Directory of Pathologists

Ponni Arunkumar, M.D., Chief Medical Examiner

Dr. Ponni Arunkumar was appointed the Chief Medical Examiner in July 2016 and has 18 years of forensic pathology experience. Before that, she 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. She has conducted over 8,000 postmortem examinations and has testified in court and depositions more than 200 times. 

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 also 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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