Medical Examiner

All Medical Examiners in the office are licensed Texas physicians, and all staff members are Forensic Pathologists certified by the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic and Forensic Pathology. A pathologist performing a specialized year of training in Forensic Pathology is also on staff at any given time.

Under Texas state law, the Medical Examiners investigate deaths in Bexar County that are due to trauma or injury, intoxication, foul play, undetermined causes, or sudden and unexpected natural disease. This investigation may take many forms, but often involves an autopsy examination of the deceased person. It also involves investigation of the death scene, medical records, and other facets of the decedent's life and death, and usually includes an analysis of blood and other body fluids in our Toxicology Laboratory to detect drugs, alcohol, or other foreign substances. Doctors are on call 24 hours a day, and perform examinations seven days a week, 365 days a year.