Current Openings

Deputy Coroner Job Opportunity

The Franklin County Coroner's Office seeks applicants for Deputy Coroner / Forensic Pathologist. The selected candidate will join a team of four (4) board certified forensic pathologists/deputy coroners. Successful applicants will be expected to: determine the need for postmortem examination; perform autopsies and postmortem examinations to determine cause and manner of death; collect evidence for law enforcement agencies; prepare reports of postmortem examinations and autopsies; review medical records, police reports and the reports of the toxicologist as required to accurately determine cause and manner of death; testify in court as an expert witness; be on call one (1) weekend a month; at the direction of the Coroner, participate in various research projects with local hospitals and universities; attend and participate in departmental meetings; direct morgue technicians in preparation of photographs and radiographs; supervise the work of assigned morgue technician to ensure that autopsies are done in an appropriate manner; answer inquires from relatives and other interested parties, as to the cause and manner of death; consult with medicolegal death investigators to ensure that pertinent information is received; teach/train medical students and residents in Forensic Pathology; conduct tours of the facility and autopsy demonstrations for medical students, nurses, police, paramedics, and other individual or groups with an interest in or need to know about Forensic Pathology and the functions of the Coroner's Office; and participate in trauma conferences and Child Fatality Review meetings when required.

Our office receives about 3,000 reports of death annually and performs approximately 1,100 postmortem examinations annually (this number includes full autopsies and external examinations). We are supported by 8 medicolegal death investigators who respond to the majority of jurisdictional scenes and staff the office 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The office has an in-house Forensic Toxicology laboratory (accredited by the American Board of Forensic Toxicology) and X-ray services, as well as access to forensic dentists and forensic anthropologists. Due to our affiliation with multiple area medical centers, consultations with clinical specialists are easily obtained. We are in the planning stages of a new state of the art facility.

Minimum requirements: Must have graduated from an accredited school of medicine or osteopathy and obtain a current license to practice medicine in the state of Ohio prior to start date; Must be board certified or eligible in anatomic pathology and forensic pathology. If only eligible, must pass boards within (3) years of hire.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of principles and practices of forensic pathology, laws, rules, and regulations governing death investigation services. Must be able to communicate effectively orally and in writing; able to establish and maintain a positive professional working relationship with members of law enforcement agencies, as well as prosecuting and defense attorneys. Ability to operate personal computer, including experience with Microsoft Office programs (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc).

The benefit package includes outstanding health, dental, and life insurance with access to a state retirement plan. Deputy Coroner / Forensic Pathologist salary will be discussed and includes an additional CME/professional fee allowance of $2,000 a year.

Contact: To apply for this position candidates should submit a cover letter and copy of their CV via fax or email. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Anahi Ortiz, M.D.
Franklin County Coroner
520 King Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43201
614-525-6002 (fax)


 The Franklin County Coroner’s Office is an equal opportunity employer and does not make employment decisions in a discriminatory manner based on race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability that can be reasonably accommodated, or veteran status