Autopsy Pathology Rotation

The Autopsy Pathology rotation in the Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Residency Program comprises attending pathologists, pathology residents and a dedicated team of morticians who are responsible for expedient and thorough post-mortem examination of deceased patients of the University Hospitals system. Approximately 200 autopsies per year are performed, lending a vital tool for providing clarity of a decedent's clinical course for both patients' families and clinical care teams.

Section Director: Miro Sekulic, MD

Purpose of Autopsy

Autopsy acts as the following:

  • A means of instruction for not just the specialty of pathology but for the medical field as a whole
  • A mechanism for correction by allowing insight into the pathogenesis of a given disease process and interplay with medical intervention
  • A pathway to discovery and investigation of both established and novel disease entities

The autopsy pathology service is an invaluable asset that will act upon the above-mentioned points in a dignified and dutiful manner and above all with the utmost reverence for the decedents who have been placed in its care for examination.

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