Iowa Association of County Medical Examiners

Please contact IACME staff if you have problems reserving a room for the Fall Meeting!

If you contact the Coralville Marriott and are told there are no rooms available for the IACME Fall Meeting Sept. 22-23, please contact Cheri Jensen, IACME Executive Director, at 515.957.9246 and she will assist you. We do have rooms available in Iowa City, so please proceed with registering for the conference.

ABMDI credits for IACME Fall Meeting

The American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI) has approved the 2017 IACME Fall Meeting and Education Expo for 13.75 hours of continuing education credit for medical examiner investigators attending the meeting. Certificates of attendance (required by the ABMDI to claim the education credits) will be available at the meeting.


Important information from IACME—Reserve your hotel room now!

If you plan to attend the IACME Fall Meeting and Education Expo Sept. 22-23 at the Coralville Marriott, you should reserve your hotel room as soon as possible. The Marriott has reserved a block of rooms for our attendees, but once those rooms are full it will be very difficult to get rooms at other hotels due to the fact that the Iowa Hawkeyes have a home game on Saturday the 23rd.

To reserve your room, call the Marriott at 800.228.9290 or 319.688.4000. The deadline to reserve a room at the special rate of $128 per night is August 31.

2017 Fall Meeting brochure available

Click on the link below to see the brochure giving all the details of 2017 IACME Fall Meeting and Education Expo. The conference will be Friday-Saturday, September 22-23 at the Coralville Marriott. We have a great lineup of speakers and topics, and we hope to see you there!

2017 IACME Fall Meeting and Education Expo brochure 


Continuing Medical Education Credit—IACME Fall Meeting

Upon review of the program information submitted on the “2017 Iowa Association of County Medical Examiners (IACME) Fall Meeting and Education Expo” program which will be held on Friday, September 22 and Saturday, September 23, 2017we are pleased to inform you that the programs meets the criteria for 13.75 Category 1 Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS) through the joint providership of UnityPoint Health – Des Moines and the Iowa Association of County Medical Examiners.   UnityPoint Health – Des Moines is accredited by IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

UnityPoint Health – Des Moines designates this live activity for a maximum of 13.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Monona County crash claims the life of a Dr. from Whiting

May 17th, 2017 by Ric Hanson, KJAN Radio Atlantic

A crash Tuesday afternoon in western Iowa’s Monona County resulted in one person dying after they were transported to Burgess Hospital, in Onawa. According to the Iowa State Patrol, 92-year old Dr. John Lee Garred, Sr., of Whiting, died from injuries he suffered when the 1997 Cadillac Eldorado he was driving turned in front of an oncoming semi just west of Whiting, at around 4:35-p.m., Tuesday.

NOTE: Dr. John Garred, Sr. was the original Monona County Medical Examiner and a long time member of IACME. He was well-known among IACME members because of his faithful attendance at the IACME Fall Meeting. The IACME Board of Directors extends sympathy to Dr. Garred’s family, including his son Dr. John Garred, Jr. 

 Dr. Garred funeral service/obituary

Focus on Case Studies at the 2017 IACME Fall Meeting and Education Expo

Michele Stuart, an Arizona private investigator and expert in the role of the Internet and social media in death investigation, is one of the excellent speakers confirmed for the 2017 IACME Fall Meeting and Education Expo, Friday and Saturday, September 22-23 at the Coralville Marriott.

Stuart, an instructor at Quantico for multi-country training programs, provides training to federal and state law enforcement and is a frequent author on the topic of Internet Profiling and Intelligence Gathering. She provides seminars on her specialized investigative techniques and has her own column in Professional Investigator Magazine. She will speak on Cyber and Social Media Forensic Investigations.

Julie Howe, D-ABMDI of St. Louis University will make two presentations at the Education Expo. Her first presentation will be an update on accreditation, certification and funding of medicolegal death investigation. Howe will also do the ‘MEIs only’ portion of a dual track session on the topic of scene investigation of drug-related deaths. The physician portion of the dual track will be led by Marcus Nashelsky, MD, a forensic pathologist at the University of Iowa. Dr. Nashelsky’s topic will be death certification.

This year’s banquet speaker is Terry Ledbetter, Board Certified Forensic Investigator with the St. Louis County (Missouri) Medical Examiner. He will speak on the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, a case which sparked widespread civil unrest.

Dr. Tim Huntington, professor of criminal justice at Concordia University and a board certified entomologist, will speak on Saturday. Dr. Huntington, who testified in the 2011 Casey Anthony trial in Florida, will address the role of entomology in death investigation.

Other topics addressed this year will be forensic photography, expert testimony in the federal court system and the science of decomposition.

“The IACME Fall Meeting is an excellent educational opportunity for all Iowa county medical examiners and investigators to receive up-to-date information and instruction that is directly applicable to death investigation. I strongly encourage ME’s and MEI’s to attend,” says Dennis Klein, MD, Iowa Chief State Medical Examiner and IACME Program Chair.

2017 IACME Elections

IACME annual elections will take place Friday, September 22, 2017 in conjunction with the Fall Meeting and Education Expo at the Coralville Marriott. Positions up for election include: President, Vice President, Secretary Treasurer and four Board seats. All carry two-year terms that run from January, 2018 through December, 2019. Anyone interested in seeking election to the Board may phone IACME Executive Director Cheri Jensen at 515.957.9246 or email her at

At the IACME Fall Meeting and Education Expo October 14-15, an expert panel discussed opioid addiction in Iowa. Pictured (from left) are: Edward Bottei, MD, Medical Director Iowa Poison Control Center; DeAnn Decker, Bureau Chief of Substance Abuse, Iowa Dept. of Public Health; Sam Quinones, author of an award winning book on America’s heroin epidemic; and panel moderator Dennis Klein, MD, Iowa Chief State Medical Examiner.

Another successful Fall Meeting and Education Expo

The Iowa Association of County Medical Examiners completed another very successful Fall Meeting and Education Expo Friday and Saturday, October 14-15 at the West Des Moines Marriott.

The program included presentations on gunshot wounds, conducting medicolegal interviews and mass disaster planning. In the photo above, an expert panel discusses opioid addiction in Iowa. The panel was moderated by Dennis Klein, MD, Iowa Chief State Medical Examiner. Participating in the panel was Los Angeles Time reporter Sam Quinones, who wrote the award-winning book “Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic.” Mr. Quinones was also the Friday evening banquet speaker.

IACME elections were held at a member meeting on Friday evening. Two incumbents —Gregory Schmunk, MD and Thomas Summitt, D-ABMDI — were re-elected to the IACME Board of Directors. One new Board member was elected— Staci Olson, RN, MEI. All offices carry 2-year terms.

An attendee list is available below. Watch the November IACME News for more photos and news from the 2016 Fall Meeting.

Next year’s IACME Fall Meeting and Education Expo will be Friday-Saturday, September 22-23, 2017 at the Coralville Marriott.

2016 IACME Fall Meeting and Education Expo Attendee List

Speaker handouts—IACME Fall Meeting

Speaker handouts for the 2016 IACME Fall Meeting are in the Meeting Materials section of this web site. This section is password-protected. The password was emailed yesterday to everyone registered to attend the meeting. If you are registered for the meeting but didn’t receive the password, please phone IACME Executive Director Cheri Jensen at 515.957.9246.