Department of Legal Medicine

Head of the Department: Akira Kurosu MD, PhD

Message from the Head of the Department

     Since we have been in charge of medicolegal autopsies in Tochigi and Ibaraki prefectures, we have conducted a wide range of basic and clinical research, including medical research and case studies on trauma, sudden death, and toxicokinetics, as well as technical research on auxiliary diagnostic technics that contribute to the determination of the cause of death. In addition, from the standpoint of social medicine, we promote preventive medicine for accidents and crimes by utilizing the knowledge and experience we have gained through medicolegal autopsies, and we also provide consultation services for forensic issues from physicians in various medical departments.


1. Research field
・Pathophysiology of sudden cardiac death
・Analysis of cause of death in fire
・Traffic injury analysis
・Preventive medicine for external causes of death
・Pharmacokinetic analysis of drugs of abuse
・Personal identification

2. Education
School of Medicine:

1st year Problem-Based Learning Tutorial I
Liberal Studies
2nd year Problem-Based Learning Tutorial II
3rd year Medical Research Laboratory Course
4th year Legal Medicine
Legal Medicine Laboratory Course
License Exam Case Studies (or Clinical Reasoning)
6th year Public Health (Legal Medicine)

School of Nursing:

2nd year Bioethics

Academic Society Activities

Japanese Society of Legal Medicine


Professor: Akira Kurosu, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor: Shinobu Yamauchi, PhD
Technician: Yumie Tsunoda
Technician: Chie Yasuno
Technician: Rika Maeno
Technician: Momoko Masuda
Technician: Kozue Ochiai


Department of Legal medicine
Dokkyo Medical University
Kitakobayashi 880, Mibu, Shimotsuga, Tochigi, 321-0293 Japan