Positions

Overview

  • I am an Assistant Professor in the Division of Forensics. My clinical duties are primarily fulfilled as an Associate Coroner/Medical Examiner for Jefferson County. I am also active in the education and training of fellows, residents, and medical students.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2020 Pharmacies and features of the built environment associated with opioid overdose: A geospatial comparison of rural and urban regions in Alabama, USAInternational Journal of Drug Policy.  79. 2020
    2019 Correctly identifying deaths due to drug toxicity without a forensic autopsyAmerican Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology.  40:99-101. 2019
    2018 Correcting the Count: Improving Vital Statistics Data Regarding Deaths Related to ObesityJournal of Forensic Sciences.  63:1155-1159. 2018
    2017 Increased troponin I is associated with fatal outcome in acquired thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpuraJournal of Clinical Apheresis.  32:311-318. 2017
    2017 The significance of lymphovascular invasion of the spermatic cord in the absence of cord soft tissue invasionArchives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.  141:824-829. 2017
    2017 Paraneoplastic Panel Orders in the Context of an Existing Utilization Management Strategy.American Journal of Clinical Pathology.  147:S162-S163. 2017
    2017 The Value of Outsourcing Selected Cases in a Medical Examiner Population: A 10-Year ExperienceJournal of Forensic Sciences.  62:99-102. 2017
    2016 Establishing an institutional therapeutic apheresis registryJournal of Clinical Apheresis.  31:516-522. 2016
    2016 Review of Postmortem Interval Estimation Using Vitreous Humor: Past, Present, and FutureAcademic Forensic Pathology.  6:12-18. 2016
    2015 GATA3 expression in advanced breast cancer: Prognostic value and organ-specific relapseAmerican Journal of Clinical Pathology.  144:756-763. 2015
    2013 Peering into the future: Hepcidin testingAmerican Journal of Hematology.  88:976-978. 2013
    2013 Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura does not show seasonal variation in AlabamaTransfusion.  53:1864-1865. 2013
    1989 Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura in systemic sclerosis.Journal of Rheumatology.  16:1400-1401. 1989

    Research Overview

  • My current research interests are focused on assessing the significance of conditions which are not traditionally captured on electronic death certificates such as obesity, chronic substance use disorders, and other mental health illnesses. I’ve established a system within our office to strengthen the patient-doctor relationship in forensic pathology by increasing communication with the families of decedents. These efforts are on-going and require a daily commitment to our community. As an additional service to decedents’ families, I am focused on educating clinicians about death certification as well as notifying clinicians (currently, within the UAB system) of their patient’s death.
  • Teaching Overview

  • I serve as the Director of Longitudinal Pathology Curriculum for the Department of Undergraduate Medical Education. My goal is to standardize pathology education across the preclinical years. I serve in many leadership roles within the residency training program and teach residents on the Forensic Pathology rotation. I also serve as the Assistant Program Director for the Forensic Pathology Fellowship.
  • Education And Training

  • University of Alabama at Birmingham Pathology, Chief Resident 2016
  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Arkansas 2012
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham Pathology, Residency 2016
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham Pathology, Postdoctoral Fellowship 2017
  • Full Name

  • Brandi McCleskey