A pathologist is a professional who has specialized in doing autopsy to reveal what caused the death of the person involved. A government pathologist is therefore a professional who undertakes forensic autopsy of deaths that are of national interest.
Johansen Oduor is the man who is currently serving as the Kenya’s government pathologist. He has held the position since 2013 and has investigated various deaths since then. He mostly deal with sudden deaths, suspicious or unexpected deaths. He also provides expert evidences in court.
Dr. Johansen is a University of Nairobi graduate who graduated in 2000 with a bachelor of science degree in medicine. At UoN, he was lucky to be a student of the late Professor George Magoha whom he describes as his best lecturer. Magoha was taking them through surgery unit which was Oduor’s favorite.
He revealed his first ever encounter with corpse when he was in first year. They were divided into groups and given cadavers which they would be using for study for the next six years. He said this scared him to point of thinking to switch course but he managed to overcome the fear. Oduor even became a mortuary attendant at City Mortuary during holidays.
After graduating, he worked for almost three years before enrolling for a masters degree in Pathology and Forensic Medicine at UoN and graduated in 2008. He would later proceed to Witwatersrand University in South Africa for a diploma in Forensic medicine.