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Autopsy | Decedent Affairs

Autopsy | Decedent Affairs

Contact Information

Location & General Inquiries
10833 Le Conte Ave, 13-145 CHS
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Phone: (310) 825-6470 | Email 

Section Chief
Michael C. Fishbein, MD
Phone: (310) 825-6470 | Email

Autopsy Reports
Phone: (310) 825-6470

Decedent Affairs &
Autopsy Service
Phone: (310) 825-7846  
Fax: (310) 794-1116

Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday: 9:00-5:00
Saturday: 9:00-4:00
Closed Sundays & Holidays

Education Coordinator
Annetta Pierro
Phone: (310) 825-5719 | Email 


The autopsy service performs the important functions of determining the immediate and underlying cause of death. Autopsies evaluating the whole body or select organs (such as brain or heart only) are performed by autopsy pathologists and consultant pathologists as needed. Despite advances in clinical tests, post-mortem evaluations often provide useful, sometimes unexpected, information to understand the course of the decedent's disease. The autopsy service also supports Institution Review Board (IRB)-approved clinical research studies..


  • Complete autopsy
  • Heart and lung autopsies
  • Brain only autopsy
  • Other organ specific autopsy


  • Resident training
  • Autopsy conference (Mondays at 8:00 AM)
  • Brain dissection conference (Wednesday at 9:00 AM)


  • Cardiovascular autopsy studies
  • Transplant autopsy studies
  • Alzheimer and vascular dementia


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