OCME Mission

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is responsible for investigating the cause and manner of death in violent, suspicious or unexplained deaths.

History of the OCME

The Office of Chief Medical Examiner was established in 1983 pursuant to Chapter 38 of the General Laws of Massachusetts. Its purpose is to provide a comprehensive system for conducting death investigation services in the Commonwealth. Prior to 1983, the death investigations were handled regionally by the individual counties of the Commonwealth under the direction of each district attorney..


On July 9, 2012, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner began performing examinations at their Cape Office in Sandwich.  This satellite office covers Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket Counties.  The hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:30AM to 4:30 PM.

The office is located at 1 Simpkins Road, Sandwich, MA 02563.  All correspondence should be sent to the mailing address which is Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, 1 Simpkins Road, Buzzards Bay, MA 02542.  You can also reach the office by phone at 508-539-2200 or by fax at 508-539-0283.