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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
Organization Name Position Held Org Link
United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology     
College of American Pathologists     
American Society for Clinical Pathology  Fellow-at-Large member, Board of Directors   
National Association of Medical Examiners  past president   
American Academy of Forensic Sciences     

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 
Publication PUBMEDID
Aalders MC, Adolphi NL, Daly B. Davis GG, de Boer HH, Decker SJ, Dempers JJ, Ford J, Gerrard CY, Hatch GM, Hofman PA, M. Iino M, Jacobsen C, Klein WM, Kubat B, Leth PM, Mazuchowski EL, Nolte KB, O'Donnell C, Thali MJ, van Rijn RR, Wozniak K. Research in forensic radiology and imaging; Identifying the most important issues. J Forensic Radiology Imaging 2017;8:1-8.   
Davis GG. Pathology and Law: A Practical Guide for the Pathologist. New York (NY): Springer; 2004.   
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. Malpractice: what to do when you are sued. Arch Pathol Lab Med 2006;130(7):975-8.  16831053 
Davis GG. The art of attorney interaction and courtroom testimony. Arch Pathol Lab Med 2006;130(9):1305-8.  16948515 
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 
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 
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;12(3):243-7. Epub 2016 Apr 25.  27114260 
McCleskey BC, Davis GG, Dye DW. Correcting the count: Improving vital statistics data regarding deaths related to obesity. J Forensic Sci 2018;63(4):1155-9.  29139116 
Dye DW, McGwin G Jr, Atherton DS, McCleskey B, Davis GG. Correctly identifying deaths due to drug toxicity without a forensic autopsy. Am J Forensic Med Pathol 2019 Feb 15.  30789365 
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.  31239876 
Davis GG, Cadwallader AB, Fligner CL, Gilson TP, Hall ER, Harshbarger KE, Kronstrand R, Mallak CT, McLemore JL, Middleberg RA, Middleton OL, Nelson LS, Rogalska A, Tonsfeldt E, Walterscheid JP, Winecker RE. Position Paper: Recommendations for the Investigation, Diagnosis, and Certification of Deaths Related to Opioid and Other Drugs. Am J Forensic Med Pathol 2020;41(3):152-7.   32404634 
Medrano NW, Villarreal CL, Mann NC, Price MA, Nolte, KB, MacKenzie, EJ, Bixby P, Eastridge BJ, MIMIC Study Group. Activation and on-scene intervals for severe trauma EMS interventions: An analysis of the NEMSIS database. Prehospital Emergency Care 2023;27(1):46-53.  35363117 

drug abuse, opioid, sudden death, death certification