Selected Publications

Academic Article

Year Title Altmetric
2019 Correctly Identifying Deaths Due to Drug Toxicity Without a Forensic Autopsy.American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology2019
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.
  • 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