The mission of our Autopsy Service is to provide surviving family members and other stakeholders with an accurate evaluation of cause of death, the presence and severity of human disease, potential pain and suffering, and other pertinent questions surrounding the death of a loved one or client.

William O’Connor, M.D., Professor, Director of Autopsy Service


Our autopsy suite is located on the first floor of the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital and has easy access for motor vehicle transport. The suite is very spacious, modern and has facilities to handle a variety of special post mortem examinations. The department's laboratories include state-of-the-art cytogenetic and molecular genetic test facilities that are also used when necessary.


While most of our services are noted below, if there is a need for an examination not included here, please call to check the availability and for a cost quotation.

General Autopsy services including

  • Autopsy (Adult) Complete
  • Autopsy (Infant) Complete
  • Abdomen Only
  • Chest Only
  • Abdomen and Chest
  • Single Organ

Neuropathologic examination

  • Brain only examination
  • Brain only examination for Dementia

Electron microscopy

Each autopsy includes all technical fees, 90 minute record review, and one consultation with a family member or representative. Some testing noted above may incur additional charges; please call to discuss. Additional services can be quoted.

Note: Cases involving infectious diseases will incur extra cost to cover isolation and decontamination costs and when necessary the antibiotic prophylaxis of personnel.

Forms to be Completed Prior to Autopsy Being Performed:

Consent for Autopsy

Next-of-Kin Verification Form

Authorization for Release of Information

Questions? Please call and speak to one of our pathologists for further information.

Contacts During normal business hours:

April Mitchuson-Arth : (859) 323-5223

For after hours you may also call UKMD's at (859) 257-6845 or (800) 888-5533 and ask to speak with the Pathology resident on call. 

Helpful Links:

Autopsy: Aiding the Living By Understanding Death*

Pamphlet published by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), reprinted with permission.

You may also find our Forensic Consultation Services link useful.