Jeffrey Williams

Dr. Brent Hall: Pathologist and medical examiner

Dr. Brent Hall’s practice, Pathology Associates of Boone, took in more money from the state medical examiner’s system between January 2001 and mid-2013 than almost any other medical examiner in private practice – about $970,000, according to state data.

Most came from Hall’s work doing autopsies, and a smaller amount from his work doing death investigations as medical examiner for Watauga and surrounding counties. Sometimes co-workers also investigated deaths and performed autopsies, but the clinic received the payment.


Age: Dr. Brent Hall, 53.

Profession: President and laboratory medical director, Pathology Associates of Boone, founded in 1993.

Education: Medical degree, East Carolina University, 1988. Residency in pathology, Duke University Medical Center, 1991. Fellowship in hematopathology, Duke University Medical Center, 1992. Fellowship in forensic pathology, UNC Chapel Hill, 1993.

Medical examiner: Durham County, appointed in 1989. Watauga County, appointed in 1993 and later Avery, Mitchell, Yancey and Ashe counties. Resigned, June 2013.

Sources: N.C. Medical Board, Pathology Associates of Boone, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Reporters Elizabeth Leland and Gavin Off.