Private Autopsy Services

Virginia Pathology and Autopsy Services cares about the families we serve. Our professionals are much sought after not only for their expert pathology skills, but for their compassion and respect for the deceased and their families during the very emotional and vulnerable times following the loss of a loved one.

  • Any death, apparently natural, but also mysterious or unexpected and not otherwise subject to a forensic medical jurisdiction.
  • The unexplained or unexpected death, occurring or following any medical, surgical or dental diagnostic procedure or therapy.
  • A hospital death where the patient died within 24 hours of admission, or a person is pronounced dead on arrival at a hospital.
  • Any case where autopsy results can help family come to an understanding about the death, allay fears and doubt and help facilitate closure.
  • Any case in which an autopsy can help the attending physician understand the causes of unknown and/or unanticipated complications.
  • Any case where the cause of death or a major diagnosis is unknown.
  • Any obstetric death.
  • Any death where an autopsy could reveal a known or suspected illness that may factor into the well being of survivors or transplanted organ recipients.
  • Any death where environmental or occupational hazards were present or suspected.
  • Any death where there is a need to document inherited diseases such as colon cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer's, etc.
  • Any death where the family is considering litigation.
  • Any death when the family plans to cremate.
Private Pathology Services

Virginia Pathology and Autopsy Services
Director: Maritza Romero-Gutierrez, MD
P.O. Box 304
Locust Grove, VA 22508

Edward Brown, MHA (ASCP), Pathology Assistant
Stephen DeSimone, Autopsy Manager
Phone:  (703)725-7979 or (540)935-1146