ASFO Annual Meeting 2022 – Seattle, WA | American Society of Forensic Odontology

ASFO Annual Meeting 2022 – Seattle, WA

Date: February 22, 2022 -
Location: Motiff Hotel - Seattle, WA
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The ASFO is excited to announce we will be meeting in-person on Tuesday February 22nd, 2022 at the Motif hotel in Seattle!! We are planning a full morning of presentations, lunch business meeting, and an afternoon of BYOS. CE credit will be available for the entire day.

We have reserved a block of rooms at the Motif so please consider booking your room for your entire stay. The room block is open to anyone so please share with your friends and colleagues. It is important for the ASFO to fulfill our room block as we are financially liable for any rooms which are not filled. This was one of our greatest concerns with having the in-person meeting and reduced number of attendees. We are relying on our members to help fill the block!

Here is the booking link: The reservation cut-off will be January 18, 2022. If the group rate is not available on a certain night it’s likely due to the dates you have selected (either pre and post) fall outside of our block. Please book the dates available and then reach out to for the extension and they will happily accommodate.


52nd ASFO Annual Meeting 2022:


Forensic Odontologist as a part of a Team:

Multidisciplinary Approach of Forensic Casework


Forensic cases should be understood from a multidisciplinary perspective, where forensic odontologists work along with other forensic professionals such as pathologists, forensic anthropologists and law enforcement, among others.

When human remains are found the three main questions to be answered by the forensic professionals involved in the case are: “Who this person was?”, “How did this person die?”, and “When did death occur?”.

These three questions can be answered through different approaches that involve a number of forensic scientists and law enforcement specialists.

The 52nd ASFO annual meeting will present the role of different professionals in a forensic case, from the moment a person is reported missing or found deceased, through the identification of the remains and the reconstruction of the events around the death.

The different presentations will introduce us to the real use of the different forensic methods and techniques in human remains search and recovery, identification, determining the cause and manner of death, and estimating the postmortem interval. Additionally, latest research challenges will be presented on each topic.

The morning sessions will be dedicated to multidisciplinary keynote speakers that will would be part of a forensic death investigation, and the afternoon sessions will also be multi-disciplinary, with a “bring your own slides” session for attendees to share their own casework in a series of short presentations for learning and discussion.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone in person again!



7-8 am: Meeting Registration

8-8:15 am: Welcome to the ASFO 52nd meeting

Phyllis Ho. DDS, D-ABFO. President of the ASFO.

8:15-8:30 am: Program and speakers introduction

Joe Adserias-Garriga, DDS, PhD, D-ABFO. President-Elect ASFO.

8:30-9 am: A forensic case: law enforcement perspective

Christine Lench. Corporal of Pennsylvania State Police (ret.). Adjunct Professor of the Department of Applied Forensic Science, Mercyhurst University.

9-9:30 am: NCMEC: When a child is reported missing…

Richard Leonard. Program Manager, Team Adam. National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC).

9:30-10am: The Pathologist´ perspective in a forensic case

James Caruso MD. Chief Medical Examiner/Coroner. Denver Office of the Medical Examiner.

10-10:15 am Coffee Break

10:15-11:15 am: Forensic Anthropology contributions to forensic cases

Dennis Dirkmaat, PhD, D-ABFA. Chair of the Applied Forensic Sciences Department

Mercyhurst University.

11:15-11:45 am:  DNA as forensic evidence and beyond

Sara C. Zapico, PhD, ABC-MB, C-MDI. Assistant Professor, New Jersey Institute of Technology.

11:45-12:15 am: Entomology applied to forensic cases

Lou Sorkin, Forensic Entomologist, Entsult Associates. Entomologist, American Museum of Natural History, New York.

12:15-12:45 am: Special guest: When a Forensic Odontologist become a Mystery Writer….

Mary Bush, DDS, FAAFS. Associate Professor at the School of Dental Medicine and Assistant Dean of Clinical Affairs, University of Buffalo. Award winning crime novel author.

12:45-1pm: Closing remarks of the morning session.


ASFO 52nd Annual Scientific Session
afternoon schedule

Multi-disciplinary short case presentations. 2:30-5:30pm
Moderator Amber Riley

2:30pm Ajang Farid DMD, Forensic Odontologist Budapest, Hungary

2:50pm Colleen Fitzpatrick, PhD Forensic Genealogist Orange County, CA USA

3:15pm Andrea Zaferes, BA Medicolegal Death Investigator Dutchess County NY, USA

3:40pm Katherine Maloney MD, Forensic Pathologist Buffalo, NY USA

4:00 – 4:20 break

4:25pm Israel Soriano DDS, Forensic Odontologist Mexico City, Mexico

4:45pm Richard Fixott DDS, Forensic Odontologist Redmond, OR USA

5:10pm Bruce Schrader, DDS Forensic Odontologist Brookesmith, TX USA

5:20-5:30pm Joe Adserias Garriga, DDS closing remarks and conclusion of 52nd ASFO Annual Session