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Mission Statement
The purpose of the Medical Examiner Division is to provide direction and support to the state death investigation program. The Medical Examiner manages all aspects of the state medical examiner program and has responsibility for technical supervision of county offices in each of the 36 counties of Oregon. The division is staffed by four full‑time forensic pathologists, supported by four staff personnel located in the Portland Metropolitan area. Further administrative support and oversight are provided by the Department of Oregon State Police. The main activity of the division is to certify the cause and manner of a death requiring investigation within the authority of ORS Chapter 146. This activity includes post mortem examination and alcohol and drug analyses. The division also maintains appropriate records and provides lectures and training on legal medicine and death investigation to medical school physicians and students, attorneys, law students, police officers, emergency medical technicians, and other persons associated with the death investigation system.
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Karen Gunson, M.D. - State Medical Examiner
Larry Lewman, M.D. - Deputy State Medical Examiner
Clifford Nelson, M.D. - Deputy State Medical Examiner
Christopher Young, M.D. - Deputy State Medical Examiner
Daniel W. Davis, M.D. - Deputy State Medical Examiner -  Lane County
James Olson, M.D. - Deputy State Medical Examiner - Southern Oregon
Veronica L.W. Vance, Ph.D. - State Forensic Anthropologist
Eugene Gray - Forensic Administrator