TN chief medical examiner resigns for New Mexico job

Tennessee’s chief medical examiner, Dr. Karen Cline-Parhamovich, has resigned for a job in New Mexico, reports The Johnson City Press.

Cline-Parhamovich also serves as East Tennessee State University’s forensics director and is the medical examiner for Washington, Carter and Unicoi counties. Her resignation from all positions in Tennessee is effective July 31.

In a brief phone interview Friday afternoon, Cline-Parhamovich said she loves her job here, but “it’s the right professional move.” The position she will take later this year is assistant medical examiner at the Office of the Medical Investigator of New Mexico.

In a brief phone interview Friday afternoon, Cline-Parhamovich said she loves her job here, but “it’s the right professional move.” The position she will take later this year is assistant medical examiner at the Office of the Medical Investigator of New Mexico.

“It’s considered the model system for the country,” she said. “It’s the premier center to train forensic pathologists, and it’s also integrated with the University of New Mexico.” She said she received an invitation to apply for the job, so she did.

Cline-Parhamovich began her stint as chief medical examiner for the state July 2, 2012, and was selected as Washington County’s medical examiner in September. Both entities said losing the pathologist will be difficult. Her resignation for ETSU is effective Aug. 7.

…“I am pleased Karen has found an opportunity that she will enjoy that is good for her and her family, but unfortunately Tennessee has lost a rare and very difficult-to-replace asset,” said Dr. John Dreyzehner, Tennessee Department of Health commissioner.