covid-19 update

NOTICE: In an attempt to protect staff and to prevent potential spread of COVID-19, the mifsm building will be closed to ALL VISITORS, with the following exceptions:

If you are here to get a copy of an autopsy record, cremation permit, or other paperwork, please go to our posterior entrance (4707 McLeod Drive East) for assistance. 

All required payments will be taken by credit card only.  No cash will be accepted.

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Mission statement

The Mission of the Michigan Institute of Forensic Science & Medicine is to:

  • Deliver accurate, timely, compassionate, and professional death investigative services.
  • Educate agencies, organizations, professionals, individuals, and the public about sudden, unexpected, unexplained, and unnatural death and the role of the Medical Examiner.
  • Assist government agencies with an objective but separate death investigation from law enforcement and others.
  • Offer expert consultation to medical professionals, attorneys, and the criminal justice and judicial systems.
  • Render unbiased opinions and court testimony regarding the cause and manner of deaths investigated by the medical examiner.
  • Collaborate with local, regional, state, and national medical, legal, academic, funeral, law enforcement, fire, and public health organizations on matters of health and safety..
  • Provide comfort, compassion, support, and caring for the victims, their families, friends, and community we serve in times of great need.


The Vision of the Michigan Institute of Forensic Science & Medicine is to provide medical examiner and the highest quality forensic laboratory services in an unbiased manner with uncompromised integrity.


  • Respect for human dignity in life and in death.
  • Professionalism in all situations, with all people, under all circumstances.
  • Compassion for those suffering loss and grief.
  • Integrity in all practices, performance, actions, and behavior.
  • Quality in performance, process, and outcomes.
  • Commitment to quality, accuracy, efficiency, and timeliness.
  • Service in a broad-based, community focused, relevant,efficient, and cost-effective manner.

Our Quality Policy

Quality of services is central to the agency’s mission, and as such, the purpose of the Institute’s Quality Management System is to ensure that services provided by the Institute are valid, safe, reliable and of high quality.

The Institute’s management team is committed to the following:

  • Provision of reliable results and services that meet customer expectations with uncompromised integrity.
  • Use of Industry-accepted professional practice.
  • Compliance with applicable legal, county, safety and accreditation requirements, including international standards for quality management systems.
  • Dissemination to all personnel of up-to-date information on policies and procedures as they relate to quality and examinations.
  • Continuous development of the management system.

death certificate

The responsibility for death certification in Michigan is with the Medical Examiner for those cases that all within his/her jurisdiction. Those NATURAL deaths that do not fall under the jurisidiction of the Medical Examiner are referred to the primary care physician in most cases or to a specialty physician last caring for the individual who has died.

Today, many medical practices are staffed with nurse practitioners and physician assistants. In Michigan, deaths occurring under the care of these mid-level providers must have their supervising or contracted Michigan-licensed physicians certify the NATURAL deaths of the patients in the mid-level provider’s care.

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our services


As mandated by the Public Health Code and Michigan Compiled Laws (MCL 52.201a-52.216), all deaths that are sudden or unexpected, or occur from other-than-natural causes, must be reported to us. We currently serve as the Office of the Medical Examiner for Alcona, Arenac, Gladwin, Huron, Lapeer, Ogemaw, Saginaw, and Tuscola counties in Michigan.  We provide the following services

Services Offered:

  • Public Health and Education
  • Forensic Facility Management
  • Medical Examiner Services
  • Forensic Autopsies
  • Private and Hospital Autopsies
  • Expert Consultation Testimony

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Latest News

funeral home resource

When delivering a body for an examination, the transporter should call (989) 341 – 5077. If you are removing a body, you must provide us with an Authorization for Release Form. Directions to the Office of the Medical Examiner Death Certificates If our office is completing the medical portion of a death certificate, we will […]

Expert testimony

Exhumation autopsy 2nd autopsy Expert witness The Michigan Institute of Forensic Science & Medicine (MIFSM) is staffed by physicians who are certified by the American Board of Pathology in both Anatomic and Forensic Pathology. In addition to performing hundreds of postmortem examinations each year, including medicolegal, private, and hospital-requested autopsies, MIFSM also routinely provide expert […]

forensic pathology

Why is a body brought to the Medical Examiner’s Office?The law says that the medical examiner must examine the body of anyone who has died in a way that is: violent sudden (when the person otherwise appears to have been healthy) suspicious, unusual, or unnatural The medical examiner must try to determine how and why […]

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