The Autopsy Service provides both autopsy and morgue services to patients who die at Yale-New Haven Hospital.
Autopsies continually advance our understanding of disease. What we learn from autopsies allows clinicians to more accurately diagnose diseases, improve therapy, and potentially aid other patients who are currently suffering from a similar disease.
Any questions related to the process of releasing a patient to a funeral home, requesting an autopsy, or obtaining a copy of the autopsy report should be directed to the Autopsy Service. Please note that we are bound by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) regulations and will not be able to provide medical history or answer questions regarding patient status. We can answer questions pertaining to the process of having a loved one released to a funeral home or having an autopsy performed, but may direct you to speak with a funeral director or a different hospital department based on your question. Our team has a combined 75 years of experience available to guide you through this difficult time.