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Forensic Specialties


The Medical Examiner Department is staffed by one full-time physical anthropologist who is specially trained and board certified in the specialty of forensic anthropology.  The duties of the forensic anthropologist include consultation cases that are forwarded by the medical examiners.

Forensic Imaging

The Forensic Imaging Bureau (FIB), which houses some of the most sophisticated and high-tech photography equipment in the world, is an integral part of the Medical Examiner Department.

Investigations Bureau

  • Provides and coordinates investigative services to medical examiners.
  • Provides and maintains case files on each case.
  • Coordinates efforts of police, funeral homes, and families.

Morgue Bureau

The Morgue Bureau was established in 1955 when the Medical Examiner Department began operation. It started as a very limited facility with space to handle only a few cases. Since then, the Morgue Bureau has evolved to become a world-renowned, state-of-the-art forensic morgue bureau, serving the Miami-Dade Community.


This department has the responsibility of preserving the records of unidentified persons by taking photographs, X-rays and charting all teeth.


The Medical Examiner's Department is staffed by 7 full-time physicians that are specially trained in the field of forensic pathology and a yearly quota of four to five physicians that are training in forensic pathology.

Records & Transcriptions

The primary function of the Records Bureau is to process all public records requests for medical examiner case file information in accordance with Florida Statute 119.  This Bureau also assists with requests for statistical data and with research related to medical examiner cases.


The role of the Toxicology Laboratory is to assist the investigating Medical Examiner in determining the cause and manner of death by utilizing the techniques of analytical forensic toxicology.

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