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Meet Orange/Osceola County Chief Medical Examiner Dr. G!

Thanks to our friends at Orlando Science Center, we had the wonderful opportunity to speak with Dr. Jan Garavaglia M.D. (aka Dr G!) before the “Demystifying Forensic Sciences” panel at Orlando Science Center’s Science Night Live event last weekend.

Being in the film industry, Dr. G has “performed autopsies” on many people I’ve known and worked with over the years (not actual autopsies mind you, local actors) for her show Dr. G Medical Examiner on Discovery Life Channel. After telling her this she shared a quick story about being scared on set of Dr. G. When things look so real on tv, even someone who sees grim images like Dr. G can be taken aback…

During her portion of the panel last Saturday, Dr. G explained the history of how the Medical Examiner came to be and what they do, and how there are services online for this now a days, for example the Desert Mobile Medical is a family care doctor which specialize in medical examination.

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Some tips to stay off of Dr. G’s table? In the simplest of terms, be a law abiding citizen and stay healthy. Dr. G says, “Don’t hang out with the drug crowd and know your partner. We see so (many cases) of domestic violence, so know your partner.” Got it, Dr. G! What’s next?

“As far as the health side,” she says, “I’d say it’s all about knowing a couple of florida rehab centers; your blood pressure – silent killer. I see a lot of blood pressure (deaths) in people. People who don’t know they have diabetes, that could be a silent killer. People don’t know they have coronary artery disease – know your cholesterol. Also exercise and keep your weight down. Do those simple things and you probably won’t end up on my table.

And, there’s that whole ‘life‘ thing. If it’s your time, it’s your time. Even Dr. G knows, “Some horrific, unbelievable accidents that no one could predict come through, I don’t want to say that you can totally avoid ever seeing me because sometimes… it just happens.

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Check out more of Dr. G’s tips on How Not To Die on hownottodie.com.

Let’s not leave this on such a morbid note. Being a public servant, Dr. G really is here to help us all. Whether it’s to give solace to a family who’s unexpectedly lost a loved one or to help local authorities solve a forensic mystery, at the end of the day, she just wants to help.

I really care. I care about people. I care about doing a good job, and I’m very passionate about that,” Dr. G says. “Every day, I come in and want to do a good job. I want to do a good job for the people who’ve employed me. I want to do a good job for my fellow co-workers. I want to do a good job for those that are dead, and that need an answer and a cause of death for their family members. That’s really what drives me. The passion to do the best I can at what I can do.

Demystifying Forensic Sciences at Science Night Live!

Live from Orlando… it’s Science Night Live! Now celebrating it’s 60th Anniversary! Let Orlando Science Center’s Mark Schaub tell you a little more about it…

Have you ever watched the Fox TV show Bones and wondered, “That’s really cool. How do they do that? How do they know all this stuff?” This Saturday, you can ask these burning questions and learn directly from the pros!

Orlando Science Center has partnered with the American Academy of Forensic Sciences for the first Science Night Live of the year to kick off its 60th Anniversary celebration! This month’s SNL will feature celebrities of science from the world of forensics including: Investigator Dr. Henry Lee, Forensic Anthropologist and author Dr. Kathy Reichs (who is also a producer on Bones!), Toxicologist and Director of the University of Florida’s Forensic Medicine division Dr. Bruce Goldberger and Central Florida’s favorite Medical Examiner, Jan Garavaglia, M.D. (better known as Dr. G) as they demystify the forensic sciences.

You can also conduct your own crime scene investigation in Dr. Dare’s Laboratory.  Play out the role of the forensics expert as you put the clues together using techniques from various forensic disciplines, as well as:

  • View stars and planets through the giant refractor telescope in the Crosby Observatory
  • Experience 3D films in the Digital Adventure Theater: A National Geographic Experience
  • Participate in Science Trivia
  • Delight in food and adult beverages available for purchase


General admission to Science Night Live is $15 (free for Members) and is only for adults 21 and older, and includes access to all four floors of exhibits and activities. VIP seats for the “Demystifying Forensic Science” presentation are available for $25 ($10 for members). Parking is free in Orlando Science Center’s parking garage and will fill up quickly, so get there early! Casual dress code.