The Executive

I.O.F.O.S. Board – years 2020/2023

Prof. Hrvoje Brkic DMD,MSc, PhD, president – Croatia

University of Zagreb School of Dental Medicine
Department of Dental Anthropology
Chair of Forensic Dentistry
Gunduliceva 5, HR-10000 Zagreb

Hrvoje Brkic was born in Zagreb 1963. In 1988 he graduated from the School of Dental Medicine University of Zagreb. Ever since 1989 he has been working at the Department of Dental Anthropology. He has been teaching dental morphology and courses in Forensic dentistry in the graduate and post graduate studies. Until today he has been managing several national and international scientific projects as well as two projects financed by the EU. Since 2003 he has been the Vice Dean, and since 2012 he has been Dean of the School of Dental Medicine University of Zagreb. He has actively participated at numerous international conferences and he had published more than 150 scientific and professional publications, books and book chapters (WoS h-14). In 2012 he was awarded with Republic of Croatia National Science Award. Hrvoje Brkic is also a member of several interanational editorial boards and since 2006, he has been the editor in chief of the journal Acta stomatologica Croatica. He is married and father of three children,

Prof. Dr. med. Ruediger Lessig, vice-president – Germany

Martin-Luther-University of Halle-Wittenberg – Institut of Legal Medicine
Franzosenweg 1 – D-06112 Halle (Saale)

Ruediger Lessig was born in Leipzig (Germany) in 1958. He is director of the Institute of of Legal Medicine of the Martin-Luther-University of Halle-Wittenbergof and Member of the Senate of the Martin-Luther-University of Halle-Wittenberg. He is president of the German Society of Forensic Odontostomatology.
He graduated in Stomatology in Volgograd/Russia in 1981 and in medicine at the University of Leipzig/Germany in 1983, Specialist of legal medicine at the Institute of Legal Medicine of the University of Leipzig in 1987.
He wrote more than 100 publications of scientific work in forensic medicine, forensic genetics and forensic odonto-stomatology, and book chapters in international Journals.
Member of several scientific organizations – ISFG (International Society of Forensic Genetics), German Society of Legal Medicine, German Society of Stomatology, German Association of Forensic Odonto-Stomatology. Since 2014 he was member of IOFOS Board.

Prof. Ricardo Henrique Alves da Silva DDS, MSc, PhD – secretary – Brazil

Phone: +55 16 33153969
Facebook: odontolegalforpusp

Ricardo Henrique Alves da Silva was born in Bauru (São Paulo State, Brazil), in 1980. In 2002 he finished his dental studies (DDS) at USP – Bauru Dental School. He completed his Master at USP – Bauru Dental School in 2005 and Ph.D. at USP – São Paulo Dental School in 2007, both related to Forensic Odontology. Ever since 2003 he has been working in different fields in Forensic Odontology related to teaching, dental malpractice litigance expert witness, human identification cases and professional guidance related to legal and ethical aspects in Dentistry. He is the professor in charge for Forensic Odontology at USP – School of Dentistry of Ribeirão Preto since 2008 and has been teaching at the undergraduate and graduate (MSc and PhD) programs, including the coordination of the Forensic Odontology Specialization Program, as well as performs forensic odontological expertise. His major research topics are related to human identification, forensic anthropology, dental age estimation and lawsuits in Dentistry (professional liability). He has actively participated in numerous Brazilian and international conferences and he had published several scientific papers, books, and book chapters. Among other activities related to Forensic Odontology, he is the Editor-in-Chief of the Brazilian Journal of Forensic Odontology, Brazilian Representative in the Forensic Odontology INTERPOL DVI Working Group, Past President of the Brazilian Association of Forensic Odontology (2012-2014), Member of the National Executive Board of the Brazilian Society of Forensic Sciences (2017-2019) and Member of the National Board of the Brazilian Association of Forensic Odontology (2016-2018).

Prof. Vilma Pinchi, JFOS Editor – Italy

Prof. Pinchi completed her dental studies at University of Perugia cum laude and attained PhD in Medical Forensic Sciences cum laude and Specialty Course in Orthodontics at University of Brescia. She is full professor of Legal Medicine at University of Florence and lecturer in several degree Courses of Dental and Medical Schools, specialization courses at University of Florence; she is the Coordinator of the Master Course in Forensic Odontology. Prof. Pinchi is the chief of the section of Medical Forensic Sciences and the Director of Specialty Course in Legal Medicine of University of Florence. Prof. Pinchi served as President of IOFOS (International Organisation for Forensic Odonto-Stomatology) for two terms 2011-2017 and since2017 she is the Editor of The Journal of Forensic Odonto-Stomatology (JFOS) . She is one of the Italian representative members at European Council of Legal Medicine and at DVI Interpol Working group on Forensic Odontology. Prof. Pinchi is founder and President of Scientific Committee of Pro.O.F. (Forensic Odontology Project) the largest Association of Forensic Odontologists in Italy, Vice-President of GIOAF (Italian Group of Forensic Anthropology and Odontology), is a member of the Committee of the Italian Ministry of Health for the elaboration of Guide-lines for the prevention and clinical management of dental trauma in the childhood. She authored more than 150 papers concerning the dental identification, the mass-disaster, the professional liability of the dentist, the evaluation of dental damage. She is regularly appointed as expert by Courts and lectured nationally and internationally in more than 130 conferences and symposia.

