Forensic Pathology, located at
Fulton County Medical Examiners Office
Atlanta, GA 30303, USA
Forensic pathology is the study of disease and injury that is of interest to the public and the courts. Subspecialty board certification is available in forensic pathology after completion of a minimum of three-years in pathology residency and an additional fellowship year in an accredited forensic pathology training program. The Fulton County Medical Examiner has an accredited forensic pathology training program in conjunction with Emory. Pathology residents rotate through the office for one-month periods and a one-month clerkship is available to medical students.
The Fulton County Medical Examiner investigates approximately 2300 deaths per year and performs about 1000 complete autopsy and additional 400-500 external examinations. The Medical Examiner investigates deaths that are known or suspected as being due to injury or poisoning, or which are sudden, unexpected, and unexplained or suspicious for foul play.
As the Chief Medical Examiner of Fulton County, Georgia and Professor of Forensic Pathology at Emory School of Medicine, clincial focus is centered on autopsy pathology, forensic pathology, and medicolegal death investigation.
Forensic Pathology - Major interest areas include the development of professional guidelines, improvement in death investigation practices, death certification and mortality data, electronic data system development and data sharing, and the role of the medical examiner in public health surveillance and epidemiological research.
Medico-legal death investigation - This includes supervision and review of death scene investigation, performance of autopsies, interpretation of test results on samples collected at autopsy, review of medical history, preparation of documents related to death investigation, determining cause and manner of death, testifying in court as an expert witness, public health surveillance, and teaching of fellows and residents.
Research Overview -General topics in Forensic Pathology - Collaboration with others interested in our data -
As a deputy chief medical examiner, I perform approximately 100 medicolegal autopsies per year and supervise another 100 performed by residents and fellows in the Emory pathology training program. My particular interest is in traffic and toxicology fatalities. In addition to my usual duties, I serve as the Associate Director of Training for the Forensic Pathology fellowship.