President's Welcome



Dear Colleagues and Visitors to the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) website:

For almost 20 years, I have been a member of NAME and I am honored and humbled to be elected to serve as President in 2022. The forensic pathology and medical examiner community has experienced significant growth and change since NAME was founded in 1966.  Most offices now utilize electronic case management systems and are moving towards electronic records in lieu of paper files, advanced imaging techniques and point of care testing are being used to augment the autopsy procedure and genetic testing for heritable diseases is readily available for postmortem samples.  As many of these advances and techniques were first introduced through presentations at NAME annual and interim meetings, NAME members have played a significant role in these achievements.

The past decade has been challenging – more so in the past couple of years than ever.  As the opioid epidemic persists and novel synthetic drugs continue to emerge, we have been confronted with a viral pandemic and increasing numbers of violent deaths.  Never before has our work been more important or more visible to the public.  Unfortunately, these events coincide with a national forensic pathologist workforce shortage, a problem NAME is addressing with vigor.  Through the work of its’ members, NAME has embarked on an impressive outreach program which includes a series of medical student webinars, social media and pathology interest group engagement, and participation in lectures to college and high school groups.  These efforts have already been successful with new students set to enter the pipeline.

In addition to the workforce issues, inclusivity and increased involvement will be my priorities in 2022.  As a volunteer organization, we can only succeed with the combined efforts of our members.  Our committees are comprised of people from all over the world and I know we will accomplish remarkable things this year.  Some of our newest committees address workplace stress and wellness, diversity, and educational activities, and have provided important resources to our members.

Educational opportunities will abound in 2022!  NAME has partnered with The Center for Forensic Science Research and Education to provide a 12-week series of CME eligible virtual grand rounds.  The extremely popular ‘case of the week’ questions will be continued by the Educational Activities Committee and many NAME members post educational materials on a variety of social media platforms.  The NAME interim meeting has been changed to a virtual format and will be held April 12, 2022.  The theme this year is Pediatric Pathology.  The NAME annual meeting is scheduled to be in-person again this year in Dallas, Texas, October 14-18.  I look forward to seeing you there and hopefully celebrating the end of this pandemic. 

I am grateful for this organization that brings us together, and I am extremely honored to lead it this year.

Kathryn Pinneri, MD