Dominick J. Astorino is a professor at the Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago and the Wayne State University Department of Mortuary Science in Detroit where he writes and teaches courses in embalming, restorative art, and pathology. His academic background in biology, mortuary science, and forensic medicine combined with his ability to teach advanced techniques by applying basic principles make him uniquely qualified and have earned him accolades from students and colleagues alike.
His professional work in the field of restorative art and embalming has been highlighted in publications worldwide as well as by frequent invitations to present lectures across the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. Dominick believes in the power of education and the global value of the funeral service profession to society; he worked to create the Kenyan Embalming Education Initiative, which brought a standard of care, education, and supplies to the underprivileged mortuary workers in Kenya and presented the first formal embalming education seminar on the continent of Africa. He continues to work to improve mortuary care standards in countries across the world.
Dominick also provides expert witness, review, and consultations for legal proceedings related to mortuary science, has served on the restorative art curriculum review committee for the American Board of Funeral Service Education, and is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in the states of Michigan and Illinois.