Dr. Stefano Garatti, Webmaster – Italy

He is a private dental practitioner in Monza (Italy).
He took a DDS degree at the University of Milan in 1986 and a MSc degree in forensic odontology at the University of Florence in 2008.
He cooperate with Special Care Dentistry at the hospital of Carate Brianza, near Milan, and he was the chief of Special Care Orthodontics in the same hospital.
Forensic Odontologist since 1997, he has been involved in damage evaluation and in forensic odontology cases as a consultant for insurance companies, private or public institutions. He regularly acts as expert consultant in civil court cases involving the forensic odontology concern, especially dental professional liability.
He is co-author of Forensic Odontology and Special Care Dentistry textbooks, has written several scientific articles and lectures nationally and internationally. Since 2006 member of the board and webmaster of Pro.O.F (Forensic Odontology Project). Since 2011 member of IOFOS board

Prof. Patrick Thevissen DDS, Msc, PhD – treasurer – Belgium

KULeuven, Belgium
Faculty of Medicine
Department of Oral Health Sciences

Patrick Thevissen finished his dental studies (DDS) in 1980 at the Rijksuniversiteit Gent, Belgium and started a private dental practice in 1981. In 2005 he obtained his master’s degree (Msc) in forensic odontology at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KULeuven). Since 2007 he has been working at the Faculty of Medicine in the unit Forensic Dentistry at the Department of Oral Health Sciences of the KULeuven. In 2013 he obtained his Phd degree at the KULeuven on the research topic: Dental age estimation in sub-adults: Striving for an optimal approach. Since 2014 he became staff member of the KULeuven and head of the unit Forensic Dentistry. He teaches forensic odontology to undergraduate and international post graduate students (, performs forensic odontological expertises and his major research topics are related to dental age estimations and uniqueness of the teeth in the context of bitemark analysis and human identification ( Since 2011 member of IOFOS Board

Marin Vodanovic, DDM, MSc, PhD – Newsletter editor – Croatia

University of Zagreb School of Dental Medicine
Department of Dental Anthropology
University Hospital Centre Zagreb
Gundulićeva 5, HR-10000 Zagreb, Croatia
phone: +385 1 4899 214

Marin Vodanovic received his dental degree in 1999 at the School of Dental Medicine, University of Zagreb. In 2005 he obtained his Master of science degree, and 2008 his PhD degree. He specialized in endodontics and dental pathology and completed his studies at University Hospital Centre Zagreb, Croatia in 2010. Since 2001 he has been working at the School of Dental Medicine, University of Zagreb. Since 2014 he became head of the Department of Dental Anthropology, and since 2015 Vice Dean for Postgraduate Specialist University Study at the School of Dental Medicine, University of Zagreb. His main areas of research expertise are in paleodontology, forensic dentistry, dental anthropology and endodontics. He served as project leader and researcher at several projects. In 2012 he was at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA. He is author or coauthor of more than 150 publications including 10 books and textbooks. He is editor in chief of the Bulletin of the International Association for Paleodontology and member of editorial board of Acta Stomatologica Croatica – online, Stomatološki vjesnik Bosne i Hercegovine, Croatian Dental Herald (2006 – 2008). Since 2017 he became editor of the IOFOS Newsletter. He is a founder and president of the International Association for Paleodontology, secretary of the Croatian Association of Forensic Stomatologists and member of the International Association for Dental Research, European Society of Endodontology, International Organisation for Forensic-Odontostomatology , Croatian Endodontic Association, Croatian Dental Society, Croatian Medical Association, Croatian Catholic Medical Society and Croatian Dental Chamber. He served as reviewer for many journals including: American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Archives of Oral Biology, Journal of Archaeological Science, International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, etc. In 2006 he was awarded with Republic of Croatia National Science Award.

Election Committee

  • Christi Verbiest, Belgium
  • Thiago Beaini, Brazil
  • Gabriel Fonseca, Argentina
Updated by S. Garatti – Sep/05/2022