Chief Medical Examiner

 Dr.  Karl E. Williams, MD, MPH, was appointed Medical Examiner of Allegheny County in January of 2007. Originally trained in Forensic Pathology here in Allegheny County, he has over 20 years of expertise consulting on forensic cases and managing forensic laboratory staff.

Dr. Williams graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 1974. He completed his residency training in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at Allegheny General and Shadyside Hospitals.  He served as a Staff Pathologist at the Allegheny County Coroner’s Office from 1983 to 1985.  

From 1986 to 2006, Dr. Williams was the Director of Laboratories with the Ellwood City Hospital in Ellwood, Pennsylvania, while working as Consulting Forensic Pathologist to several of the elected lay coroners of surrounding counties. In 2005 he earned a Masters in Occupational and Environmental Medicine from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.