Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.
- Autopsy facts
- What is an autopsy?
- Who determines whether an autopsy is performed?
- How is an autopsy performed?
- What other special studies may be done as part of the autopsy?
- What is the autopsy report?
- Why is the autopsy rate declining?
- What are the benefits of autopsies?
- Who pays for autopsies?
- What is the history of the autopsy?
- Should the autopsy be revived?
- An autopsy is the examination of the body of a dead person.
- An autopsy may be restricted to a specific organ or region of the body.
- Autopsies are performed to determine the cause of death, for legal purposes, and for education and research.
- The body is opened in a manner that does not interfere with an open casket service.
- The autopsy rate has dropped from 50% to less than 10% over the past fifty years.
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