Judy Melinek, MD, & TJ Mitchell

Judy Melinek, M.D. is a graduate of Harvard College and earned her medical degree and completed a residency in pathology at UCLA. Her further training in forensics at the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner is the subject of the memoir Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner, co-authored with her husband, writer T.J. Mitchell. Melinek & Mitchell have launched a medical-examiner detective series with the mystery novel First Cut, and are writing the sequel, Cross Cut. Today Dr. Melinek is CEO of the medico-legal consultancy PathologyExpert Inc. and performs autopsy as a forensic pathologist in Oakland, California. Dr. Melinek writes a regular column for MedPage Today at https://www.medpagetoday.com/blogs/working-stiff. She travels nationally and internationally to lecture on anatomic and forensic pathology, and has been consulted as a forensic expert in many high-profile legal cases and in print, online, and broadcast media.

T.J. Mitchell is a writer with an English degree from Harvard who worked in the film industry before becoming a full-time stay-at-home dad. He is the New York Times bestselling co-author of the 2014 memoir Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner with his wife, Dr. Judy Melinek. He and Dr. Melinek have collaborated again to write First Cut, the debut novel in the Jessie Teska medical-examiner detective series, coming from Hanover Square Press (HarperCollins) in January, 2020. They live and work in San Francisco, where they are writing Cross Cut, the second book in the Jessie Teska series. Cross Cut is coming from Hanover Square in January, 2021.

Upcoming Appearances

Date Venue Address
April 4, 2020
9:00am - 5:00pm
Literary Orange Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, 900 Newport Center Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660, USA