Jan Garavaglia

Jan Garavaglia



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Dr. G, Jan C. Garavaglia
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Working inside the walls of the District Nine (Orange-Osceola) Medical Examiner's Office in Florida, you will find Jan C. Garavaglia, M.D., better known as "Dr. G", the Chief Medical Examiner. Educated at the St. Louis University of Medicine, Dr. G found her path into forensic science. Upon graduation…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Dr. G was awarded the Hidalgo award by the Bexar County Commissioners Court in Texas and a Sheriff's Citation from the Orange County Sheriff, recognizing her for her dedication and hard work.

    • Jacksonville, Florida: Dr. G sets her career in motion working the high profile "Morning Glory Case" in June 1988.

    • In 2007 Dr. G and Crown Publishing signed a book deal. The book is titled How Not to Die: Surprising Lessons on Living Longer, Safer & Healthier From America's Favorite Medical Examiner and was published October 2008.

    • San Antonio, Texas 1993 - 2003: Dr. G served as Medical Examiner for Bexar County Forensic Science Center.

    • Dedicated to her profession Dr. G attended the elite medical school, St. Louis University School of Medicine.

    • Dr. G holds memberships to both the National Association of Medical Examiners and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

    • Dr. G is a published writer, she has had articles printed in the Journal of Forensic Sciences and The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology.

    • Dr. G is married to Mark R. Wallace, M.D. Her two sons, Alexander born in 1988 and Eric born in 1994, are from a previous marriage to Kevin Kowaleski, M.D. in 1980.

  • Quotes

    • Jan: Forensic pathology is not the best paid specialty because you're employed by the county, but it's a lot more fun for me and that's worth it.

    • Jan: I've never been squeamish with a dead body; I've been squeamish with live people. I always had a hard time inflicting pain on people. But no, the dead have never bothered me.

    • (describing how her path to forensic science was drawn out)
      Jan: Well, I started out doing my internship in internal medicine and it just wasn't as exciting as I thought it would be and I was always fascinated by a forensic pathologist at my medical school, how he just puts the pieces together, how you would have just different pieces and you'd put the puzzle together and it just fascinated me. I love the stories and I realize you really could do some good. I was worried about getting out of the field of medicine totally because I felt like I wasn't really adding to society and then I realized I truly was.

    • (Dr G. on television's dramatization of forensic science)
      Jan: Yes it [the case] could be pending for weeks to months. We don't figure it out necessarily in the first 50 minutes, like they do on TV.

    • (Dr G. on television's dramatization of forensic science)
      Jan: We've been talking about how wonderful forensic science is, but those programs do tend to over dramatize it. And they do seem to think that there's some type of forensic magic for every case. And I'm in the trenches every day and a lot of our cases just don't have any forensic magic to them. And -- but yet they're expecting it.