Emergency Department Death

A patient who dies in the Emergency Department (ED) at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) is considered an out-patient death.

Following the death of a patient in the ED, the pronouncing physician, nursing service and Autopsy Service complete all required decedent affairs paperwork. The pronouncing physician is responsible for contacting the Medical Examiner Office (see "Reportable medical examiner deaths").

If the death is not ruled as a medical examiner case, and the next-of-kin desires an autopsy, there would be a charge for a private autopsy. Exceptions maybe made in certain cases. Contact Autpsy Service for additional information.

ED Form 5012

For private autopsies, use the inpatient form: Form 5012


GCMEO Contact Information

6607 Highway 1764
Texas City, Texas 77591

Hours of Operation
Monday thru Friday
8:00am – 5:00pm
Office: 409-935-9274

After Hours:
5:00pm - 08:00 am
Call: X24004 (page operator)

Chief Medical Examiner
Dr. Paul Boor

Lead M.E. Investigator
D.J. Florence

Private Autopsies

Contact Autopsy Service

518 Clinical Sciences Building
Phone: x22810 - Fax: x29045

Hours of Operation
Monday thru Friday
7:30am to 4:00pm

Closed on weekends and holidays