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Maryland Post Mortem Examiners Commission Announces Appointment of Dr. Pamela E. Southall as Acting Chief Medical Examiner of Maryland

ByChad J. Johnson

Feb 18, 2022

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February 18, 2022

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Maryland Post Mortem Examiners Commission Announces Appointment of Dr. Pamela E. Southall as Acting Chief Medical Examiner of Maryland

Baltimore, MD ‒ The Maryland Board of Post Mortem Examiners (PMEC) today announced that Dr. Pamela E. Southall will serve as Maryland’s new acting Chief Medical Examiner. Dr Southall replaces Dr Victor Weedn, effective immediately.

The Board of Post Mortem Examiners welcomes Dr Southall and applauds his leadership of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) during a critical time. The Commission thanks Dr. Victor Weedn for his service to the State and wishes him the best in his future endeavours.

The OCME is responsible for determining the cause and manner of death if a person is not under the care of a physician, or if the death is unexpected or occurs under suspicious or unusual circumstances. The OCME assists in criminal investigations when a death is determined to be a homicide and plays an essential public health role by identifying patterns of fatal injuries and infectious diseases that may pose a risk to Marylanders.

In his new role, Dr. Southall will lead the bureau’s efforts to review caseloads and work begun by the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) to recruit medical examiners and secure additional resources for the bureau while maintaining efficient operations.

Over the past year, MDH and PMEC have secured funding to upgrade OCME facilities, increase cold storage capacity, purchase new equipment, and add staff at higher salary levels.

Over the past several weeks, MDH has also coordinated with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide assistance from additional pathology professionals.

Dr. Southall will oversee a team of over 100 trained professionals, including assistant and assistant medical examiners, toxicologists, autopsy assistants and others.

The PMEC is established by Maryland law and is responsible for the employment and operation of the OCME. The five appointed commissioners include representatives from the Baltimore City Health Department, the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the State Police of Maryland and MDH.

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