Fowler officially appointed chief medical examiner

May 16, 2002

After nearly a year as acting chief medical examiner for Maryland, Dr. David R. Fowler has been officially appointed to the position, state health officials announced yesterday.

Fowler succeeds Dr. John E. Smialek, who died of a heart attack in his office May of last year. Fowler, who has been with the office since 1993, had been serving as deputy chief medical examiner.

In making the appointment, the Post Mortem Examiners Commission, which oversees the medical examiner's operations, noted Fowler's national reputation, extensive knowledge and skill in running the office.

With an annual budget of $6.2 million, the office of chief medical examiner investigates deaths caused by violence, suicide and accidents, as well as suspicious or unusual deaths.

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