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Our work will improve health, safety and justice in New Mexico

As a nationally accredited program with strong educational component in The University of New Mexico School of Medicine, the Office of the Medical Investigator (OMI) in Albuquerque investigates any death occurring in New Mexico that is sudden, violent, untimely, unexpected or where a person is found dead and the cause of death is unknown. The OMI, which is a special program within the Department of Pathology, determines the cause and manner of death in these cases, and provides formal death certification.


OMI Education, Employment & FAQs

The Office of the Medical Investigator (OMI) trains and employs the best and brightest in forensics, neuropathology and medical examination—investigating deaths to serve the living.

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Government, legal and family representatives may request investigative, post-mortem exam and toxicology reports.

News & Information

News & Information

OMI Chief Heather Jarrell Aims to Foster Interest in Forensic Pathology

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News & Information

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich OMI to see the work being done to improve the identification of Native American remains and resolve missing persons cases.

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Heather Jarrell, M.D., named Chief Medical Investigator

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Office of the Medical Investigator

Contact OMI
Phone: 505-272-3053
Main Fax: 505-925-0546
General e-mail:

Request for witness testimony

8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday

Media Relations

Chris Ramirez, MPA

UNM – HSC Communications Manager

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