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James Claude Upshaw Downs, md

founder and president


James Claude Upshaw (“Jamie”) Downs, MD is coastal Georgia’s first Regional Medical Examiner. He has worked continuously as a Medical Examiner & consultant in Forensic Pathology since 1989 & was Alabama’s State Forensics Director & Chief Medical Examiner from 1998 to 2002. Downs was graduated from the University of Georgia in 1983, Magna Cum Laude & Phi Beta Kappa. He completed Peace Officers Standards & Training at the Southwest Alabama Police Academy, receiving distinction as class president, top academic student, & best defensive driver. Downs received his Doctor of Medicine degree, medical residency training in Anatomic & Clinical Pathology, & fellowship in Forensic Pathology from the Medical University of South Carolina (in his hometown of Charleston). The latter included a rotation through the Metropolitan Dade County Florida (Miami) Medical Examiner Department & internship at the FBI’s Behavioral Sciences Unit in Quantico, where he specialized in the study of overkill under the tutelage of Roy Hazelwood. He is board certified (ABP) in Anatomic, Clinical, & Forensic Pathology.

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