Pathologist to speak on medical examiner's role in law enforcement

October 02, 2012

A free public lecture about the role and duties of a medical examiner, "Introduction to the Medical Examiner," will be given at 12:20 p.m. Oct. 15, in 112 Borland Building on the Penn State University Park campus. Roger Mitchell Jr., a board-certified pathologist at the New Jersey Medical Examiner Service, will present the lecture, which is the second of three presentations on forensic science and its use as a law-enforcement tool in Penn State's 2012 Forensic Science Lecture Series.

As the assistant state medical examiner in charge of the Northern and Southern Regional Medical Examiner Offices, Mitchell is responsible for performing autopsy examinations and testifying as an expert witness in court cases. He also has a great interest in violence as a public health issue.

Mitchell is a graduate of Howard University in Washington, D.C., and he began his career in forensic biology as a technician at the FBI's DNA Lab. He later earned a medical degree at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey and completed a residency at George Washington University Hospital. He also served as a fellow at the office of the Chief Medical Examiner in New York City. Mitchell is licensed to practice medicine in New Jersey and Texas.

The Penn State 2012 Forensic Science Lecture Series is sponsored by the Penn State Eberly College of Science. For more information, contact the Forensic Science Program at 814-863-6758 or email


  • Roger Mitchell Jr. will give a free public lecture on the role of the medical examiner in U.S. law enforcement procedures.

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