 graduate of Northwestern University Dental School and maintains a general dental practice in Santee (San Diego County) California.