Yavapai County has on average 1000 suspect deaths each year that require investigations. Of those 1000 deaths, about 400 will require an Autopsy. Dr. Jeffrey Nine is the Medical Examiner (ME) that handles the investigation that determines the cause of death.
Dr. Nine joined Yavapai County about a month ago and says, “It is a real honor and privilege to have a job like this, and it is important to me to make sure everyone in this office feels important and welcomed.”
Medical examiners are licensed physicians who possess specialized training in forensic pathology. They perform autopsies and inspect organs, tissue and bodily fluids to determine the cause of death in violent or suspicious cases.
Dr. Nine came to Yavapai County from Pittsburgh where he was the Chief, Autopsy and Forensic Pathology – Division of Anatomic Pathology, at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He graduated from medical school in 1991 from Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine and then did an internship in General Surgery at Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh.
The Medical Examiner reports the Yavapai County Community Health Services Director Leslie Horton who said, “We are thrilled to have Dr. Nine heading up the Medical Examiner’s Office and we are excited to have him on our team.”
Dr. Nine went to explain how he feels the ME’s position is more about getting involved with the community, finding out how people are dying, and doing what he can to prevent it.