Professor Roger Byard AO PSM (BMedSci, MB, BS, MMedSci-Paed, MD) holds the George Richard Marks Chair of Pathology at The University of Adelaide and is a Senior Specialist Forensic Pathologist at Forensic Science SA in Adelaide, Australia. He was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2004 for “outstanding service to paediatric pathology”, and became an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) in 2013 for “distinguished service to medicine”.
He qualified in medicine in Australia in 1978 (University of Tasmania) and became a licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada in 1982 (LMCC). He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of the United Kingdom (FRCPath), a Fellow of the College of American Pathologists (FCAP), a Fellow of the National Association of Medical Examiners in the United States, a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (FRCPC), and has a certification in Family Medicine from the Canadian College of Family Physicians (CCFP). He is a Foundation Fellow of the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians (FFFLM) in the United Kingdom, a Foundation Fellow of the Faculty of Science of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (FFSc), an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (FRCPA Hon), and an Honorary Member of the College of Forensic and Legal Medicine of Sri Lanka. He was registered as an Expert with the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague in 2009.
He has a specific interest in sudden infant and childhood death and has published, or has in press, over 750 papers in peer-reviewed journals, and 111 chapters. He coedited Sudden Infant Death Syndrome - Problems, Progress and Possibilities (Arnold, 2001), the two volume Forensic Pathology of Infancy and Childhood (Springer, 2014), SIDS and Sudden Infant Death: the Past, the Present and the Future, (University of Adelaide Press - 2018), and wrote Sudden Death in the Young (3rd ed, Cambridge University Press, 2010 - Japanese language edition 2015). Other general forensic texts include the four volume Encyclopedia of Forensic and Legal Medicine (2nd ed, Elsevier/Academic Press, 2016) and the Atlas of Forensic Pathology (Springer 2012 - Farsi language edition 2015). He has been the Editor-in-Chief/Managing Editor of Forensic Science Medicine and Pathology (Springer Publishers, New York) since 2008.
He was awarded the Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal (HOSM), the RCPA medal and the Australian Federal Police (AFP) Operations Medal for disaster victim identification work in Bali after the bombings in 2002 and in Thailand after the tsunami in 2004. He received the John Emery Memorial Medal from the Paediatric Pathology Society in the United Kingdom in 2012.
He is a Professorial Fellow at The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health in Melbourne, Australia, and received Distinguished Alumni Awards from The University of Adelaide in 2013 and the University of Tasmania in 2016. In 2016 he was also the recipient of the Distinguished Researcher Award from the International Society for the Study and Prevention of Perinatal and Infant Death (ISPID) and was elected a fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Science. He was made a visiting professor at the University of Belgrade, Serbia in 2017 and a Distinguished Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Pathologists in 2018.
Professor Byard’s publications can be accessed through Google Scholar and PubMed.