A career with the St. Tammany Coroner's office is more than just a job. We are committed to treating our employees like family, offering a supportive work environment with excellent benefits, competitive salaries.


St. Tammany Parish Coroner's office is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.




JOB TITLE:  Forensic Pathologist


DEPARTMENT: St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office ( )


SALARY:  (160k-190k); Commensurate with experience, plus excellent medical, dental and vision coverage and retirement. Excellent competitive paid holiday and vacation time.


RESPONSIBILITIES: The St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office is currently seeking a full time forensic pathologist to join our team. Qualifications include a completion of an accredited forensic pathology fellowship and the ability to attain a Louisiana license to practice medicine through the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners.

The St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office is a state of the art facility which opened in 2012. It is located in the heart of St. Tammany Parish. Besides the autopsy and death investigation divisions, the building also houses a DNA laboratory which serves the entire parish and a division for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners. All full time death investigators are ABMDI trained and certified. The office also uses a web based medicolegal death investigation software; MDI log. We also provide autopsy services for several surrounding parishes.

The average workload of each pathologist is around 200 autopsies per year.


LIFESTYLE: Living in St. Tammany Parish (population approximately 250,000) offers a lifestyle with an unparalleled experience.  A short 30 minute drive across Lake Pontchartrain puts you in downtown New Orleans with fine dining and entertainment including many historical sites.  Or you may choose to explore St. Tammany and enjoy the relaxed attractions here at home including activities for families, foodies, nature lovers, art lovers, theater, fishing, hunting, hiking or a wealth of other experiences.

And no description of life on the Northshore of Lake Pontchartrain would be complete without mentioning the outstanding public, private and parochial schools.  Whether you have children in pre-k or honors science, St. Tammany Parish offers an excellent educational opportunity for all students including the soon to open, state of the art Northshore Technical College.
Finally, St. Tammany Parish offers a safe, secure environment to raise a family with a very low crime rate.

QUALIFICATIONS AND TRAINING PROGRAMS:   Successful completion of an accredited medical school with completion of residency training in Anatomic Pathology followed by an accredited Fellowship in Forensic Pathology license to practice Medicine and Surgery in the State of Louisiana as governed by the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners, attends required continuing medical education programs as sufficient to maintain current medical license(s).



  • Performs medicolegal autopsies authorized by the coroner, being on call for death investigations and to oversee field investigators on call, trains morgue technicians and death investigators in forensic pathology and death scene investigations. 
  • Interacts with local law enforcement in death and scene investigations. 
  • Determines cause and manner of death for all coroner cases. 
  • Provides expert witness testimony in both criminal and civil cases.


ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE:  Reports directly to the Chief Deputy Coroner or Coroner.


MANAGERIAL DUTIES: Conducts annual performance expectations and evaluations for subordinate personnel.  Helps develop annual budget for morgue operations.


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Physical requirements include but are not limited to: Natural ambulation, because of difficult working conditions (i.e. death scenes where dexterity is necessary because of the need to manipulate human bodies as part of the investigation), climbing stairs, industrial or commercial structures, board watercraft/ships, and the ability to spend whatever time is necessary on one’s feet to complete an investigation or recovery of human remains.

Please submit inquiries to: Dr. Charles Preston, Coroner at