Positions

Overview

  • Gregory G. Davis graduated from Vanderbilt Medical School and trained in pathology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN, followed by a fellowship in forensic pathology at the San Diego County Medical Examiner Office in San Diego, CA. Dr. Davis then joined the faculty at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he currently serves as a Professor and as Director of the Forensic Division of the Department of Pathology. Dr. Davis also serves as Chief Coroner/Medical Examiner for Jefferson County, Alabama, the county in which Birmingham is located. Dr. Davis has earned a Master of Science in Public Health from the UAB School of Public Health. His research interest is the application of epidemiology to the study and practice of forensic pathology, especially drug abuse. He has published 74 peer-reviewed manuscripts, including serving as lead author on the 2013 opioid position paper of the National Association of Medical Examiners. At the request of the National Association of Medical Examiners Dr. Davis leads the 2019 update of the Association's opioid position paper. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Forensic Sciences and Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology. Dr. Davis is a Fellow At-Large Director on the Board of Directors of the American Society for Clinical Pathology and a past president of the National Association of Medical Examiners. He currently chairs the Crime Scene/Death Investigation Scientific Area Committee within the Organization of Scientific Area Committees of the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2019 Correctly Identifying Deaths Due to Drug Toxicity Without a Forensic Autopsy. 2019
    2018 Correcting the Count: Improving Vital Statistics Data Regarding Deaths Related to Obesity 2018
    2018 Report and Recommendations of the Association of Pathology Chairs' Autopsy Working Group. 2018
    2017 A survey of medical examiner death certification of vignettes on death in epilepsy: Gaps in identifying SUDEP 2017
    2017 Expert witness testimony: Overview and recommendations based on a professional experience 2017
    2017 Research in forensic radiology and imaging; Identifying the most important issues 2017
    2016 Identifying cases of heroin toxicity where 6-acetylmorphine (6-AM) is not detected by toxicological analyses 2016
    2016 Review of Postmortem Interval Estimation Using Vitreous Humor: Past, Present, and Future. 2016
    2016 Implications of death certification on Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) research 2016
    2015 The Association between Laminectomy and Drug Overdose Deaths: A Matched Case-Control Study 2015
    2015 Comparison of the Distribution of Cranial Fractures by Mechanism of Formation 2015
    2015 Computer Extraction of Data from Autopsy and Toxicology Reports 2015
    2015 Creation of a Queryable Toxicology Database Available to Forensic Pathologists 2015
    2014 Overview of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees 2014
    2014 Principles for Sound Scientific Writing 2014
    2014 Complete republication: National Association of Medical Examiners position paper: Recommendations for the investigation, diagnosis, and certification of deaths related to opioid drugs. 2014
    2014 The effect of previous traumatic injury on homicide risk 2014
    2014 The effect of trauma care on the temporal distribution of homicide mortality in Jefferson County, Alabama 2014
    2013 State Variation in Certifying Manner of Death and Drugs Involved in Drug Intoxication Deaths 2013
    2013 National Association of Medical Examiners Position Paper: Recommendations for the Investigation, Diagnosis, and Certification of Deaths Related to Opioid Drugs 2013
    2013 Recommendations for the Investigation, Diagnosis, and Certification of Deaths Related to Opioid Drugs 2013
    2012 Tattoo frequency and types among homicides and other deaths, 2007-2008: A matched case-control study 2012
    2012 Drug abuse: Newly-Emerging drugs and trends 2012
    2012 Forensic toxicology. 2012
    2011 Study of vitreous potassium correlation with time since death in the postmortem range from 2 to 110 hours using capillary ion analysis 2011
    2011 Scientific Inquiry — Conceiving and Testing Hypotheses 2011
    2010 Hyperthermia deaths among children in parked vehicles: An analysis of 231 fatalities in the United States, 1999-2007 2010
    2009 Check Sample Abstracts. 2009
    2009 Reassessment of the tri-modal mortality distribution in the presence of a regional trauma system. 2009
    2008 The relationship of drug abuse to unexplained sudden death 2008
    2007 The predictive value of history and scene investigation for toxicology results in a medical examiner population 2007
    2006 The art of attorney interaction and courtroom testimony 2006
    2006 Malpractice in pathology: What to do when you are sued 2006
    2005 Unexplained sudden death and the likelihood of drug abuse 2005
    2004 Investigation of elderly deaths in nursing homes by the medical examiner over a year 2004
    2004 A comparison of three sources of data on child homicide 2004
    2004 Comparison of heart Mass in Seizure Patients Dying of Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy to Sudden Death due to Some Other Cause 2004
    2004 Preexisting conditions and mortality in older trauma patients 2004
    2003 Investigation of Long-Term Care Deaths Within a Medical Examiner System 2003
    2003 Epidemiology of child homicide in Jefferson County, Alabama 2003
    2003 Pelvic trauma in rapidly fatal motor vehicle accidents 2003
    2003 Diagnosis of sudden unexplained death in epilepsy by immunohistochemical staining for prolactin in cerebral vessels 2003
    2003 Death during theft from electric utilities 2003
    2002 Epidemiology of fatal occupational injuries in Jefferson County, Alabama 2002
    2002 A review of methadone deaths in Jefferson County, Alabama 2002
    2002 Analysis of the incidence of pelvic trauma in fatal automobile accidents 2002
    2002 Occupational electrocutions in Jefferson County, Alabama 2002
    2001 Hypothermia deaths in Jefferson County, Alabama 2001
    2001 Pigmented cardiac paraganglioma 2001
    2001 Case report of sudden death after a blow to the back of the neck 2001
    2001 Report on the 2003 revision of the U.S. Standard Certificate of Death 2001
    2000 Correlation of the incidence of cocaine and cocaethylene in hair and postmortem biologic samples 2000
    2000 A review of crane deaths in Jefferson County, Alabama 2000
    2000 The April 8, 1998 Tornado: Assessment of the trauma system response and the resulting injuries 2000
    1999 Methamphetamine as a risk factor for acute aortic dissection 1999
    1999 Methamphetamine as a risk factor for acute aortic dissection 1999
    1998 Comparison of anti-epileptic drug levels in different cases of sudden death 1998
    1998 A 15 year retrospective review of homicide in the elderly 1998
    1998 A review of carisoprodol deaths in Jefferson County, Alabama 1998
    1998 Fatal multiple drug intoxication following acute sertraline use 1998
    1997 A 15-year review of railway-related deaths in Jefferson County, Alabama 1997
    1997 Mind your manners Part I: History of death certification and manner of death classification 1997
    1996 The incidence of acute cocaine or methamphetamine intoxication in deaths due to ruptured cerebral (berry) aneurysms 1996
    1994 Acute aortic dissections and ruptured berry aneurysms associated with methamphetamine abuse 1994
    1994 Adenovirus myocarditis: Retrospective diagnosis by gene amplification from formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissues 1994
    1992 Plasmacytic differentiation in parafollicular (monocytoid) B-cell lymphoma: A study of 12 cases 1992
    1989 Maternal brain death and prolonged fetal survival 1989
    1986 The formation of plasma membrane blebs in hepatocytes exposed to agents that increase cytosolic Ca 2+ is mediated by the activation of a non-lysosomal proteolytic system 1986
    1985 Purification and characterization of the human liver cytochromes P-450 involved in debrisoquine 4-hydroxylation and phenacetin O-deethylation, two prototypes for genetic polymorphism in oxidative drug metabolism 1985

