Fulton County Tuesday announced it has named Dr. Jan Gorniak, a veteran forensic expert and pathologist, as its new chief medical examiner. She comes to the county after serving as deputy chief medical examiner in the District of Columbia for the past two years. Prior to that position, Gorniak spent five years as Franklin County coroner in Columbus, Ohio, serving as that county’s first full-time forensic pathologist coroner.

“Dr. Gorniak comes as a highly recommended and well-regarded expert in her field with a long list of achievements and accreditations,” Fulton County Manager Dick Anderson said in a news release. “However, her tenure in several positions has also involved reaching out to the communities she serves to battle issues such as violence and drug abuse. She truly cares about the communities she’s served.”

A native of the Bronx, New York, Gorniak is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners and the National Association of Medical Examiners. She previously served on the Ohio State Coroners’ Association’s board. She graduated from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pennsylvania, and trained in anatomic pathology at the University Hospitals of Cleveland and in forensic pathology at the Cuyahoga County Coroner’s Office in Cleveland.

Gorniak is scheduled to begin her new duties Sept. 7.

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