Dr. Matthew Orde

First Vice President


Forensic Pathology

Vancouver General Hospital

Jim Pattison Pavilion North

First Floor

Suite 1352 – 855 West 12th Avenue

Vancouver, BC

V5Z 1M9


Office: 604.875.4024

Fax: 604. 875.4768





  • College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia, Registration No. 37210, Provisional Certificate of Licensure in Anatomical Pathology and Forensic Pathology;
  • UK General Medical Council, Registration No. 4029045, Specialist registration in Histopathology, with subspecialty recognition in Forensic Pathology;
  • Medical Board of Australia (now lapsed), Registration No. MED0001197819, Specialist registration in Anatomical Pathology/Cytopathology and Forensic Pathology.


September 2011 Membership of the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine

Royal College of Physicians of London

August 2006 Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia

By examination in Anatomical Pathology | Cytology | Forensic Pathology

Pass at first attempt

Awarded RCPA Scope of Practice Certificate in both fields

November 2003 Membership (now Fellow) of the Royal College of Pathologists, UK

By examination in Histopathology | Cytopathology

Pass at first attempt

November 2000 Called to the London Bar

Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, London

July 2000 Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Skills (“Bar Finals”)

Inns of Court School of Law, London

July 1999 Postgraduate Diploma in Law (Common Professional Examination)

College of Law, London

July 1998 Diploma in Medical Jurisprudence (Pathology)

Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London

April 1998 Diploma in Forensic Medicine

College of Forensic Pathologists

Colleges of Medicine of South Africa

July 1993 Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

University of Dundee, Scotland




  • Consultant Forensic Pathologist and Discipline Lead for Autopsy Pathology, Forensic Pathology, Vancouver General Hospital;
  • Visiting Pathologist, Children’s & Women’s Health Centre of British Columbia;
  • Clinical Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia;
  • Consultant Forensic Pathologist in private practice.


Accepted as an expert witness in forensic and autopsy pathology by the Supreme Court of British Columbia.


Dr. Orde has, to date, performed 2,927 autopsies and has supervised a similar number of trainees’ autopsies.




October 2005 – April 2013 Senior Staff Specialist (Consultant) in Forensic Pathology

Department of Forensic Medicine

Sydney, NSW Health


Clinical Lecturer, University of Sydney


Consultant Forensic Pathologist in private practice

October 2002 – October 2005 Her Majesty’s Assistant Deputy Coroner for Brighton & Hove, UK
September 2004 – September 2005 Consultant in Histopathology and Cytopathology

Worthing Hospital, Worthing & Southlands NHS Trust, UK

February 2002 – August 2004 Specialist Registrar in Histopathology, South Thames Region

Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, UK

February 2001 – January 2002 Senior House Officer in Histopathology, South Thames Region, UK
April 1997 – February 1998 Registrar in Forensic Medicine, University of Natal, South Africa
December 1994 – February 1997 Demonstrator | Honorary Clinical Research Fellow in Histopathology

University of Bristol, UK

February – August 1994 House Surgeon, Dundee Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, UK
August 1993 – January 1994 House Physician, Royal Victoria Infirmary NHS Trust, UK




May 2013 – Present


Maintenance of Certification Program;

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.


Prior to May 2013


Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia CPD Program


  • Anatomical Pathology;
  • Forensic Pathology;
  • Paediatric Pathology;
  • General Pathology.


College of American Pathologists Advancing Excellence Program


  • Anatomical Pathology;
  • Forensic Pathology;
  • Autopsy Pathology;




2000 – Present Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
2001 – 2014 Association of Clinical Pathologists
2001 – 2014 International Academy of Pathology
2002 – Present British Association in Forensic Medicine
2002 – 2005 Coroners’ Society of England and Wales
2006 – Present National Association of Medical Examiners
2006 – 2013 Australia and New Zealand Forensic Science Society
2006 – 2013 Australasian Society of Aerospace Medicine
2007 – Present American Academy of Forensic Sciences
2009 – Present Sydney Forensic Medicine and Science Network
2011 – Present Faculty of Forensic & Legal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians (UK)
2013 – Present The Medical Legal Society of British Columbia [appointed a Director in 2016]



Orde M. Raised troponin levels in COPD: a possible mechanism. Heart: 20 March 2013 doi: 10.1136/heartjn/-2013-303665

 Whitaker N, Glenn W, Sahrudin A, Tran D, Orde M, Delprado W. Human Papillomavirus and Epstein Barr virus in prostate cancer: Koilocytes indicate potential oncogenic influences of Human Papillomavirus in prostate cancer. The Prostate; 73:236-241 (2013).

Orde M, Morrow P, Puranik R, Duflou J. Myocardial pathology in pulmonary thromboembolism.  Heart 2011; 97: 1695-1699.

