By Pacific Island Times News Staff
Guam will have a new chief medical examiner starting this summer, the Office of the Attorney General announced today.
According to a press release from OAG, Dr. Jeffrey Nine has accepted the offer authorized by the Post Mortem Commission earlier this month.
The commission authorized the appointment of Nine with a salary offer of
$310,000, plus benefits.
OAG said Northern Mariana Islands Attorney General Edward Manibusan confirmed the commonwealth government's commitment to providing
$50,000 as part of this package in exchange for Nine providing forensic pathology services to the CNMI.
Nine will fill the vacancy left by Dr. Aurelio Espinola who retired at the start of 2019.
In the absence of a full-time CME, Guam has relied on doctors from Arkansas, Florida, and Hawai’i for forensic autopsies and Dr. Aburiziq and Dr. Dauterman for non-forensic autopsies.
Due to a nationwide shortage of forensic pathologists, the search for a forensic pathologist had its challenges. The recruitment of Dr. Nine is a major achievement, as Guam has had to compete with other states and countries' recruitment efforts.
"Additionally, the recruitment of Dr. Nine is notable because of his highly esteemed credentials in the field of forensic pathology and humble desire to serve the Guam community. He currently serves as Yavapai County Medical Examiner in Prescott Valley, Arizona," OAG said.
His resume also includes extensive experience as a professor of pathology at various institutions: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; University of New Mexico School of Medicine; Wright State University School of Medicine, Dayton, Ohio; and Ross University School of Medicine, Dominica, West Indies.