The Rochester Section recently received a Diversity, Inclusion, and Respect grant from National ACS. On Thursday, February 17, at 7 PM, the Section will present its first “Better Together: Improving Diversity in the Rochester Section” seminar with featured speaker Nadia A. Granger, MD, Monroe County Medical Examiner, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Rochester, and Fellowship Director for the Forensic Pathology Fellowship.

This will be a free online Zoom event open to both ACS members and non-members. It is requested that attendees register in advance for the seminar.  An American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter will also be available during the presentation.



For many, death investigation remains one of life’s great mysteries.  Others believe everything they see on CSI, Body of Proof and Rizzoli & Isles.  So what is Forensic Pathology?  Are Medical Examiners and Coroners the same?  What training do you need to be involved in the field?  How are autopsies performed?  What is the weirdest thing you have seen?  This lecture is meant to unravel some of the myths and open up the pathology world to your eyes.   We will discuss the basics of death investigation, including processes and timelines.  We will answer some common questions about the field of forensic pathology and address some of the misconceptions regarding our practice.


Born in Guyana, Dr. Nadia Granger immigrated to the United States at the age of 19, and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with honors from Brooklyn College in 2000.  After obtaining her doctorate in Medicine through the SUNY Downstate Medical Center in 2006, she moved to the University of Rochester where she completed a four-year residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology.  She finished her training at the University of New Mexico with a one-year fellowship in Forensic Pathology. 

Dr. Granger joined the Monroe County Office of the Medical Examiner in 2011 as an Associate Medical Examiner, and achieved the position of [chief] Medical Examiner in 2016. She holds board certifications in Anatomic, Clinical, and Forensic Pathology, and has testified as an expert witness in many different legal jurisdictions. She is a member of the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME), the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), and the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP).  She is also a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Rochester.   She has delivered invited lectures for a variety of workshops/symposia including the AAFS Annual Meeting in 2019, the New York State Association of County Coroners and Medical Examiners (NYSACCME) Coroner 101 course in 2019 and 2020, the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Pfaudler Lecture Series and numerous other local hospital and law enforcement training sessions.  In 2019, Dr. Granger initiated a Forensic Pathology Fellowship program through a collaboration between the University of Rochester and Monroe County, and currently serves as the Fellowship Director for that program.

A flyer for this event is available for download.

Do not miss your chance to hear and meet our outstanding speaker!

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