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Common Challenges Working with Donation Organizations.

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This presentation will review common challenges medicolegal professionals encounter when working with donation organizations. We will discuss how these issues may impact the ability to permit donation, provide examples of complicated or challenging cases, and evaluate potential solutions. 

Mark Giffen, DO

Forensic Pathologist & Assistant Professor of Pathology

Wake Forest School of Medicine

Dr. Mark Giffen began his journey to Forensic Pathology in New York State, working with his father in the funeral industry. He graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Upstate New York with a Bachelor of Science in 2008 and then graduated from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pennsylvania in 2013. He pursued a residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital, graduating in 2017 before completing a 1-year fellowship in Forensic Pathology at the Office of the Medical Investigator in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Dr. Giffen has presented at the national meetings of the National Association of Medical Examiners and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences as well as locally through the North Carolina Area Health Education Consortium. He carries board certifications in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology from the American Board of Pathology. Special interests include forensic radiology and advanced forensic imaging techniques.

Dotti Owens

Coroner, M.A., D-ABMDI

Dotti Owens assumed the position of Ada County Coroner in January 2015 and served as the county coroner until January 2023. Following her retirement, Dotti remains dedicated to enhancing the field of medicolegal death investigation and implementing high standards through her consulting firm. Her professional background boasts an impressive array of accomplishments, including:

  • Obtaining a master’s degree in criminology and criminal justice administration.
  • Certification in Medicolegal Death Investigation from The American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators
  • Accreditation from the International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners
  • Accreditation from the National Association of Medical Examiners
  • Authorship of numerous Policy & Procedure Manuals and planning documents
  • Overseeing the second office in the nation to achieve dual accreditation from both organizations.
  • Development of Regional Facilities within the State of Idaho to Include a 30 million dollar forensic pathology facility.

Dotti Owens actively participates in various boards and committees affiliated with the National Association of Counties (NACo). She contributes her expertise to the Idaho Governor's Child Fatality Review Team and the Idaho State Association of County Coroners. Dotti also serves as a member of the Medicolegal Consensus Body of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences Standards Board (AAFS) and holds an executive board position in the International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners (IACME), among other professional organizations.

She frequently conducts training sessions for Coroner/Medical Examiner agencies nationwide and is currently involved in the development of the Eastern Idaho Forensic Pathology Center. Dotti's proficiency extends to advising on the establishment of Coroner/Medical jurisdictions in the region. Her commitment to suicide and drug overdose prevention has led her to introduce the Man Therapy campaign to the State of Idaho. Dotti has played a significant role in bridging the gap between Coroners and Medical Examiners and their involvement in Suicide and Overdose Prevention. Recognizing the coroner's pivotal role in public health, she continues to champion its importance.


Common Challenges Working with Donation Organizations.
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