Welcome to the National Association of Medical Examiners!

About NAME

The NAME is the premier professional organization for medical examiners, forensic pathologists, and medicolegal affiliates and administrators.  Since its founding in 1966 NAME has been committed to:

  • Providing leadership and advocacy for best practices and excellence in forensic pathology and death investigation;
  • Developing and promulgating forensic autopsy standards;
  • Offering and promoting accreditation of medicolegal death investigation systems in the United States and internationally;
  • Providing education to its members and stakeholders;
  • Promoting research and advancing knowledge;
  • Ensuring access to ethical, objective and impartial services, including testimony, to all stakeholders;
  • Representing medicolegal death investigation and its practicing professionals to the public and the government;
  • Enhancing public health through thorough and accurate death investigation and certification; and
  • Treating decedents and their survivors with dignity and respect.

NAME's vision is accomplished through leadership, education, collaboration, advocacy, outreach, publication, and research.  The NAME will continue to be the foremost authority promoting the highest quality forensic pathology practice and medicolegal death investigation in the world.  The application of excellence in this medical practice will enhance public health, public safety and the administration of justice.

Official Publication of NAME


 The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology is the official publication of the National Association of Medical Examiners. ​


NAME is a participant of the House of Delegates for the American Medical Association
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 Special Diversity and Inclusivity Statement from NAME

The National Association of Medical Examiners strongly denounces injustice and racism in all forms.  Forensic pathologists are committed to truth, mutual respect for all, listening objectively and understanding between people.  Historically, forensic pathologists have stood for truth in Attica, and denounced genocides and many other wrongs flamed by hate and discrimination.  We publicly condemn racism, injustice, and discrimination of any kind.  We are appalled at the deaths of George Floyd and others before him, murdered and missing indigenous women, attacks on LGBQT and any attack, injustice or discrimination based on race, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, religious or spiritual beliefs, appearance or any other human condition or choice.  We stand united against these terrible injustices. As forensic pathologists and physicians, we are committed to the betterment of humanity, and respect for all people regardless of race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, religious affiliation, place of birth or economic standing. 

Have you ever wondered what forensic pathology is really like?

Here is your chance to find out! The National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME), which is the professional society of forensic pathologists and medicolegal death investigators, is offering a series of live webinars on a variety of forensic pathology topics for medical students.

The Thirtieth lecture is:
“Forensic Pathology of Electrocution" by James Gill, M.D., Chief Medical Examiner, Connecticut Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Farmington, Connecticut
Thursday, March 21, 2024 at 4:00 PM EST
Link to register for event: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7275814123657632349


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We look forward to seeing everyone for the 57th Annual Meeting “Forensic Pathology- Prospering after Pandemic”. With the interesting and educational forensic topics and the chance to gather in-person with our friends and colleagues, we will see you in San Jose!
Amy C. Gruszecki, MSFS, DO
2023 Program Chair