Dr. G: Medical Examiner

Dr. G: Medical Examiner was a reality television series shown on Investigation Discovery. Dr. G, or Dr. Jan Garavaglia, was (at the time the show was produced) the Chief Medical Examiner with Florida's District Nine Medical Examiner's office in Orlando, Florida.

Dr. G: Medical Examiner
GenreReality, Documentary
Written byChristopher Carlson
Gretchen Morning
Emi Macuaga
Kellen Hertz
StarringJan C. Garavaglia
Narrated byJeff Colt
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons8
No. of episodes96 (as of February 10, 2012)[1]
Executive producer(s)Bruce David Klein
Producer(s)Fahad Vania
Royd Chung
Running time60 minutes
Original networkInvestigation Discovery
Original releaseJuly 22, 2004 (2004-07-22) 
February 11, 2012 (2012-02-11)
External links

This series features Dr. G working on unexplained deaths in Orange and Osceola counties in Florida, as well as similar deaths from her previous employment as an Associate Medical Examiner in Bexar County, Texas. The show features dramatic re-enactments of the events leading up to the person's death as well as the autopsies. Interviews with Dr. G, family members, and other people connected to the deaths are also shown. After a high-profile career, Dr. G went into retirement in 2015.[2]

The series was produced by NY-based Atlas Media Corporation, with Executive Producer Bruce David Klein.


The unexplained deaths that Dr. G investigates can be attributed to various causes, such as undiagnosed medical conditions, accidents, or foul play. In one instance, a woman who attempted suicide died a few days after her attempt. Dr. G found that her death was actually due to another condition and was not by her own hand. Another instance dealt with human bones that had been found alongside railroad tracks. Through an autopsy and investigative work it was discovered that the remains were those of a missing girl who had been killed by her mother.


Dr. G: Medical Examiner premiered on July 23, 2004 and its final episode aired on February 11, 2012, for a total of 90 episodes.[3]

Season Episodes Season premiere Season finale
1 12 July 23, 2004 (July 23, 2004) June 10, 2005 (June 10, 2005)
2 15 July 15, 2005 (July 15, 2005) August 19, 2005 (August 19, 2005)
3 12 July 21, 2006 (July 21, 2006) June 22, 2007 (June 22, 2007)
4 13 November 23, 2007 (November 23, 2007) August 1, 2008 (August 1, 2008)
5 13 September 29, 2008 (September 29, 2008) August 10, 2009 (August 10, 2009)
6 13 October 26, 2009 (October 26, 2009) July 26, 2010 (July 26, 2010)
7 6 October 4, 2010 (October 4, 2010) November 8, 2010 (November 8, 2010)
8 6 December 30, 2011 (December 30, 2011) February 11, 2012 (February 11, 2012)


TLC and FitTV began re-airing episodes in 2008. Following the replacement of the Discovery Health Channel with OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network in 2011, new episodes began airing on Discovery Fit & Health. The last episode was aired in February 2012. Currently, reruns air on the Justice Network.[4]


On October 14, 2008, Dr. G released her first book, How Not to Die: Surprising Lessons on Living Longer, Safer and Healthier from America's Favorite Medical Examiner. Using cases from her 20 years of experience as a medical examiner, Dr. G identifies some of the key lifestyle and behavioral choices that can result in early death. She also offers advice on how to be smart and proactive about one's health. A television special titled "How Not to Die: A Dr. G Special" aired on Discovery Health Channel on the same day the book was released.


  1. "Dr. G: Medical Examiner (a Titles & Air Dates Guide)". Retrieved 15 March 2012.
  2. "Chief medical examiner, 'Dr. G,' retiring". Retrieved 2016-08-31.
  3. "Dr. G: Medical Examiner Episode Guide". TVGuide.com. CBS Interactive Inc. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  4. "DR. G: MEDICAL EXAMINER". Justice Network. 2017-03-21. Retrieved 2019-10-28.
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