West Tennessee Regional Forensic Center

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The mission of the Regional Forensic Center is to investigate sudden, unexpected and unnatural deaths with the highest level of professionalism, compassion and efficiency, and to provide a resource for improving the health and safety of the community consistent with the general mission of Public Health.

Medicolegal Mission

  • Conduct medicolegal death investigations.
  • Perform autopsies to certify cause and manner of death and recover evidence.
  • Testify in court proceedings.
  • Provide public service to citizens and professional colleagues throughout the Region.
  • Educate peers and professionals on subjects related to death investigation.

Public Health Mission

  • To investigate, identify and gain an understanding of unnatural deaths.
  • Provide support and technical assistance to local and State, Child Fatality Review Teams.
  • Protect the public's health and safety, participating in the criminal justice and health systems, and providing data¬†for vital statistical purposes.
  • Identify index cases and pathogens in disease outbreaks in the interest of public health.
  • Cooperate with organ procurement organizations to save lives through organ donation and transplantation.

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Contact Us

West Tennessee Regional Forensic Center
637 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN 38105
Phone: (901) 222-4600

Dr. Benjamin J. Figura, D-ABFA
Forensic Anthropologist and Director
Email: bfigura@uthsc.edu