Associate Medical Examiner - District 5

The District 5 Medical Examiner’s Office is delighted to announce an opportunity to join four experienced board certified forensic pathologists in central Florida.

The office is based in Lake County, with jurisdiction over Lake, Marion, Sumter, Citrus, Hernando and (effective October 1, 2018) Seminole counties, covering a large area of central Florida extending to the Gulf Coast. The area is well known for its citrus heritage, equestrian culture, and numerous outdoor activities including freshwater and saltwater fishing. The pathologists are volunteer faculty with the University of Central Florida, and are regularly involved in educational activities including with the regional trauma center, child death review team, and law enforcement. In 2016 the office performed just under 1000 autopsies. Our population is growing, influenced both by expanding developments and by fluctuations in seasonal/non-permanent residents.

Duties include:

Performance of autopsies, external examinations, and records reviews to determine the cause and manner of death, pursuant to Florida State Statute, Chapter 406.
Preparation of autopsy reports.
Rotating on-call duties with other physicians on staff.
Serving as an expert witness and providing testimony in trials, grand jury, depositions, and conferences with attorneys.
Participating in conferences with family members, law enforcement, attorneys, and other individuals to provide information on investigations and autopsies.
Training personnel as needed or requested.
Providing educational lectures for students, law enforcement, and the general community.
Reviewing cases that are reported in which jurisdiction is declined.
Reviewing cremation requests.
Maintaining educational knowledge related to Forensic Pathology and Medico-legal death investigation.

Compensation and benefits include:

Salary is $195,000 for those board-eligible in forensic pathology, with an increase upon obtaining forensic pathology boards, and is commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Benefits include health and dental insurance, 401k with employer and employee contributions, an annual conference, annual dues to relevant organizations, licensure fees, and ample vacation
Outside private consultation work is allowed.

Minimum qualifications include:

Applicants are required to be board certified by the American Board of Pathology in Forensic Pathology, or become so within 2 years of hire.
A Florida license to practice medicine
A valid Florida driver’s license
Pass a background check and pre-employment drug screen.

The position is available to start in October 2018 and will remain open until filled.


Wendy A. Lavezzi, MD
District 5 Medical Examiner’s Office
Leesburg, FL 34748
ph: 352-326-5961
fax: 352-365-6438
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