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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.
Heather Jarrell, MD

[When] you do the autopsy, you're able to find those pieces that fit together and really give the family some answers, and you can really help them with their grieving process.

Heather Jarrell, MD, NM Chief Medical Investigator

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

News & Information

Heather Jarrell in PPE

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OMI Chief Heather Jarrell Aims to Foster Interest in Forensic Pathology

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Senator Heinrich visiting OMI

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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Dr. Jarrell Badge Acceptance

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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: hsc-omi-feedback@salud.unm.edu

Records requests
hsc-omirecordrequest@salud.unm.edu
Records Request Fax: 505-925-0558

Request for witness testimony
omijudicial@salud.unm.edu

Hours 
8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday

Media Relations
Mark Rudi, Public Relations Specialist
505-589-8107
HSC Newsroom

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