Forensic Pathology Associates


Forensic Pathology Associates

Forensic Pathology Associates is committed to providing high quality, courteous and responsive forensic pathology services to our customers with the highest degrees of integrity, honesty and efficiency.

FPA was founded more than 20 years ago to meet the needs of the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania and surrounding areas. FPA was acquired by Health Network Laboratories (HNL) in 2010 as a complement to its multi-regional, full-service clinical diagnostic laboratory. FPA now serves an expanded area including more than 25 counties and hospitals in Pennsylvania.

FPA maintains its unique identity as the forensic diagnostics division of HNL. FPA has direct, 24/7 access to HNL’s full range of anatomic and clinical pathology services including histology, cytology, toxicology and laboratory medicine.

Forensic Pathology Associates (FPA) has been granted provisional accreditation by the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME). FPA is the only forensic pathology practice in Pennsylvania to hold the NAME accreditation.

Accreditation is an endorsement by NAME that FPA provides an adequate environment for a forensic pathologist in which to practice his or her profession and provides reasonable assurances that the office or system well serves its jurisdiction. The standards by which an organization is inspected for accreditation emphasize policies and procedures for an adequate medicolegal system. It is the objective of NAME that the application of these standards will aid in developing and maintaining a high caliber of medicolegal death investigation.

Inspectors who were at FPA during a recent on-site visit had very positive things to say, including: “Forensic Pathology Associates, under the direction of Samuel Land, MD, functions at a high level. The work environment is professional and collegial. The services provided by their overarching company, Health Network Laboratories, are outstanding.”

Clinical Expertise and Services

Autopsy Examination

  • Forensic Autopsy
  • Medical Examiner/Coroner Support
  • Second Autopsy
  • Exhumation Autopsy
  • Private Autopsy Service
  • Hospital/Medical Center Autopsy
  • Transportation Services Available

Consultative Services

  • Coroner/Medical Examiner Investigations
  • Homicides and Suspicious Deaths
  • Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Sudden Unexplained Infant/Child Fatality
  • Death Investigation Associated with Physical Restraint
  • In Custody Sudden Death
  • Medical Malpractice and Wrongful Death
  • Accidental Death
  • Toxicological Analyses
  • Drug-related Fatalities
  • Suicide
  • Thermal Burn and Smoke Inhalation
  • Natural Death
  • Medical Record Review
  • Autopsy Record Review
  • Law Enforcement Assistance
  • Criminal Defense
  • Scene/Photograph Evaluation
  • Injury Pattern Recognition
  • Hospital/Risk Management Investigations
  • Neuropathology Consultation
  • Cardiovascular Pathologic Consultation
  • Forensic Pathology Expert Witness
  • Civil Litigation

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