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Commissioner Andrew Haggerty Chief Medical Examiner
Mario A Rascon, MD.

Irene Santiago
Chief of Operations

Contact Information

4505 Alberta Avenue
El Paso, Texas 79905
Phone (915) 532-1447
Fax: (915) 532-6630
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The National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) Accreditation Program has the explicit purpose of improving the quality of the forensic/medicolegal investigation of death. Accreditation is an endorsement by NAME that the office provides an adequate environment in which a forensic pathologist may practice the profession, and provides reasonable assurances that the system well serves its jurisdiction

Mission Statement

The Office of the Medical Examiner for the County of El Paso is dedicated to determine the cause and manner of death by means of providing the highest quality of death investigation and autopsy services to the citizens of our county. We will conduct ourselves with the utmost level of professionalism, integrity, and efficiency, in accordance with Article 49.25 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure(hyperlink to We will pride ourselves with the highest ethical and moral standards as we deliver our services effectively and in a time efficient manner.

Departmental Description and Responsibilities

The Office of the Medical Examiner is primarily concerned with the proper investigation of violent, sudden, unexpected and suspicious deaths occurring in El Paso County. Investigations include an examination of the scene by a staff of investigators and a review of the circumstances surrounding the death through post-mortem examination, including autopsy as warranted.

In addition, the Office of the Medical Examiner services the community by assisting families with funeral arrangements, authorizing cremations, signing death certificates, reporting viable candidates to the local tissue bank for organ and/or tissue procurement, working with other agencies regarding unidentified bodies and mass fatality preparedness, as well as developing and fostering academic and community outreach programs.