Kurt B. Nolte, MD, has been named New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator’s (OMI) new chief medical investigator. Nolte, who has been with UNM since 1990, is a professor of pathology and radiology in UNM’s School of Medicine. He has served as OMI’s assistant chief medical investigator since 2002 and director of the Radiology-Pathology Center for Forensic Imaging since 2011.
Nolte will administer the statewide centralized medical examiner agency that investigates all violent, suspicious, unnatural, sudden and unexpected deaths within New Mexico, while developing and managing educational and research programs in forensic pathology.
A graduate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY, Nolte is board certified in anatomic and forensic pathology. Nolte has served as the executive vice president for the National Association of Medical Examiners since 2009, and was assistant vice president for research in UNM’s Office of Research from 2007 to 2011. He’s an experienced academic forensic pathologist with an internationally prominent research program.
“New Mexico’s Office of the Medical Investigator offers a unique model for education and investigation that is prominent worldwide,” Nolte asserts. “We operate with the highest levels of standards and ethics while offering compassion and understanding to those utilizing our services. I look forward to advancing the quality and breadth of our programs for the people of New Mexico and our training at UNM.”
OMI serves the people of New Mexico by providing impartial, professional, and accurate death investigation and certification, while offering professional counseling to grieving families and being a platform for support for public health and public safety. OMI directs all medicolegal death-related investigative activities statewide.
An academic instructional component of the UNM School of Medicine, Department of Pathology, OMI also provides advanced forensic pathology instruction to residents and fellows, and numerous university classes related to medicolegal investigation and medical education.
Every county in New Mexico has specially trained and certified field deputy medical investigators who conduct field investigations at the scenes of jurisdictional deaths. All autopsy services are conducted in a state-of-the-art facility in Albuquerque, which includes both CT and MRI scanners for post-mortem imaging evaluations.