Michael Hunter is Certified by the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic, Clinical, and Forensic Pathology; and currently
Chief Medical Examiner for the City
and County of San Francisco California.
I would like to introduce myself and explain a little about
what I do for a living. As an active medical examiner and board certified forensic pathologist I am routinely involved in
the investigation of suspicious deaths. I work closely with law enforcement and other forensic specialists to obtain information
regarding the circumstances of an individual's death, perform a portmortem examination of the deceased, recognize and maintain
all pertinant evidence; and establish factual aspects in each case to come to an expert medical opinion as to the cause of
One of the main responsibilities of a forensic pathologist is the performance of autopsies and the
documentation of the postmortem findings. This documentation can be used to assist the families, those in the legal profession,
or other relevant parties in obtaining a clear and impartial set of facts from which a medical opinion as to the cause and
manner of death can be reached.
During my time serving as a medical examiner, I have also endeavored to educate
others about the role of the medical examiner, explaining some of the real limitations that we confront in forensic science
and specifically forensic pathology.
Michael D. Hunter, M.D.