Coroners and Medical Examiners

Coroners and Medical Examiners

Thank you for helping to honor the donation decisions of people in our community who generously give the gift of life. LifeShare works with Medical Examiners and Coroners throughout the donation process and offers many services to assist them with their requirements.

As an organization, LifeShare supports the position of the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) regarding the recovery of tissues and organs for transplantation. It reads, “Donation can be accomplished in virtually all cases without detriment to evidence collection, postmortem examination, determination of cause and manner of death, or the conduction of criminal or civil legal proceedings. Although our primary function is to investigate death, enabling transplantation is one of the few opportunities we have to directly save and improve lives.”

LifeShare is available to respond to the forensic needs of Coroners and Medical Examiners, including:

  • Collection of specimens
  • Chain of custody
  • Documentation of injury and anatomic anomalies

Cardiac Pathologist Services: When the heart is recovered for heart valve recovery, the heart can be examined by a pathologist who can provide the following services:

  • A complete cardiac pathology report including heart weights, final diagnoses, gross examination, microscopic report, and photomicrografts.
  • Remaining heart tissue can be returned to the forensic pathologist upon request

If you have an issue that needs immediate attention please call our Donor Call Center at 1-800-932-4483. Call Center Coordinators are available 24 hours a day to assist our Medical Examiners and Coroners.