Luke R. Vogelsberg, D-ABMDI
Luke R. Vogelsberg, D-ABMDI is one of the Forensic Operations Directors at the Office of Chief Medical Examiner of the City of New York (OCME), the largest medical examiner office in the United States. Specifically, he serves as Assistant Director of Forensic Investigations, part of the management team overseeing a staff of more than 40 Medicolegal Investigators and their supervisors, who investigate all manners of death throughout New York’s five boroughs. New York City was the area hardest-hit by COVID-19 in the United States, and during the City’s COVID-19 response, Luke was pulled from his day-to-day functions to develop and implement emergency “just-in-time” training and oversight for nearly 200 non-essential Agency staff reassigned into essential roles, to manage expanded COVID operations. During COVID operations, Luke also took over managerial oversight of OCME’s Communications Department, a role in which he is still serving. In his roles in Investigations and Communications, Luke works closely with LiveOnNY, New York’s organ and tissue procurement organization.
Prior to coming to NYC in January of 2019, Luke was the Director of Investigations and Morgue Operations at Sparrow Hospital’s Department of Forensic Pathology, which serves as the Medical Examiner’s Office for several mid-Michigan Counties. There, Luke started as an autopsy assistant and death scene investigator while studying biochemistry and molecular biology at Michigan State University. Luke has been a Diplomate of the American Board of Medicolegal Investigators since 2014, and has served on several professional and nonprofit executive and advisory boards.