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Francisco Diaz Francisco Diaz
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pathology

Office Phone: 202-677-6600
Email: Email
Department: Pathology


  • MD, Instituto Tecnologico de Santo Domingo, 1989


Francisco J. Diaz, MD, is the Chief Medical Examiner for the District of Columbia, and serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Medical Examiners. He previously served as a Medical Examiner for Wayne County, Michigan, and is Board-certified in both forensic and anatomic pathology.


Dr. Diaz's focus is principally in the area of forensic pathology, having performed over 8000 postmortem examinations in the course of his career.


Dr. Diaz is a co-editor-of & contributing-author-to Spitz and Fisher's Medicolegal Investigtion of death, 5th Edition. He is the author of numerous peer reviewed publications on a variety of topics related to forensic and anatomic pathology, in addition to countless presentations and speaking engagements.


  • Forensic Pathology
  • Anatomic Pathology
  • Autopsy Pathology


The Impact of Skin Color on the Recognition of Blunt Force Injuries Santiago, Christian J ; Weedn, Victor W ; Diaz, Francisco J The American journal of forensic medicine and pathology, 2022,Vol.43 (3),p.220-224.

Loss of nuclear basophilic staining as a postmortem interval marker. Alabbasi, Samah F. MBBS, MFS; Viramontes, Ariel C. MD; Diaz, Francisco J. MD, Weedn, Victor W. MD, JD. American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology, published ahead of print. December 2021.

Autopsies in suspected SARS-CoV-2. Journal of Legal Medicine, Spain. May 2020. Rafael BaƱon Gonzalez, Silvia Carnicero Caceres, Ma Paz Suarez-Mier, Francisco J. Diaz.

Comparison of the causes of death and wounding patterns in urban firearm-related violence and civilian public mass shooting events. Maghami S, Hendrix C, Matecki M, Mahendran K, Amdur R, Mitchell R, Diaz F, Estroff J, Smith ER, Shapiro G, Sarani B.J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2020 Feb;88(2):310-313. doi: 10.1097/TA.0000000000002470.

An 8-year retrospective study on suicides in Washington, DC. Cuchara, B and Diaz FJ. The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology, March 2020- Volume 41, issue 1. P 18-26.

Nonrheumatoid Fibrinous Pericarditis: A Medical Examiner Algorithm for the Diagnosis of Viral Myocarditis and Use of Molecular Diagnostic Techniques. Gupta, J., Furman, J., Kesha, J., Diaz, F, & Schmidt, CJ. The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology, 40 (1):77-80, March 2019.

Cardiac involvement in sarcoidosis deaths in Wayne County, Michigan. A 20-year retrospective study. Milad Webb, Kyle Conway, Martin Ishikawa and Francisco Diaz. Acad Forensic Pathol. September, 2018.

National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) position paper: Recommendations for the definition, investigation, postmortem examination and reporting of deaths in custody. Mitchell, R. Diaz, F. Goldfogel, G. Fajardo, M. Fiore, S. Henson, T. Jorden, M. Kelly, S. Luzi, S. Quinn, M. Wolf, D. Acad Forensic Pathol. 2017 7(4): 604-618

Industry Relationships and Collaborations

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