    Book

    Year Title Altmetric
    2012 Pathology and Law A Practical Guide for the Pathologist 2012

    Chapter

    Year Title Altmetric
    2012 Forensic Pathology - The Roles of Molecular Diagnostics and Radiology at Autopsy.  102-130. 2012

    Research Overview

  • The application of epidemiology to the study and practice of forensic pathology, especially drug abuse.
  • Teaching Activities

  • 48-402 - FORENSIC PATHOLOGY (Spring Term 2013) 2013
  • 48-402 - FORENSIC PATHOLOGY (Spring Term 2013) 2013
  • 48-402 - FORENSIC PATHOLOGY (Fall Term 2012) 2012
  • 48-402 - FORENSIC PATHOLOGY (Fall Term 2012) 2012
  • 48-402 - FORENSIC PATHOLOGY (Spring Term 2012) 2012
  • 48-402 - FORENSIC PATHOLOGY (Spring Term 2012) 2012
  • OBHS121 - Fundamentals of Dent and Opt 2 (Fall Term 2011) 2011
  • 48-402 - FORENSIC PATHOLOGY (Spring Term 2011) 2011
  • 48-402 - FORENSIC PATHOLOGY (Fall Term 2010) 2010
  • 48-402 - FORENSIC PATHOLOGY (Fall Term 2010) 2010
  • 95-404 - FORENSIC PATHOLOGY (Fall Term 2010) 2010
  • 95-404 - FORENSIC PATHOLOGY (Spring Term 2010) 2010
  • 48-402 - FORENSIC PATHOLOGY (Spring Term 2010) 2010
  • 48-402 - FORENSIC PATHOLOGY (Spring Term 2010) 2010
  • 95-404 - FORENSIC PATHOLOGY (Spring Term 2010) 2010
  • 48-402 - FORENSIC PATHOLOGY (Fall Term 2009) 2009
  • 95-404 - FORENSIC PATHOLOGY (Fall Term 2009) 2009
  • OBHS121 - Fundamentals of Dent and Opt 2 (Fall Term 2009) 2009
  • 95-404 - FORENSIC PATHOLOGY (Fall Term 2009) 2009
  • 95-404 - FORENSIC PATHOLOGY (Fall Term 2009) 2009
  • 48-402 - FORENSIC PATHOLOGY (Fall Term 2009) 2009
  • 95-404 - FORENSIC PATHOLOGY (Spring Term 2009) 2009
  • 95-404 - FORENSIC PATHOLOGY (Fall Term 2008) 2008
  • 95-404 - FORENSIC PATHOLOGY (Fall Term 2008) 2008
  • 95-404 - FORENSIC PATHOLOGY (Fall Term 2008) 2008
  • 48-402 - FORENSIC PATHOLOGY (Spring Term 2008) 2008
  • 48-402 - FORENSIC PATHOLOGY (Spring Term 2008) 2008
  • 48-402 - FORENSIC PATHOLOGY (Spring Term 2008) 2008
  • 48-402 - FORENSIC PATHOLOGY (Fall Term 2007) 2007
  • 48-402 - FORENSIC PATHOLOGY (Fall Term 2007) 2007
  • 95-404 - FORENSIC PATHOLOGY (Spring Term 2007) 2007
  • 48-402 - FORENSIC PATHOLOGY (Spring Term 2007) 2007
  • 48-402 - FORENSIC PATHOLOGY (Spring Term 2007) 2007
  • Education And Training

  • Doctor of Medicine, Vanderbilt University 1987
  • Full Name

  • Gregory Davis