Dr. Margaret Greenwald, Chief Medical Examiner
Margaret S. Greenwald joined the Office of Chief Medical Examiner in 1997 as the Deputy Chief Medical Examiner. Upon the retirement of Dr. Henry F. Ryan in 1998, she was selected by Governor Angus King to become Maine’s third Chief Medical Examiner, an office which was founded in 1968. Dr. Greenwald graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Michigan State University in 1973 and in 1976 she received a Doctor of Medicine from Ohio State University Medical School.
Her post graduate studies included an internship in Internal Medicine at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, residency in Anatomic Pathology at St. Vincent's Hospital and Medical Center in New York City, residency in Clinical Pathology at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in San Diego, and a fellowship in Forensic Pathology at the Department of Chief Medical Examiner- Coroner, Los Angeles County. She is certified by the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic Pathology, Clinical Pathology and Forensic Pathology.
Before coming to Maine, Dr. Greenwald served as a Medical Examiner for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, as well as in the Counties of San Francisco and San Diego, California. She has several publications to her name and has lectured widely within the medical and law enforcement communities. She has been a faculty member for the Seminar for Forensic Sciences at Colby College for the last 12 years and is a Faculty Associate at the University of Maine for Issues in Forensic Investigation of Death and Injury.
Dr. Greenwald has been personally involved in the investigation of over 100 homicides since coming to Maine. She routinely testifies as an expert witness on cause of death in these cases and she oversees a staff of 8 full-time employees and 200 part-time contract physicians. She has fostered a professional working relationship with every law enforcement agency in Maine.