May 18-19, 2012 at the University of Central Florida

Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker for the 2012 National Science Olympiad Opening Ceremonies:
Dr. Jan Garavaglia, AKA, Dr. G Medical Examiner from Discovery Health Channel

Jan C. Garavaglia, M.D. (aka “Dr. G”) is the chief medical examiner for the District Nine Medical Examiner Office covering Orange and Osceola counties in Florida and has been a forensic pathologist for over 23 years.  She is also currently a Clinical Associate Professor for the Florida State University College of Medicine.

A graduate of the St. Louis University School of Medicine, Dr. Garavaglia completed her internship in internal medicine and residency in pathology at the University Hospitals in St. Louis, Missouri. She then completed a fellowship in forensic pathology at the Dade County Medical Examiner Office in Miami, Florida.  She is certified by the American Board of Pathology in anatomic, clinical and forensic pathology.  Prior to joining the office in Florida,

Dr. Garavaglia was a medical examiner at the Bexar County Forensic Science Center in San Antonio, Texas, for 10 years. While there, she also served as a clinical assistant professor for the department of pathology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and as a member of their Graduate Faculty Council for the Graduate School of Biomedical Science.  She has also worked as a medical examiner in Jacksonville, Florida and the metropolitan Atlanta area.

Dr. Garavaglia is a member of the National Association of Medical Examiners, the Florida Association of Medical Examiners, and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and is on the editorial board of the American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology.  She is a recipient of community service awards for her work in forensic pathology in San Antonio, Texas and Orange County Florida.

In addition, Dr. Garavaglia has given innumerable presentations and lectures at various institutions, and has been published in scientific media such as the Journal of Forensic SciencesJournal of Trauma, and The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology. She is the subject and host of the popular TV show Dr. G. Medical Examiner on the Discovery Fit and Health TV channel, which in 2008 won an International Health and Medical Media award for “Best Health Series.”  She has also appeared on The Larry King, Oprah, Rachel Ray, and Dr. Oz shows. Dr. Garavaglia is married to Mark Wallace, M.D. They have three sons, Alex, Eric, and Luke.