Jan Garavaglia

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Jan Garavaglia
Born Jan Carla Garavaglia
(1956-09-14) September 14, 1956 (age 58)
Saint Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Occupation Chief Medical Examiner
Years active 1999–present
Spouse(s) Kevin Kowaleski (1980–2006)
Mark Wallace (2007–present)

Jan Carla Garavaglia (born September 14, 1956), better known as "Dr. G", serves as the Chief Medical Examiner for Orange and Osceola counties in Orlando, Florida. She stars in the hit series Dr. G: Medical Examiner on the Discovery Health Channel which first aired in July 2004 and is currently on its seventh season. The show is ranked No. 1 for Discovery Health and is also broadcast in Australia, Europe, South America and South Africa. Garavaglia has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Live,[1] The Rachael Ray Show,[2] The Doctors and The Dr. Oz Show.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Garavaglia was born in Saint Louis, Missouri, to Charles and Jennie Garavaglia. Her father worked as a butcher, and her mother worked briefly as a secretary and shoe model. Garavaglia has two brothers. She attended Concord Elementary School and Lindbergh High School, graduating in 1974. Garavaglia received her medical degree from the Saint Louis University School of Medicine and completed an internship in internal medicine and residency in anatomic/clinical pathology at Saint Louis University Hospitals. She also completed a fellowship in forensic pathology at the Dade County Medical Examiner's Office in Miami. She is board-certified in combined anatomic and clinical pathology and forensic pathology.


Garavaglia married her first husband in 1980. In 1988, she got her first job as an Associate Medical Examiner in Duval County, Jacksonville, Florida and gave birth to her first son. Garavaglia and her family moved to Georgia in 1991 where she took a job as Associate Medical Examiner for the next two years. In 1993, the family moved once again to San Antonio, Texas where Garavaglia spent the next ten years as a Medical Examiner in the Bexar County Forensic Science Center. Her second son[4] was born during this time in 1994. Garavaglia and her first husband later divorced in 2006, and in 2007 she married her second husband, Dr. Mark Wallace, whom she had met years earlier while attending medical school. Dr. Wallace has made several appearances on Dr. G: Medical Examiner as an expert in infectious disease and internal medicine. The couple reside in Winter Springs, Florida.


One of the first cases Garavaglia worked on as a medical examiner was Morning Glory Funeral Home scandal, in which thirty-seven bodies – many in advanced stages of decomposition – were found in a funeral home. After several caskets that the funeral director had buried were exhumed, Garavaglia determined that the director had placed multiple persons in single caskets, and pocketed the money he received.[5]

On December 11, 2008, the remains of a small child, confirmed to be those of missing Caylee Anthony, were found near the Anthony residence in Orlando. As the location fell within Garavaglia's jurisdiction, it became Garavaglia who was the one who examined the remains and made the determination.[6]

In 2008, Garavaglia authored How Not to Die, in which she relates some of her own experiences as a medical examiner to educate readers how to better care for their health and avoid premature death.[7]

On May 18, 2012, Garavaglia delivered the keynote address at the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Science Olympiad National Tournament held at the University of Central Florida.[8]


  1. ^ "Real-Life 'CSI'". CNN.com. December 29, 2005. Retrieved September 28, 2010. 
  2. ^ "How Not To Die". [1]. Aired: January 7, 2009. Retrieved September 28, 2010.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ "Dr. Oz Show to feature Dr. G and 'mini Dr. Oz' from Orlando". [2]. Aired: April 22, 2010. Retrieved September 28, 2010.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ "Orlando Medical Examiner's Tv Show Draws Acclaim, Devoted Fans". The Gainesville Sun. Retrieved February 24, 2010. 
  5. ^ "LocateTV.com". Retrieved 2009-11-21. 
  6. ^ Lundin, Leigh; Garavaglia, Jan (2009-11-22). "Florida News: Casey Anthony". autopsy reports. Orlando: Criminal Brief. 
  7. ^ "Learn 'How Not to Die'". ABC News. December 1, 2008. Retrieved February 24, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Keynote Speaker for the 2012 National Science Olympiad Opening Ceremonies". Retrieved December 4, 2011.