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Karen Black Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
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Appointed Chief Medical Examiner
Deputy Chief has been in acting position since last May
MD (May 15, 2002) -- Dr. David R. Fowler has been named Chief Medical Examiner
for the State of Maryland by the Post Mortem Examiners Commission, effective
today, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) has announced.Dr. Fowler has been acting Chief Medical
Examiner since May of last year, when Dr. John E. Smialek, the former examiner,
Commission selected Dr. Fowler because of his strong national reputation, the
outstanding abilities he has shown while acting as interim head, and the
extensive knowledge he has in the running of the Medical Examiner’s Office,”
said Dr. Sanford A. Stass, who is chairman of the Post Mortem Examiners
Commission and interim chair of the Department of Pathology at the University
of Maryland School of Medicine.“In
addition, he has the highest respect among those he works with in the academic
and government communities.”
Fowler will head the Office of Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) located in
Baltimore.The office employs 75 full
time and 120 part time employees and has a budget of $6.2 million.
has one of the leading medical examiner systems in the United States,” said Dr.
Fowler.“My goal is to maintain that
reputation and help the office evolve to meet the new challenges that face our
community in today’s world.”
Office of Chief Medical Examiner investigates human deaths caused by violence,
suicide, or casualty; sudden death in an apparently healthy individual; and
deaths that involve any suspicious or unusual manner.
Chief Medical Examiner is a very visible position that requires interaction
with numerous individuals,” said Dr. Georges C. Benjamin, DHMH Secretary and a
member of the commission.“We are
extremely pleased that Dr. Fowler has accepted this position.”
of the OCME works closely with law enforcement agencies, and are often called
to testify before Grand Juries or in criminal cases.
"Partnership with a
professional, efficient Office of the State Medical Examiner is vital to our
success in Maryland law enforcement," said Colonel David B. Mitchell,
Superintendent of the Maryland State Police and a member of the commission."The choice of Dr. David Fowler to be
the State Medical Examiner is an excellent one that will continue the proud
tradition of this important agency.Dr.
Fowler’s professional background and his experience at many levels in the
Office of the State Medical Examiner make him perfectly suited for this
Post Mortem Examiners Commission is a five-person group charged with overseeing
the operations of the Office of Chief Medical Examiner.Membership of the Commission is ex officio.
Fowler, who is a naturalized citizen of the United States, was born in
Bulawayo, Zimbabwe in 1958.He has been
with OCME since 1993 when he joined the staff as a Fellow.Prior to his appointment as acting chief, he
was Deputy Chief Medical Examiner for Statewide Services and Deputy Chief for
Fowler is board certified in anatomic and forensic pathology by the American
Board of Pathology, and received his medical degree and a Degree of Master of
Medicine in Forensic Pathology from the University of Cape Town in South
Africa.He lives in Baltimore County
with his wife Carolyn and their children Matthew and Kaitlyn.