After this summer, Dr. Kristin Roman will no longer be taking flights from New York City to Madison to examine dead bodies in the Dane County morgue.
That’s because she will be working full-time as Dane County’s first deputy medical examiner, taking on a workload that is reaching toward 400 autopsies this year.
Roman, who will be paid $178,000 annually, comes from a familiar source, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in New York City, where she has been a deputy chief. That is also where Dr. Vincent Tranchida, Dane County’s medical examiner, worked as Roman’s colleague before his hiring in 2011.
Roman is also already locally known here, as she has been job-sharing — with Dr. Kristen Landi, also from New York — and paid per-autopsy for handling the medical examiner’s office overflow outside work.
The medical examiner’s office last year conducted 339 autopsies, 79 of them for out-of-county agencies, such as sheriff’s departments in neighboring counties. The projection for 2013 is 386, a workload that requires two forensic pathologists, said office director Barry Irmen.
“She and Dr. Landi formed a group that would do the outside county cases, we know her work, the district attorney likes her work and area law enforcement agencies like her work,” he said. Once she starts, the office will no longer need to contract the overflow autopsy work.
Roman has expertise in sexual assault and motor vehicle-related fatalities, according to her resume. She has been with the New York office since 2004, and is also a clinical assistant professor in forensic medicine at the New York University School of Medicine. She is a certified hazardous materials technician.
Dane County converted from an elected coroner to a medical examiner in 2011. A new medical examiner’s office, morgue and autopsy facility located outside of Madison is in the planning stages. The current facilities are in the Public Safety Building, 115 W. Doty St.
Pending confirmation by the Dane County Board of Supervisors, Roman’s first day will be Sept. 9.