headshot of Christina VandePol

Christina VandePol, MD, was the first woman and first Democrat elected coroner of suburban Chester County, Pennsylvania in over two centuries. During four stormy years, she steered her office through both the opioid epidemic and the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. VandePol oversaw 5,697 death investigations and achieved national certification as a medicolegal death investigator. Her experiences led her to become an outspoken advocate for improving our beleaguered death investigation system.

Dr. VandePol graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and is board-certified in internal medicine and endocrinology. She has worked as an internist, rural emergency-room doctor, clinical researcher, educator, and medical writer. She now spends her time writing, mostly about medicolegal death investigation and its intersection with public health, medicine, and justice. Currently she is working on a memoir about her experiences as coroner.