The forensic pathologist performs autopsies to determine the cause of a death; such as, examining a bullet wound to the head, exsanguination, strangulation, etc. and the manner of a death (including homicide, accident, natural, or suicide).
Forensic pathologists also work closely with the coroner (England and Wales) or medical examiner (United States). The examination of dead bodies (autopsy or post mortem) is a subset of anatomical pathology.
Forensic pathologists are often also known as forensic medical examiners or police surgeons.