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Drug Fatalities - America's 'Other' Epidemic: A Medical Examiner's Perspective & AOA Update

Total Credits: 2 including 2 AOA Category 1-A Credit(s)

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Andrew M. Baker, MD, FCAP |  Thomas L Ely, DO, FACOFP, FAAFP, DO, FACOFP, FAAFP
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Learning Objectives: 

  • Describe the scope and changing toxicological landscape of the drug fatality epidemic in the United States
  • List the steps involved in investigating an apparent drug-related fatality
  • Explain the intersection of the drug fatality epidemic and the medicolegal death investigation system in the United States, and the effect on the forensic pathology workforce

Disclosure:  Dr. Baker has not actual or potential conflicts of interest in relation to this program or presentation.



Andrew M. Baker, MD, FCAP's Profile

Andrew M. Baker, MD, FCAP Related seminars and products: 1

Dr. Andrew Baker is a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Medicine. He is board-certified in anatomic, clinical, and forensic pathology. He is a fellow of the College of American Pathologists. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, having previously served as the Chair of the Academy’s Pathology/Biology section and on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee. He is a fellow of the National Association of Medical Examiners, and has previously served as the President and Chair of the Board of Directors. A veteran of the US Air Force, Dr. Baker began practicing as a full-time forensic pathologist with the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 2002. He was appointed to the position of Chief Medical Examiner for Hennepin County in 2004, and was reappointed in 2008, 2012, 2016, and 2020. In 2013, Dr. Baker’s office expanded to provide all medical examiner services to Dakota and Scott Counties in the metropolitan Twin Cities area. 

Thomas L Ely, DO, FACOFP, FAAFP, DO, FACOFP, FAAFP's Profile

Thomas L Ely, DO, FACOFP, FAAFP, DO, FACOFP, FAAFP Related seminars and products: 4

Dr. Ely is the current president of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).  He is an AOA board-certified osteopathic family physician; a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Association of Osteopathic Examiners, and the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians.  A member of the AOA since 1980, he was elected to and served on the AOA’s Board of Trustees from 2006 - 2019, and represented Tennessee as a delegate or alternate delegate in the AOA’s House of Delegates from 1998 - 2019.  Dr. Ely also is past president of the Tennessee Osteopathic Medical Association and a member of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians.  He was appointed to the Tennessee Board of Osteopathic Examination (licensure board) for 9 years.  Prior to attending the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCUCOM) in Kansas City, MO, Dr. Ely served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps, which included two combat tours in Vietnam, serving as a “Dustoff” medical evacuation pilot.  Following osteopathic medical school, he re-entered the military as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Medical Corps and completed a family medicine internship and residency at DeWitt Army Community Hospital in Fort Belvoir, VA.  He retired from the Army in 1988 with the rank of  lieutenant colonel and went into private practice as a family physician in Clarksville, TN, and subsequently served as the Chief Medical Officer for the Gateway Medical Center in Clarksville from 2002 to 2015.

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