The Kentucky Board of Medical Examiners

2010 Kentucky Coroner's Conference

A large percentage of the Kentucky Coroner's Association membership attended the Annual Conference on April 20-23, 2010 in Louisville, Ky.

The topics on the agenda for this year's training included:

"Case Studies in Forensic Pathology"
by Dr. Tracey Corey, Kentucky's Chief Medical Examiner

"Forensic Anthropology Updates"
by Dr. Emily Craig, Kentucky's State Forensic Anthropologist

"Interesting Cases for Manner of Death"
by Dr. Amy McMaster, Acting Chief Medical Examiner for Davidson County, Tennesssee

"A Survivors of Suicide Resource Guide"
by Michael McFarland, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

"Narcotic Pills in Kentucky"
How can Coroners and Law Enforcement work together to fight this epidemic
by Bret Kirkland, KSP Detective/Drug Enforcement Special Investigations East Branch

"KY FACE Program"
by Terry Bunn, PhD and Medearis A. Robertson, Field Evaluator

"Aspects of Working with NTSB"
by Paul Sledzik, Manager of the Medical/Legal Operations for the national Transportation Safety Board

"The Crash of Continental Flight 3407"
February 12, 2009 in Buffalo, New York
How Mass Fatality Planning Paid Off
by James Woytash, DDS, MD; Dianne Vertes, PhD, MD; Mark LeVaughn, MD; Jonrika Malone, MD; Ray Miller, DDS; Dennis Dirkmaat, PhD

'The Haiti Experience"
Dr. Corky Deaton
Dr. Bill Lee, Hardin County Coroner

"Child Abuse and Neglect"
Medical Assessment of Physical Abuse in Young Children
Melissa L. Curry, MD, Forensic Pediatrician

2010 Conference Highlights

President John Northcutt, Rowan County Coroner opens the 2010 Coroner's Conference in Louisville, Ky.

J. Michael Brown, Secretary of the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet; Mike Wilder, Director of the State Medical Examiner Program; and Dr. Tracey Corey, Kentucky's Chief Medical Examiner; welcome Kentucky's medicolegal death investigators.

Lewis Nugent, Instructor
Department of Criminal Justice Training





Dr. Emily Craig provides a Forensic Anthropology Update to the Conference.


Dr. Amy McMaster
Acting Chief Medical Examiner
Davidson County, Tennessee


T.J. Sugg, Epidemiologist with Kentucky Department of Public Health, provides an update on the Mortality Date Management System(MDMS).



Some of the Equipment and Supply Vendors in attendance at this year's conference.





Sabrina Walsh and friend from the Kentucky Violent Death Reporting System.



Department of Vital Statistics


Michael McFarland speaks about healing tools for coroners.






Paul Sedzik
National Transportation Safety Board


David Jones, Co-ordinator
Kentucky Coroners/Medical Examiners Mass Fatality Incident Response Team 


Brain Ritchie, Association Executive Secretary
Mike Wilder, State Medical Examiner Office
Deena Douthitt, Administrative Assistant
John Northcutt, Association President, Rowan County Coroner

Members of the Mass Fatality Team working the Crash of Continintal Flight 3407 in Buffalo, New York

Raymond G. Miller, DDS


Dr. Mark LeVaughn


Dr. Jonrika Malone

Presentation of custom engraved Louisville Slugger bats were given to each of our presenters. Here Dr. Dianne Vertes shows off her custom Louisville Slugger!


Dennis Dirkmatt, PhD shows off his custom Louisville Slugger!



Several members of the Coroner's Association receive their Advanced Coroner and Master Coroner Awards.



Presentation of the David J. Wolfe Award goes to
Brian Ritchie, with his family looking on.



All recipients of the Kentucky Master Coroner Awards in attendance at Conference 

Henry County Coroner James L. Pollard


Jefferson County Deputy Coroner
Jo Anne Farmer participate in a discussion





Jefferson County Coroner Dr. Barbara Weakly-Jones
participates in a discussion.




Davies County Coroner Bob Howe

Gary Crafton, Simpson County Coroner
Mike Wilder, State Medical Examiner Office
John Northcutt, Association President
Jimmy Pollard, Henry County Coroner
Brian L. Ritchie, Assocation Secretary


Trigg County Coroner John Mark Vinson


Incoming Association President Bill Bisceglia presents the Past President's Award to Outgoing President John Northcutt.




Incoming Association President Bill Bisceglia closes the 2010 Kentucky Coroner's Conference


Last Updated 7/19/2010