Maryland’s longtime chief medical examiner to leave post

BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland’s longtime chief medical examiner said he plans to leave his post by the end of the year.

Dr. David Fowler tells The Baltimore Sun that resource challenges related to the opioid epidemic factored into his decision to leave his office of 17 years. The surge in opioid-related deaths strained the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, causing it to exceed national caseload standards and risk losing a prized national accreditation.

By 2017, the office’s average workload reached more than 325, well over the national annual standard of 250 autopsies. Such a volume could cause delays, thereby straining law enforcement and families.

The well-regarded Fowler says he’s been a squeaky wheel about such issues. He says he now plans to travel with his wife and be involved in private consultations.


Information from: The Baltimore Sun,

Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.

Related Categories:

Local News | Maryland News

Like WTOP on Facebook and follow @WTOP on Twitter to engage in conversation about this article and others.

Get breaking news and daily headlines delivered to your email inbox by signing up here.

© 2020 WTOP. All Rights Reserved. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.

More from WTOP

Log in to your WTOP account for notifications and alerts customized for you.

Sign up