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Autopsy and Decedent Affairs

Our autopsy and decedent affairs group performs the important function of determining immediate and underlying causes 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. Clinical data derived from autopsies are also an important contributor to the educational mission in multiple clinical departments.

In addition to autopsies performed on consented, deceased UCIMC patients,  we also conduct autopsies on selected patients from outside institutions.  Please contact Decedent Affairs for details. 

Services are available in the following areas:

Educational opportunities include:


Robert Edwards
Robert A. Edwards, MD, PhD
Medical Director,
Autopsy & Decedent Affairs

Contact Information

Location and General Inquiries
UC Irvine Health
Douglas Hospital
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA 92868
Phone: 714-456-6141
Fax: 714-456-5873

Pathology Requests and Reports
Phone: 714-456-6141

Medical Director
Robert A. Edwards, MD, PhD
Phone: 714-456-6141

Decedent Affairs
Lorena Martinez
Phone: 714-456-8456 

Autopsy Reports and Service
Phone: 714-456-6141
Fax: 714-456-5873 

Hours of Operation

Monday through Thursday: 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Closed Sundays and holidays



For more information, call 1-888-UCI-LABS (888-824-5227)