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Mary G. Ripple, MD

Academic Title:

Clinical Assistant Professor

Primary Appointment:

Pathology

Secondary Appointment(s):

Pediatrics

Additional Title:

MD

Location:

900 West Baltimore St., Baltimore, MD 21223

Phone (Primary):

410-333-3265

Phone (Secondary):

410-333-3250

Fax:

410-333-3063

Education and Training

Education:

1996                   M.D. - University of Maryland at Baltimore, Baltimore, MD

1992                   M.S. (Toxicology non-thesis) - University of Maryland at Baltimore, Baltimore, MD

1985                   B.S. (Toxicology) - PhiladelphiaCollege of Pharmacy & Science, Philadelphia, PA

Licenses and Certification:

1999 – 2019       Licensed practitioner, State of Maryland

1999                  Board certification in Anatomic Pathology; diplomate of The American Board of Pathology as of 11/12/99

2000                  Board certification in Forensic Pathology; diplomate of The American Board of Pathology as of 09/29/00

Employment and Education:

2002-present   Deputy Chief Medical Examiner of Statewide/Autopsy Services, Office of the Chief

                      Medical Examiner, Baltimore, MD

2001-2017       Assistant Residency Director, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Baltimore, MD

2000-2002       Assistant Medical Examiner, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Baltimore, MD

1999-2000       Forensic Fellow, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Baltimore, MD

1996-1999       Resident, Anatomic Pathology - The JohnsHopkinsHospital, Department of Pathology, Baltimore, MD

Biosketch

Mary G. Ripple, MD is Deputy Chief Medical Examiner for the State of Maryland, and former assistant residency director at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME), and is a clinical assistant professor in the departments of Pathology and Pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and clinical instructor at the departments of Pathology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, and The Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, guest professor at the Institute of Evidence Law and Forensic Science at China University of Political Science and Law and a special member of the graduate faculty at the University of Maryland Graduate School.

 She obtained a Masters in Toxicology and her medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She completed her anatomic pathology residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and her forensic pathology fellowship at the OCME for the State of Maryland. Dr. Ripple has worked at the OCME since 1999, has performed thousands of medicolegal autopsies and has testified in court on the findings, including one of the 2001 anthrax cases, the Beltway sniper homicides, and the Lululemon homicide. As Deputy Chief of Statewide Services, she supervises approximately 130 forensic investigators and Deputy Medical Examiners in the State of Maryland. She is dedicated to teaching and lectures on various topics in forensics at multiple universities and healthcare and law enforcement venues across the state. She sits on several state fatality review boards, has published many peer-reviewed articles, and has presented at numerous national forensic meetings. Her research interests include new emerging drugs of abuse, drug death trends, excited delirium, in custody deaths, conducted energy devices, and virtual autopsy.

Research/Clinical Keywords

Forensic Pathology, Emerging Drug Trends, Forensic Toxicology, Excited Delirium, Conducted Energy Devices, Virtual Autopsy, Crime Scene Investigation

Highlighted Publications

Ali Z, Levine B, Ripple M, and Fowler D, Diabetic Ketoacidosis: a Silent Death. Am J Forens Med Path. 2012 Sep;33(3):189-93.

Kesha K, Boggs CL, Ripple MG, Allan CH, Levine B, Jufer-Phipps R, Doyon S, Chi P, Fowler DR. Methylenedioxypyrovalerone ("Bath Salts"), Related Death: Case Report and Review of the Literature. J Forensic Sci. 2013 Jul 3. doi: 10.1111/1556-4029.12202. [Epub ahead of print]

Boggs CL, Ripple MG, Ali Z, Brassell M, Levine B, Jufer-Phipps R, Doyon S, Fowler DR. Anaphylaxis After the Injection of Buprenorphine. J Forensic Sci. 2013 Sep;58(5):1381-3.

Yang T, He G, Zhang X, Chang L, Zhang H, Ripple MG, Fowler DR, Li L. Preliminary Study on Diffuse Axonal Injury by Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy Histopathology Imaging. J Forensic Sci. 2013 Oct 22. doi: 10.1111/1556-4029.12290. [Epub ahead of print]

Ripple MG, and Southall P. Chapter 18. Death in Custody. In: Li L, Hou Y, Zhao Z and Fowler D. Forensic Medicine. An English Textbook for Medical Students, Law Students and Forensic Medical Experts. Peoples Medical Publishing House. Beijing, China. 2014:317-336.

Member of Editorial Board. Journal of Forensic Science and Medicine. Publication of the Institute of Evidence Law and Forensic Science, China University of Political Science and Law. Editor in Chief, Ling Li, MD. Medknow Publications and Media Pvt. Ltd. Mumbai, India. First issue, January 2015. 

Clinical Specialty Details

Investigation of sudden, unexpected and violent deaths as a Forensic Pathologist and Medical Examiner for the State of Maryland.

Awards and Affiliations

Fellow AAFS, Fellow NAME, Honorary member and Past President Harvard Associates in Police Science

Professional Activity

H. Ronald Zielke, PhD, Mary Ripple, MD, David R. Fowler, MD, and Ling Li, MD. The Medical Examiner’s Office as a Potential Source of a Wide Range of Disorders Needed for Medical Research.  Oral presentation at the National Association of Medical Examiners Meeting, Portland, Oregon. September 21, 2014.

Natasha Grandhi, MD, Rebecca Jufer Phipps, PhD, Mary G. Ripple, MD,  Suzanne Doyon, MD, and David R. Fowler, MD, Fentanyl-laced Heroin:  A Maryland Public Health Problem.  Oral presentation at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences Meeting, Orlando, Florida, February 20, 2015.

Xiang Zhang, MD, Rebecca A. Jufer Phipps, PhD, Barry S. Levine, PhD, Patricia Aronica, MD, J. Laron Locke, MD, Melissa Brassell, MD, Wendy Warren, DO, Mary Ripple, MD and David Fowler, MD, Postmortem Distribution of Acetyl Fentanyl. Poster presentation at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences Meeting, Orlando, Florida, February, 2015.

Meghan Melnyk, MS,  Rebecca A. Jufer Phipps, PhD, Barry S. Levine, PhD, Melissa Brassell, MD, Mary Ripple, MD and David Fowler, MD, Postmortem Distribution of Tenocyclidine. Poster presentation at the Society of Forensic Toxicologists Meeting, Dallas TX, October, 2016.

Diana Geli, DO, Rebecca Jufer-Phipps, PhD, Meghan Mulligan, MS, Mary G. Ripple, MD, and David R. Fowler, MD. Buprenorphine Prevalence in OCME Cases Positive for Drugs of Abuse: To Screen or Not to Screen? Oral presentation at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada, February 26, 2016.

Meghan Kessler DO, Rebecca A. Jufer Phipps PhD, Meghan Mulligan MS, Russell Alexander MD, Mary Ripple MD, David Fowler MD. Postmortem Distribution and Detection of Butyryl Fentanyl. Oral presentation at the American Academy of  Forensic Sciences Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada, February 26, 2016.

Carmen Coles, MD, Julia Shields, MD, Patricia Aronica, MD, Carol Allan, MD, Melissa Brassell, MD, Mary Ripple MD, David Fowler MD. Suicides Using Atypical Methodologies:  A Case Series. Poster to be presented at the American Academy of  Forensic Sciences Meeting, New Orleans, LA, February 16, 2017.