Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office
Christopher Young, MD
Chief Medical Examiner
Dr. Young became the Ventura County Chief Medical Examiner in July of 2017. His undergraduate training was at Pepperdine University where he graduated Cum Laude with a B.S. in biology. He received his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. His postgraduate training in anatomic and clinical pathology took place at the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon. He trained in forensic pathology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas. He served as a forensic pathologist at the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office for thirteen years where he served on the Clackamas County Child Fatality Review Team. As a Clinical Assistant Professor in pathology at Oregon Health and Science University, he instructed physician residents and medical students. He maintains board certification through the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic and Forensic Pathology and is licensed to practice medicine in California. Throughout his practice of forensic pathology, Dr. Young has provided forensic training for detectives and medicolegal death investigators.
Othon Mena, MD
Assistant Chief Medical Examiner
Joseph Vallone, MD
Associate Forensic Pathologist
Dr. Vallone joined the office in April of 2022 as an Associate Forensic Pathologist. He graduated from the University of California Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Arts in English with a World Literature Concentration, and a minor in Spanish. He earned his medical degree at the Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. He completed postgraduate training in anatomic and clinical pathology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He trained in forensic pathology at the Los Angeles Medical Examiner-Coroner Office, after which he served as a Deputy Medical Examiner for approximately 4 years. During this time, he instructed medical students, residents, and fellows of the University of Southern California, the University of California Los Angeles, and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He maintains board certification through the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic and Forensic Pathology and is licensed to practice medicine in California.