Roger Mitchell, Jr, MD on hope, and why becoming a minister is so important to him ~
"It's not enough for me just to speak to families. It's extremely important for me to be on sides where we can really promote hope in a way that frees people so that we can make the best choices in this city."
Roger Mitchell, Jr., MD, Chief Medical Examiner, Washington DC, with host Andy Ockershausen in-studio interview
Andy Ockershausen: This is Andy Ockershausen and this is Our Town. I say this from the bottom of my bottom heart, it's so delightful to have Roger Mitchell on Our Town. Do you realize Roger
that you are one of the most important persons in the city of Washington? You're the Chief Medical Examiner for the Capitol City of the United States if not the world. What a title.
Roger Mitchell, Jr, MD: Listen, I made it to Our Town and the word on the street is if you can make it to Our Town, then you might very well be an important person. I'm excited about being here, Andy.
Andy Ockershausen: This program's so important that we don't have any commercials, but we do have some, but these are people in Our Town but Roger, you have such a career. What you've done is amazing to me because you're a learned man and you paid the price to learn what you're doing. But that is a great title, Chief Medical Examiner.
Roger Mitchell, Jr, MD: Yeah, Chief Medical Examiner. I'm a young chief, too.
Andy Ockershausen: I bet you are.
Roger Mitchell, Jr, MD: There's not many young chiefs out here and it's just good. I've been here about five years now.
Andy Ockershausen: But you're not a native. You didn't grow up here of course, but you went to Howard University.
THE Howard University and New Jersey Medical School - Smart and Lucky
Roger Mitchell, Jr, MD: I did go to Howard, THE Howard University.
Andy Ockershausen: You went to New Jersey for medical, are you from Jersey?
Roger Mitchell, Jr, MD: I am from Jersey, born and raised. New Jersey Medical School is a state school. It's Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. It's fantastic.
Andy Ockershausen: Fabulous institution, Rutgers, too, right? Gotta be smart.
Roger Mitchell, Jr, MD: You gotta be smart or lucky.
Andy Ockershausen: It's a tough school. You're both!
Roger Mitchell, Jr, MD: I think on the bottom of my certificate, it might've said lucky but we won't look at the fine print.
Andy Ockershausen: Luck follows speed, Roger. That's something I learned many years ago. You gotta be fast in this world.
Roger Mitchell, Jr, MD: That's it.
Andy Ockershausen: But, you have a background in forensic medicine which, to me, is so impressive and you continue to do it today.
OJ Trial Takes Forensics to New Level - Mitchell Becomes Interested in Forensics as a High School Junior
Roger Mitchell, Jr, MD: I started forensics early. You remember the OJ trial, right?
Andy Ockershausen: Oh yeah.
Roger Mitchell, Jr, MD: The infamous OJ trial, right?
Andy Ockershausen: Oh my, yeah.
Roger Mitchell, Jr, MD: And so, forensics really, in this Country, was catapulted into the forefront.
Andy Ockershausen: I believe what you're saying.
Roger Mitchell, Jr, MD: This Country really wasn't thinking about blood stain pattern and proper evidence handling really until the OJ trial. And so, when I was, I think I was in my junior year-
Andy Ockershausen: In medical school?
Roger Mitchell, Jr, MD: No, it was in my junior year of undergrad at Howard University and I was doing-
Andy Ockershausen: Our Town.
Roger Mitchell, Jr, MD: Washington, D.C., yes, your town.
Andy Ockershausen: Great,