Autopsy Pathology

The Autopsy Service of the Department of Pathology of the Medical College of Wisconsin performs autopsies for Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Froedtert Hospital, Community Memorial Hospital, and St. Joseph’s Hospital on expired patients at the request of next-of-kin. The Autopsy Service also accepts outside cases for autopsy at the discretion of the Autopsy director, Dr. Elizabeth J. Cochran. Approximately 160 cases are performed each year.

Pathology residents spend three months on the autopsy service with Dr. Cochran throughout their first year and learn how to perform an autopsy and generate an autopsy report. They also participate in clinical-pathologic teaching conferences with the Department of Internal Medicine.

What is an autopsy?

What is the value of an autopsy?

Important information about the autopsy procedure.

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Elizabeth J. Cochran, MD

Elizabeth J. Cochran, MD

Professor of Pathology; Director of Neuropathology; Director of Autopsy Service; Director of Medical Student Education in Pathology