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Assistant Chief Medical Examiner

Virginia Department of Health
Roanoke, Virginia
$180,000 to $230,000 commensurate with experience
Closing date
Feb 7, 2022

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Assistant Chief Medical Examiner position based in Roanoke, Virginia.

The Virginia Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) is a statewide medical examiner system with four regional district offices encompassing 17 forensic pathologists and a Chief Medical Examiner. The OCME Western District covering the western region of Virginia is seeking a forensic pathologist to join the staff of 3 current forensic pathologists. Responsibilities include death investigations, postmortem exams, approximately 250 medicolegal autopsies per year, consultations with interested parties, court testimony, and supervision of staff, and other administrative oversight duties. The position advises/supervises local medical examiners as a part of a fifty-five year old statewide medical examiner system. Educational responsibilities include the instruction of forensic pathology fellows, medical students, public safety officers and others. The pathologist will participate in educational, training and research activities and participate on committees. Occasional overnight travel. Base salary commensurate with experience with full benefits package (for more information about benefits, please visit:  

Experience performing forensic autopsies and postmortem examinations. Board Certification or eligibility in anatomic and forensic pathology required with American Board of Pathology certification in anatomic and forensic pathology achieved within 2 years of employment. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and written. Applicants must obtain medical licensure in Virginia. Valid driver's license required. 

Selected applicant must successfully pass a fingerprint-based criminal background check. Completion of Statement of Economic Interests will be required upon employment.  

In accordance with Executive Directive #18, as a condition of employment, the Commonwealth of Virginia requires all Executive Branch employees, including new hires, to disclose their vaccination status.  If you are the selected candidate, proof of vaccination will be required during new employee orientation on your first day of work.  Employees that are not vaccinated must be tested weekly. 


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