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Dr. Emma O. Lew - Director

Medical Examiner

Dr. Emma O. Lew was named Director of the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner Department in September 2016. She was appointed Interim Director in April 2016. Dr. Lew has dedicated the past 25 years to the Forensic Pathology profession.

As Deputy Chief Medical Examiner from 2001-2016, Dr. Lew provided sound leadership to the department and sage counsel to the Chief Medical Examiner. She ensured that the department maintained its strict National Association of Medical Examiners accreditation standards and managed a robust training program that prepared over 100 visiting physicians, Forensic Pathology Fellows, and Associate Medical Examiners for senior forensic pathologist positions throughout the world.

Previously, Dr. Lew held the Associate Medical Examiner position from 1992 to 2001, where she performed the work of a forensic pathologist; conducted scene investigations, preserved and analyzed forensic evidence and prepared various reports.  She also maintained communications with other County agencies, State Attorney’s Office, Public Defender’s Office, U.S. Attorney’s Office, and the general public.

Dr. Lew completed the Medical Examiner Department's Forensic Pathology Fellowship program in 1991, joining the department in 1992 as an Associate Medical Examiner. Dr. Lew earned her medical degree from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada.

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Dr. Emma O. Lew

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