About the Autopsy Center of Chicago

The Autopsy Center provides compassionate, comprehensive, caring service for families in bereavement.

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 founder, Dr. Ben Margolis, received his B.A. from Harvard University and his M.D. from the University of Chicago. Read more About the Center….

The Autopsy Center supports the community through legislative advocacy, scientific research, and educational outreach.

Attend our critically acclaimed event for the public: Science to Humanity: The Autopsy
Join Dr. Margolis for a slideshow and discussion about the autopsy. Learn how the body changes with illness, how the procedure is performed and, above all, how the results bring a family to a place of peace. Come armed with questions for a journey to the other side and back again.

Latest News, Events and Articles



2/18/14  February Case: Airway Mucus Plugging
Case discussions integrate medicine and the emotional aspects of bereavement. The February Case centers on one finding in a patient with cancer. Learn how the autopsy helped one family achieve closure. Read More

2/18/14 Legislative Update: House Bill 4202 (Embalming Absent Instructions)
Are you communicating your wishes to the funeral director? HB4202 provides a legislative option when communication breaks down between families and funeral directors. Read Dr. Margolis’s response to this complex bill.
Summary opinion: Not ready for passage. Read More

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In The News

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January, 2014.

“Margolis pays special attention to the family’s story and concerns…. “I never really thought about what an autopsy can do for a family,” [an attendee at Science to Humanity: The Autopsy] said. “I never saw the emotional aspect.” Read the complete article written by Life Matters Media.


May, 2013

“…the top expert in Chicago” “…sensitive” “…impartial”

Read about Dr. Margolis in the May, 2013 issue of Chicago Magazine, “This Is What Really Happens During an Autopsy.”

From the Director’s Desk

2014 is an exciting year for the autopsy center. We appreciate the opportunity to serve the community through casework, educational events and in many other ways. Here are some highlights from our work at the Center:

Science to Humanity: The Autopsy

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Our event, Science to Humanity: The Autopsy continues to sell out. We are moving the event to a larger theater space at Gorilla Tango Theater in Bucktown. The event draws individuals from all over the Chicago area. We have had guests from as far away as Aurora, Valparaiso, and Milwaukee….

Tumor Donation Program:
The Autopsy Center is working to provide an option for cancer patients to donate tumor tissue to research. The idea is similar to that of organ or tissue donor. But instead of donating an organ or tissue to help a sick person “right now,” tumor tissue is donated to research to help the next generation….

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