Michael Truman Propst, MD

Title: Pathologist

Location: McMinnville, Oregon, United States

Michael Truman Propst, MD, Pathologist, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in forensic pathology.

Dr. Propst had always been interested in medicine. His interest continued to increase along his journey through higher education. During his sophomore year of medical school, he had noticed how well he was doing in pathology. He was not accustomed to achieving such high grades in medical subjects, so he continued to expand his medical focus in that area. He was attracted to his profession in pathology because of his upbringing and the challenge of solving puzzles. Dr. Propst earned a Bachelor of Science from Oregon State University in 1962 and an MD from the University of Oregon in 1966.

Dr. Propst was a part of the team of people that changed the “coroner law” to the “chief medical examiner law” in Alaska, while writing new laws and selecting new criteria on what would be considered as a case for the medical examiner in Anchorage and the areas around. Due to harsh traveling conditions in Alaska, he also proposed for funding to cover the costs of transporting remains for forensic autopsies. Before starting his career, he served as a Major for the U.S. Air Force from 1971 to 1974. Dr. Propst began his career as a pathologist in 1974 at Humana Hospital until 1984. He also became a medical examiner for the state of Alaska in 1975 a position he held until 1994, when he was named the first chief medical examiner of the state of Alaska. He held that position until 2001 when he became a consultant on forensic pathology. Also during that time, he was a medical director of the Physicians Medical Laboratory from 1984 to 1994. As a testament to his success, Dr. Propst has been listed in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the West, Who’s Who in the World and Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America.

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