National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME)

The National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) is the premier organization of Board certified forensic pathologists who perform autopsies and investigate deaths from sudden unattended natural, suspicious, overdose or violent means, serving the families of the deceased, the public, police, and the justice system. NAME was founded in 1966 with the dual purposes of fostering the professional growth of physician death investigators and disseminating the professional and technical information vital to improving medical death investigation. Growing from a small nucleus of concerned forensic pathologist physicians, NAME has expanded its scope to include physician medical examiners and coroners, medical death investigators and medicolegal system administrators from throughout the United States and other countries.

Activities and Programs
The evolution of excellence in medicolegal death investigation in the United States has been slow and arduous. NAME members provide the expertise that is essential to the effective functioning of the civil and criminal justice systems. In many jurisdictions the medical aspects of death investigation remain relegated to personnel without certification or medical training, or are performed by persons with little or no education in death investigation or forensic pathology. NAME serves as a resource to individuals and jurisdictions seeking to improve medicolegal death investigation by continually working to develop and upgrade national standards in death investigation. The published NAME Standards for a Modern Medicolegal Investigative System provide a model for jurisdictions seeking to improve death investigation. NAME aims to involve competent professional medicolegal death investigators in every jurisdiction in the United States. NAME, as an association and through its members, maintains active cooperative relationships with the College of American Pathologists, American Society of Clinical Pathologists, ACGME, and other professional organizations. NAME representatives participate and serve in an advisory capacity to federal, public and private organizations on numerous projects. As the official specialty association of physician medical examiners, the NAME promotes its vision of competent national death investigation from a seat in the House of Delegates of the American Medical Association.

Inspection and Standards

As part of its mission to improve the quality of death investigation nationally and to recognize excellence in death investigation systems, the NAME offers a voluntary inspection and accreditation program for medicolegal death investigative offices. Accreditation by NAME is an honor. For individual forensic pathologists, the NAME Forensic Autopsy Performance Standards set rules for the minimum proper performance of a forensic autopsy.

Education and Residents
The educational functions of NAME are simultaneously directed towards the development and improvement of efficient, cost effective death investigation systems. NAME further encourages members to participate in the training of residents, medical students, law enforcement officers, allied health professionals, paramedical personnel and others who interface with death. The educational activities of NAME are carried out at the week long annual meeting each Fall. The meeting’s didactic sessions provide instruction on subjects of medicolegal interest while the scientific sessions provide a platform for individual presentation of scientific studies and research in a peer review setting. The Association meets for an interim half-day meeting each February in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. NAME’s Committee for Fellowship Training meets once per year with FP Residency Training Directors to proactively address training and recruitment issues of residents and fellows aimed at improving our specialty for the future. Forensic Pathology Fellows are given the opportunity to join NAME during their fellowship year without paying dues, and the annual NAME meeting registration is fee waived once after fellowship completion. The President of NAME at the annual meeting hosts a special reception each year just for medical students, residents and fellows.

The NAME is open to all physicians, residents, investigators, and administrators who are active in medicolegal death investigation. The annual dues of $402 include a subscription to the Association’s official publication, Academic Forensic Pathology, and access to NAME-L, an active Internet Listserv.

For further information, contact:
Denise McNally, Executive Director


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Marceline, MO 64658
Phone: (660) 734-1891


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