Forensic Consultation Service


The mission of our Forensic Consultation 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

Autopsy: Aiding the Living By Understanding Death (PDF)  
Pamphlet published by the College of American Pathologists.

Related Files:  

Consent for Autopsy (PDF)

Authorization for release of information (PDF) 

Next of kin verification form (PDF)



Dr Gregory Davis shares primarily the medical tasks as the medical director of the service. The intellectual assets of the remaining members of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine are utilized when indicated and represent specialists in hematopathology, gastrointestinal pathology, cardiac pathology (including congenital heart abnormalities), pulmonary, genitourinary, renal, gynecologic pathology, and other pathology subspecialties.

Gregory J. Davis, M.D., FCAP
Professor & Co-Director, Autopsy Service
Diplomate, American Board of Pathology 
Anatomic, Clinical, and Forensic pathology 
Fellow, National Association of Medical Examiners
Fellow, College of American Pathologists 

Dr. John Hunsaker, who is also a lawyer, is a post-retirement employee complementing Dr. Davis in fulfilling the mission of the Forensic Consultation Service. He has been affiliated with the Department since 1977 as resident and faculty, and collaborated for many years with Dr. Davis as a colleague in the Kentucky medical examiner’s system. Dr. Hunsaker retired in 2015 as Associate Chief Medical Examiner and Professor of Pathology after nearly 33 years.

John C. Hunsaker III, J.D., M.D., FNAME, FAAFS
Professor Emeritus
Past President NAME
Diplomate, American Board of Pathology
Anatomic, Clinical and Forensic Pathology



Our autopsy suite is located on the first floor of the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital and has direct 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

Forensic Consultation

  • Medical record review
  • Discussion of causation, pain and suffering, and other related topics

Forensic exam

Case review

Medico-Legal chart/case review

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.

Please call for a cost quotation

Questions? Please call and speak to one of our pathologists for further information.
Contacts During normal business hours:

April Mitchuson-Arth : (859) 323-5223

You may also call UKMD's at (859) 257-6845 or (800) 888-5533 and ask to speak with Dr. Greg Davis. Please call UK paging at (859) 323-5324 after normal business hours and request the pathology resident on call.