Dr. Steven Shapiro Named Vermont’s Acting Chief Medical Examiner

DATE: February 16, 2006
Contact: Communication Office

BURLINGTON – Vermont Health Commissioner Dr. Paul Jarris announced today the appointment of Dr. Steven Shapiro to the position of Acting Chief Medical Examiner for the Vermont Department of Health. Dr. Shapiro has served as a Deputy Chief Medical Examiner for the State of Vermont since October 2001.

"Dr. Shapiro has demonstrated his commitment to forensic pathology and he has long-standing ties to Vermont and partner agencies such as Public Safety, the State Attorney General’s Office, the Public Defender’s Office and the University of Vermont College of Medicine," Dr. Jarris said. "As Acting Chief Medical Examiner, Dr. Shapiro will closely review and possibly restructure the Office during the next six months in order to optimize efficiencies and better serve Vermonters.”

Dr. Shapiro earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from the University of Vermont (UVM) in 1987, and his M.D. from the UVM College of Medicine in 1993. He is an Adjunct Professor for the UVM Department of Biology and a Clinical Assistant Professor for the UVM College of Medicine Department of Pathology.

A Brooklyn native, Dr. Shapiro served as a member of the World Trade Center Attack response team as a City Medical Examiner, Bronx County Office from Sept. 11 – Oct. 12, 2001.

Dr. Shapiro’s background in forensic pathology includes expertise in identification techniques, inspection, basic detective work, dental records and DNA screening.