Alberta appoints new chief medical examiner to 'maintain stability' in office
Dr. Elizabeth Brooks-Lim has been acting chief medical examiner since July of this year
Forensic pathologist Dr. Elizabeth Brooks-Lim has been appointed Alberta's new chief medical examiner, Alberta Justice announced Wednesday.
"I have great confidence in the experience and professionalism Dr. Brooks-Lim brings to this role and look forward to continuing to work with her on important issues," Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley said in a news release.
"This appointment will maintain stability in the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner,"
Brooks-Lim won the job after an open competition. Her appointment takes effect Feb. 1.
Brooks-Lim has been serving as acting chief medical examiner since July, when Dr. Jeffery Gofton quit his position after less than 18 months on the job.
Gofton had replaced Dr. Anny Sauvageau, who has sued Alberta Justice for more than $5 million, alleging her contract was not renewed after she stood up to political interference in the operation of the medical examiner's office.
Long career in forensic pathology
Originally from the United Kingdom, Brooks-Lim has a longstanding career in forensic pathology.
She has served as deputy chief medical examiner in Edmonton, assistant chief medical examiner in Calgary and Edmonton, and as a forensic pathologist and coroner in Saskatchewan. She was a forensic pathologist in England and a clinical lecturer in forensic medicine and pathology in Scotland.
"It's a great honour to be Alberta's new chief medical examiner," Brooks-Lim said in the news release.
"We have an extremely dedicated and talented team of professionals at the OCME (medical examiner's office) and I'm looking forward to continuing to lead them as we work hard to provide Albertans with outstanding services."
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner conducts investigations into deaths that occur suddenly or can't be explained. The office often acts as the first point of contact for the deceased's relatives, friends and physician.
The chief medical examiner is appointed under Alberta's Fatality Inquiries Act by the Lieutenant Governor in Council upon recommendation of the Minister of Justice and Solicitor General.