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Faculty Detail    
Professor of Pathology
Director of Forensic Division
Campus Address CGH 220
Phone  205-930-3603
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Undergraduate  Vanderbilt University    1983  B.A. 
Medical School  Vanderbilt University    1987  M.D. 
Residency  Vanderbilt University    1992  Pathology (AP/CP) 
Fellowship  San Diego County Medical Examiner Office    1993  Forensic Pathology 
Graduate  University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health    2001  M.S.P.H 

American Board of Pathology - Anatomic and Clinical Pathology  1993 
American Board of Pathology - Forensic Pathology  1994 

Faculty Appointment(s)
Appointment Type Department Division Rank
Primary  Pathology   Forensic Pathology Professor
Secondary  Social Behavioral Sci Dean's Office  Justice Sciences (Org Ret) Assistant Professor

Graduate Biomedical Sciences Affiliations
Molecular and Cellular Pathology Program 

Biographical Sketch 
American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS)
Program Director, Scientific Sessions, Pathology/Biology Section (2000-1); Chair, Path/Bio Section (2003-4); Member, Board of Trustees, Forensic Sciences Foundation (2009-13); Member, Board of Directors, AAFS (2011-6); recipient, Pathology/Biology Section Milton Helpern Award (2016).

American Board of Pathology - Member, Forensic Pathology Test Development and Advisory Committee (2005-12).

Association of Pathology Chairs - Co-chair, Autopsy Working Group, Program Directors Section (PRODS) (2014-present).

American Society for Clinical Pathology - Member, Check Sample Committee (2005-11); Chair, ASCP Case Reports Committee (formerly Check Sample Committee) (2011-present).

College of American Pathologists - Member, Forensic Pathology Resource Committee (2007-12); Member, Curriculum Committee (2013-present)

National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME)
Member, Death Subcommittee, Panel to Evaluate U.S. Standard Certificates for National Center for Health Statistics, 1998-9 revision (represented NAME); Chair, Subcommittee for Journal of NAME (2003-13); Member, Board of Directors, NAME (2005-10); NAME Chair, NAME and American College of Medical Toxicology Expert Panel on Evaluating and Reporting Opioid Deaths (2012-3); Vice-President, NAME (2013); President, NAME (2014); Chair of Board of Directors, NAME (2015); recipient, Outstanding Service Award (2016).

Member, Board of Overseers, SUDEP Institute (2013-present)

Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC)
Chair, Crime Scene/Death Investigation Scientific Area Committee and member, Forensic Science Standards Board, National Institute of Standards and Technology (2014-present)

Director, Forensic Pathology Training Program, UAB (2004-14); Chair, Clinical Competence Committee, UAB Pathology (2013-present).

Editorial Boards, Am J Forensic Med Pathol (1998-present), J Forensic Sciences (2001-present), Forensic Sci Med Pathol (2007-present), Acad Forensic Pathol (2011-5); co-editor, ASCP Check Sample series on forensic pathology (2005-11); Executive Editor, ASCP Case Reports series (formerly Check Sample) (2011-present).

author of 68 published papers and 1 book.

Society Memberships
Organization Name Position Held Org Link
American Academy of Forensic Sciences     
American Society for Clinical Pathology  Executive Editor, ASCP Case Reports   
College of American Pathologists  member, Curriculum Committee   
National Association of Medical Examiners  past president   
United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology     

Research/Clinical Interest
My interest is the application of epidemiology to the study and practice of forensic pathology, including the cause of sudden death in patients with a history of drug abuse. I also consult with the Crash Injury Research Engineering Network (CIREN) program at UAB concerning injuries caused by motor vehicle wrecks.

Selected Publications 
Publication PUBMEDID
Ellis A, McGwin G Jr, Davis GG, Dye DW. Identifying cases of heroin toxicity where 6-acetylmorphine (6-AM) is not detected by toxicological analyses. Forensic Sci Med Pathol 2016; Apr 25. [Epub ahead of print].  27114260 
Atherton DS, Devinsky O, Hesdorffer DC, Wright C, Davis GG. Implications of death certification on Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) research. Acad Forensic Pathol 2016;6(1):96-102.   
Inusah S, Griffin RL, Gorman EF, Davis GG, McGwin G Jr. The association between laminectomy and drug overdose deaths: a matched case-control study. Acad Forensic Pathol 2015;5(4):662-6.   
Atherton DS, McGwin G Jr, Davis GG. Comparison of the distribution of skull fractures by mechanism of formation. Acad Forensic Pathol 2015;5(2):338-43.   
Cain MD, Park SL, Robinson CA, Davis GG. Creation of a queriable toxicology database available to forensic pathologists. Acad Forensic Pathol 2015;5(2):300-5.   
Cain MD, Robinson CA, Park SL, Davis GG. Computer extraction of data from autopsy and toxicology reports. Acad Forensic Pathol 2015;5(2):291-9.   
Davis GG, Baker AM. Overview of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees. Acad Forensic Pathol 2014;4(4):474-9.   
Griffin RL, Davis GG, Levitan EB, Maclennan PA, Redden DT, McGwin G Jr. The effect of previous traumatic injury on homicide risk. J Forensic Sci. 2014 Feb 19. doi: 10.1111/1556-4029.12416. [Epub ahead of print]  24673555 
Davis GG, National Association of Medical Examiners and American College of Medical Toxicology Expert Panel on Evaluating and Reporting Opioid Deaths. National Association of Medical Examiners Position Paper: Recommendations for the Investigation, Diagnosis, and Certification of Deaths Related to Opioid Drugs. Acad Forensic Pathol 2013;3(1):77-83. See also republication in J Med Toxicol 2014;10(1):100-6.  24132519 
Davis GG, National Association of Medical Examiners and American College of Medical Toxicology Expert Panel on Evaluating and Reporting Opioid Deaths. Recommendations for the Investigation, Diagnosis, and Certification of Deaths Related to Opioid Drugs. Acad Forensic Pathol 2013;3(1):62-76.   
Gruszecki AC, McGwin G Jr, Robinson CA, Davis GG. The relationship of drug abuse to unexplained sudden death. Arch Pathol Lab Med 2008;132(12):1903-6.  19061287 
Gruszecki AC, Booth J, Davis GG. The predictive value of history and scene investigation for toxicology results in a medical examiner population. Am J Forensic Med Pathol 2007;28(2):103-6.  17525557 
Davis GG. The art of attorney interaction and courtroom testimony. Arch Pathol Lab Med 2006;130(9):1305-8.  16948515 
Davis GG. Malpractice: what to do when you are sued. Arch Pathol Lab Med 2006;130(7):975-8.  16831053 
Davis GG, McGwin G Jr. Comparison of heart mass in seizure patients dying of sudden unexplained death in epilepsy to sudden death due to some other cause. Am J Forensic Med Pathol 2004;25(1):23-8.  15075684 
Davis GG. Pathology and Law: A Practical Guide for the Pathologist. New York (NY): Springer; 2004.   

drug abuse, sudden death, automobile injuries