Dr. Joyce deJong

Michigan Medical Examiner; Mass Fatality Response Team; Director, Mopec Products

Joyce L. deJong, DO currently serves as Medical Examiner for 12 counties in Michigan. She serves on the federal mass fatality team and has deployed to mass disaster/fatality events over a dozen times during her career, including on-site work after 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and the Haiti earthquake.

Dr. deJong currently is the Chair of the Medical Examiner Working group, a team of multiple individuals focused on improving the Medical Examiner and Death Investigation process in Michigan. She has served as the President of the Michigan Association of Medical Examiners for multiple terms and is a fellow in the National Association of Medical Examiners and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. Additionally, Dr. deJong is founding chair of the Department of Pathology of Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine (WMed) in 2014.

Dr. deJong received her Bachelor of Science degree from Grand Valley State University and her Doctor of Osteopathy degree from Michigan State University. Dr. deJong completed her anatomic pathology residency through the Grand Rapids Area Medical Education Center and Michigan State University at Butterworth Hospital, Blodgett Memorial Medical Center, St. Mary’s Hospital and Metropolitan Hospital. After completing her residency in pathology, and a fellowship in forensic pathology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, Dr. deJong returned to Michigan, serving as the Medical Director of the Forensic Pathology Division of Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Michigan. In this position, she served as the Medical Examiner/Deputy Medical Examiner for multiple counties in Michigan, overseeing a robust medical examiner and forensic pathology consultation service. While in Lansing, she was an associate clinical professor at MSU in both the College of Human Medicine and the College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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