Kelly Lear is the current Arapahoe County Coroner,
appointed by the Board of County Commissioners to the position
in June 2014. She has previously been the
Forensic Pathologist and chief deputy coroner at the
Arapahoe County Coroner's Office for approximately ten years. She was first affiliated with the Office as a medical student over 19 years ago, and has had an ongoing and evolving relationship with the Coroner's Office and staff members since that time.
As the Forensic Pathologist, Dr. Lear worked directly with Dr. Dobersen, the previous Coroner and Forensic Pathologist, in overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Coroner's Office, including performing autopsies, determining the cause and manner of death, supervising medicolegal death investigations, and providing expert witness testimony and consultation. Additionally, Dr. Lear is in charge of the internship program for undergraduate and graduate students, medical students and pathology residents.
Dr. Lear currently serves on the Colorado Child Fatality Prevention Review Team, the North Central Region Fatality Management Committee, and nationally on the American Board of Pathology Forensic Pathology Advisory Committee and the Sudden Unexpected Death in Childhood Medical and Investigative Advisory Board, with previous experience as a member and lead editor on the College of American Pathologists Forensic Pathology Resource Committee and past president of the Colorado Society of Clinical Pathologists. Dr. Lear is a Fellow of the National Association of Medical Examiners and of the College of American Pathologists, and is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the Colorado Society of Clinical Pathologists, and the Colorado Homicide Investigators Association.
Dr. Lear is a clinical faculty member at the University of Colorado Medical Campus Department of Pathology, has been a faculty member of the Pediatric Pathology Fellowship program at The Children's Hospital Colorado, and is actively involved in teaching medical students and pathology residents from the University of Colorado, Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, and Midwestern University. She has numerous peer-reviewed publications in national forensic and medical journals, and lectures locally and nationally to audiences ranging from high school students to practicing physicians.
Kelly earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in biology, biochemistry and molecular biology graduating magna cum laude from Cornell College, and her Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She completed her residency training in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and Surgical Pathology fellowship at the University of Colorado Hospital, where she also served as Chief Resident, and completed her Forensic Pathology fellowship at the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator. She is board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and Forensic Pathology and is licensed to practice medicine by the State of Colorado.