Forensic Medicine

About the Department

The Department is teaching, both theoretical and practical aspects of, Forensic Medicine, Medical Jurisprudence & Medical Ethics as well as Toxicology to M.B.B.S. students during the Second year of the Course. The aim is to produce a physician who is well informed regarding the law in relation to medical practice and is capable of helping the Criminal Justice System in disbursement of justice.  It is aimed to make students proficient in observing the principles of medical ethics in the practice of their profession. Students are taught to make observations and draw logical inferences from these observations in order to contribute scientifically to enquiries into criminal matters. Knowledge of toxicology enables them to treat poisoning cases.

The Department of Forensic Medicine comprises of two portions having well – designed modern infrastructure. The Teaching Block has demonstration rooms, museum, departmental library and research lab. The Mortuary Block, part of the Hospital Complex, has Morgue for storage and preservation of dead bodies and the Postmortem Room with accessory facilities like waiting room for relatives of the deceased, Inquest room for the police etc.

Head of the Department

Dr. R B Kotabagi is presently working as Professor and Head of the department.  He graduated from Govt. Medical College, Bellary (Karnataka State) in 1977.  He completed his Post Graduation (MD) in Pathology in the year 1986 from Armed Forces Medical College, Pune (Maharashtra) and subsequently MD in Forensic Medicine from T N Medical College & BYL Nair Hospital, Mumbai of Mumbai University in 1996. He is qualified in DNB (Forensic Medicine) in the year 2006.He has attended a Certificate Course in DNA Profiling at CFSL, Kolkata and has been active in the field of Medical Education Technology for 12 years, having been trained at NTTC, JIPMER, Pondicherry in the year 2000.He worked as Asst Prof, Assoc Prof and Professor at AFMC, Pune as well as Raja Rajeswari Medical College & Hospital, Bangalore for 16 years. He is working as Professor of Forensic Medicine in SDM Medical College from 2012 till date.

Teaching Program

The Department of Forensic Medicine is involved in teaching and training of UG and PG students in handling medico-legal cases and conducting Medico-legal Post mortem examinations.

