MTF’s Medical Examiner/Coroner Advisory Committee

Welcome to the resource page developed by the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundationís Medical Examiner and Coroner Advisory Committee (MECC). The MTF MECC has been in existence since October 2006 and this page was established as a conduit of information and resources for those in the Medicolegal community, the tissue banking community, and organ procurement organizations (OPOs).

Committee Members:

Mary H. Dudley, MD – Co-Chair
Chief Medical Examiner
Office of the Jackson County Medical Examiner
Kansas City, Missouri

Charles V. Wetli, MD – Co-Chair
Chief Medical Examiner and Director of Forensic Sciences
Suffolk County, New York (retired)
Clinical Professor of Pathology
State University of New York, Stony Brook (retired)
Consultant, Forensic Pathology

Kim A. Collins, MD
Forensic Pathologist
Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office
Atlanta, Georgia

Graham S. Hetrick, MS, FD, CMI III
Dauphin County Coroner
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania


Philip Keen, MD, FASCP, FCAP
Medical Director, Tissue Services
Donor Network of Arizona

Burt Mattice
Chief Operations Officer,
Gift of Life Michigan Organ Procurement Organization
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Ellen Moffatt, MD
Assistant Medical Examiner
Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
San Francisco, California

Geetha Natarajan, MD
Chief Medical Examiner, Middlesex County, New Jersey
Clinical Professor of Pathology UNDNJ Robert Wood
Consultant, Forensic Pathology (retired)

Martin Navarro
Medical Examiner Liaison/Triage coordinator
Donor Network of Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona

Karen F. Ross, MD
Forensic Pathologist/Assistant Coroner
Jefferson Parish Forensic Center
Harvey, Louisiana

Christina W. Strong, Esq.
Law Office of Christina Woodward Strong

MTF Representatives:

Corrinne Morgan
Senior Regional Director, Donor Services Division
Committee Project Leader

George Herrera
Vice President, Donor Services Division

Marc T. Playman, D-ABMDI
Columbia County Medical Examiner (ret)
Columbia County Medical Examiner's Office (Wisconsin)
Coroner, Medical Examiner Liaison Consultant

Ronald Victor Suarez, MD
Medical Examiner
County of Morris, New Jersey
Associate Medical Director
Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation
Edison, New Jersey

Mary Szaro, RN, BSN, MSJ
Director, Technical Operations

Louis Jares, CTBS, CEBT, D-ABMDI
Education Director, Donor Services Division

Documents and Resources

MECC Position Statement on the Timely Acquisition of Autopsy Findings After Tissue/Organ Donation

MTF Autopsy Release Form

If you are from a tissue bank or OPO and have made repeated, documented attempts to obtain an autopsy report from a medical examiner and have been refused, here is a one page MTF document that your organization can submit to us after completion by the pathologist.

National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME)

The MTF Medical Examiner/Coroner Advisory Committee supports the position of the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) regarding the procurement of tissues and organs for transplantation. This position is that tissue/organ donation can be accomplished in virtually all cases without detriment to evidence collection, postmortem examination, determination of cause and manner of death, or the conduction of criminal or civil legal proceedings.

For additional Information about forensic medicine, pathology and medicolegal death investigation, please visit:

Offers a comprehensive, current and fast-track forensic training course and skills workshop to gain forensic knowledge and improve working relationships with medical examiners, coroners and death investigators. Check this link often for the latest workshop dates:

Sample presentations from MTF's first Forensic Pathology Workshop:

Offers an opportunity for those interested to practice your investigation skills by reviewing evidence, interviews and case details.  New cases posted regularly.

United Network for Organ Sharing

The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) has a published an excellent and thorough resource entitled “Death Investigation and Organ and Tissue Donation: A Resource for Organ and Tissue Recovery Agencies, Medical Examiners and Coroners”. If you are interested in ordering a copy, this must be done directly through UNOS. Click here to order a copy.

If you have a problem opening this link, you can try visiting UNOS’ online store by visiting

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