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Autopsy Division

The Autopsy Division performs autopsies – the examination of a body after death – to provide greater medical knowledge concerning the cause of death. All autopsies performed at Brigham and Women’s Hospital are conducted with the utmost respect and professionalism. An autopsy will only be performed with the written consent of the legal next of kin. Patients with a Brigham and Women's Hospital medical record number (MRN), including those previously cared for at Brigham and Women's Hospital or at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, who pass away elsewhere (e.g. at home, another hospital or a nursing home), may have an autopsy performed by the Autopsy Division.

Autopsy Reports

Autopsy reports are completed in 30 to 60 days after the autopsy is performed and can be obtained by the following methods:

1. Contacting the Mass General Brigham Medical Records Department

  • Go to:
  • Download the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Authorization Form
  • Complete the authorization form
  • Sign and date the completed authorization form
  • Submit both the authorization form and an authorization from the Executor, Executrix, Administrator of the Estate or Personal Representative, along with documentation indicating legal authority.
  • Mail or your request to:

Mailing Address:
Mass General Brigham Release of Information Unit
121 Inner Belt, Room 240
Somerville, MA 02143-4453

Fax: 617-726-3661

2. Visiting the BWH Medical Records Department

Medical Records Office
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115
ASB I Building
Level 1 (L1), Rm LL104A
Phone: 617-732-4939

3. Contacting the physician with whom you requested the autopsy

Contact Information

Michelle Siciliano-Rodriguez
Phone: 617-732-7511


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