The Department of Forensic Medicine at KMC Mangalore caters to the teaching needs of medical undergraduate students in addition to medico-legal work. The department uses an array of teaching methods ranging from lectures to small group teaching methodologies to innovative modalities such as Role play videos/Online quiz/crosswords/student prepared MCQs/problem-based learning exercises. The department is included in the medico-legal responsibilities of the department is to function as the office of the State Medico Legal Consultant wherein the Professor and Head of the department serves as the Honorary State Medico Legal Expert to the Govt. of Karnataka and Associate Professors as District Medico legal consultants and gives their consultancy services to the Investigating authorities regarding examination of skeletal remains, exhumation and expert opinion. As part of social responsibility, the department conducts various workshops/CMEs aimed both at law enforcement agencies and public in general


Core competencies:

  • Post-mortem examination
  • Expert opinion


Key features

  • One of the largest medico-legal centres in coastal Karnataka, conducting nearly 900 post-mortems per year
  • Mortuary equipped to conduct 2 autopsies simultaneously and conducts post-mortem examinations round the clock
  • Faculty members involved in research and publications.

Medico-legal autopsies

As part of the first public-private partnership model in the entire state, the department is also responsible for the medico-legal autopsies conducted at the Government District Head Quarters Wenlock Hospital, Mangalore round the clock

Clinical Forensic Medicine Unit

The Clinical Forensic Medicine Unit (CFMU), at Kasturba Hospitals, Attavar handles all the medico-legal cases of the teaching hospital of the institute. The CFMU also acts as a consultancy service for all medico-legal issues that may arise in relation to patient care and treatment. The CFMU issues various medico-legal certificates and reports while acting as the bridge for interaction between investigating authorities and the hospital.

International Collaborations

Part of various MoUs between the department and institutes in Europe (France) and Africa (Ethiopia).

Forensic Odontology Course

Conducts a well-regarded blended Forensic Odontology course in association with Manipal College of Dental Sciences Mangalore, in training dental faculty in handling Disaster Victim Identification




Modern museum with a variety of specimens that are used both as teaching aids to students and educational tools for the public during outreach programs


Individual departments under KMC are supported by state-of-the-art infrastructure for research and clinical experience.


Laboratories supplement classroom teaching with practicals


Libraries have excellent resources for reference and study


Teaching in hospitals give students hands-on learning

Research & Publications

The areas of research include: Evaluation of histogenesis of various organ systems using fetal tissues. Estimation of subcutaneous fat and fibre distribution and types in the abdominal region and its clinical implications. Effect of DHA and Colin on stress induced behaviour and histological changes in the CNS. • Preventive and protective role of cissus quadrangular is extract on diabetes induced osteopenia and bone loss in osteoporosis- a cellular and molecular evaluation. Cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in curative and prophylactic role of Ceasalpenia Bonduc extracts on Liver toxicity. Use of lead as nanoparticle in traditional medicine - multi-organ approach to evaluate the functional, cellular and molecular alterations. Role of traditional medicinal preparations in wound healing - structural, biomechanical, molecular evaluations use normal and diabetic wound models.