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Dr. Jason Graham

Chief Medical Examiner

Dr. Michele S. Slone

First Deputy Chief Medical Examiner
Michele S. Slone, MD was appointed Acting First Deputy Chief Medical Examiner of New York City in December 2021 and subsequently First Deputy Chief Medical Examiner in June 2022. Serving in the second highest leadership position at OCME, she oversees the Forensic Pathology division, which includes citywide medical examiner operations and supporting departments such as Forensic Anthropology, Forensic Radiography and Forensic Photography. She previously served as Deputy Chief Medical Examiner for Manhattan.

Dr. Slone has been with OCME since 2003 after completing her residency training at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.  She completed fellowships in Forensic Neuropathology/Cardiovascular Pathology and General Forensic Pathology at OCME in New York City. Dr. Slone is board certified by the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic Pathology and Forensic Pathology. She holds a faculty appointment as Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Forensic Medicine at New York University School of Medicine.

Dr. Terra A. Cederroth

Deputy Chief Medical Examiner
Terra. A. Cederroth, MD was appointed Acting Deputy Chief Medical Examiner in December 2021 and subsequently Deputy Chief Medical Examiner in July 2022. She has served at OCME since 2016 and in her current role, she oversees the medical examiner operations at the Manhattan site.

After receiving her medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts, Dr. Cederroth completed her Pathology residency training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School, followed by her fellowship in Forensic Pathology at OCME in New York City. Dr. Cederroth also served as Associate Program Director for the Forensic Pathology Fellowship program at OCME and holds a faculty appointment as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Forensic Medicine at New York University School of Medicine.

Dr. Melissa Pasquale-Styles

Deputy Chief Medical Examiner
Melissa Pasquale, MD has served as a Deputy Chief Medical Examiner at the Office of Chief Medical Examiner since 2016. She oversees the medical examiner operations at the Brooklyn site.

Dr. Pasquale is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan. She has over 15 years of experience as a forensic pathologist and previously served as Director of Medicolegal Investigations at the NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner.

Dr. Michael Greenberg

Deputy Chief Medical Examiner
Michael J. Greenberg, MD has served as a Deputy Chief Medical Examiner since 2017 and has been with the Office of Chief Medical Examiner since 2005. He oversees the medical examiner operations at the Queens site.

After graduating from Sackler School of Medicine in Tel Aviv, Israel, Dr. Greenberg has spent his entire career practicing medicine in New York City, completing his residency at Mount Sinai Hospital and his forensic fellowship at the Office of Chief Medical Examiner.

Dina Maniotis

Dina Maniotis

Executive Deputy Commissioner for Administration and Chief of Staff
Dina Maniotis, MPA is the Executive Deputy Commissioner for the Office of Chief Medical Examiner. She brings over 25 years of management experience to the agency, including a decade of leadership in disaster planning, preparedness, and emergency response.

Maniotis worked within the nonprofit sector for over 15 years providing human and mental health services to diverse local communities, including in response to the 9/11 terror attacks. Formerly, as an Assistant Commissioner at NYC's Office of Emergency Management (OEM), she led planning and preparedness for NYC in the areas of human services and regional catastrophes. At OCME, she oversees administration, medical facilities and is the primary liaison for intergovernmental affairs.

Frank DePaolo

Frank DePaolo

Deputy Commissioner for Forensic Operations & Investigations
Frank DePaolo, RPA is the Deputy Commissioner for Forensic Operations & Investigations. He has been working in the emergency response / forensic field for the past 25 years and has been with the Office of Chief Medical Examiner since 2001, first joining as a physician assistant in the role of medicolegal investigator. DePaolo began his career with city government as a New York City paramedic. He previously served as the OCME's Emergency Manager where he oversaw the World Trade Center Human Remains Recovery Project.

DePaolo has held positions on multiple national health and forensic science boards, including serving most recently as President and Chairman of the Board for the International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners, and as an advisor with the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He regularly travels to other jurisdictions to advise on mass-scale forensic operations and disaster-event preparedness, sharing his experiences as former Navy Lieutenant Commander as well as overseeing 9/11 victim recovery and identification efforts.

Tim Kupferschmid

Timothy Kupferschmid

Chief of Laboratories
Timothy Kupferschmid, MBA, MFS has over 30 years of executive management and forensic DNA testing experience. Before joining the Office of Chief Medical Examiner, he worked as a senior DNA Analyst at the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory (AFDIL). He additionally served as the Laboratory Director of the Maine State Police Crime Laboratory, as well as the Forensic Technical Director at Myriad Genetic Laboratories, Inc.

Kupferschmid leads the Division of Laboratories, which consists of four laboratories - Forensic Biology, Forensic Toxicology, Molecular Genetics, and Histology, and the Departments of Evidence, Records, and Health and Safety.

Kupferschmid is the President-Elect of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD) and serves on the Forensic Laboratory Needs Technical Working Group, which was created by Congress to assess the forensic technology needs of federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to accomplish the mission of the Department of Justice National Institute of Justice.

Naeem Ullah

Naeem Ullah

Chief Information Officer
Naeem Ullah, PMP is the Chief Information Officer for Office of Chief Medical Examiner, a role he has held since 2011. He is responsible for leading and managing the agency's Information Technology portfolio, which helps support the strategic and tactical needs of the agency.

Ullah's responsibilities include IT policy, IT portfolio management and capital investment review, IT security and critical infrastructure protection, IT architecture, information quality, information dissemination through the Next Generation Internet, and oversight of IT operations.

Ullah has over 20 years of Senior IT Management and CTO experience. He has provided technology leadership to a range of senior management teams in a variety of industries, such as public service, hospitality, high-tech manufacturing, financial services, publishing, and healthcare.

Julie Bolcer

Julie Bolcer

Executive Director of Public Affairs and Senior Advisor
Julie Bolcer is the Executive Director of Public Affairs and Senior Advisor for the Office of Chief Medical Examiner, where she leads strategic communications, media relations and external affairs. She brings more than a decade of experience in managing public affairs at all levels of government.

Most recently, Bolcer served as Senior Director of Communications for the Test & Trace Corps at NYC Health + Hospitals, where she led the team responsible for marketing and communications initiatives for the nation’s largest COVID-19 testing, contact tracing and safe isolation program. Previously, as Communications Advisor to the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, she oversaw communications for the portfolio of agencies protecting the health of all New Yorkers and serving the City’s most vulnerable populations.

Bolcer has also represented the City’s equity agenda to the global diplomatic community based at the United Nations as Deputy Commissioner for Policy and Communications at the Mayor’s Office for International Affairs, served as a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, and worked in the New York State Senate.