• Dr. Paul Benson earned his Doctor of Medicine from The Medical College of Ohio at Toledo before serving as a preliminary intern in Internal Medicine at the University of Maryland Medical System. He completed residency training in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at the University of Virginia, and is board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology. After a fellowship in Forensic Pathology at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond, Virginia, Dr. Benson became board certified in Forensic Pathology.

    Dr. Benson taught autopsy and forensic pathology as Assistant Professor at The Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University for two years before returning to Virginia as Assistant Chief Medical Examiner for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Roanoke, where he practiced forensic pathology for six years with teaching appointments at The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Blacksburg, Virginia, and the Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia. In 2014, Dr. Benson was appointed Assistant Professor in Forensic Pathology and Assistant Medical Examiner for Shelby County, Tennessee, at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC)/ West Tennessee Regional Forensic Center in Memphis. As Program Director of the UTHSC Forensic Pathology Fellowship, he re-instated the Forensic Pathology Fellowship training program in Memphis. Benson has performed more than 3,000 autopsies and testified as an expert witness in forensic pathology in state and federal courts more than 100 times. Dr. Benson’s current interests are in teaching autopsy and forensic pathology, developing informatics oriented autopsy reporting and fostering autopsy research collaborations.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2022 A high-resolution 3D atlas of the spectrum of tuberculous and COVID-19 lung lesionsEMBO Molecular Medicine.  14. 2022
    2022 Gastrointestinal Manifestations of COVID-19 Infection: Clinicopathologic Findings in Intestinal Resections Performed at Single InstitutionFrontiers in Medicine.  9. 2022
    2021 Cardiac pathology in COVID-19: a single center autopsy experienceCardiovascular Pathology.  54. 2021
    2021 A postmortem portrait of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic: A large multi-institutional autopsy survey studyArchives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.  145:529-535. 2021
    2021 Spatial mapping of SARS-CoV-2 and H1N1 lung injury identifies differential transcriptional signaturesCell Reports Medicine.  2. 2021
    2021 Positive Retrospective SARS-CoV-2 Testing in a Case of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome of Unknown Etiology.Case Reports in Pulmonology.  2021. 2021
    2021 Use of Telepathology to Facilitate COVID-19 Research and Education through an Online COVID-19 Autopsy Biorepository.Journal of Pathology Informatics.  12:48. 2021
    2021 Use of telepathology to facilitate COVID-19 research and education through an online COVID-19 autopsy biorepositoryJournal of Pathology Informatics.  12. 2021
    2020 Stress-Induced Cardiomyopathy Precipitated by COVID-19 and Influenza A Coinfection.JACC: Case Reports.  2:1356-1358. 2020
    2015 Left ventricular myxoma causing sudden deathAmerican Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology.  36:58-60. 2015
    2011 Sudden Death Due to Ruptured Three-Vessel Giant Coronary Artery Aneurysm in a 28 Year Old Woman with Trisomy 21 2011

    Research Overview

  • Development of informatics oriented autopsy reporting.

    Fostering autopsy research collaborations.
  • Teaching Overview

  • Dr. Benson teaches 3rd and 4th year medical students and pathology residents and fellows autopsy pathology.
    Dr. Benson also teaches interactive pathology labs at UAB School of Medicine including, inflammation, hemodynamics and neoplasia.
  • Education And Training

  • University of Virginia Health System, Residency
  • Doctor of Medicine, Medical College of Ohio 1999
  • Bachelor of Science or Mathematics in Biology / Biological Sciences, Wheeling Jesuit University 1994
  • Full Name

  • Paul Benson