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Department of Forensic Medicine

2minút, 2sekúnd

Trieda SNP 1, 040 11  Košice, Tel./fax: +421 55 622 4275


Forensic Medicine is a medical discipline that is concerned with the determination of the cause of death in cases of sudden and unexpected deaths, the evaluation of violence on individuals, and the determination of the cause and mechanism of death in cases of violent deaths. The main tasks of Forensic Medicine also include the identification of the dead and the living, and the investigation of the living for the purpose of the assessment of injuries in cases of crimes against life and health, evaluation of influence of alcohol and drugs on individuals.

The Department of Forensic Medicine provides education for students of the Faculty of Medicine studying in Slovak and English. Subjects taught at the department are included in the doctoral study programs General Medicine and Dental Medicine and the bachelor study program Laboratory Examination Methods in Healthcare. Within the Certificated Interdisciplinary Course IB1 created by university-wide project RIFIV, the department provides teaching of elective courses available to all undergraduate students, as well as full-time and part-time postgraduate students of Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice. The Department also participates in the teaching of the master’s study program Law at the Faculty of Law.

Teaching staff comprises of forensic doctors who conduct autopsies at the Medico-Legal and Pathological-Anatomical Department of Health Care Surveillance Authority, which is one of the educational bases of the UPJŠ in Košice, Faculty of Medicine, and provides its premises, autopsy rooms, and laboratories for educational purposes. Forensic doctors working at the Department of Forensic Medicine also conduct forensic expert activity for law enforcement authorities as well as physical and legal persons. In addition to that, the department provides assistance in the diagnosis of mushroom poisoning in patients, through microscopic detection of spores.

Research at the Department is focused mainly on the use of immunohistochemistry in selected areas of Forensic Medicine Areas of focus include morphological findings and postmortem changes in liveborn and stillborn infants, and in sudden deaths in children and adults, and the examination of human skeletal remains. The Department collaborates with other clinical and theoretical departments of our university as well as with institutions outside the university sector. In cooperation with the non-profit organization Filia, the Department is engaged in drug prevention.


Working hours

doc. MUDr. Silvia Farkašová Iannaccone, PhD.
Head of the Department of Forensic Medicine

Monday: 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

The appointment is to be arranged with secretary of the department.
Tel.: (+421 55) 234 3450



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