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Autopsy Service

Telephone: 336-716-2634
Fax: 336-716-7595 or 1409


Director: Jerri McLemore, MD
Tel: 336-716-3821; Email:

Manager: Aymes M. Davis
Tel: 336-716-1184; Email:

Medicolegal Autopsy Coordinator: Tracy Spry
Tel: 336-716-2634; Email

Forensic Photographer: Kelly Pace
Tel: 336-716-9441; Email:

Scope of Activities:

The Autopsy Service at the Medical Center performs medicolegal autopsies referred from about 33 of North Carolina's 100 counties. In addition to serving as designated county medical examiners, the Autopsy Service provides training and supervision for pathology residents on their autopsy/forensic pathology rotations and offers a fellowship in the specialty.

Medical Examiner (Medicolegal) Autopsies: Under North Carolina General Statute, the chief medical examiner or designated county medical examiner has jurisdiction to determine the cause and manner of death whenever the manner is unnatural or in certain circumstances, regardless of the survival time following the underlying injury. These circumstances include, for example: disasters and public health hazards; death in law enforcement custody or associated with medical procedures; homicide or suicide; poisoning; and accidental, suspicious, traumatic, unattended, or violent deaths. Such autopsies may include scene investigation and trial testimony in addition to the clinical evaluations. 

At this time, the Autopsy Service does not perform private autopsies.

Special Note Regarding Body and Organ Donations: 


The donation of bodies for medical education, or Anatomical Bequeathal Program, is administered by the Center for Applied Learning, not Pathology. Please call (336) 716-4369 for information.

Please do not contact the Department of Pathology or Autopsy Services concerning organ or body donations.

Carolina Donor Services coordinates various individual organ donations; their number is (336) 774-4450 or (800) 833-3002. The North Carolina Eye Bank can be reached at (336) 765-0932.

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Tel: 336-716-2652

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