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Who can perform a medicolegal autopsy?
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
6 doctors agree
In brief: Any physician
However, it depends on the type of situation.
In a difficult homicide, it is good to have two or more pathologists, one or more with specialty board in forensic pathology. If it's a death in hospital / with disease, often you're best with a general pathologist like me. The law specifies who orders the autopsy, and this varies from place to place (coroner, medical examiner.).

In brief: Any physician
However, it depends on the type of situation.
In a difficult homicide, it is good to have two or more pathologists, one or more with specialty board in forensic pathology. If it's a death in hospital / with disease, often you're best with a general pathologist like me. The law specifies who orders the autopsy, and this varies from place to place (coroner, medical examiner.).
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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3 doctors agree
In brief: Forensic pathologist
Either a forensic pathologist or a coroner. Forensic pathologist must be board certified in pathology, and is usually (but not always) subspecialty certified in forensic pathology.
For coroners, in locations that can use them, the qualifications vary by jurisdiction. Usually they have to be physician, but sometimes they can even be a layperson (who should get assistance from a pathologist).

In brief: Forensic pathologist
Either a forensic pathologist or a coroner. Forensic pathologist must be board certified in pathology, and is usually (but not always) subspecialty certified in forensic pathology.
For coroners, in locations that can use them, the qualifications vary by jurisdiction. Usually they have to be physician, but sometimes they can even be a layperson (who should get assistance from a pathologist).
Dr. Stephen Apfelroth
Dr. Stephen Apfelroth
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Dr. Amy Gruszecki
Pathology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Forensic pathologist
A forenisc pathologist is specially trained to do autopsies from private, medical deaths to homicides and suicided.

In brief: Forensic pathologist
A forenisc pathologist is specially trained to do autopsies from private, medical deaths to homicides and suicided.
Dr. Amy Gruszecki
Dr. Amy Gruszecki
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