Collaborations & Contributions by Dean Havlik, MD

The investigation of child deaths are almost always challenging. Infant deaths are particularly difficult for both law enforcement and medicolegal death investigators. It is important to proceed with the investigation in a stepwise logical fashion and some guidance and uniformity with these investigations is key. This educational program offered by the Colorado Child Prevention System provides the investigator with key elements every infant investigation should include. The program includes content developed not only by a Colorado forensic pathologist (Dean Havlik, MD) but also two experienced investigators. Dr. Havlik worked closely with the state in the creation of this educational activity and it is offered not only statewide but also nationally.

The Colorado Child Fatality Prevention System is excited to introduce a NEW online Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) Investigation Training. This FREE, self-paced, 2.5-hour training is designed to provide the tools and best practices with which death scene investigators, coroners, medical examiners, and law enforcement officers can investigate and learn from each SUID death to improve the health and safety of families and children. View the curriculum for the course outline, objectives, and available continuing education credits. Visit the course access instructions to register and get started. Email Sasha Mintz ( with any questions.

Awards & Recognition

Dr. Havlik Receives Recognition for Professional of the Year from 21st Judicial District Attorney’s Office

Source: The Daily Sentinel

The 21st Judicial District Attorney’s Office held its annual awards ceremony Wednesday, giving out awards for Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, Citizen of the Year, Employee of the Year and Professional of the Year.

Dr. Dean Havlik received the Professional of the Year Award.

District Attorney Dan Rubinstein presented Havlik with the award, saying “we consult with him regularly on all sorts of issues.”

Havlik, a forensic pathologist, was formerly the county coroner.

“It was very unexpected,” Havlik said of receiving the award. “I really care about the community, and it was really humbling. All the guys are great to work with.”

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Dean Havlik, MD

Dr. Havlik Forensic Pathologist Grand Junction CODr. Havlik is board certified in anatomic pathology, clinical pathology and forensic pathology. He is the laboratory director at Community Hospital in Grand Junction, CO where he has been practicing pathology since 2001. Dr. Havlik went to undergraduate school at Arizona State University, medical school at Medical College of Pennsylvania and completed his pathology training at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. He completed a 1 year neuropathology fellowship after his general pathology training and then completed a forensic pathology fellowship at the Office of the Medical Investigator in Albuquerque, NM. Dr. Havlik’s special interests relate to both hospital and forensic pathology.


Dr. Havlik's Curriculum Vitae (PDF)