Rebekah Jacques

Citizen of Métis Nation

Dr. Nicole Redvers

Physician (Forensic Pathologist)

Phone: 519-661-2111 ext. 37817
Credentials: Hons. BSc., MHSc (bioethics), MD, FRCPC (AP & FP)
Pronouns: she, her, hers

Rebekah Jacques, a citizen of the Métis Nation of Ontario, currently works as a forensic pathologist at the London Health Sciences Centre and as an investigating coroner with the Office of the Chief Coroner. She is also an Assistant Professor at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, where she teaches on subjects such as trauma, postmortem examinations, and the role of pathologists as expert witnesses. In her career, Rebekah has focused on the ethics of how legal and medical investigations engage with Indigenous peoples, including how information about cause of death can be better shared to support healing. She was appointed to the Tri-agencies reference group for the appropriate review of Indigenous Research. She has played a key role in the creation of hundreds of waived post-secondary tuition fees and privacy rights for former foster care children. Currently, she is a member of the National Advisory Committee on Residential School Missing Children and Unmarked Burials. 


  • Masters of Health Science in Bioethics, University of Toronto, Bioethics, Joint Centre for, Graduate
  • Doctor of Medicine, Queen’s University, Medicine, Graduate
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Toronto, Biology, Undergraduate


  • People’s Choice Award at the Canadian Bioethics Society Conference, Presentation Entitled:   Respecting Indigenous people’s human dignity in death: Ethical duties of the forensic pathologist utilising autopsy tissues in courts of law, Canadian 
  • Bioethics Society, Type: People’s Choice Award at the Canadian Bioethics Society Conference
  • Martin McKneally Capstone Project Award, Evaluation of postmortem organ & tissue donations in Ontario’s medico-legal death investigation system. University of Toronto
  • Queen’s Medical School Book Award, Queen’s University
  • Science and Research - Third Place, History of Medicine Conference
  • Queen’s University AMS/Boyd Upper Prize, Queen’s University
  • Peter Cruse Award, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Annual Conference



Alexandra Zyla, Rebekah Jacques. Fatal Rapunzel Syndrome: Gastric and intestinal trichobezoars in a child with trichotillomania.  American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology (accepted with revisions) 

Ellen Yang, Rebekah Jacques, Jayantha Herath. 5-year Retrospective Review of Diltiazem Associated Deaths. Journal of Hospital and Clinical Pharmacy, 2017 Mar; 5 (3): 1-4, Coauthor

Rebekah Jacques, Michael Shkrum. Hospital Autopsy Quality Control and Assurance. The London Health Sciences Centre Experience. Canadian Journal of Pathology, 2014 Jun; 6 (4): 107-117, Coauthor

Rebekah Jacques, Stan Kogon, Michael Shkrum. An experimental model of tool mark striations by a serrated blade in human soft tissues. American Journal of Medical Pathology, 2014 Mar; 23 (4): 320-322, Coauthor

Books & Review Article

Jacques, R (editor). Forensic Pathology - A Guide for Death Investigation Bioethics and Other Medicolegal Principles. Publisher: Springer. (in press)

Jacques, R. Postmortem Identification.; 2023, Coauthor

Jacques, R. Postmortem changes and artifacts.; 2020, Coauthor

Collins KA, Jacques, R. Physical abuse and elder homicide (Chapter 8). In: Collins and Byard, editor(s). Geriatric Forensic Medicine and Pathology: Cambridge University Press; 2020. p.130-153, Coauthor, DOI: 9781316823040.

Cash Reports

Wells M. Jacques R. Montero Odasso M. Thalamic infarct presenting as catastrophic life-threatening event in an older adult. 2011 Aug 3, Coauthor