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Dr. Kris SperryDr. Kris Sperry - Chief Medical Examiner

Dr. Kris Sperry graduated from Kansas State College of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Kansas in 1975 and completed medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City, Kansas in 1978. Following an internship in Allenstown, Pennsylvania, Dr. Sperry served as a commissioned officer for two years in the United States Public Health Service, specifically in the Indian Health Service on the reservation of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians in Red Lake, Minnesota.

He completed a pathology residency at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in 1985, followed by a fellowship in forensic pathology with the office of the Medical Investigator for the State of New Mexico. Dr. Sperry was Associate Medical Investigator and later became Medical Investigator for the Office of the Medical Investigator for the State of New Mexico from 1986 to 1989.

Dr. Sperry assumed the position of Associate Medical Examiner and later the position of Deputy Chief Medical Examiner for the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office in Atlanta, Georgia from 1989 to 1997. He was appointed Chief Medical Examiner for the State of Georgia, Georgia Bureau of Investigation Division of Forensic Science on June 13, 1997 and currently serves in that position/capacity. Dr. Sperry is a nationally recognized expert in the fields of forensic pathology and childhood injury, and has lectured extensively concerning the evaluation of childhood injury and abuse.

 

Dr. Jacqueline MartinDr. Jacqueline Martin - Deputy Chief Medical Examiner

Dr. Jacqueline Martin completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Puerto Rico - Cayey in Cayey, Puerto Rico in 1981 and earned her medical degree from t he Ponce School of Medicine in Ponce, Puerto Rico in 1985. She fulfilled her residency at the University of Rochester, Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York in 1990.

She worked at the Monroe County Medical Examiner's Office in Rochester, NY from 1988 to 1993, and moved on to complete a fellowship at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut in 1994. From 1994-2001, Dr . Martin served as a pathologist and medical examiner at Highland Hospital (Rochester, New York), the Pa lm Beach County Medical Examiner's Office (West Palm Beach, Florida), and the Center for Forensic Scienc es (Syracuse, New York).

Dr. Martin joined the Georgia Bureau of Investigation as an associate medical examiner in 2001.

 

Dr. Lora Darrisaw

Dr. Lora Darrisaw - Associate Medical Examiner, GBI Headquarters

Dr. Lora Darrisaw completed her undergraduate degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1985. She received her medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1995.

She completed her pathology residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1999. Dr. Darrisaw moved on to a fellowship in Pediatric Pathology at Texas Children's Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Following that, she finished another fellowship, this one in forensic pathology, at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, GA in conjunction with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation in 2002. Dr. Darrisaw joined the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Medical Examiner's Office as an associate medical examiner in 2002.

Dr. Darrisaw specializes in pediatric pathology and the evaluation of fatal and non-fatal pediatric injury.

 

Dr. Keith Lehman

Dr. Keith Lehman - Associate Medical Examiner, GBI Headquarters

Dr. Keith Lehman graduated from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in 1989, and received his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina in 1993. He went on to complete his residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at the University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 1998. During this time, Dr. Lehman also completed a fellowship at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He then joined the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office for another fellowship, which ended in 1999.

Dr. Lehman joined the staff of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Medical Examiner's Office in 1999 as an associate medical examiner.

 

Dr. Douglas Posey, Jr.

Dr. Douglas Posey, Jr. - Associate Medical Examiner, GBI Headquarters

Dr. Douglas Posey received his B.S from Alcorn State University in Lorman, Mississippi in 1965. He joined the U.S Army Medical Service Corp in 1966 and served as a Specialist E-5 until 1970. Dr. Posey entered medical school in 1972 and earned his medical degree from Wayne State University Medical School in Detroit, Michigan in 1976. He completed his internship at St. John Hospital in Detroit, Michigan in 1977 and again served in the armed forces, this time as a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S Navy from 1977 to 1983. Dr. Posey would remain in the U.S Navy Reserves until 1985.

Dr. Posey's work experience includes a special focus on hematopathology, and he has worked in several hospitals and medical centers from Missouri to Saudi Arabia. He has also been on the faculty for four different medical schools from 1984 to 2004.

Dr. Posey joined the Georgia Bureau of Investigation as an associate medical examiner in 2005.

 

Dr. Daniel Brown

Dr. Daniel Brown - Regional Medical Examiner - Eastern Regional Crime Lab

Dr. Daniel Brown earned his undergraduate degree from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio in 1985 and his medical degree in 1990 from the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine in Montserrat, British West Indies. He completed his residency at the University of Tennessee School of Graduate Medical Education in Knoxville, Tennessee in 1997. Dr. Brown moved on to two fellowships. His first fellowship was at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland (1997-1999), and his second was a joint fellowship at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio, Texas and the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine in Akron, Ohio (1999-2001).

Dr. Brown joined the Georgia Bureau of Investigation as the Eastern Regional Medical Examiner in Augusta, Georgia in 2002. He is also an assistant professor at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.

