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Office of the Medical Examiner

Forensic pathology for Mid-Michigan

UM Health-Sparrow Forensic Pathology serves as Office of the Medical Examiner (OME) for the Michigan counties of Clinton, Eaton, Ingham, Ionia, Isabella, Livingston, and Shiawassee. The Office of the Medical Examiner provides complete death investigation and forensic pathology services to our region. 

We independently investigate to determine the cause and manner of death, which may contribute to legal proceedings, influence public health policy, and assist families with end-of-life tasks. Our goal is to accurately determine the cause(s) of death and serve as a resource to Physicians and institutions.

UM Health-Sparrow Forensic Pathology is accredited by the National Association of Medical Examiners, and our physicians are board-certified in anatomic, clinical, and forensic pathology by the American Board of Pathology.

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Medical Examiner Information for Families

Michigan law mandates that each county have a Medical Examiner. In Michigan, a Medical Examiner must be a Physician, and is appointed by the county commissioners.
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Medical Examiner Information for Certifying Physicians

Certifying the natural deaths of your patients correctly and promptly is not only your statutory duty, but is an important final act of care for your patient, and their grieving family.
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Medical Examiner Information for Funeral Directors

Cremation permits are reviewed Monday through Friday within specified time periods.
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Request for Medical Examiner Services

Please note that this service may only be requested by the Medical Examiner of jurisdiction over a given death.
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Funeral Planning Resources

Resources to aid in funeral planning, organ, and body donation.
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Office of the Medical Examiner Statistical Reports

Statistical reports from the UM Health-Sparrow Office of the Medical Examiner.


Office of the Medical Examiner

Physical Office Address:
Medical Arts Building
1322 East Michigan Avenue, Suite 118
Lansing, MI 48912

Phone: 517-364-2561
Fax: 855-300-7312

Mailing Address:
UM Health-Sparrow Forensic Pathology
1215 East Michigan Avenue
Lansing, MI 48912

Our Physicians

Michael Markey, M.D.

Michael A. Markey, M.D.
Medical Director

Christopher Hauch, M.D.

Christopher A. Hauch, M.D.

David Moons, M.D.

David S. Moons, M.D.