The Drexel Medicine Regional Autopsy Service utilizes private transportation services to transport the deceased to our facilities. Special care is taken to ensure that proper respect is maintained in all circumstances.
Who Can Utilize the Drexel Medicine Regional Autopsy Service?
Our services are available to any individual having the legal right to authorize the performance of an autopsy including hospitals, nursing facilities, hospice and palliative care providers, medical examiners, coroners and families. Please note that we cannot perform autopsies for medicolegal purposes.
Why Perform an Autopsy?
The primary reason a medical autopsy should be performed is to resolve any questions that a family, physician, or interested party may have concerning the nature of the decedent's illness or cause of death. The autopsy can provide additional health information pertinent to surviving family members such as detection of genetic and inherited conditions, contagious diseases and environmental hazards. Autopsy remains the "gold standard" for evaluating the accuracy of diagnosis and the efficacy and outcome of therapy. It is also an invaluable educational tool for health care personnel in training.
Drexel University College of Medicine is the largest private medical school in the United States. There are more than 700 clinical and basic science faculty, and more than 1,700 affiliate and volunteer faculty. Our Regional Autopsy Service is part of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine with state-of-the-art facilities located in Center City Philadelphia. In addition to a fully equipped autopsy suite, our location allows us to utilize the clinical laboratories of our associated teaching hospital.
The Drexel University College of Medicine Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine has developed the Regional Autopsy Service to make our services available to the people of the greater Philadelphia area. We offer convenient, reliable, high quality services at a very reasonable price.