Director, Armando E. Fraire, MD
Our autopsy service provides diagnostic evaluation of adult, pediatric and fetal deaths. We provide this service to UMass Memorial Medical Center and to a number of hospitals throughout Central Massachusetts.
This includes gross and microscopic evaluation of tissue utilizing conventional histopathology as well as specialized technologies such as immunohistochemistry, electron microscopy and molecular diagnostics.
Dr. Theonia Boyd
Dr. Armando Fraire
Dr. Thomas Smith
Dr. Bruce Woda
It is mandatory to have a proper authorization from the next of kin before an autopsy can be performed. In Massachusetts, the next of kin are recognized in the following order:
Note: Physicians can only recommend but “can not order” an autopsy
Types of Autopsy
These include complete autopsies as well as autopsies limited to head, chest or abdomen. Organ specific autopsies and “multiple - biopsy” autopsies can also be performed but require previous consultation with the attending Pathologist.
For current or former UMass patients there are no charges related to the autopsy.
The Office of Decedent Affairs, an adjunct of the Department of Pathology, offers autopsy related advise to physicians and other health care personnel. The office is managed by Ms. Kerri Quist and is temporarily located at the University Campus, Room S2-449. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, telephone: 508-334-2205.
The following deaths must be reported to the Medical Examiner (Tel 800-267-6767).
Monday through Friday
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Nights and weekends call the Hospital Switchboard (508-334-1000) and page the Anatomic Pathology Resident or Attending On Call.