Mayor Karl Dean has accepted the recommendation of a convention of physicians to appoint Dr. Amy McMaster, currently the acting Davidson County medical examiner, to serve in the position permanently.
The Metro Council must confirm Dean’s appointment, with a resolution filed with the Metro Clerk’s office Friday. If confirmed, McMaster will serve a five-year term and, after which, will be eligible for reappointment.
McMaster would replace Dr. Bruce Levy, who resigned after being arrested in Mississippi on drug charges earlier this year.
“Dr. McMaster is well qualified for the position and has done an excellent job of leading the Medical Examiner’s Office on an interim basis,” Dean said in a release. “I appreciate the due diligence and thoughtful work of the physicians who made this recommendation.”
As outlined in Tennessee state law, the mayor formed a convention of doctors in August to recommend a candidate for county medical examiner. The seven-member convention comprised doctors residing in Davidson County and representing a diversity of medical expertise. Dr. Wayne Riley, president of Meharry Medical College, served as chair of the convention.
The medical examiner must be a licensed physician with a degree in medicine or osteopathic medicine. McMaster received her doctor of medicine degree at Meharry Medical College in 1996, completed her residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and completed a fellowship in forensic pathology at the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner’s Office. She has worked in the Davidson County Medical Examiner’s Office since 2002, serving as deputy chief medical examiner for the past six years.
A Nashville native, McMaster is an employee of Forensic Medical Management Services (FMMS), which currently has the contract for management of the Davidson County Medical Examiner's Office. She has served as chief operations officer for FMMS since 2007 and as chief medical officer since August of this year.