Armed Forces Medical Examiner System Overview: How it works (Individual)
This presentation will provide information on the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System operations. We will review the referral process, hierarchy, jurisdiction, and more during the presentation.
Jim Caruso, MD
Chief Medical Examiner and Coroner
City and County of Denver
Dr. Jim Caruso is the Chief Medical Examiner and Coroner for the City and County of Denver. He received his undergraduate and medical training at the University of Illinois and completed a Pathology residency and a fellowship in Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Caruso subsequently completed a Forensic Pathology fellowship at the Office of the Maryland Medical Examiner in Baltimore. He then served as Deputy Chief Medical Examiner for the Armed Forces and Regional Armed Forces Medical Examiner for Asia and the Pacific. Memorable cases include the investigation of the Space Shuttle Columbia mishap and the autopsy of former professional football player Pat Tillman. Captain Caruso spent nearly 30-years in the United States Navy during which time he served as both a Diving Medical Officer and a Flight Surgeon. He has published numerous scientific abstracts, peer-reviewed papers, and book chapters in the areas of forensic pathology and diving medicine. Dr. Caruso resides with his wife Pamela in Castle Rock, CO and has a daughter at Colorado State University and another at the University of Colorado.