Unit of Forensic Pathology (URFM)

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The URMF is part of the Forensic Medicine and Imaging Section (SMIF

Main tasks

The Unité romande de médecine forensique (URMF) carries out, at the request of the judicial authorities, forensic examinations that help solve criminal or civil investigations. It is the link between the medical field and the judicial world.

The URMF also receives special mandates. These are mainly requests for expert opinions from national and international institutions (individuals, lawyers, national and international institutions). But it can also act in special circumstances such as in the identification of victims of mass disasters of natural (landslides, tsunami, etc.) or human origin (transport accidents, victims of conflicts, etc.).

Fields of activity

he main fields of activity of the RMU are thanatological examinations (autopsy), clinical expertise (findings of traumatic injuries and sexual assault) and file-based expertise. The unit also provides pre/post-graduate and continuing education in relation to various professions (physicians, paramedics, magistrates, lawyers, police officers, etc.), and is also active in the field of forensic medicine research.

In terms of prevention and public health, the early detection of a toxic substance in the body (e.g. carbon monoxide) can prevent further poisoning. The detection of a hereditary genetic disease in a deceased person allows the search for the same genetic trait in other family members and thus makes it possible to set up a treatment.

Staff and intercantonal agreements of collaboration

  • The Unité romande de Médecine Forensique (URMF) is located on two sites (Lausanne and Geneva) and includes the forensic histopathology and immunohistochemistry laboratory (on the Geneva site).
  • Since From April 2012, within the framework of a new agreement with the Valais, a forensic medicine unit was opened in Sion within the Valais Hospital. Apart from autopsies, a large part of the tasks of the forensic pathology unit are carried out on site by Dr. Bettina Schrag who, in addition to holding the position of assistant physician at the Health Network of Valais (RSV), maintains an affiliation with the URMF.
  • In the canton of Neuchâtel, the Centre Universitaire de Médecine Légale (CURML) has been collaborating with a forensic pathologist, Dr. Rolf Jeanmonod, for over 20 years. Autopsies are performed at the CURML, Lausanne site.
  • Following a new agreement, all body examinations in the canton of Fribourg are performed by forensic doctors at the CURML, Lausanne site. While external examinations are performed directly at the Cantonal Hospital of Fribourg, all autopsies are performed at the CURML, Lausanne site.
  • In the canton of Ticino, physicians from the URMF have contributed to the training of primary care physicians in forensic medicine for the management of body removal.

  
Head of the french-speaking unit of forensic medicine (URMF): Prof. Dr Tony Fracasso

Lausanne site employees

6 - Physician FMH  Tony Fracasso (manager)
Claudia Castiglioni (operational manager) 
Katarzyna Michaud
Emilienne Descloux 
Jean-Loup Gassend
Christelle Voland
Physician in chief
Senior Physician
Associate Physician 
Chief Resident
Chief Resident 
Chief Resident 
6 - Residents  Alexandra Letin 
Cecilia Frigerio
Antoine Abhamon
Domenico Messina
Agata Oppizzi
 
3 - Preparators Vincent De Bonis
Michael Ferez
Stéphanie Leveque
 
5 - Secretaries Catherine Oberson
Laurence André
Veronique Gallay-Hoen
Halima Kellal
Lorianne Neyroud
 

 

Geneva site employees

5 - Physician FMH Tony Fracasso (manager)
Christelle Lardi (operational manager)
Coraline Egger
Sara Sabatasso
Pia Genet
Associate Senior Physician
Senior Physician
Senior Physician
Associate Physician
Chief Resident
6 - Residents Diego Aguiar
France Evain
Fabienne Schuchert
Valentin Marti
Frédérique Thicot
Clément Poulain
 
4 - Preparators Guy Jaquier
Maud Audrey Joubin
Thierry Heude
Achille Schweizer
 
1 - Morgue Manager Simon Rappo  
3 - Histopathology laboratory
collaborators 
Catia Pomponio
Cindy Ramadoo
Sandrine Vianin
 
3 - Secretaries Annick Crockett
Marie-Agnès Bertinat
Laura Rey
 

The URMF also welcomes trainees for varying periods of time, including medical students and foreign doctors specializing in forensic medicine.

Equipments

  • Autopsy room with an operating microscope
  • Optical microscops
  • CT-Scan and MRI investigations are carried out by the UIAF unit.