Forensic Pathologist - Office of the Medical Examiner - DDPHE

  • City and County of Denver
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Apr 14, 2019
Full Time Criminology and Forensics Public Health Sciences and Laboratory

Job Description

About Our Job

Denver's Department of Public Health and Environment (DDPHE) is dedicated to advancing Denver's environmental and public health goals. DDPHE works collaboratively with city, state and community partners to conduct education, community engagement, and enforcement to promote healthy people, healthy pets, and a sustainable environment. DDPHE oversees a number of services related to public health and the environment and is comprised of seven divisions: the Executive Director's Office; Community Health; Public Health Inspections; Denver Animal Protection; the Office of Medical Examiner; Environmental Quality, and the Office of Sustainability. The Department's programs are funded from many sources, including the General Fund, Environmental Services Enterprise Fund, state grants, federal grants, private grants, contracts, and donations. For more information on DDPHE's programs and services, visit the DDPHE website at:

The Office of the Medical Examiner investigates all violent, suspicious and unexpected natural deaths that occur in the City and County of Denver. The goal of forensic investigation and autopsy is to develop logical, scientific, and unbiased information necessary to determine the cause and manner of death for the proper and accurate completion of the death certificate and autopsy report. The agency also offers death expert testimony/consultation, death scene response and investigation, and deceased identification and death notification. OME reports and other information can be found at:

The Office of the Medical Examiner has an opening for a Forensic Pathologist. This position will function as an Assistant Medical Examiner for the Office of the Medical Examiner for Denver's Department of Public Health and Environment.

Job duties and responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Reviews deaths reported to the Office of the Medical Examiner as required by Colorado Statute and determines which cases will require an autopsy or visual examination.
  • Performs medicolegal autopsies in accordance with accepted standards in the recognized medical specialty of forensic pathology.
  • Orders and interprets necessary diagnostic tests to aid in the diagnosis of disease and non-natural pathology, understands the effects of postmortem interval on laboratory test results, and determines the cause and manner of death.
  • Shares on-call responsibilities with other staff physicians, responds to homicide or other suspicious death scenes as requested by the Medical Examiner investigator, and consults on the release of organs and tissue for recovery by procurement agencies.
  • Gives testimony as to the cause of death and renders expert opinions in a variety of legal forums, both criminal and civil.
  • Collects evidence and preserves it using accepted chain of custody procedures, documents findings at autopsy including pertinent traumatic injuries in the form of a written report, and photographs pertinent findings and traumatic injuries.
  • Consults with medical experts as necessary to aid in the determination of the cause of death.
  • Meets and/or confers with attorneys, law enforcement, and health professionals to discuss the autopsy findings and investigation.
  • Meets and/or speaks with families to discuss the results of the autopsy and the particulars of the death investigation and communicates with the media and other interested parties about the autopsy report.
  • Assists in the education and training of medical students, residents, interns, and others in the function of the Medical Examiner/Coroner and in forensic pathology.
  • Assists in the planning and participation of research activities that the office collaborates on.
  • Assists the Chief Medical Examiner in assessing the quality of services provided, helps ensure that staff and visitors conform with office and department safety policies at scenes and in the autopsy room, and assists in the development of office safety policies and in the development of office emergency preparedness plans.
  • Assists in the collaboration with local, regional, and state law enforcement, investigative, legal, and medical agencies including public health.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

While the full pay range of this Job Classification is $175,300 - $280,560 annually, our target hiring salary for this position is between $200,000 - $240,000 annually, depending on education, experience and qualifications.

This position qualifies for Relocation Assistance and/or a Recruitment Bonus.

This position is eligible for benefits, including medical, dental, vision, retirement, and education/continuing education reimbursement. For more information about our comprehensive benefits package, please visit our benefits page.

About You

Our ideal candidate will have:
  • The Office of the Denver Medical Examiner has an ACGME approved Fellowship in Forensic Pathology and therefore experience in the training of Forensic Pathologists and a passion for teaching will be desired assets.
  • As a relatively small Medical Examiner Office, good interpersonal skills, collegiality, and a team player mentality are essential.

We realize your time is valuable so please do not apply if you do not have at least the following required minimum qualifications:
  • Education requirement: Graduation from an approved school of medicine plus completion of post-graduate training approved by the American Board of Pathology.
  • Experience Requirement: None
  • Education/Experience Equivalency: No substitution of experience for education is permitted.
  • License/Certifications: Possession of a license to practice medicine in the State of Colorado at the time of appointment (or eligibility for licensure with the application process initiated) and board certification in Anatomic or Anatomic/Clinical Pathology is required at the time of application. Must be eligible to sit for the Forensic Pathology Boards at the time of appointment. Must pass the Forensic pathology boards within 18 months of employment.
  • Licenses and certifications must be kept current as a condition of employment.
  • It is a condition of employment that the Denver Police Forensics & Evidence Division form for consent for collection of a DNA sample be completed at the time of hire.

About Everything Else

Job Profile
CO2721 Forensic Pathologist
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Position Type

Pay Range
Pay Range $175,350.00 - $280,560.00

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