WHERE DO I START?

It’s something else.
I’m just lost.


ABOUT AUTOPSY CENTER OF CHICAGO

The Autopsy Center provides compassionate, comprehensive, caring private autopsy service for families in bereavement. We are an independent, confidential service.

Casework is meticulous and interactions with families are warm and emotionally available. We work to transform the confusing into the clear; the uncertain into the manageable; the unknown into the known.

The need for closure after a loss is powerful; and you have the right to ask questions. Talk to us about how we can help.

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Meet Dr. Ben Margolis, Director
(B.A., Harvard University; M.D. University of Chicago)


 

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LATEST NEWS, EVENTS AND ARTICLES

Autopsy Center in the News

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February 13, 2016. NBC 5 Investigates. Family Searches for Answers After SIU Student’s Mysterious Death. By Rob Stafford and Lisa Capitanini.

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Monthly Case: Ruptured AV Fistula

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February 10, 2016. This patient had a AV fistula put in years ago. It recently started to leak. The patient received emergent care several times for bleeding out of the fistula. Ultimately he died from this complication. Should something have been done to prevent this complication? What kind of questions might the family have now?

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Monthly Case: Ruptured Coronary Artery

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January 9, 2016. This patient died after a stent was placed in the patient’s coronary artery. The physician said the cause of death was stroke, but the family said that couldn’t be. Learn how the autopsy brought the truth to light in this rarest of complications.

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Sleuth-It with Autopsy Center

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December 24, 2015. A 44 year old man dies suddenly after a night of “partying.” The coroner has made her evaluation but declined to perform an autopsy. The two sons request an independent autopsy, which you perform. The body is thin, but well nourished. There is no evidence of trauma and the autopsy exam is entirely normal. You save some blood for toxicology….

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Fox32 covers “The Autopsy Talks” at Theater Wit

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December 4, 2015. Watch a short segment on Fox32 covering our event, ‘The Autopsy Talks’ at Theater Wit. Next dates this month: December 9 and 16 at 7pm.

“‘The Autopsy Talks’ Give Rare Look at the Ins and Outs of Autopsies.”

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November 30, 2015. “First off: No, there aren’t real dead bodies at “The Autopsy Talks.” But there is a real doctor, chock-full of compassion and knowledge to help grieving families get closure. With “The Autopsy Talks,” playing the next three Wednesdays at Theater Wit, Ben Margolis wants to widen that circle of comfort even further….”

Read article published in DNAinfo about Dr. Margolis’s event, “The Autopsy Talks.”

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EVENTS CALENDAR

The Autopsy Talks - Goldstar

An engaging exploration of the humanity behind the autopsy.
For the general public.

Upcoming dates: March 9, 16, 30; April 6, 20; May 4, 18; June 1
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Theater Wit
1229 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago

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Autopsy Ins and Outs

During a complete autopsy, a bone saw is used to remove a cap of skull and access the brain. The cap is not a perfect circle. One or a couple notches are added. The purpose of this is to:

a. Make room for and protect critical parts of the brain underneath.
b. Honor traditional aesthetics of autopsy technique.
c. Prevent from cap from slipping when it is replaced; and preserve the shape of the head during a viewing.
d. Sample a portion bone for analysis.
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