Ponni Arunkumar, M.D., Chief Medical Examiner

Dr. Arunkumar has 13 years of forensic pathology experience. She has conducted close to 6,500 postmortem examinations, and testified in court and depositions more than 150 times. She was appointed the Chief Medical Examiner in July 2016. Before that, she had served as the Interim Chief Medical Examiner. From 2012 to 2016, she served as the Deputy Chief Medical Examiner for Cook County. Prior to that, she was an Assistant Medical Examiner in Cook County.

Dr. Arunkumar is a board certified anatomic and clinical pathologist with specialization in forensic pathology. She is on staff at RUSH university, University of Illinois at Chicago and Northwestern University. She has presented at various national conferences and published articles in the field of forensic pathology. Dr. Arunkumar is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the National Association of Medical Examiners, the College of American Pathologists and the American Society for Clinical Pathology.


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