Ross E. Zumwalt, MD


Dr. Zumwalt received his BA, Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana; MD, University of Illinois College of Medicine; internship and pathology residency at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown, New York; pathology residency at the Southwestern Medical School, Dallas; forensic fellowship training at the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office; military service as director of laboratories at the Navy Regional Medical Center in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

Two years as deputy coroner in Cleveland, Ohio, and six years as deputy coroner in Cincinnati, Ohio, before coming to the Office of the Medical Investigator in 1987. Dr. Zumwalt is certified in anatomic and forensic pathology by the American Board of Pathology. He was a trustee of the American Board of Pathology from 1993 to 2004. Dr. Zumwalt served as Chief Medical Investigator of the State of New Mexico from 1991 through 2014.

Dr. Zumwalt has served as president of the National Association of Medical Examiners and is a member of the following professional organizations: The National Association of Medical Examiners; The American Academy of Forensic Sciences; College of American Pathologists; American Society of Clinical Pathologists; United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology; American Medical Association; and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He served on a National Academy of Sciences Committee on Identifying the needs of the Forensic Science Community 2007-2009.

Areas of Specialty

  • Forensic Pathology
  • Accreditation of forensic pathology training programs


Forensic Pathology
Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences
Dallas, TX

Anatomic Pathology
University of Texas Health Science Center
Dallas, TX

Anatomic Pathology
Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital
Cooperstown, NY

Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital
Cooperstown, NY

Medical School
University of Illinois College of Medicine

Bachelor of Arts
Wabash College
Crawfordsville, IN
Majors: Biology, Chemistry

Key Publications

  • Nolte KB, Mlady G, Zumwalt RE, Cushnyr MD, Paul ID, and Weist PW, Postmortem X-ray Computed Tomography (CY) and Forensic Autopsy: A Review of the Utility and Challenges and Future Implications. Academic Forensic Pathology, Vol 1 No. 1 pp 40-51, 2011.
  • Letsky, Seifert, Zumwalt RE: Cause of Death Conundrum With Methadone Use: A Case Report; American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology 32 (2) 193-6 June 2011.
  • Krinsky CS, Lathrop SL, Crossey M, Baker G, Zumwalt RE: A Toxicology Based Review of Fentanyl Related Deaths in New Mexico (1986-2007): American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology 32(4) 347-351, December 2011.
  • Styka AN, White DS, Zumwalt RE, Lathrop SL: Trends in Adult Suicides in New Mexico: Utilizing Data From the New Mexico Violent Death Reporting System, J Forensic Sci, 55 No 1, January 2010.
  • Committee on Identifying the Needs of the Forensic Science Community: Strengthening Forensic Science In The United States: A Path Forward, A Report of the National Research Council of the National Academies, The National Academies Press, Washington D. C., February, 2009.
  • Nolte KB, Lathrop SL, Nashelsky MB, Nine JS, Gallaher MM, Umland ET, McLemore JT, Reichard RR, Irvine RA, McFeeley PJ and Zumwalt RE, Med X: a medical examiner surveillance model for bioterrorism and infectious discase mortality, Human Pathology 38:718-725, 2007.
  • Nine JS, Zumwalt RE, Integrating the ACGME General Competencies into Forensic Pathology Training, American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology 26(4): 334-339, 2005.
  • Zumwalt RE, Training and Certification in Forensic Pathology, Medicolegal Death Investigation System: Workshop Summary, pp 13-14, The National Academies Press, Washington D.C. 2003.