Orde M, Whitaker NJ. Lawson JS. High prevalence of prostatic neoplasia in Australian men. Pathology.  41(5):433-5, 2009

Moorghen M, Orde M et al Sulindac enhances cell proliferation in DMH-treated mouse colonic mucosa.  Cell Proliferation 1998; 31: 59-70.




Death Investigation and Forensic Pathology (Lecture Series)

University of British Columbia Pathology Residents Training Course
Vancouver General Hospital
January – April 2014


Panelist, Expert Evidence and Child Homicide Workshop

Faculty of Law
University of British Columbia
July 9 , 2013


Panel Member- Hypothetical Scenario

Asia Pacific Coroners’ Society Conference
November 2012
Amora Jamison  Hotel, Sydney


Forensic Pathology

Invited lecturer to NSW Police
NSW Police Headquarters,
March 2012


PM Legislation, Consent, Documentation, Ethics, and Religion

Introductory Course: The Mortuary and the Autopsy
RCPA Update 2011
Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia
Sydney, Australia
March 2012


Electrical Fatalities: A Review and Update

World Congress of Forensics
October 2011
Chongqing, China


Blood and Bones

Inside the Forensic World
Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society
September 2011 and July 2006


Myocardial Pathology in Pulmonary Thromboembolism and Other Causes of Right Ventricular Strain

British Association in Forensic Medicine Summer Meeting
November 2010
Cambridge, England


Autopsy Demonstration

2012, 2011, 2010, and 2009 Australasian Forensic Dentistry and Anthropology Course
Department of Forensic Medicine, Sydney
September 2012 and 2011, and August 2010 and 2009


Post-mortem Examinations and Pathology

NSW Designated Officer Workshops
Various sites state-wide (video conference presentation)
June 2010.


Aspects of Medicolegal Criminology: Forensic Pathology

University of Sydney
August 2012 and 2011 and May 2010 and 2009


Role of the Forensic Pathologist and Coroner

Donate Life Induction Program on Organ and Tissue Donation
February 2010
Mercure Hotel, Sydney


Forensic Pathology

Siemens Sydney Science Experience (A Summer Educational Program for 16 – 18 year olds) University of Sydney
January 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009


Death: A User’s Guide

Australian Lawyers Alliance
Medical Law Conference
July 2008
Amara Hotel, Sydney


Monsieur Bibendum: A Diving Fatality

Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine
July 2008
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Facilitator, Forensic Histopathology Workshop

Federation of South African Societies of Pathology
July 2006
Blue Waters Hotel
Durban, Republic of South Africa




13th Virtopsy Course

March 14 – 20, 2015
Zurich, Switzerland


World Forensic Festival

October 12 – 18, 2014
Seoul, Korea


World Congress on Infant Head Trauma

November 15 – 17, 2013
Plano, Texas


Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences

February 18 – 23, 2013
Washington, District of Columbia, USA


Technical Assessor Development Program

October 3, 2012
National Association of Testing Authorities, Sydney, Australia


Expert Witness and Expert Evidence Course

September 19, 2012
Best Practice Regulatory Services
Sydney, Australia


6th European Academy of Forensic Science Conference

August 20 – 24, 2012
The Hague, Netherlands


Expert Witness Training Workshop

June 15, 2012
University of New South Wales
Sydney, Australia


Asia-Pacific Coroners’  Society  Conference;  Royal  College of  Pathologists of  Australasia  Forensic Meeting

November 2011
Noosa, Sunshine Coast, QLD, Australia


Hands-on Cardiac Morphology

June | July 2011
London, UK


American Academy of Forensic Sciences 2011, 63rd Annual Scientific Meeting

February 2011
Chicago, Illinois, USA


Molecular Surgical Pathology

American Society for Clinical Pathology
April 2010
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA


Update in Pulmonary Pathology

American Society for Clinical Pathology
April 2010
Chicago, Illinois, USA


Diagnostic Surgical Pathology Course

Royal Prince Alfred Hospital,
February 2010
Sydney, NSW, Australia


Asia-Pacific Coroners’ Society Conference;

Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia Forensic Meeting

November 2009
Canberra, ACT, Australia


National Association of Medical Examiners Annual Meeting

September 2009
San Francisco, California, USA


7th International Symposium; Advances in Legal Medicine

September 2008
Osaka, Japan


Australian Postgraduate Course in Neuropathology

January 2008
Sydney, NSW, Australia


Australasian Society of Aerospace Medicine, Annual Meeting

September 2007
Busselton, WA, Australia


35th New England Seminar in Forensic Sciences

August 2007
Colby College,
Waterville, Maine, USA


Surgical Pathology for the Practising Pathologist

July | August 2007
Harvard Medical School,
Boston, Massachusetts, USA


Paediatric Forensic Issues

Institute for Paediatric Medical Education
December 2006
Orlando, Florida, USA