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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  Clinical Pathology  Forensic Pathology Professor
Secondary  Justice Sciences (Org Ret)  Justice Sciences (Org Ret) Assistant Professor

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); co-chair, annual meeting program (2019-20). American Board of Pathology - Member, Forensic Pathology Test Development and Advisory Committee (2005-12); member, Anatomic Pathology PathLink Test Development and Advisory Committee (2016-present). Association of Pathology Chairs - Co-chair, Autopsy Working Group, Program Directors Section (PRODS) (2014-2016). American Society for Clinical Pathology - Member, Check Sample Committee (2005-11); Chair, ASCP Case Reports Committee (formerly Check Sample Committee) (2011-7); Pathologist at Large member, Board of Directors (2018-present). College of American Pathologists - Member, Forensic Pathology Resource Committee (2007-12); Member, Curriculum Committee (2013-2018). 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); Chair, NAME Expert Panel on Evaluating and Reporting Opioid Deaths (2019-20). 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 (2014-9). Director, Forensic Pathology Training Program, UAB (2004-14); Chair, Clinical Competence Committee, UAB Pathology (2013-16). Editorial Boards, Am J Forensic Med Pathol (1998-present), J Forensic Sciences (2001-2021), 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) (2011-7). author of 74 published papers and 1 book.

Society Memberships
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Research/Clinical Interest
My interest is the application of epidemiology to the practice of forensic pathology, including the cause of sudden death in patients with a history of drug abuse.

Selected Publications 
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drug abuse, opioid, sudden death, death certification