Ensure public health and safety by performing autopsies and postmortem examinations to determine cause and manner of death for individuals who die in Cook County
Robert J. Stein, M.D. was appointed as the first Medical Examiner in 1976 and served until his retirement in 1993. The Cook County Institute of Forensic Medicine, completed in 1983, was renamed the Robert J. Stein Institute of Forensic Medicine in February 1994.
More than 14,000 deaths are reported to the Medical Examiner annually. Of these 4,500 are accepted for further investigation. The office performs autopsies on approximately half of the cases brought into the Institute.
Administration, Bureau of
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Identification Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., weekends and official Cook County holidays.