UPDATE: County Medical Examiner Resigns

Dr. Mark Taff stepped down Tuesday as Rockland’s chief medical examiner after four years.


Dr. Mark Taff resigned as Rockland County's chief medical examiner effective, Tuesday, Oct. 16, the same day his four year term was up. The county executive’s office announced today that Dr. Taff decided to step down from his full-time administrative duties “to devote more time to his private consultation practice of forensic medicine and pathology, teaching and writing.” He earned $162,679 yearly.

The medical examiner's office conducts about 1,000 investigations each year and performs between 175 adn 200 autopsies annually.  It has six full time employees and four part-time relief pathologists and investigators. 

Deputy Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Laura Carbone will serve as the acting chief
medical examiner. She has held that position since 2006.

Dr. Taff will stay on as a forensic pathologist consultant to the Medical Examiner's Office and Department of Health on an as needed basis.  During his tenure, Dr. Taff applied his 30 years of clinical and courtroom experience to upgrading overall death investigations, staffing, institutional efficiency and laboratory operations.

"Every case is of equal importance, especially to the person who died, and those who loved them," said Dr. Taff.

The Medical Examiner's Office opened in 1969 under the leadership of Dr. Frederick T. Zugibe of Garnerville. The medical examiner’s office has the responsibility to determine the cause of death of individuals in the county. 

“Dr. Taff’s service to Rockland County is very much appreciated,” said County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef.

Chris October 17, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Hmmm.... left on the day his term was up. Does this mean that his contract wes not going to be renewed or it means that he no longer wanted to be the ME?
stephany October 17, 2012 at 10:08 PM
silly as it sounds does rockland owe this guy any money or benefits for the rest of his life
Odd Job October 18, 2012 at 02:10 AM
I guess it is good to be a doctor who is a medical examiner. You sure don't lose any patients.
Clarkstown life October 19, 2012 at 12:17 AM
"silly as it sounds"......that never stopped you before you make any of your comments;
Odd Job March 06, 2013 at 06:24 PM
http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/boost_for_self_slay_defense_CP9yWg37MtvPyUUmUdi6FJ Interesting that Dr. Taff was being paid for his "professional opinion" in a murder trial outside of Rockland County. Maybe he did some of his best work in the courtroom as opposed to the morgue.


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