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Rutgers doctors to lead Bergen medical examiner's office

Rutgers New Jersey Medical School has formed a five-year partnership with the Bergen County Medical Examiner’s officer in which Rutgers will supply physicians to lead the office.

Rutgers doctors will investigate the causes of death under unusual or suspicious circumstances including homicides, inmate deaths, workplace accidents and sudden infant deaths, and provide expert testimony in civil and criminal cases. The medical school’s Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine will assign at least two licensed physicians full time, with one of them to serve as the county’s chief medical examiner.

Through the new partnership, the office may serve as a teaching site within the school’s residency program in pathology, and as a research site for public health and forensic medicine research.

“Our physicians will serve Bergen County, families mourning the untimely loss of loved ones, and victims of violent crime with professionalism, compassion, and excellent skill in forensic pathology,” said Dr. Robert Johnson, dean of Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. “In addition, the benefit of a teaching site for our residency program will enhance our ability to produce highly-skilled physician graduates.”

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