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Medical Examiner

Medical Examiner

The Department of the Medical Examiner provides forensic death investigation services for the citizens of San Diego County, as mandated by State law. The department performs scene investigations, autopsies and external examinations, toxicology, histology, and administrative support.
 

Has jurisdiction of 38% of all deaths in the County


Enabled timely funeral service for families by making 99% of bodies released in 7 days or less
 

Completed 88% of investigative reports in 60 days or less
 

Completed 99% of toxicology reports in 60 days or less
 

Completed 94% of examination reports in 60 days or less
 

Completed 90% of homicide examination reports in 60 days or less
 

Notified 89% of next-of-kin in 12 hours or less
 

Provided 99% of case report requests within 7 days or less

Contributed to research efforts in Alzheimer’s, Epilepsy, Autism and Schizophrenic studies by providing 33 tissues to academic research organizations, with family consent
  

493 medical residents, students and first responders were trained in or observed a forensic investigation

 

Medical Examiner