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How do I authorize an autopsy?

To authorize an autopsy, download and complete the Autopsy Authorization Form and return to White Mountain Forensic.

Are you a medical doctor?

Yes. I hold an MD degree from the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine (1982) and am certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in pediatrics and by the American Board of Pathology in both anatomic and forensic pathology.

What kind of cases do you evaluate?

Any violent death (i.e. accident, homicide, suicide or undetermined) qualifies as a forensic case. Natural cases may also have forensic implications given the circumstances surrounding the death. Consultations on living victims of injuries of various types usually depends heavily on medical records and photodocumentation of the injuries, in that consultation of this sort is usually long after the fact.

Where have you served as a consultant?

I have consulted on cases in Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Washington, D.C.

Do you consult for prosecutors, plaintiffs or defense counsel?

Opinions rendered by WMFCS are objective and grounded in mainstream forensic medicine. This service is available to and has been utilized by all of the above.

What does an autopsy involve?

An autopsy is a very detailed external and internal examination of a dead body. After the external findings are noted, recorded and photographed a large incision is made in the front of the body allowing for systematic examination and sampling of internal organs and body fluids. The final phase consists of an incision over the back of the scalp and opening the skull for examination of the brain.

Can I limit the autopsy?

The client determines the scope of the examination. However, a limited autopsy yields limited results. For example, a stroke, ruptured aneurysm, meningitis or other potential cause of death would be missed in cases restricted to the chest and abdomen.

Can we have a viewing after an autopsy?

Yes. Incisions are made in areas that will not interfere with preparation of the body for a typical open casket viewing.