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Amala Institute of Medical Sciences

(NABH Accredited and ISO 9001 2015 Certified)

Amala Nagar PO, Thrissur, Kerala, INDIA - 680555


The department imparts training to MBBS students in Forensic Medicine during the second phase of the course during 3rd, 4th and 5th semesters. Post Graduate scholars of Pathology are also trained in medico legal case handling and autopsy dissection techniques. Department also carries out interns' training on a regular basis.


The department museum displays photos, charts, X-rays, wet specimen, plant poisons, venomous and non venomous snakes, clay models, skeleton, bones and weapons including firearms and cartridges and sharp and blunt weapons. Crime scene models are added attraction. Facilities for demonstrating moot court to students are made available. Demonstration room, Practical hall and Research room are also available. The department Library has more than 170 text books and 120 numbers of national and international journals. The Autopsy Hall has two autopsy tables and facilities for conducting medico legal autopsies. Cold chamber to preserve 4 dead bodies is available. More cold chambers are in the process of being mounted.

Undergraduate Education:

The broad goal of teaching undergraduate students in Forensic Medicine is to produce a physician well informed of medico legal responsibilities and the principles of medical ethics in practice of his profession. The teaching-learning process includes lectures, demonstrations, seminars, group discussions, integrated teaching and demonstration of moot court. Students undergo autopsy training batch wise, on regular basis, during the month of August, in one of the Governement Medical Colleges in Karnataka state.

Other Services provided:

The department of Forensic Medicine provides consultancy services to the doctors in clinical medico legal work in the collegiate hospital.

Future Projects:

The department is all set to conduct medico legal autopsies. The Government sanction for the same is awaited.

Faculty Details

NameDesignationQualificationPost PG
Date of Birth 
Dr. Joseph T JohnProfessor and HODMD Forensic Medicine 198531 years 01-11-1954Profile
Dr. Thomas ZachariahAssociate ProfessorMD Forensic Medicine 1993, DCH 20063 Years 29-05-1955Profile
Dr. Ajin JosephAssistant ProfessorMD Forensic Medicine 2020 26-05-1989Profile
Dr. Neeraja BSenior ResidentMD Forensic Medicine Profile
Dr. Rohan ATutorMBBS 2018 16-10-1993Profile
Dr. Vinoop VijayaraghavanTutorMBBS 2015 15-01-1987Profile

Dr. Joseph T John

MBBS and MD (Forensic Medicine) from Calicut Medical College in 1985. Previous Positions: Tutor and Deputy Police Surgeon (1985 to 1988) at Medical College, Thrissur. Assistant Professor and Deputy Police Surgeon (1988 to 1996) at Medical Colleges, Thrissur, Kottayam and Kozhikode. Associate Professor and Deputy Police Surgeon (1996 to 2004) at Medical Colleges, Thrissur, Alappuzha and Calicut and Academy of Medical Sciences, Pariyaram. Professor and Police Surgeon (2004 to 2007) at Medical College, Kozhikode. Head of Forensic Medicine (2004) at Medical College, Thrissur. Awards such as : 1. Best Scientific Paper Award for scientific paper "Diagnosis of Amniotic Fluid Embolism in Dead Body Exhumed Ten Days after Death - A Case Report" - XV National Conference of Indian Academy of Forensic Medicine, February 1994, Amritsar. 2. Best Young Scientist for Year 1996, awarded by Medicolegal Society, HO.AIIMS, New Delhi. 3. Best Teacher IInd MBBS conferred on 24-06-2003 by Parent Teacher Association, Medical College, Thrissur as voted by MBBS Students. Memberships in : Editor, Medico Legal Bulletin, 1996 to 2004 and Journal of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, 1997. Executive Member, Indian Academy of Forensic Medicine, 1998-2000. Faculty, Community Health Professions' Educational Program, Medical College, Thrissur - 2003. President, Kerala Medico Legal Society - 2004-06. Secretary, Kerala Government Medical College Teachers Association, Medical College, Thrissur, 1985 and Calicut Medical College Alumni Association, 1996 to 1999. Vice President, Calicut Medical College Alumni Association, 2000-01.Head of office, Amala Institute of Medical Sciences, Alumni Association, 2012 onwards.

Dr. M R Chandran

MBBS from Armed Forces Medical College, Pune. MD (Forensic Medicine) from Calicut Medical College. LL.B. from Government Law College, Calicut. Previous Positions : Director of Medical Education, Kerala State (2003-04). Kerala State Medico Legal Expert & Consultant (1999-2001). Principal, Medical Colleges - Thrissur, Pariyaram and Kozhikode (2001, 2002 and 2003). Vice Principal, Amala Institute of Medical Sciences, Thrissur (2004-2007). Professor and Head of Forensic Medicine, Medical College, Calicut (1996-2001). Professor and Head of Forensic Medicine, Amala Institute of Medical Sciences, Thrissur (2004-2009). Awards Secured : 1. State Award for the Best Doctor in Medical Education Department - 1999. 2. Calicut University Best Teacher Award - 2000. 3. Man of Millennium in Forensic Medicine - Award from the Medico Legal Society of AIIMS, New Delhi, 2001. 4. Rotary Vocational Excellence Award - 2002. Memberships: 1. Appropriate Authority - Organ Transplantation (Kerala) (2003-04). 2. Inspector, Medical Council of India (1993 and 2002). 3. Member, Governing Body of ICMR (2002). 4. Vice President, Indian Academy of Forensic Medicine (1998). 5. President, Kerala Medico Legal Society (1999-2000).

Dr.Thomas Zachariah

MBBS from TD Medical College, Aleppey, and MD (Forensic Medicine) and DCH from Medical College, Calicut. Assistant Insurance Medical Officer in Government Insurance Medical Services Department from 1991 to 2011. Assistant Professor of Forensic Medicine in Al Azhar Medical College,Thodupuzha from 2014 to 2016. Assistant Professor of Forensic Medicine in Amala Institute of Medical Sciences from 01-06-2016 onwards.

Dr. Francis Bastian K

MBBS from Sree Balaji Medical College and Hospital, Chennai. Joined Amala Institute of Medical Sciences as Tutor in Forensic Medicine on 01-01-2016.


Zachariah T, John JT. Major Predisposing Factors Influencing the Suicide by Hanging: A Retrospective Study from a Tertiary Care Government Hospital in Kerala State, South India.Int J Contemp Med Res.2019;6:A5-A7.

Thomas Zachariah. Association of respiratory tract infection among children presented with or without anaemia: a retrospective study. Int. J Contemp Med Res. 2019;6(4):D1-D3.

CME / Workshop / Quiz

Name of CME Theme/Subject Date of Conduct
CME (State Level) Legal Updates on Medical Practice 19th December 2020
Clinical Forensic Medicine CME 2012 Clinical Forensic Medicine 08-12-2012

Award / Prizes

Name of Receiver Type of Award Award Provider Year      

Title of research paper, if applicable

Dr.Joseph.T.John Best Teacher IInd MBBS PTA Medical College,Trichur 2004 NA
Dr.Joseph.T.John Best Young Scientist Medico Legal Society,AIIMS,Delhi 1996