Assistant Chief Medical Examiner

Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Virginia, Western District, Roanoke, VA, US


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 16 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 77 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. The Virginia OCME does not perform autopsies on Sundays. The office currently does not perform autopsies on Saturday.


Experience performing forensic autopsies and postmortem examinations. Board Certification or eligibility in anatomic and forensic pathology required with ABP 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.


Base salary commensurate with experience with full benefits package negotiable up to $290,000. For more information about benefits, please visit: For more information about the Roanoke area, visit:

How to apply

VDH only accepts online applications. Faxed, mailed, or e-mailed applications will not be considered. To apply for this position, please visit to submit an application. VDH is an Equal Opportunity Employer. THIS POSITION ONLY HAS TO BE POSTED FOR FIVE DAYS. Please contact Arkuie Williams at (804) 786-1015 or via email at, if you should have any questions.