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About County Medical Examiner

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Erin Barnhart, M.D.
Chief Medical Examiner

Current Position

10/2015 – Present

Chief Medical Examiner
Galveston County Medical Examiner’s Office
6607 Hwy 1764
Texas City, TX 77591

University of Texas Medical Branch
Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology
301 University Blvd
Galveston, TX 77555

Past Work Experience

7/2011 – 9/2015

Deputy Chief Medical Examiner
State of Mississippi
State Medical Examiner’s Office
1700 East Woodrow Wilson Ave
Jackson, MS 39216

Affiliate Faculty, Forensic Pathology Resident Rotation Coordinator
Department of Pathology
University of Mississippi Medical Center
2500 North State Street
Jackson, MS 39216

Certification

Diplomate, American Board of Pathology

Forensic Pathology 9/2010 – 12/2020

Anatomic and Clinical Pathology 7/2009 - 12/2019

Licensure

State of Texas
Q5757
Issued 8/28/2017
Expiration 8/31/2019

Education

Surgical Pathology Fellowship
University of Texas Medical Branch
Galveston, TX
7/2010 – 6/2011

Forensic Pathology Fellowship
Miami-Dade County
Miami, Florida
7/2009 – 6/2010

Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Residency
University of Texas Medical Branch
Galveston, Texas
7/2005 - 6/2009

University of Texas Health Science Center
Houston, Texas
Doctor of Medicine
8/2001 - 5/2005

Texas Christian University
Fort Worth, Texas
Bachelor of Science
8/1995 - 5/1999

Autopsy Experience

Approximately 3,000 forensic autopsy examinations

Court Testimony

  • MS District 15 Circuit Court, Marion County, MSME11-0643, February 5, 2012
  • MS District 7 Circuit Court, Hinds County, MSME11-1262, February 14, 2012
  • MS District 20 Circuit Court, Rankin County, MSME12-0123, February 26, 2012
  • MS District 8 Circuit Court, Newton County, MSME11-1059, December 4, 2012
  • MS District 12 Circuit Court, Perry County, MSME11-1388, February 11 and 12, 2013
  • MS District 9 Circuit Court, Warren County, MSME11-0649, June 25, 2013
  • MS District 13 Circuit Court, Covington County, MSME12-1003, July 22, 2013
  • MS District 7 Circuit Court, Hinds County, MSME11-0831, August 7, 2013
  • MS District 11 Circuit Court, Coahoma County, MSME12-0915, August 7, 2013
  • MS District 7 Circuit Court, Hinds County, MSME11-0090 and MSME11-0091 (1st defendant), August 14, 2013
  • Sworn deposition, Jackson, MS, civil litigation, MSME12-1302, August 23, 2013
  • MS District 1 Circuit Court, Tishomingo County, August 28, 2013
  • MS District 9 Circuit Court, Warren County, MSME11-1324, September 11, 2013
  • Sworn deposition, Jackson, MS, civil litigation, MSME11-1373, September 12, 2013
  • MS District 5 Circuit Court, Attala County, MSME12-0959, September 16, 2013
  • MS District 3 Circuit Court, Lafayette County, MSME12-1409 et. al., September 25, 2013
  • MS District 7 Circuit Court, Hinds County, MSME11-0090 and MSME11-0091 (2nd defendant), September 26, 2013
  • MS District 1 Circuit Court, Lee County, November 5, 2013
  • MS District 7 Circuit Court, Hinds County, MSME11-0389, November 12, 2013
  • MS District 15 Circuit Court, Pearl River County, MSME11-1198, April 15, 2014
  • MS District 10 Circuit Court, Wayne County, MSME12-1353, May 6, 2014
  • MS District 22 Circuit Court, Claiborne County, MSME11-0904, May 6, 2014
  • MS District 10 Circuit Court, Wayne County, MSME13-0074 and ME13-0075, May 12, 2014
  • US District Court, Northern District of MS, MSME12-1302, July 25, 2014
  • MS District 7 Circuit Court, Hinds County, MSME12-0620 and MSME12-0638, September 10, 2014
  • MS District 7 Circuit Court, Hinds County, MSME12-0878, September 24, 2014
  • MS District 11 Circuit Court, Bolivar County, MSME12-0108, November 10, 2014
  • AL 1st Judicial Circuit Court, Choctaw County, MSME11-0998, November, 2014
  • MS District 7 Circuit Court, Hinds County, MSME12-1048, December 10, 2014
  • MS District 9 Circuit Court, Warren County, MSME11-0749, December 10, 2014
  • MS District 14 Circuit Court, Pike County, MSME13-0889, January 20, 2015
  • MS District 13 Circuit Court, Covington County, MSME14-0232, January 29, 2015
  • MS District 14 Circuit Court, Lincoln County, MSME13-1190, February 11, 2015
  • MS District 11 Circuit Court, Coahoma County, MSME13-0887, February 18, 2015
  • MS District 3 Circuit Court, Marshall County, MSME12-1004, March 3, 2015
  • MS District 12 Circuit Court, Forrest County, MSME13-0810, March 4, 2015
  • MS District 7 Circuit Court, Hinds County, MSME11-1188, March 18, 2015
  • MS District 11 Circuit Court, Bolivar County, MSME12-1185, April 8, 2015
  • MS District 17 Circuit Court, Yalobusha County, MSME12-1189, April 14, 2015
  • MS District 20 Circuit Court, Madison County, MSME14-0557, May 13, 2015
  • MS District 4 Circuit Court, Washington County, MSME14-0522
  • FL Circuit Court, Duval County, State of FL vs. Paul Edwards, Case number: 10006708CF10A, MDMEO2009-03124, July 24, 2015
  • MS District 3 Circuit Court, Marshall County, MSME12-1004, August 19, 2015
  • MS District 6 Circuit Court, Adams County, MSME14-0589, August 20, 2015
  • MS District 16 Circuit Court, Lowndes County, MSME14-0569, August 25, 2015
  • MS District 9 Circuit Court, Warren County, MSME14-0573, August 25, 2015
  • Sworn deposition Galveston, TX, civil litigation, MSME13-1126, November 11, 2015
  • Harris County, 179th District Court, State of TX v. Mervin Richard Haye, Cause number: 141629101010-3, GCMEO03-2014-027 December 8, 2015
  • MS District 11 Circuit Court, Bolivar County, State of MS vs. Dontorius Ware, Cause number: 2012-085-CR2, MSME11-1397, May 5, 2016
  • MS District 7 Circuit Court, Hinds County, State of MS vs. David Thomas, Cause number: 12-0-585, MSME12-0229, May 10, 2016
  • MS District 17 Circuit Court, Desoto County, State of MS vs. James Derrick Kirkwood/Roderick Gilliam, Cause number: CR2014-0180RCD, MSME13-0894, May 18, 2016
  • MS District 12 Circuit Court, Forrest County, MSME13-0810, October 12, 2016
  • MSMS District 12 Circuit Court, Forrest County, State of MS vs. Tamira Yvonne Peoples, Cause number: 13-515CR, MSME12-1202, January 17, 2017
  • Brazoria County, Texas, Grand Jury, ME02-2016-242, March 1, 2017
  • Harris County, 208th District Court, State of TX v. Brian Campbell, Cause number: 147262 701010-3, March 23, 2017
  • Sworn deposition Galveston, TX, civil litigation, MSME14-1395, Julia Brisendine and Melanie McCrary v. Greenwood Leflore Hospital, May 24, 2017
  • Sworn deposition, Brazoria County, ME02-2016-122, June 8, 2017
  • Sworn deposition Houston, TX, civil litigation, MSME15-0944, Goode v. The City of Southaven et. al., September 20, 2017
  • MS District 2 Circuit Court, Panola County, State of MS vs. Quentin Tellis, Cause number: CR2016-05GCP2
  • Galveston County, 122nd District Court, State of TX v. James Ramone Daniels, November 9, 2017
  • MS District 11 Circuit Court, Bolivar County, State of MS v. Jamie Acuff (2014-100-CR2), December 5, 2017
  • MS District 7 Circuit Court, Hinds County, State of MS v. Javondus Beasely (14-0-004), December 13, 2017

