Erin A. Barnhart

Special Consultant / M.D. / Houston


Dr. Erin Barnhart received her medical degree in 2005 from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, Texas. She then completed a residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas.

Dr. Barnhart completed specialized fellowship training in forensic pathology at the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner’s Office and subsequently completed a surgical pathology fellowship at the University of Texas Medical Branch. Upon completion of her training, she served as the Deputy Chief Medical Examiner for the State of Mississippi.

In 2015, she returned to Texas to assume the position of Chief Medical Examiner for Galveston County. In her career, Dr. Barnhart has performed over three thousand autopsies and testified in over fifty state and federal trials. Dr. Barnhart is board certified in anatomic pathology, clinical pathology, and forensic pathology.

Dr. Barnhart’s areas of expertise are: cause and manner of death determination, interpretation and explanation of autopsy/toxicology reports to aid the attorney in his/her understanding of the case and to assist in answering attorneys’ case-specific questions, estimation of time of death, accidental deaths, traffic fatalities, estimation of time to loss of consciousness, toxicology-related deaths, suicides, natural or medically-related deaths, injury pattern recognition, and work-related fatalities.

Education and Certifications

• M.D.: University of Texas Health Science Center
• B.S.: Texas Christian University
• Forensic Pathology Fellowship: Miami Dade County
• Surgical Pathology Fellowship: University of Texas Medical Branch
• Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Residency: University of Texas Medical Branch
• Board Certifications: Anatomic Pathology, Clinical Pathology, Forensic Pathology
• State Medical Licensure: Texas