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Medicolegal Death Investigation Subcommittee

Members of the OSAC Medicolegal Death Investigation Subcommittee
Members of the OSAC Medicolegal Death Investigation Subcommittee  (July 2019)

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 | OSAC Registry Approved DocumentsDocuments in Process |  Research & Development Needs | Discipline-Specific Baseline Documents | Presentations

Officers

Keith Pinckard, M.D./Ph.D., Subcommittee Chair, Travis County (Texas) Medical Examiner's Office

Laura Crandall, M.A., Subcommittee Vice Chair, New York University Langone Health

Kelly Keyes, Executive Secretary, Orange County (California) Sheriff's Coroner Office

Members

Andrew Baker, M.D., Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office

Paula Braun, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

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

Matthew Cain, Regenstrief Institute/Indiana University Health

David Carter, Ph.D., Chaminade University of Honolulu

Tom Hensley, Jackson County (Missouri) Medical Examiner's Office

Julie Howe, Franklin, Jefferson, and St. Charles Counties (Missouri) Medical Examiner Offices

 

DeAnna Lowe, Cook County Office of the Medical Examiner

Lauri McGivern, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner - Vermont

Jayne Morrow, Ph.D., Montana State University

Marcus Nashelsky, M.D., University of Iowa

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

Bill Oliver, M.D., Regional Forensic Center (Knoxville, TN)

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

Margaret Warner, Ph.D., U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics

OSAC Registry Approved Documents

  • None currently.

Documents in Process

Under Development:

  • Standard for capturing common data elements in medicolegal death investigation (working title only).
  • Medicolegal death terminology document.
  • Document regarding model law for medical research.
  • Document regarding death investigator workload.

Work Product Sent to SDO:

SDO Published: 

  • None currently.

Entered OSAC Registry Approval Process:

  • None currently.

Research & Development Needs

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 Registries 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.

OSAC Medicolegal Death Investigation Subcommittee Recommendations for Medical Examiner/Coroner Drug-Related Death Investigations

OSAC Medicolegal Death Investigation Subcommittee Strategy Statement for Medical Examiner/Coroner Drug-Related Death Investigations

SWGMDI Death Investigation Systems and NAME, ABMDI, IACME Representation in States

SWGMDI State Medical Examiner Survey

SWGMDI Process Map - Basic Steps in Medicolegal Death Investigation

SWGMDI Report Summary of Jurisdictional Survey

Accreditation, Certification, and Training:

Endorsement of External Documents:

Autopsy:

Critical Stress Management:

Supply of Forensic Pathologists:

Organ and Tissue Procurement:    

Media Relations:

Medicolegal Death Investigation Centers:

Next of Kin:

Workplace Locations:

Research:

Pathology Departments:

Presentations

  • None at this time.

In general, the development of standards and guidelines is transitioning from the Scientific Working Groups (SWGs) to the OSAC. Some SWGs will continue to operate to provide other resources within their discipline. The existing SWG documents will remain in effect until updated documents are disseminated by the OSAC or the SWG. SWGDAM will retain the responsibility for updating the FBI DNA Quality Assurance Standards.

– Forensic Science Standards Board: March 2015

Created July 9, 2014, Updated December 10, 2019