- General Information
Office of the Medical Examiner, State of Utah, is a statewide
system for the investigation of sudden and unexpected death. Established
in 1972 as a division of the Utah Dept. of Health, the OME is
based in Salt Lake City. The central office staff is comprised
of four forensic pathologists (Todd
C. Grey, M.D.
- Chief Medical Examiner, Edward A. Leis, M.D. - Deputy Chief Medical
Examiner, Dr. Erik D Christensen (Assistant Medical Examiner), three autopsy
assistants, two full time investigators(John E. Foster - Chief
Investigator and Robert Blanchard), and four administrative staff.
Part-time employees provide after hours staffing and histology
services. Part-time investigators (both contracted and employed)
are utilized throughout the state. Cases from areas outside of
the Wasatch front which do not require the expertise of a forensic
pathologist, are examined by Deputy Medical Examiners. These individuals
are physicians in the community who will perform external examinations
and complete death certificates as representatives of the OME.
Cases requiring an autopsy will be brought to Salt Lake City for
examination at the central office.
central office is located on the east bench of the city, adjacent
to the University of Utah School of Medicine and Primary Children's
Medical Center. The facility is housed in a 16,000 sq. ft. building
that was completed in 1991.
the lower level are the body reception area, two separate examination
areas (one four station area for general use and a single station
room for special procedures and decomposed cases), an X-ray suite,
tissue harvesting room, histology lab, and evidence room, as well
as locker rooms, autopsy assistant office and storage areas.
is also a 1500 sq. ft. body refrigeration area. On the upper level
are offices for the physicians, investigators and administrative
staff along with two conference rooms, reception area, a library,
photographic darkroom and records storage area. Toxicology services
are provided by the Utah State Health Dept. laboratory which is
located next to the medical examiner facility.