Forensic Pathologist and Staff Medical Examiner at Massachusetts Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
Dr. Peter Cummings is a Forensic Pathologist and Staff Medical Examiner at Massachusetts Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. He is Board certified in Anatomic Pathology and Neuropathology and is the Director of the Neuropathology Service at the OCME. Dr. Cummings 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 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. Dr. Cummings was a member of the identification teams for the World Trade Center and the SwissAir crash. He completed his residency training at the University of Virginia and his forensic pathology fellowship in Boston. He the author of two horror novels and a forensic textbook. He lives outside of Boston with his wife, son and two dogs.