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Jan Carla Garavaglia (born September 14, 1956) is the Chief Medical Examiner in Orange County, Florida. She appears in Dr. G: Medical Examiner on the Discovery Health Channel.


Early life and education

Garavaglia was born in St Louis, Missouri to Charles and Jenny 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. She completed college, medical school and her residency at St. Louis University.

She completed her fellowship in forensic pathology at the Dade County Medical Examiner's Office in Miami, Florida. She is certified by the American Board of Pathology in combined anatomic and clinical pathology, as well as in forensic pathology.


Dr. Garavaglia married her first husband, Kevin Kowaleski, MD 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, Alexander (Alex). 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 Jan spent the next ten years as a Medical Examiner in the Bexar County Forensic Science Center. Her second son, Eric, was born during this time in 1994. Dr. Garavaglia and her first husband later divorced, and she married her second husband, Mark R. Wallace. Mark Wallace works as a physician.


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.

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 Dr. Garavaglia who was the one who examined the remains and made the determination.[1]

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.


  1. ^ Lundin, Leigh; Garavaglia, Jan (2009-11-22). "Florida News: Casey Anthony". autopsy reports. Orlando: Criminal Brief.  

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