Forensic Pathologist

Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Oklahoma City, OK, US


Primary Performance Expectations:

  • Approximately 250-300 autopsy equivalents per year.
  • Case completion according to NAME standards.
  • Participation in the QA process.
  • Our physicians are expected to direct medicolegal death investigations, perform postmortem examinations and document findings in concise and accurate reports, take overnight and weekend call, and offer professional consultation to outside agencies, including organ procurement organizations, criminal court officials and law enforcement, and provide judicial testimony.  They also review requests for cremation and out-of-state body transport and issue permits using a web-based system. 
  • Teaching fellows, medical students, residents, and students from our local forensic science programs.

Teamwork, mutual respect, professionalism, affability, and equanimity are critically important values for us.  We have an efficient, team-oriented approach to case management.  It is essential to have good skills inworking effectively with other people, have a professional demeanor and carry the utmost respect for our decedents. 

The Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) seeks additional forensic pathologists to join our team as we align ourselves with National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) accreditation standards.  The position is for the Oklahoma City Office, which houses a single purpose 47,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility with in-house postmortem CT, Lodox, toxicology lab (ABFT-accredited), forensic anthropology and histology.

The OCME is an independent, statewide ME system with two practice locations (Tulsa and OKC) serving a population of approximately 3.8 million people and is charged by state statute with directing death investigations involving cases affecting the criminal justice and public health systems.   


  • Licensed to practice medicine in the State of Oklahoma at time of employment.
  • Board certification or eligibility by the Anatomic Board of Pathology (ABP) in AP or AP/CP at the time of employment.
  • Board certification by the ABP in Forensic Pathology within two years of hire.
  • Pass a rigorous background check.




  • Salary starting at $250,600 + Benefits
  • Up to $5,000 relocation reimbursement
  • $4,500 Yearly personal educational/equipment allowance
  • Public service loan forgiveness eligibility
  • Teleworking opportunities

How to apply

For inquiries, please contact:

Lori Shively
Personnel Director
(405) 248-9708