200 Feliks Gwozdz Place
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Hello! My name is Roger D. Metcalf, D.D.S., J.D., and I'm a forensic dentist located in Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.A.* The scope of my practice includes primarily identification of unidentified human remains and bitemark analysis, as well as dental age estimation and civil litigation support in malpractice actions or administrative matters such as fraud investigations. I've been qualified as, and have testified as, an expert witness in forensic dentistry in both state and federal court, and in murder and capital murder trials in Texas courts.
I am very fortunate to hold a B.S. degree in biology from Baylor University and a D.D.S. from Baylor College of Dentistry. I also completed the Fellowship in Forensic Odontology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School, Center for Education and Research in Forensics. I practiced general dentistry in Arlington, Texas, area for 27 years before being appointed my current full-time position of Director of the Human ID Lab and Forensic Odontologist for a medical exminer's office.
I am a graduate of Texas Wesleyan University School of Law in Fort Worth--I haven't taken the Bar exam yet, so I'm not a licensed attorney, but am in the somewhat lengthy application process to take the Bar exam. I was an active volunteer for the Innocence Project/Innocence Project of Texas/Texas Wesleyan University School of Law Innocence Project (the group that has been extensively involved in the Dallas D.N.A. exonerations) while in law school, and proudly served as a dental officer with the 214th Medical Brigade of the Texas State Guard with the rank of Lt Colonel. In addition, I hold a master's degree in forensic science administration from Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences. I enjoy serving as an editorial reviewer for Medicine, Science, and the Law, the Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, as well as the Indian Journal of Dental Research.
I have very proudly earned a Diploma in Forensic Human Identification from the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians and appear to be the only person in the U.S. who actually holds a formal qualification in forensic human identification.
My board-certification is by the American Board of Forensic Odontology, and I am very glad and humbled to currently serve as Chair of the ABFO Civil Litigation Committee, and have served recently as the Chair of the Bitemark Committee, as well as having been 2013-14 Chair of the ABFO Certification & Examination Committee. Other assigments include: Chair of the Amicus Brief Committee of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Program Chair of the Odontology Section of the AAFS, and Immediate Past-President of the American Society of Forensic Odontology . I am very honored to have been elected Executive Secretary of the Forensic Odontology Subcommittee of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Organization of Scientific Area Committees .
Please note: Baylor College of Dentistry is now Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry, and Texas Wesleyan University School of Law is now Texas A&M University School of Law. I have completely embraced the idea that two of my former schools are now part of the Texas A&M system, and have even enrolled in a Texas A&M University Graduate School--Texas A&M-Commerce in biology.
Please take a look at the June, 2015, issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association. This issue is dedicated to forensic odontology and was edited by Dr. Duane Spencer, D-ABFO. I was very honored to have been invited to co-author the keynote article with my California colleague Dr. Janice Klim-Lemann, D-ABFO. Several teriffic articles are presented that were written by well-respected practicing forensic odontologists.
Please note that this webpage is my personal webpage and does not necessarily reflect the views of any other organization.
* Perhaps to be painfully correct I should say that I'm actually a general dentist with a practice limited to forensic odontology. The State Board properly says we are not allowed to present ourselves as specialists in unrecognized dental specialties. But my particular area of specialized expertise is not a dental field, rather it is a forensic field. I do not present myself as a dental specialist, but as a forensic specialist.
Above: My class at the Academy of Forensic Medical Sciences at Bart's and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, preparing to sit for the diploma examination of the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians. A few months later, I took the exam--it was a pretty darn difficult exam, in my estimation, but then, of course, I had never written an exam in England before--luckily law school had prepared me well for the type of exam we had.
Roger D. Metcalf, DDS, JD
PO Box 137442
Fort Worth, Texas 76136-1442 USA
Copyright 2013 Roger D Metcalf DDS, JD. All rights reserved. No reproduction without permission. Neither the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's District, Tarrant County, the American Board of Forensic Odontolgy, the American Society of Forensic Odontology, the Royal College of Physicians, nor any other organizaion mentioned here necessarily supports or endorses any information on this website. Any opinions, errors, or omissions are my responsibility, and mine alone. This site DOES NOT REPRESENT the official views of any of these--or any other-- organizations. Similarly, those other organizations may not fully represent my views, either.
200 Feliks Gwozdz Place
Fort Worth, TX 76104