  1. Maled V, B Manjunatha, Patil K, Balaraj BM. The chronology of third molar root mineralization in south Indian population. Medicine, Science and the Law 2014 Jan; 54(1): 28-34.
  2. Rayamane AP, Pradeepkumar MV, Kotabagi RB, Chandrashekaraiah C, Rajaram T, Mahantesh V, Sudden Cardiac Death In Young Adults. Journal of Karnataka Medico-Legal Society. 2013 Jul-Dec; 22(2): 27-33.
  3. Rayamane AP, Patra AP, Pradeepkumar MV, Chandrashekaraiaha CS, Kotabagi RB, Rajaram T. Mysterious Death of a Young Adult. Journal of Indian Academy of Forensic Medicine. 2013 July-Sept; 35(3): 293-295.
  4. Patil K, Trivedi D, Sankaranarayana K. Postmortem blood glucose (BlGlu) level: an attempt to estimate time since death: International Journal of Forensic Practice and Research, 2013; 3(2):
  5. Tubachi J, Myageri R, Magadum A, Patil P, Mewa J, Prashant R. Maxillectomy. In Atlas of Operative Otorhinolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery- Vol 5: 1st edn. Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd, 2013:1475-82
  6. Arun M, Hemanth Kumar RG, Pramod Kumar GN. Chandrakanth HV, Nagesh KR, Menezes RG. Accidental strangulation by a hot belt: an occupational medico-legal Case report. Medico-legal Journal. 2013; 81(Pt 3): 132-4.
  7. Rayamane AP, Chandrashekaraiah, Pradeepkumar, Kotabagi RB, Rajaram T. Sudden cardiac death in an young adult. Journal of Karnataka Medico-Legal Society. 2012 Jul-Dec; 21(2): 41-45.
  8. Maled V, Male S. Red cross emblem its use and misuse. All Ameen Journal Medical Sciences. 2012; 5(1): 3-6.
  9. Maled V. A profile of snake bite cases admitted to a major hospital in Dharwad, Karnataka. Journal of the Indian Society of Toxicology. 2012 July-Dec; 8(2): 38-41.
  10. Chandrakant HV, Arun M, Manjunatha B, Pramodh GN, Hemanth Kumar RG, Balraja BM. Unplanned Complex suicide. International Journal of Medicolegal update, 2012; 12(2): 19-21.
  11. Patil R, Myageri RL, Geetha. Study of antinociceptive effect of paroxetine and elucidation of its mechanism of action in acute pain in albino rats. Drug Interventation Today. 2012; 4(6): 379-80.
  12. Myageri R. A study of fatal industrial accidents brought to Victoria hospital mortuary Bangalore. Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology. 2012; 6(1): 84-5.
  13. Kotabagi RB. Medico legal aspects-gossypiboma. (Letter to Editor) Medical Journal Armed Forces India, 2011; 67(4): 397.
  14. Pramodkumar GN, Maled V, Hemanth Kumar RG, Raghavendrababu YP, Patil D, Balraj BM. Sudden death due to tuberculosis: an enigma. Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine & Pathology. 2011; 4(4): 175-8.
  15. Chandrakant HV, Arun M, Pramodh GN, Ananda Reddy, Hemanth Kumar RG. A Journey to tomb by relishing laddu. International Journal of Medical Toxicology and Legal Medicine, 2010; 18(4): 44-46.
  16. Maled V. Computer forensics: a tool to prevent cyber crime. Journal of South India Medico-legal Association. 2010 Sept; 2(2): 60-63.
  17. Sex differences from finger print ridge density in the Indian population. Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine. 2010; 17(2): 84-86.
  18. International Journal of Medical Toxicology and Legal Medicine. 2010 July-Sept; 13(1): 11-14.
  19. Nithin MD, Balaraj BM, Hemanth Kumar RG. Accidental Fatal Electrocution – A case report. Journal of Karnataka Medico-Legal Society. 2009 Jan-June; 18(1): 27-28.
  20. Pramodkumar GN, Maled V, Hemanth Kumar RG, Raghavendrababu YP, Patil D, Balraj BM. Sudden death due to tuberculosis: An enigma. Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine & Pathology. 2011; 4(4): 175-8.
Dissertations/ Research
  1. 'Sex Determination by Computerized Tomographic study of Foramen Magnum in adults'
    Name of Post Graduate   : Dr. Kiran S. Patil
    Name of the Guide          : Dr. Nageshkumar G. Rao
  2. 'Correlation of Post Mortem study of Cranial Leisons in cases of Fatal Head Injury with Computed Tomographic scan findings, conducted at SDM Medical College and Hospital, Dharwad.'
    Name of Post Graduate   : Dr. Ambuj Jain
    Name of the Guide          : Dr. K. Sankara Narayana
  3. 'Pattern and distribution of skeletal injuries in victims of fatal road traffic accidents'
    Name of Post Graduate   : Dr. Pratibha
    Name of the Guide          : Dr. K. Sankara Narayana
Awards and Achievements
  1. Dr. VenkateshMaled, Assistant Professor, Department of Forensic Medicine won the Best oral Paper Presentation award (faculty) at FORENSICON - 2011 (State Conference) held on 25-11-2011 to 27-11-2011 at K. S. Hegde Medical College, Mangalore.
  2. Dr. Pratibha, PG student, Department of Forensic Medicine won the Best oral Paper Presentation award (PG category) at SIMLA – 2013 (South zone conference) held on 27-09-2013 to 29-09-2013 at Bengaluru Medical College, Bengaluru.
Dr. R B Kotbagi
Professor & HOD
Dr. Venkatesh Maled
Dr. Hemanth Kumar  R G
Associate Professor
Dr. Pratibha
Assistant Professor
Dr. Manjunath S. Patil



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