Martha J. Burt

Martha J. Burt, MD

Senior Consultant

Dr. Martha Burt is a physician board certified in Anatomic, Clinical, and Forensic Pathology, with her practice dedicated to forensic pathology, the branch of medicine focused on diseases, injuries, drugs, and other processes that result in premature or unexpected death. Throughout her 20+ year career, Dr. Burt has worked as an associate medical examiner in medical examiner offices serving semi-rural, suburban, and large metropolitan communities. Dr. Burt also has extensive experience in the management of morgue facilities, having served as the Director of the Autopsy Service at UF Shands Teaching Hospital at the University of Florida, College of Medicine, in Gainesville, Florida, and more recently as the Chief Medical Examiner for the Clark County Medical Examiner Office in Vancouver, Washington.

As a forensic pathologist, Dr. Burt has investigated and certified thousands of deaths resulting from a broad spectrum of processes and has developed particular expertise in deaths resulting from drugs and toxins, firearms, environmental exposure, and interpersonal violence. Through this work she has developed strong collaborative relationships with attorneys, members of the law enforcement community, healthcare agencies, and community partners, serving as an expert witness in both civil and criminal proceedings.

Dr. Burt brings to ESi strong skills in medical records reviews, critical analysis of death investigations and autopsy reports, trial/deposition testimony, and implementation of forensic pathology practice standards.


  • Herpes Simples Virus (HSV) in the Differential for Fulminant Hepatic Failure, Case Report in Clinical Medicine, 4, 63-68, February 2015
  • Inadvertent Intrathecal Vincristine Administration with Widespread Axonal Injury Demonstrated by Amyloid Precursor Protein Immunohistochemistry, Academic Forensic Pathology, Volume 4, Issue 4, December 2014
  • Prevalence of Prescription and Illicit Drugs in Traumatic Pregnancy-Associated Deaths of Florida Mothers, 1999-2005, Journal of Forensic Sciences, 58:1536-1541, January 2014
  • Use of a Prenatal Risk Screen to Predict Maternal Traumatic Pregnancy-Associated Death: Program and Policy Implications, Women's Health Issues 23-3, January 2013

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