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Medicolegal Death Investigation Subcommittee

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The Medicolegal Death Investigation Subcommittee focuses on standards and guidelines related to sudden, unnatural, unexplained or suspicious deaths, including homicides, suicides, unintentional fatal injuries, drug-related deaths and other deaths that are sudden or unexpected; determination of the cause and manner of death.

Officers | Members | StandardsDiscipline-Specific Baseline Documents | Research & Development Needs | Presentations



Kelly Keyes, Subcommittee Chair, Orange County (California) Sheriff-Coroner Office

Theodore Brown, Subcommittee Vice Chair, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine

DeAnna Lowe, Subcommittee Executive Secretary, Cook County Medical Examiner's Office


Donald Bloom, National Disaster Medical System - HHS

Matthew Cain, Regenstrief Institute/Indiana University Health

Enid Camps, State of California, Department of Justice (Legal Representative)

Elissia Conlon, New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner

Dennis Dirkmaat, Mercyhurst University

Brian Ehret, Onondaga County Office of the Medical Examiner

Ben Figura, West Tennessee Regional Forensic Center

Jason Graham, NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner

Tom Gilson, Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office

Amy Hawes, Tennessee Office of the State Chief Medical Examiner

Bryan Johnson, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Raymond Miller, State University of New York

Daniel Morgan, National Transportation Safety Board

Erin Morris, Los Angeles County Public Defender (Human Factors Representative)

Jayne Morrow, Ph.D., Montana State University

Bobbi Jo O'Neal, Charleston County Coroner's Office

Eric Pokorak, Federal Bureau of Investigation (Quality Representative)

Allison Reese, Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences

Michelle Rippy, California State University East Bay

Lindsey C. Thomas, M.D., Retired (Hennepin County, Minnesota)

Naeem Ullah, New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner

Margaret Warner, Ph.D., Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Statistics Representative)

Victor Weedn, George Washington University

Shawn Wilson, Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office


OSAC Registry Ribbon

Tier 1: On the OSAC Registry

Tier 2: Published by a Standards Developing Organization (SDO)

Tier 3: Sent to an SDO

Tier 4: Under Development

  • Workload Limitations for Medicolegal Death Investigators.
  • Technical Report: Medicolegal Death Investigation Terms and Definitions.
  • Medicolegal Death Investigation Workflow and Information Requirements.
  • Crime Scene/Death Investigation: Medicolegal Death Investigation Terms and Definitions.
  • Mass Fatality Management: Best Practice Recommendations for the Medicolegal Authority.
  • Media Communications Following a Mass Fatality Incident: Best Practice Recommendations for Medicolegal Authority.
  • Ethical Considerations in Disaster Victim Identification: Best Practice Recommendations for the Medicolegal Authority.
  • Family Management Following a Mass Fatality Incident: Victim Information Center Best Practice Recommendations for Medicolegal Authorities.
  • Disaster Victim Identification Process: Best Practice Recommendations for the Medicolegal Authority.
  • Best Practice Recommendations for Disaster Victim Accounting.

Discipline-Specific Baseline Documents

The Forensic Science Standards Board (FSSB) has provided the opportunity for OSAC subcommittees to identify baseline documents and reference materials that best reflect the current state of the practice within their respective disciplines. 

These documents contain practical information regarding these disciplines that can help forensic scientists, judges, lawyers, researchers, other interested parties and the general public, to better understand the nature, scope, and foundations of the individual disciplines as they are currently practiced.

It is important to note that the identification of these documents in this venue does not represent an endorsement by OSAC or NIST. Only documents that are posted on the OSAC Registry constitute OSAC endorsement. All copyrights for these documents are reserved by their owners. Subcommittee position statements or responses to data collections by the subcommittee represent the consensus opinion of the subcommittee, not necessarily the position of the entire OSAC organization or NIST.

Accreditation, Certification, and Training:

Endorsement of External Documents:


Critical Stress Management:

Supply of Forensic Pathologists:

Organ and Tissue Procurement:    

Media Relations:

Medicolegal Death Investigation Centers:

Next of Kin:

Workplace Locations:


Pathology Departments:

Research & Development Needs


  • None currently.
Created July 9, 2014, Updated January 19, 2021