Stephen Cordner graduated in Medicine from The University of Melbourne in 1977. After his internship at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and two years in the Department of Pathology at Geelong Hospital he took up an appointment in 1981 as Lecturer, and later Senior Lecturer, in Forensic Medicine at Guy’s Hospital in London. He stayed there until 1987 working as a Home Office Pathologist. During this period he became a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia and the Royal College of Pathologists of Great Britain.
Stephen was appointed Foundation Professor of Forensic Medicine at Monash University and Foundation Director of the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine in 1987. He retired as Director in 2014 continuing on as Head of VIFM’s International Programme. He has worked as a Consultant in Forensic Pathology to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), exploring issues in the intersection of forensic medicine and humanitarian action. Over the years he has undertaken a number of missions overseas for the ICRC, WHO and UNODC on these and related issues.