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Probe into Calgary pathologist's files raised no concerns

A recently concluded investigation found no problems with files handled by former Calgary medical examiner Dr. Michael Belenky, CBC News has learned.

A recently concluded Calgary Police investigation found no problems with files handled by former Calgary medical examiner Dr. Michael Belenky, CBC News has learned.

Dr. Michael Belenky was never certified as a forensic pathologist, a quality desired but not demanded for employment in the Calgary medical examiner's office. (Creighton University School of Medicine)

The probe started earlier this year after investigators raised concerns about an autopsy report prepared by Belenky for a criminal case.

More than 100 cases were double-checked during the three-month review, including homicides, arsons and automobile fatalities.

A second probe by Alberta Justice is still underway although a department spokeswoman said officials don't expect any of the cases handled by Belenky to be impacted.

Belenky joined the Calgary medical examiner's office in 2008. He left his position in January. Alberta Justice would not say what led to his departure, calling it a private human resources issue.

Belenky was not a board-certified pathologist, although that designation —while desirable — was not required for the position with the medical examiner's office.

CBC News was unable to reach Belenky for comment.

Corrections

  • The recently concluded probe was undertaken by Calgary Police. A separate investigation by Alberta Justice is still underway.

    Sep 20, 2011 12:45 AM MT

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