Professor Roger Byard

Professor Roger Byard
 Position George Richard Marks Professor
 Org Unit Medical Sciences
 Telephone +61 8 8313 4274
 Location Floor/Room 2 37/8 ,  Helen Mayo North ,   North Terrace
  • Awards & Achievements

    Professor Roger Byard AO PSM, DSc, FAHMS (BMedSci, MB, BS, MMedSci-Paed, PhD, MD, FCAP, FRCPC, FRCPath, FRCPA-Hon, FFFLM, FFSc) holds the 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 Australian Public Service Medal (PSM) 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 in the field of forensic pathology. In 2016 he was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (FAHMS) for distinguished professional achievements and outstanding leadership in a field related to health and medicine. Two years later he received the John Harbor Phillips Award from ANZPAA/NIFS (National Institute of Forensic Science) for outstanding achievement and excellence in the advancement of the forensic sciences in Australia and New Zealand. He was registered as an Expert with the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague in 2009.

    In 2000 he received the SIDS International Global Strategy Task Force Award in recognition of an outstanding contribution and support for global strategies to reduce infant mortality and in 2006  a National SIDS and Kids Award for his tireless commitment to reducing infant mortality in Australia and overseas and for his compassion and care to bereaved families. In 2016 he was the recipient of the Distinguished Researcher Award from the International Society for the Study and Prevention of Perinatal and Infant Death (ISPID). He has received 18 awards for published papers and book chapters from the National Institute of Forensic Science, Australia.

    He qualified in medicine in Australia in 1978 (University of Tasmania) and then undertook five years of clinical practice including Flying Doctor work in the Northern Territory, Australia (NE Arnhem Land) and training and qualifying in family practice at McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada. He 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 was certified in Family Medicine by the Canadian College of Family Physicians.  He is a Foundation Fellow of the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians in the United Kingdom (FFFLM, a Foundation Fellow of the Faculty of Science of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (FFSc) and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia

    He has a specific interest in sudden infant and childhood death and has published over 1,000 chapters and papers/short communications/letters in peer-reviewed journals.  In addition he coedited/wrote the following texts:

    1994 - Sudden Death in Infancy, Childhood and Adolescence (Cambridge University Press); 

    2001 - Sudden Infant Death Syndrome - Problems, Progress and Possibilities (Arnold Publishers);

    2004 - Sudden Death in Infancy, Childhood and Adolescence (2nd ed, Cambridge University Press);

    2005 - Encyclopedia of Forensic and Legal Medicine (Academic Press - four volumes);

    2010 - Sudden Death in the Young (3rd ed, Cambridge University Press, Japanese language edition 2015);

    2012 - Atlas of Forensic Pathology (Springer Publishers, Farsi language edition, 2015);

    2014 - Forensic Pathology of Infancy and Childhood (Springer Publishers - two volumes);

    2016 - Encyclopedia of Forensic and Legal Medicine (2nd ed, Elsevier/Academic Press - four volumes);

    2018 - SIDS and Sudden Infant Death: the Past, the Present and the Future (University of Adelaide Press)

    2020 - Geriatric Forensic Medicine and Pathology (Cambridge University Press).

    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 - Indian Ocean clasp),  the RCPA medal and the Australian Federal Police (AFP) Operations Medal (Cawdor and Alliance clasps) 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 gave the John Emery Oration for the Society for Paediatric Pathology 58th Annual Scientific Meeting in Madrid, Spain in October 2012, the Alfred Steinschneider Memorial Lecture for the American Association of SIDS Prevention Physicians 26th Annual Conference in Naples, United States in September 2018, and the Arthur Cobbold Memorial Lectures for the University of Tasmania and the Dark MOFO Festival in Hobart, Tasmania in June 2019. He has been invited to give educational forensic workshops/presentations in a number of countries including Argentina, Austria, Canada, China, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Guinea, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, the United States and Uruguay. He was made an Honorary Member of the College of Forensic and Legal Medicine of Sri Lanka in 2009 and a Visiting Professor at the University of Belgrade, Serbia, in 2017.

    He has attended court or given expert opinion on cases from Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Japan, Norway, Fiji, Samoa, Argentina, the United Kingdom and the United States, and has performed autopsies for medicolegal authorities in Australia, Canada, Indonesia, Germany, Samoa, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

    He was made a Professorial Fellow at The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health in Melbourne, Australia, in 2013, and received Distinguished Alumni Awards from The University of Adelaide  in 2013 and the University of Tasmania in 2016. He became a Distinguished Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia in 2018.

    In addition to his basic medical and other post graduate qualifications Professor Byard is a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), a Doctor of Medicine (MD) and a Doctor of Science (DSc).

    His publications can be accessed through:




    Online Public Lectures/Documentaries/Presentations:

         1.       Death in Hobart, Australian Academy of Science, 2016


         2.       Lawless – the Real Bushrangers, Foxtel, 2017.


    3.       Lessons from the Mortuary, Dark MOFO Festival, 2019.


    4.       Herbal Peril, The University of Adelaide Research Tuesday Lecture, 2019.




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