Bennet Omalu to resign as San Joaquin County, Calif., Chief Medical Examiner, on March 5, 2018

Dec. 6, 2017: Bennet Omalu yesterday, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, announced his resignation as the San Joaquin County, Calif., Chief Medical Examiner, effective on March 5, 2018. Omalu plans to continue working in his post through March 5, 2018, according to his letter of resignation. He has been the county’s Chief Medical Examiner for ten years, and he gained nationwide fame for his working uncovering CTE brain damage in football players, which was profiled in the movie “Concussion.” Omalu said that alleged interference by the county’s Sheriff and Coroner, Steve Moore, has created an alleged legally and ethically questionable workplace. In the letter filed with County Administrator Monica Nino, Omalu alleged that Moore engaged in misconduct such as cutting off the hands of corpses without pathologists’ knowledge and blocking physicians’ scheduled pay raises. “Recently, I became frigidly afraid that in continuing to work under the circumstances Sheriff Steve Moore has created in his office that I may be aiding and abetting the unlicensed practice of medicine,” Omalu wrote. “On many occasions, I met with him privately and provided him written memorandums trying to explain to him that the law does not allow him to insert himself in the duties of a physician unless he is a licensed physician.”

Omalu’s resignation follows that of Forensic Pathologist and doctor Susan Parson last week, the week of Nov. 26-Dec. 2, 2017. Parson alleged more than twenty episodes of misconduct by Moore between May 25 and Dec. 1, 2017, including improperly handling corpses and reclassifying causes of death without due diligence, in a memo of her own. The memo includes an e-mail from Omalu and Parson to Sgt. Mike Reynolds with the subject line “scheduling of work hours of physicians, physician independence, physician professional judgment and unbiased credibility” sent August 20, 2017. In the e-mail, Parson and Omalu object to the Sheriff’s Office forcing them to surrender planning of their schedules, among other conflicts.


Attribution: The Sacramento Bee



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