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Forensic Pathologist

Salary: $81.25-$93.24 hourly / $14,132-$16,216 monthly / Range: 2

DEFINITION: Under general direction, performs autopsies; acts as a professional consultant and provides expert witness services; and performs other duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is a single-position class in the Sheriff-Coroner's Office. The incumbent reports to the Coroner's Supervisor.



Performs autopsies to determine the cause in cases of sudden, violent, or unexpected death and dictates accurate, comprehensive and concise reports as to his/her findings.

Performs forensic scene investigations; directs and ensures the preservation of legal, physical, and medical evidence, ensuring that the chain of custody is maintained.

Offers possible reconstruction of what took place to the Coroner and acts as a professional consultant in medico-legal cases concerning the cause of death and manner of death for the District Attorney's Office; provides expert testimony in court.

Performs other medico-legal pathology services such as examining the nature and origin of wounds.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS: Valid Physicians and Surgeons Certificate issued by the Board of Medical Examiners of the State of California and board certified (or eligible for certification) in Forensic Pathology.

Additional Qualifications: Valid California driver's license at the time of appointment.

Knowledge of: principles and practices of modern medicine; specialized techniques, procedures, and equipment used in pathology;

Ability to: perform specialized medical services in pathology; prepare accurate, comprehensive and concise records and reports; speak clearly and concisely; speak before large groups with varying degrees of knowledge of pathology; establish and maintain effective working relationships with Coroner's staff and affiliated departments.

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