Leon Kelly MD

Leon Kelly, M.D.                              Board of Directors

is a board-certified forensic pathologist and the Coroner/Chief Medical Examiner of El Paso County, overseeing investigations into sudden, unexpected, or non-natural deaths throughout southern Colorado. He has performed approximately 5000 autopsies and is an expert in the fields of forensic pathology, forensic toxicology, and strangulation evaluation. After completing his forensic pathology fellowship in Texas in 2008, he served as the Deputy Chief Medical Examiner in El Paso County before being elected Coroner in 2018. Dr. Kelly co-founded the El Paso County Child Fatality Review Team and the nationally recognized, Teen Suicide Prevention Working Group. He is the current Board Chair of the Colorado Springs chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) working to de-stigmatize mental illness, improve access to mental health care for all, and normalize good mental wellness seeking behavior. He served as the emergency Deputy Medical Director of El Paso County Public Health helping to lead our community’s COVID-19 pandemic response. Dr. Kelly was a lecturing professor at UCCS for more than a decade, teaching courses on the investigation of injury and death and crime scene investigation. Dr. Kelly has appeared as the forensic pathology consultant on several true crime programs including Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda, Exhumed, and The Killing of JonBenet: The Truth Uncovered.