William F. McCormick, MD

William McCormick

Title: Forensic Pathologist, Neuropathologist
Location:  Jonesborough, Tennessee, United States

William F. McCormick, MD, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in forensic pathology and neuropathology.

Regarded by his peers as a hardworking professional with integrity and honesty, Dr. McCormick is highly respected as an award-winning forensic pathologist and neuropathologist for the work he performed over the course of more than five decades. He concluded his career in 2010 as the deputy chief medical examiner in the state of Tennessee, a role that he held since 1987 after previously finding success in junior examiner roles dating back to 1961. Throughout his career, he has played an impactful role in his industry through his additional work as an educator. For many years he was a professor and head of the forensic pathology department at James H. Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University. Prior to that, he served as a clinical professor of pathology at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, professor and chairman of the surgery department review committee at the University of Iowa, instructor of neuropathology and special fellow at Columbia University, and assistant professor at the University of Tennessee. In his retirement, Dr. McCormick continues to utilize his expertise as a consultant on medical cases of the nervous system or disease where his knowledge and certification in both neuro and forensics was important in trial testimony.

Dr. McCormick entered his profession because of his strong interest in science that began early on in his life. As he pursued his studies, he became intrigued by diseases of the nervous system; thus, making neuropathology and forensic pathology his specialty area. Dr. McCormick is a diplomate of the American Board of Pathology who holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Chattanooga, a Master of Science from the University of Tennessee, and an MD from the University of Tennessee. In recognition of his professional excellence in his career, Dr. McCormick was named a Milton Halpern Memorial lecturer in 1985 and he was the recipient of an Outstanding Contribution Award in Neuropathology from the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology.

To share his expertise with his professional community, Dr. McCormick authored many texts including “Increased Intracranial Pressure in Children, Second Edition,” with W.E. Bell, “Neurologic Infections in Children, Second Edition,” “Syllabus of Neuropathology” with S.S. Schochet, Jr., “Atlas of Cerebrovascular Disease,” “Neuropathology Case Studies,” and “Essentials of Neuropathology.” He also contributed multiple articles to professional journals. Dr. McCormick has remained at the top of his field through his involvement with such prominent industry organizations as the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Medical Association, the American Society of Human Genetics, the American Society of Experimental Pathology, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the American Association of Pathologists, the American Association of Neuropathologists, the National Association of Medical Examiners, the New York Academy of Sciences, the Texas Medical Association, the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, the American Academy of Neurologists, the Academy of Forensic Science, and Sigma Xi. Looking ahead, Dr. McCormick intends to continue enjoying his well-deserved retirement while taking on consulting projects on a selective basis.

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