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Dr. Klein named Iowa State Medical Examiner

Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Gerald Clabaugh has announced Dr. Dennis Klein has accepted the position of Iowa State Medical Examiner. Dr. Klein has served as interim State Medical Examiner since Dr. Julia Goodin resigned in January to pursue a career opportunity with the Tennessee Department of Public Health. “Dr. Klein has been involved with many death investigations, forensic autopsies and expert testimonies since joining the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner (IOSME) in 2000,” said Clabaugh. “This in-depth knowledge and experience will provide for a seamless transition into this new position.”

“A big draw for me to the State ME office here in Iowa is the opportunity to be a part of a very talented group of people who are genuinely dedicated to high quality death investigation, providing support and services with our County Medical Examiner partners, and making sure we are providing critical information to law enforcement agencies and attorneys,” said Dr. Klein.

Dr. Klein graduated from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine with a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry. He subsequently attended the University of Vermont College of Medicine, where he received an M.D. degree in 1993. He completed an internship in Internal Medicine at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, where he continued his residency training in Anatomical and Clinical Pathology. Dr. Klein completed his sub-specialty training in Forensic Pathology at the Office of the Medical Investigator at the University of New Mexico. Upon completion, Klein moved to Iowa to join the IOSME. He has academic appointments with Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine and the University of Iowa College of Medicine. Dr. Klein is actively involved with the Iowa Association of County Medical Examiners, where he serves as Program Director for the annual educational conference.