Forensic Pathologist (2 positions)

Medical Examiner's Office, Frankfort, KY, US


The Kentucky Medical Examiner Division of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet announces an opening for 2 forensic pathologists, available immediately, in Frankfort, Kentucky (Franklin County). The successful candidates will join 2 full-time, board-certified forensic pathologists in an office with a long history of stability within the community and the state. The office is located in the pristine Central Laboratory Facility—also houses the Kentucky State Police Crime Laboratory and the Department of Public Health Laboratory—and services both metropolitan and rural areas in central and eastern Kentucky.

The Frankfort area has a very affordable cost of living, a relaxed “southern living” atmosphere, and is in a central location to both Louisville and Lexington. It is flanked with rich outdoor activities (hiking, camping, fishing, rock climbing, and college athletics), bourbon distilleries, dining, and has easy access to entertainment such as Churchill Downs, 4th Street Live, YUM Center, museums (Louisville) and in Kentucky’s horse capital (Lexington) Keeneland, Rupp Arena, Kentucky Horse Park, and multiple historic distilleries. Vacation/off-time coverage and educational seminar participation are supported. The office is also supported by the NAME accredited Office of the Chief Medical Examiner located 39 miles away. The office conducts around 800 examinations per year (including external examinations). Examinations, weekends, and holiday coverage are shared equitably among the staff.


This executive branch/unclassified state position requires board certification or eligibility by the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic and Forensic Pathology, and licensure to practice medicine in the state of Kentucky at the time of employment.


The state salary offered, after a 6-month probationary period, is $225,000 for a Medical Examiner I (Board Eligible) and $236,250 for a Medical Examiner II (Board Certified). As a state employee, the new forensic pathologist will enjoy full benefits, including healthcare and/or flexible spending accounts, participation in the state retirement system, and options to participate in the deferred compensation program.

The Commonwealth of Kentucky does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, or veteran status in employment or other provision of services.

How to apply

For further program information, contact:

William Ralston, MD
Chief Medical Examiner
10511 LaGrange Road
Louisville, KY 40223