Melinda Warner
Name Melinda Warner
Title Chief Medical Examiner (2018-present)
Affiliation NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner
USAF (former)
Occupation Doctor
Family Unnamed daughter
Unnamed husband
Unnamed sister
Status Alive
Actor Tamara Tunie
First Appearance "Noncompliance"

Dr. Melinda Warner is a medical examiner in the New York City Police Department.


After working as a doctor in the United States Air Force to pay for medical school and serving two tours during the Gulf War, Warner left the military to take care of her daughter, and became an Assistant Medical Examiner for the NYPD. (SVU: "Blast") In 2000, having reached the rank of Medical Examiner, she was assigned to the 16th Precinct to replace Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers who had begun to work for Major Case in addition to Homicide. These two units took up most of Rodgers' time, and she had to discontinue service to Special Victims. (SVU: "Noncompliance")

Over the years, Warner has become an integral part of the Manhattan Special Victims Unit, and her personal skills have contributed to the unit's high success rate in closing cases.

She was shot by Sophie Gerard, a troubled and grieving mother, during a standoff inside the morgue. (SVU: "Shattered") Neal Baer, producer from the show confirmed on his Twitter account that she survived.[1] She is later seen back on the job; when Stabler and Benson question her ruling a death as a homicide, she says "I was shot in the lung, not the head."

Warner reveals to Benson that a sex trafficker arrested earlier was Noah's father. (SVU: "Undercover Mother")

It is later revealed that Warner was eventually promoted to Chief medical examiner. (SVU: "Pathological")


  • During her time in the Air Force, Warner received training in the use of firearms. (SVU: "Blast")
  • According to Detective Elliot Stabler, Warner hates cold weather and always sends her assistants to crime scenes on cold days. (SVU: "Mean")
  • Warner is the only Medical Examiner in the whole of the Law & Order franchise to appear in the opening credits of her series.
  • Warner's daughter was born in 1991.
  • In "Blast", Warner was personally involved in a case by informing parents that their kidnapped daughter had leukemia. Later on, she shot the perpetrator in the leg, preventing him from committing suicide by cop.
  • Dr. Warner is married and has one daughter, who was mentioned twice on the show. (SVU: "Blast", "Juvenile") She also had a dog named Petey. (SVU: "Beef") She also mentions having a sister who is a buyer at Saks. (SVU: "Streetwise")




Icon SVU Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - Main Characters

Senior Detectives: Elliot StablerJohn MunchOdafin TutuolaOlivia BensonAmanda Rollins

Junior Detectives: Olivia BensonMonique JeffriesOdafin TutuolaChester LakeAmanda RollinsNick AmaroDominick Carisi, Jr.Katriona Tamin

Squad Supervisors: John MunchOlivia Benson

Commanding Officers: Donald CragenOlivia Benson

Assistant District Attorneys: Alexandra CabotCasey NovakKim GreylekRafael BarbaPeter StoneDominick Carisi, Jr.

Others: Melinda WarnerGeorge Huang

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