The Bexar County Medical Examiner's Office (BCMEO), located in San Antonio, Texas, is accredited by the National Association of Medical Examiners, the American Board of Forensic Toxicology, and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.
The primary function of the Medical Examiner's Office is to investigate the deaths of all individuals in Bexar County who die suddenly, violently, and unexpectedly, in order to determine the cause and manner of death in these cases. The Medical Examiner's Office conducts scene investigations and interviews witnesses, attending physicians, relatives, and police. Based on the information gathered, a decision is made as to whether the case is a Medical Examiner case and whether an autopsy needs to be performed. Body fluids and tissue are analyzed by the Toxicology Section to determine the presence or absence of poisons, drugs, or other chemicals.
In order to support these functions, the BCMEO is divided into six (6) sections: the Medical Examiner section, the Administrative section; the Investigative section; the Morgue/Autopsy section; the Toxicology section; and the Office Services section.
Visit the BCMEO Sections page for details on the responsibilities of each section.
The Bexar County Medical Examiner's Office (BCMEO) was the first Medical Examiner's Office in the State of Texas. Though the law allowing for a Medical Examiner System was put into place in May of 1955, it was not until December of 1955, following a high-profile accident, the Bexar County Commissioners Court authorized the County Auditor to include in the 1956 budget monies to be used to defray the salary and office expenses of the Medical Examiner. On April 2, 1956, the Commissioners Court appointed Dr. Robert Hausman as the first Medical Examiner effective July 1, 1956. In addition, Dr. Hausman was authorized an assistant and a secretary.
From there the Bexar County Medical Examiner's Office continued to grow, and still continues to grow today, as the size of Bexar County's population increases. The full history of the BCMEO can be found on the BCMEO History page.