Presentations and Publications

Diagnostic Management Team Conference, Invited Panelist, The Forensic Diagnostic Management Team, February 7, 2018.

Introduction to Criminal Justice, College of the Mainland, Invited Lecturer, “Forensic Pathology: Fatal Injuries,” October 24, 2017.

Fort Bend District Attorney’s Office, “Topics in Forensic Pathology for Prosecutors,” Invited Speaker, October 20, 2017.

Kappa Chi Delta, UTMB Medical Sorority, Invited Panelist, October 3, 2017

University of Texas Medical Branch Department of Preventative Medicine and Community Health, Invited Speaker, “Fatal Injuries,” February 7, 2017.

“Man Versus Machine: An 8 Year Review of Manual CPR, Automatic Compression Devices, Bystander CPR, and Patient Factors.” Brooke Blake, M.D.; Yu Yang, M.B.B.S.; and Erin Barnhart, M.D., poster presentation, Texas Society of Pathologists and American Association of Forensic Sciences, annual meetings, 2017.

University of Texas Medical Branch Department of Pathology, “Topics in Infant and Child Death,” March 31, 2016.

Kappa Chi Delta, UTMB Medical Sorority, Invited Panelist, September 13, 2016

Missing in Harris County Day, Invited Speaker, May 14, 2016.

Kappa Chi Delta, UTMB Medical Sorority, Invited Speaker, November 23, 2015.

Prentiss Lions Club, Invited Speaker, Medicolegal Death Investigation in Mississippi, May 9, 2013, Prentiss, Mississippi.

University of Mississippi Medical Center, Department of Pathology Grand Rounds, Invited Speaker, “When is a heart attack a homicide?” April 22, 2013, Jackson, Mississippi.

