Contact OMI
Phone: (505) 272-3053
Fax: (505) 925-0546
General e-mail | Records requests

Mailing Address:
MSC07 4040
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

Physical Address:
1101 Camino de Salud NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Map and directions

Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday


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The Office of the Medical Investigator (OMI) was created by the New Mexico State Legislature in 1972 and became operational in 1973. Replacing the county coroner system with a statewide medical examiner system, the OMI [PDF]  was tasked with investigating all reportable deaths occurring in New Mexico, to subsequently determine the cause and manner of death in such cases, and to provide formal death certification.

The OMI is designated as a special program within the Department of Pathology at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. A Board of Medical Investigations comprised of the Dean of the UNM School of Medicine, the Chief of the New Mexico State Police, the Secretary of the Department of Health, the Chairman of the Funeral Home Board and the Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Indian Affairs was established to oversee and develop policy. The Board appoints the Chief Medical Investigator, a physician licensed in New Mexico, trained in Pathology and Forensic Medicine, who has responsibility for operations.

OMI Governing Board

Board Chair: Lynn Gallagher, Cabinet Secretary, New Mexico Dept. of Health
Vice Chair: Paul Roth, MD, Chancellor for UNM Health Sciences, Dean School of Medicine
Secretary: Pete Kassetas, Chief of New Mexico State Police
Board member: Suzette A. Shije, Deputy Cabinet Secretary, New Mexico Dept. of Indian Affairs
Board member: David Houston, Chairman, New Mexico Board of Thanatopractice

Board Meetings

2018 Meetings
December 18, 2018 Notice [PDF] Agenda [PDF] Minutes [PDF]
June 26, 2018 Notice [PDF] Agenda [PDF] Minutes [PDF]
March 30, 2018 Notice [PDF] Agenda [PDF] Minutes [PDF]

For questions regarding OMI Board Meetings, contact Anthony Cervantes at or 505-925-6650.