 

Dr. James Downs

Dr. James Downs - Regional Medical Examiner - Coastal Regional Crime Lab

Dr. James Downs completed his undergraduate degree in biochemistry at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia in 1983. He moved on to earn his medical degree in 1988 from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina. From 1988 to 1994, Dr. Downs completed an anatomic pathology residency, a forensic pathology fellowship (in conjunction with the Metro Dade County Medical Examiner Department - Miami, Florida), and a clinical pathology residency, all at the Medical University of South Carolina. During the period of 1990 to 1994, he was a deputy medical examiner in Charleston County, South Carolina.

He worked in a number of different capacities for the State of Alabama's Department of Forensic Sciences from 1994 to 2002, and was eventually appointed as the Chief Medical Examiner for the state of Alabama in 2000.

Dr. Downs joined the Georgia Bureau of Investigation in 2002 at the Coastal Regional Crime Lab in Savannah, Georgia. He is also currently a consultant at the Behavioral Sciences Unit at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, a major in the Civil Air Patrol (USAF Auxiliary) Legislative Wing, and a forensic pathology consultant for the C.S.S H.L Hunley Project in Charleston, South Carolina.

 

Dr. Edmund Donoghue

Dr. Edmund Donoghue - Regional Medical Examiner - Coastal Regional Crime Lab

Dr. Edmund Donoghue received his undergraduate degree in pre-professional studies from the University of Notre Dame in 1966 and his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WS, in 1970.   He completed an internship in internal medicine and specialty training in anatomic pathology at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, MN, from 1970 to 1973.   Dr Donoghue completed fellowship training in forensic pathology at the Office of the Medical Examiner of Wayne County (Detroit), MI, and the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, DC from 1973 to 1975.  For two years, from 1975 to 1977, he served on the staff of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology.

Following service in the US Navy Medical Corps, Dr. Donoghue was appointed deputy chief medical examiner of Cook County (Chicago), IL, in 1977. In July 1993, he became chief medical examiner of Cook County and served until his retirement in 2006. Dr. Donoghue joined the Georgia Bureau of Investigation in 2007 at the Coastal Regional Crime Laboratory in Savannah, Georgia.

Dr. Donoghue has served as president of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the National Association of Medical Examiners, and the Chicago Medical Society. He also served as a Clinical Professor of Forensic Pathology at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  He is the author of many scientific articles and is a member of the editorial review board of the American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology.  While in the Navy, Dr. Donoghue participated in the investigation of the April 1977 Pan Am-KLM aircraft crash in the Canary Islands.  In Cook County, he participated in the investigations of the May 1979 crash of American Airlines Flight 191 at O'Hare International Airport, the Tylenol-Cyanide murder in September 1982, the 1995 Chicago Heat Wave Disaster, and the exhumation of civil rights victim Emmett Till in 2005.

Dr. Donoghue joined the GBI in 2007 as a Regional Medical Examiner in the Coastal Regional Crime Lab in Savannah.

 

Dr. Melissa Sims - Regional Medical Examiner - Central Regional Crime Lab

Dr. Melissa Sims completed her undergraduate studies at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia in 1990 and earned her medical degree in 1994 at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia. She moved on to complete an internship at the Medical College of Georgia in 1995 and finished her residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina in 1999. From there she was a forensic fellow at the Medical University of South Carolina until 2000.

Dr. Sims joined the Georgia Bureau of Investigation as the Central Regional Medical Examiner based out of Macon, Georgia in 2000.

 

Dr. Jonathan Eisenstat

Dr. Jonathan Eisenstat - Associate Medical Examiner, GBI Headquarters

Dr. Jonathan Eisenstat completed his undergraduate studies at University of California at Davis in 1993 and earned his medical doctorate from Sackler School of Medicine in Tel Aviv, Israel in 1998. 

After a year and a half of surgical residency, he completed an anatomic pathology residency at The State University of New York at Stony Brook in 2003.   Dr. Eisenstat then completed a one year fellowship in Pediatric Pathology at New YorkUniversity before entering into the Forensic Pathology and Forensic Neuro / Cardiac Pathology fellowships at the Office of the chief Medical Examiner in New York City

Dr. Eisenstat joined the Georgia Bureau of Investigation in 2006 as an associate medical examiner.

 

Dr. Steven Atkinson - Associate Medical Examiner, GBI HeadquartersDr. Steven Atkinson

Dr. Steven Atkinson completed his undergraduate degree from Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia in 1996. He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia in 2000. He completed a residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. He also completed a forensic pathology fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Atkinson joined the Georgia Bureau of Investigation in 2008 as an associate medical examiner.

 

 

Dr. Stacey DesamoursDr. Stacey Desamours- Associate Medical Examiner, GBI Headquarters

Dr. Stacey Desamours received her undergraduate degree in biology from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1994 and earned her medical degree from the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia in 2004. She fulfilled her anatomic pathology residency at University of California at Davis in Sacramento, California in 2008. Dr. Desamours then completed a one year fellowship in Forensic Pathology at the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Center/Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Desamours joined the Georgia Bureau of Investigation as an associate medical examiner in 2009.