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Deputy Chief Medical Examiner

Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences
Houston, Texas
Competitive benefits program, comprehensive group health, benefits plan and benefit retirement plan
Closing date
Jul 27, 2022

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Position Type
Open Rank
Full Time
Medical Anthropology, Other
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A unique opportunity to lead all Medical Examiner services for Harris County

Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences (HCIFS), one of the nation’s leading forensic agencies located in the heart of Houston, Texas, is currently recruiting Board-certified/-eligible forensic pathologists to fill a full-time Deputy Chief Medical Examiner (Deputy CME) position for Harris County. HCIFS, a member institution of the Texas Medical Center (TMC) since 1983, offers the successful candidate the opportunity to work within the third largest county in the United States and the largest medical city in the world.

With an increasing caseload in Harris County, HCIFS seeks an experienced physician leader highly specialized in forensic pathology, death investigation, and management who will make an indelible contribution to advancing scientific and academic growth at the Institute. The Deputy CME will directly lead the HCIFS pathology team and will oversee Medical Examiner Divisions (Pathology, Morgue, Histology, Forensic Anthropology, Forensic Imaging, Investigations, and Emergency Management) at HCIFS.

Harris County strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women and minorities.

Accredited by 7 science-oriented accrediting bodies and ISO 9001 certified, the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences is a science-based, independent operation comprised of two distinct forensic services for the Harris County community – the Medical Examiner Service and the Crime Laboratory Service.

Where You’ll Work:

  • The only medical examiner office in Texas to hold the TMA-CME accreditation.
  • The only medical examiner office in the U.S. with an ISO 9001 certified quality management system.
  • The first medical examiner office in the U.S. to have an ISO-accredited forensic anthropology division.
  • Crime Laboratory Services and Medical Examiner Services are integrated and housed in one location.
  • Independent county department reporting directly to the County Commissioners. 
  • Challenging and complex pathology, with 13,878 cases reported, 5,120 autopsies, and 6,071 total exams in 2021.
  • In-house forensic neuropathology and entomology consultants with independent, on-site processing suite and examination rooms.
  • Easy access to depth of academic resources and ACGME-accredited pathology programs at TMC.   
  • The Deputy CME will have the opportunity to seek an adjunct professor role at multiple nearby academic affiliates and will enjoy the collaborative intellectual environment stemming from that role.
  • 16 autopsy suites, with an enlarged autopsy suite that can accommodate seven (7) forensic pathologists at once.
  • Regularly scheduled onsite cardiovascular pathology case consultations.
  • Full laboratory services all onsite, including toxicology and histology.
  • On-call Trace DNA Evidence Collection Team members respond to death scenes when necessary.
  • Full time social workers are employed onsite to provide assistance to families of decedents.
  • Lodox full-body X-ray imaging and in the process of procuring a CT Scanner.
  • Work Schedule: Full time with weekend and holiday rotations; On-call responsibilities generally handled remotely (telephonic).
  • HCIFS celebrates diversity on its state-of-the-art campus and provides an excellent Equal Employment Opportunity environment.
  • Live in one of the world’s most diverse cities: No state income tax, two international airports, a vibrant economy, close proximity to Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, the Houston region accounts for 20% of all clinical trials in the U.S.

Position Summary:

The Deputy Chief Medical Examiner oversees Medical Examiner Divisions ensuring statutory requirements are met, and medicolegal death investigation activities are in compliance with various applicable national accreditation standards; conducts medicolegal death investigations pursuant to Texas Code of Criminal Procedure 49.25, including external examination of decedents and complete autopsies, with appropriate evidence collection; provides testimonial evidence in court regarding medicolegal death investigations and evidence collected from bodies; teaches trainees (medical students, residents, forensic pathology fellows, nursing students) about various aspects of medicolegal death investigation and forensic pathology.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Doctor of Medicine (MD), Doctor of Osteopathy (DO), or Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS).
  • Licensed (or eligible) to practice medicine in Texas.
  • Certification by the American Board of Pathology in anatomic pathology and forensic pathology.
  • Ten (10) years of experience in forensic pathology and death investigation.
  • Five (5) years of experience supervising others.
  • Maintain a Valid Texas Driver's License and ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.

Application Instructions:

Harris County IFS has partnered with executive search firm Kaye/Bassman International and Berkeley Search Consultants to fill this position. All inquiries and expressions of interest, (including a cover letter and CV) should be submitted to Elaine Auerbach: and/or    

Harris County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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