This one-year ACGME-accredited program offers two positions annually
for training in forensic pathology at the Travis County Medical
Examiner’s Office in Austin, TX. Our office has a staff of seven
board-certified forensic pathologists. We investigate deaths in Travis
County and take referral cases from 43 other counties in central
Texas. The office is accredited by the National Association of Medical
Examiners and our in-house toxicology laboratory is accredited by the
American Board of Forensic Toxicology. It is anticipated that we will
be moving into our new, state-of-the art facility with a computed
tomography scanner in the spring of 2017.
Training will be for 12 months and will cover all topics of medical
examiner medicine, including forensic pathology, forensic toxicology,
advanced postmortem imaging, medicolegal death investigation, forensic
odontology, forensic anthropology, and disciplines of the crime
laboratory. Fellows will complete between 200 and 300 autopsies under
supervision. In addition to casework, there is a dedicated curriculum
of didactic lectures, practical exercises, and conferences. Fellows
will also be given the opportunity to participate in research projects
and attend a forensic pathology conference.
Faculty: J. Keith Pinckard, MD PhD; Satish Chundru, DO; Sam Andrews, MD,
FRCPC; Katherine Callahan, MD, Kendall Von Crowns, MD; Leisha Wood, MD;
Vickie Willoughby, DO; Brad Hall, PhD (toxicology); and Kayla Ellefsen,
Candidates must have one of the following by the beginning of their fellowship:
1. successful completion of a residency in anatomic and
clinical pathology or a residency in anatomic pathology accredited by
2. successful completion of a residency in anatomic and clinical
pathology or a residency in anatomic pathology located in Canada
accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
3. certification by the American Board of Pathology in either anatomic and clinical pathology, or anatomic pathology.
Candidates must also possess a Texas full, unrestricted medical
license or a Texas Physician-in-Training permit prior to the beginning
of the fellowship.
Anticipated Stipend: $105,000
Timeframe: Recruitment occurs roughly two years in advance of the start of
training. Therefore, candidates should submit their application
materials by July 1 of the year that is two years prior to the year for
which they are applying.
To Apply, please submit:
Address application inquiries to:
J. Keith Pinckard, MD, PhD
Chief Medical Examiner
Program Director, Forensic Pathology Fellowship
Travis County Medical Examiner
1213 Sabine St.
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: (512) 854-9599