Forensic Medicine - VIMS

Forensic Medicine

Forensic Medicine, Toxicology and Medical Ethics

Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology at Vydehi is fully tuned to the study, application and subsequently judicious use of all the areas of medical and human body knowledge primarily aimed at assisting the law. Generally this requires a dedicated team of skilled personnel in carrying out routine services of autopsy, clinical cases examinations followed by proper reporting and  dealing with any other medicolegal matter where opinion is sought by the investigating agency which is the Police Force in India.

Side by side with this there are educational programmes at undergraduate and post graduate levels, wherein a detail curricular teaching consisting of both theoretical and practical aspects are routinely done. Forensic Medicine, Forensic Pathology, Medical & Health Ethics, introduction to Legal aspects of medical care, Toxicology are major areas of teaching for MBBS in this department.. MD in Forensic Medicine and Toxicology course at the post-graduate level is also undertaken. All courses presently available and likely to be developed in future are/would be – as per National Medical Council and Medical Council of India directives and affiliated to Rajiv Gandhi University Of Health Sciences.

An undergraduate class in progress

Continuing Research work by the post-graduates guided by the faculty, research undertakings by the faculty and joint & collaborative research projects with other departments/agencies are part of responsibilities of our department.


Teaching Faculty – Prof. Jagadeesh N  , Dr Padmini Hannah Noone, Dr Fairoz Khan, Dr. Prabeesh Y, Dr.Karen Harshitha.

Non teaching faculty – Mr Manjanna KM, Mr Prabhu R ,Mr Sudharshan, and Mrs Manjula, Mr. Subbaiah, Ms Supriya, Mr.Chiranjeevi, Mr.Stephenson, Mr.Mahadev, Mr.Rudrappa


Continuing Medical Education activities are carried out focused at developing skill, knowledge and attitude in recent developments.

In association with Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology &  Microbiology  , Vydehi Dental College , a CME on Forensic Odontology was conducted on 7th February 2015.Dr Asith  B. Acharya Forensic Odontologist & Dr S Venkata Raghava a senior Forensic Pathologist were guest speakers.


Opening ceremony

Guest speaker Dr. S. Venkataraghava

Guest speakers Dr. Asith Acharaya & Dr. S.Venkatara-ghava judging the posters


The XVII State level Conference of Karnataka Medico Legal Society – FORENSICON 2009 was held at Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Whitefield, Bangalore from 13th to 15th November, 2009. The theme of the conference was, “Current trends in Medicolegal Practice”. The three wings of crime investigation – Forensic experts, Police and Advocates met for three days to discuss the intricacies of medico legal issues and came out with resolutions to pursue further . The conference was inaugurated at 2 PM on 13th November by Chief guest Sri Ramachandra Gowda, Honourable Minister of Medical Education, Government of Karnataka. The Guests of Honour were Sri. Omprakash, Additional Director General of Police ( Crime and Technical Services), Sri D.A Srinivas, Director, Srinivasa Trust and Smt.D.A.Kalpaja, Director, Vydehi Group of Institutions. The Organising Chairperson was Dr (Smt) S. Kantha, Advisor, Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences, Bangalore. On 14th November there was a Panel discussion on “ Ethical, Social and Legal Issues of Medicolegal Cases”. The panelists were Sri Sadashivamurthy, Director of Prosecutions & Government Litigations, Sri.B.N.S.Reddy, Deputy Commissioner of Police( South East), Dr.Harish.S, Prof & HOD Forensic Medicine, M.S.Ramaiah Medical College, Sri.K.N.Ashwatha Narayana Reddy, Ex-Councilor & Local leader . The moderator was Dr.Jagadeesh.N, Organising Secretary, President of KAMLS and Professor of Forensic Medicine, Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences, Bangalore. Some of the invited sessions were – Newer Frontiers in Forensic Medicine and Toxicology – By Dr.V.V.Pillay, Cadaver Organ Transplanatation, Challenges faced- By Dr.Devadass.P.K, Current Judicial Interpretation of Medical Negligence/ Deficiency of Service – By Dr.Joga Rao, Recent advances in bitemark analysis and interpretation- By Dr.Ashith Acharya, Intricacies in interpretation of firearm injuries – By Dr.Pradeep Kumar.G, Research ethics pertinent to Forensic Medicine – By Dr.Vina Vaswani, Digital Autopsy: A complementary tool for Forensic Pathologist – By Dr.Pramod.G.Bagali, Presentation of Journal Club – By Dr.Yoganarasimha.K. Apart from these there were lots of innovative sessions, free paper sessions, poster sessions and quiz programmes. More than 300 delegates from all across Southern states of India actively participated in this conference.


 Dept of Forensic Medicine hosted a student symposium on the topic “The Role of Doctors in Society” on 07-03-18 from 01:45pm to 03:45pm in seminar hall, ground floor, college block. The students of V term and VI term MBBS actively participated in the symposium. The student speakers were Ms. Vinutha.V, Ms. Harshini, Ms. Harunya, Ms. Amruthavarshini, Ms. Anupama, Ms. Syed Umar Farooq, Ms.Tejal, Mr. Karthik Alagappan students discussed past, present, future of role of doctors in society with Ethical reasoning, Legal solutions and Social implications. Many faculty members, postgraduates and other undergraduate students who participated in the student symposium gave a favorable feedback that it indeed enriched their knowledge, reinforced themselves to the need for attitudinal changes and refining their skills. The students were ably guided by all the faculty of the department in this academic event.

Various debates, quizzes, seminars, group discussions were conducted for the students. Mock court room skits were also conducted. Students from other institutions pursuing pre university courses, have come to visit the department, mortuary  and museum.