Dr. Erin Barnhart, chief medical examiner of Galveston County and an assistant professor in the Department of Pathology at the University of Texas Medical Branch, has always been a trailblazer and a maverick.

Growing up in Fort Worth and attending Country Day School, she excelled in the sciences. She knew as far back as middle school she wanted to be a doctor. Once she set that goal for herself, there was no stopping her, although there was a hiccup or two along the way.

Carla Peoples covers the social and nonprofit scene in Galveston. Her column appears in the weekend edition. Contact her at cstayhouston@sbcglobal.net with “Seaside Scenes” in the subject line.

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