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Agency Leadership

Dr. Barbara Sampson

Chief Medical Examiner

Dr. Jason Graham

First Deputy Chief Medical Examiner
Jason Graham, MD currently serves as First Deputy Chief Medical Examiner, the second highest leadership position within the agency, as a position he's held since 2013. Dr. Graham joined the Office of Chief Medical Examiner in 2006, and later served as Deputy Chief Medical Examiner for the borough of Manhattan before being appointed to his present position.

He concurrently holds a faculty appointment as Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Forensic Medicine at the New York University School of Medicine.

Dr. Michele Slone

Deputy Chief Medical Examiner
Michele S. Slone, MD has served as a Deputy Chief Medical Examiner at the Office of Chief Medical Examiner since 2014. She oversees the medical examiner operations at the Manhattan site.

Dr. Slone has been with the agency since 2003 and completed fellowships in Forensic Neuropathology/Cardiovascular Pathology and General Forensic Pathology at OCME-NYC. Dr. Slone is board certified by the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic Pathology and Forensic Pathology. She is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Forensic Medicine at New York

Dr. Melissa Pasquale-Styles

Deputy Chief Medical Examiner
Melissa Pasquale, MD has served as a Deputy Chief Medical Examiner at the Office of Chief Medical Examiner since 2016. She oversees the medical examiner operations at the Brooklyn site.

Dr. Pasquale is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan. She has over 15 years of experience as a forensic pathologist and previously served as Director of Medicolegal Investigations at the NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner.

Dr. Michael Greenberg

Deputy Chief Medical Examiner
Michael J. Greenberg, MD has served as a Deputy Chief Medical Examiner since 2017 and has been with the Office of Chief Medical Examiner since 2005. He oversees the medical examiner operations at the Queens site.

After graduating from Sackler School of Medicine in Tel Aviv, Israel, Dr. Greenberg has spent his entire career practicing medicine in New York City, completing his residency at Mount Sinai Hospital and his forensic fellowship at the Office of Chief Medical Examiner.

Dina Maniotis

Dina Maniotis

Executive Deputy Commissioner for Administration and Chief of Staff
Dina Maniotis, MPA is the Executive Deputy Commissioner for the Office of Chief Medical Examiner. She brings over 25 years of management experience to the agency, including a decade of leadership in disaster planning, preparedness, and emergency response.

Maniotis worked within the nonprofit sector for over 15 years providing human and mental health services to diverse local communities, including in response to the 9/11 terror attacks. Formerly, as an Assistant Commissioner at NYC's Office of Emergency Management (OEM), she led planning and preparedness for NYC in the areas of human services and regional catastrophes. At OCME, she oversees administration, medical facilities and is the primary liaison for intergovernmental affairs.

Frank DePaolo

Frank DePaolo

Deputy Commissioner for Forensic Operations
Frank DePaolo, RPA is the Deputy Commissioner for Forensic Operations. He has been working in the emergency response / forensic field for the past 25 years and has been with the Office of Chief Medical Examiner since 2001, first joining as a physician assistant in the role of medicolegal investigator. DePaolo began his career with city government as a New York City paramedic. He previously served as the OCME's Emergency Manager where he oversaw the World Trade Center Human Remains Recovery Project.

DePaolo has held positions on multiple national health and forensic science boards, including serving most recently as President and Chairman of the Board for the International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners, and as an advisor with the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He regularly travels to other jurisdictions to advise on mass-scale forensic operations and disaster-event preparedness, sharing his experiences as former Navy Lieutenant Commander as well as overseeing 9/11 victim recovery and identification efforts.

Tim Kupferschmid

Tim Kupferschmid

Chief of Laboratories
Timothy Kupferschmid, MBA, MFS has over 25 years of executive management and forensic DNA testing experience. Before joining the Office of Chief Medical Examiner, he worked as a senior DNA Analyst at the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory (AFDIL). He additionally served as the Laboratory Director of the Maine State Police Crime Laboratory, as well as the Forensic Technical Director at Myriad Genetic Laboratories, Inc.

Kupferschmid leads four laboratories within OCME- Forensic Biology, Forensic Toxicology, Molecular Genetics and Histology.

Currently, Kupferschmid serves on the Quality Infrastructure Committee of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) and is Chairman of the North Carolina Forensic Science Advisory Board.

Naeem Ullah

Naeem Ullah

Chief Information Officer
Naeem Ullah, PMP is the Chief Information Officer for Office of Chief Medical Examiner, a role he has held since 2011. He is responsible for leading and managing the agency's Information Technology portfolio, which helps support the strategic and tactical needs of the agency.

Ullah's responsibilities include IT policy, IT portfolio management and capital investment review, IT security and critical infrastructure protection, IT architecture, information quality, information dissemination through the Next Generation Internet, and oversight of IT operations.

Ullah has over 20 years of Senior IT Management and CTO experience. He has provided technology leadership to a range of senior management teams in a variety of industries, such as public service, hospitality, high-tech manufacturing, financial services, publishing, and healthcare.

Florence Hutner

Florence Hutner

General Counsel
Florence Hutner is the General Counsel for Office of Chief Medical Examiner, where she advises on legal and policy matters, manages the OCME Legal Department, serves as liaison to a range of government agencies and partners in the criminal justice system, and manages agency litigation, among other responsibilities.

Hutner has worked for the city for thirty years, including serving previously as Deputy Commissioner for the New York City Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence, General Counsel for the Department of Correction and the Department of Probation, and Senior Counsel in the Affirmative Litigation Division of the Law Department.

Aja Worthy-Davis

Aja Worthy-Davis

Executive Director of Public Affairs
Aja Worthy-Davis is the Executive Director for the Office of Public Affairs (OPA) for the Office of Chief Medical Examiner, where she leads strategic communications, media relations, and external affairs operations across the agency. Under her leadership, OPA has significantly expanded their general outreach, streamlined media notification protocols, created strategic partnerships with film and television productions, hosted citywide science-focused events, and secured high-profile positive coverage for the agency (national and international).

Worthy-Davis previously served as Director of Communications within the Administration for Children's Services during a transitional period. Prior to that, she was Deputy Press Secretary for Health and Social Services with Mayor Bill de Blasio, where she led communications on the city's reforms around homelessness and child welfare, among other key social service issues.