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Do I Need A Second Autopsy?

Patients who contact Dr. Chundru requesting a second look at their loved one’s case most often need a medical record review rather than a second autopsy. During a medical record review, he will thoroughly examine all of the documents provided from the first autopsy, but will not perform physical observations of the tissues previously processed in the first autopsy.

A second autopsy is an autopsy that is performed after another party has conducted the first autopsy. Dr. Chundru’s clients almost always request his services for a second autopsy because they believe the first autopsy was incompetently completed, or they know the doctor or facility who performed the first autopsy has a history of providing incomplete or botched work.

During a second autopsy, Dr. Chundru will review all provided records from the first autopsy, such as the autopsy report, photos, law enforcement documents, and medical record documents.

In addition to reviewing these records, Dr. Chundru will also physically view the body and analyze tissues taken from the first autopsy. This process of viewing and analyzing already collected tissues and samples requires a great deal of training and expertise, and while Dr. Chundru has this training and expertise, and is one of only 500 board-certified Forensic Pathologists in the country, the vast majority of physical reviews yield no additional findings. The most vital part of a second autopsy is Dr. Chundru’s review of the records provided rather than physical observation, simply because the provided tissues have already been processed during the first autopsy.


Though a Medical Examiner’s Office may conduct an autopsy when a person passes away, there are cases in which the family of a loved one may request a second autopsy. Most commonly, this is to get information and answers that the Medical Examiner’s Office hasn’t provided.

Unlike the preliminary autopsy, a second autopsy generally does not require a physical examination. The analysis usually relies on the samples and reports that the Medical Examiner’s Office has already prepared. This means that a second autopsy can take place long after the first examination and following the funeral if necessary.

Dr. Chundru has extensive experience supporting the families of loved ones in these cases. Based on a family’s preference, he can also work with its legal representatives in coordinating and reporting on the second autopsy. Dr. Chundru offeres second autopsy services in Texas, Nevada, California, Utah and Maryland.

Performing these procedures requires an advanced level of care and expertise because of the complexity involved. Dr. Chundru has been in practice for nearly 15 years as a Board-Certified Forensic Pathologist — only one of about 500 doctors in the United States with this qualification. Clients choose him for his professional and compassionate approach, attention to detail, and respect for the needs of the family.

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As a Board Certified Forensic Pathologist with many years of experience, Dr. Chundru is an expert in his field. He is trusted by clients across the country for his professionalism, compassion, and expertise.

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Choosing to Perform a Second Autopsy

Families often struggle with the decision to request a second autopsy. Yet making this choice can give them the type of closure they may not find through any other means. A private examination with Dr. Chundru offers families:

Greater Assurance

Dr. Chundru communicates with clients to understand what their goals are, to help them know what is possible with a second autopsy, and to ensure that they understand his findings. Close coordination lets families know that their needs and questions have been addressed.

A Comprehensive Review

As a professional in private practice, Dr. Chundru can give each examination the time and attention it requires. Simultaneously, his focused approach means that clients tend to receive answers much faster in a second autopsy than following the first examination. Dr. Chundru usually provides his final report much more quickly than the standard 60 days followed by a Medical Examiner’s Office.

Expert Care

Dr. Chundru’s Forensic, investigative, and analytical background is of excellent quality. Prior to entering private practice, he spent 10 years as the Deputy Chief Medical Examiner for Travis County in Austin, Texas, and he received his training from one of the nation’s most prestigious fellowship programs.

“We actually have not had an encounter yet with a doctor who cared so much..You are the first. I am grateful to have spoken to you.”

– H.C., North Carolina

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What Clients Can Expect with a Second Autopsy

Following the preliminary autopsy, the family or its legal representatives will contact Dr. Chundru to discuss his work. This initial phone conversation will be an important opportunity for potential clients to ask questions about his services and to decide whether a procedure can provide the answers they are seeking.

After prospective clients decide to move forward, they will provide Dr. Chundru with access to the resources he will need in preparing his report. This may include:

  • Records from the initial autopsy.
  • Medical history records.
  • Police and hospital reports.

Dr. Chundru’s analysis will focus on the areas of concern that the family or its legal representatives have outlined in their initial discussions. He will produce a written report for the client’s review and will also be available for any follow-up questions.


Important Questions About a Second Autopsy

  • Is a second autopsy necessary?

    The reasons that clients choose to have a second autopsy performed vary, and so the answer to this question depends on the client’s needs. Dr. Chundru encourages prospective clients to get in touch so that he can help them understand what a second autopsy can and cannot accomplish.

  • Do I need to delay the funeral until after the second autopsy is complete?

    In nearly all cases, it is not necessary to delay the funeral of a loved one until after the second autopsy. Clients often consider a second autopsy because they have concerns about the conclusions of the initial autopsy — not about the examination process itself. Dr. Chundru can typically rely on the validity of the initial autopsy’s samples, data, and medical reports rather than conducting a second physical examination. He can discuss this as part of a client’s consultation.

  • How long will the second autopsy report take?

    Every case will vary depending on the type of information clients are looking for. As an experienced practitioner, Dr. Chundru is always working to provide his reports in a timely manner after receiving the resources he requires for his analysis. This timeline is dependent on the client’s needs. The efficiency in his work allows families and their legal representatives to make timely decisions related to their loved ones.


Frequently Asked Questions

If you are seeking additional answers following a preliminary examination, contact Dr. Chundru to learn more about a second autopsy. Reach him online or by calling (305) 283-3371.

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