6th Annual Coroner Forensic Collaborative of Louisiana, Invited Speaker, March 2013, Lafayette, Louisiana.

“Fatal Pulmonary Fat Emboli Following First Trimester Elective Abortion; is this amniotic fluid embolism?” Erin Barnhart, MD, Briza Walter, MD and Kenneth D. Hutchins, MD, poster presentation, American Academy of Forensic Sciences annaual meeting, 2011.

University of Texas Medical Branch Department of Pathology Grand Rounds, Invited Speaker, “Urothelial Neoplasia,” February, 2011, Galveston, Texas.

“Inflammatory Cytokine Genes in Hodgkin Lymphoma,” S.D. Hudnall, T. Chen, E. Barnhart, R. Konig, podium presentation, United States and Canadian Association of Pathologists annual meeting, 2009.

“Comparative Flow Immunophenotypic Features of the Inflammatory Infiltrates of Hodgkin Lymphoma and Lymphoid Hyperplasia,” S. David Hudnall, Eve Betancourt, Erin Barnhart, and Jyoti Patel. Clinical Cytometry 74B: 1-8 (2008).

Houston Society of Clinical Pathology, Invited Speaker, “Regulatory and Cytotoxic T-Cell Subsets in Hodgkin Lymphoma,” March, 2007.

“Galactosemia and Falsely Elevated Glucose Values by Point of Care Testing,” Erin Barnhart, MD, Anthony Okorodudu, PhD, Diana Dehoyos, MS, MT, John Petersen, PhD, poster presentation, College of American Pathology annual meeting, 2007.

“Intravascular Lymphoma Presenting as Rapidly Progressive Dementia,” Erin Barnhart, MD and P.L. DiPatre, MD, PhD, poster presentation, College of American Pathology annual meeting, 2007.

“Correlation between Numbers of Regulatory T Cells and Cytotoxic T Cells in Hodgkin Lymphoma,” Erin Barnhart, MD and S.D. Hudnall, MD, poster presentation, United States and Canadian Association of Pathologists annual meeting, 2007 and Texas Society of Pathologists state meeting, 2007.

“Hydrocephalus: A fatal complication of neurosarcoidosis,” Erin Barnhart, MD and Gerald Campbell, MD, PhD, poster presentation, College of American Pathologists annual meeting, 2006.

Texas State Society of American Medical Technologists, Invited Speaker, “Renal Function and Practical Applications of the GFR Formula,” October, 2005.

Televised Appearances, Interviews, and Consultations

The Eleven, S01E04, November 2, 2017

www.aetv.com/shows/the-eleven

TMC Pulse Magazine, “A Rather Peaceful Place.” Vol 4/No 9, Oct 2017.

New York Times, September 2, 2017, “Human Toll of Harvey Comes into View as Waters Recede.”

New York Times, August 29, 2017, “Stalled Over Gulf, Harvey Deepens Texans’ Soggy Misery.”

KHOU Houston, February 17, 2016, interviewed by reporter Larry Seward regarding exhumation of unidentified Galveston County decedent

WBTV Jackson, August 20, 2014, interviewed by reporter Jessica Bowman regarding sudden infant death and safe infant sleep environments, TMC Pulse

Consultant, literary fiction, “Murder Under Boley Creek Bridge,” Jim Luke, 2013.

Consultant, literary fiction, “Skeleton’s Key,” Stacy Green, 2012.

Awards and Honors

  • Chief Resident, University of Texas Medical Branch, Department of Pathology, 2008 - 2009
  • Photographer of the Year, University of Texas Medical Branch, Department of Pathology, 2009
  • Resident Researcher of the Year, University of Texas Medical Branch, Department of Pathology, 2007
  • George Dock Research Scholarship, March, 2006

Committee Responsibilities and Memberships

University of Texas Medical Branch, Institutional Safety and Security Active Shooter Subcommittee, 2017 - current

American Medical Women's Association (AMWA) Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, faculty mentor, social media/communications task force

Galveston County Local Emergency Planning Committee, Emergency Response and Hazardous Materials/Transportation Committee

American Academy of Forensic Sciences

National Association of Medical Examiners

Mississippi Child Death Review Panel, State Team Member, 2011-2015

College of American Pathologists, Fellow

College of American Pathologists, Residents’ Forum, UTMB delegate, 2006 - 2008

Texas Medical Association, Resident and Fellow Section Executive Council, Member at Large, 2008 - 2010

Texas Medical Association, Committee on Infectious Disease, 2007 - 2009

Texas Medical Association, Resident and Fellow Section Executive Council, Secretary, 2007 - 2008

Texas Medicine, Editorial Board, 2007 - 2008

Texas Medical Association, Council on Socioeconomics, 2006 - 2008

University of Texas Medical Branch, Graduate Medical Education Committee, Member at Large, 2008 - 2009

University of Texas Medical Branch, Department of Pathology, Resident Recruitment and Rank committee, 2006, 2007, 2009