Dr. Roger A. Mitchell, Jr., M.D. is the Chief Medical Examiner for the Government of the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C. He was appointed in 2014. He is a graduate of Howard University, Washington, D.C., and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ. He has a B.S. in Biology from Howard University and he is licensed to practice medicine in New Jersey and Washington, D.C. He has performed over 1300 autopsy examinations in his career and has testified as an expert on numerous cases.
He began the study of forensic science and violence prevention as a Forensic Biologist for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) – DNA Unit in January 1997 at the FBI Headquarters Building. Dr. Mitchell served 4 years as the Assistant Deputy Chief Medical Examiner, in charge of Medicolegal Death Investigations at the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences prior to serving 2 years as the Regional Medical Examiner for the Northern Regional Medical Examiner Office in Newark, NJ. Dr. Mitchell has served in large cities such as New York City, Houston, and Newark, NJ.
He believes the medical examiner serves a critical role in public health prevention initiatives and continues to be at the forefront of issues relating to Elder Abuse & Neglect and Youth Violence. He is the Chairman of the National Medical Association’s Workgroup on Gun Violence and Police Use of Force, which examines violence as a public health issue.
Dr. Mitchell is board certified in Anatomic and Forensic Pathology by the American Board of Pathology. He is a Fellow with the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME). He sits on national subcommittees for NAME including Education & Planning and Strategic Planning as well as Chairs the Deaths In Custody Ad-hoc Committee. He has been appointed to the Forensic Science Standards Board in 2016.