Gregory J. Davis, MD
- Director - Forensic Consultation Service
- Associate Director - Autopsy Service
- Toxicology - Joint Faculty
Biography and Education
BS - University of Kentucky (1982)
MD - University of Tennessee (1985)
AP/CP Residency - University of Louisville (1991)
Forensic Pathology Fellowship - Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (1990)
Publications & Other Scholarly Work:
1 Davis GJ. Book Review: Forensic Pathology Case Studies. J Forensic Sci 2021;66: 1591.
2 Davis GJ. My path to forensic pathology. Canadian Society of Forensic Science 2020; https://www.csfs.ca/my-path-to-forensic-pathology-by-dr-gregory-davis/
3 Davis GJ. Book Review: Spitz and Fisher’s Medicolegal Investigation of Death: Guidelines for the Application of Pathology to Crime Investigation, 5th ed. Can Soc Forensic Sci J 2020;53(4):210-211.
4 Randall M, Rolf C, Gibson SM, Rinaldo P, Davis GJ. Medium-chain acyl-coA dehydrogenase deficiency in adulthood: a potential diagnosis in a patient with mental status changes suspected of drug toxicity. J Forensic Sci 2015;60(4):1101-1103.
5 Rosser JA, Rolf CM, Davis GJ. Left frontal sinusitis and meningitis mistaken for intracranial trauma. College of American Pathologists FR. In press.
6 Davis GJ. Commentary: virtual autopsy. Forensic Sci Med Pathol. 2013, DOI: 10.1007/s12024-013-9438-2.
7 Davis GJ, 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.
8 Davis GJ, National Association of Medical Examiners and American College of Medical Toxicology Expert Panel on Evaluating and Reporting Opioid Deaths. Recommendations for the Investigation, Diagnosis, and Certification of Deaths Related to Opioid Drugs. Acad Forensic Pathol 2013;3(1):62-76.
9 Davis GJ. Book Review: Sudden Death in Epilepsy: Forensic in Clinical Issues. Can Soc Forensic Sci J 2011;44(2): 75.
10 Davis GJ. Commentary: histology in forensic practice – required or redundant? Forensic Sci Med Pathol. 2011, (DOI) 10.1007/s12024-011-9250-9
11 Davis GJ. Hanzlick R. The medical examiner and coroner systems. eMedicine. 2011, http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1785357-overview#a30. Updated 2015, https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1785357-overview#a1
12 Davis GJ. Book Review: Pediatric Homicide: Medical Investigation. Can Soc Forensic Sci J 2010;43(1): 56-57.
13 Cina SJ, Davis GJ. Cardiac dysrhythmia during restraint. Am J Forensic Med Pathol. [letter]. 2010;31(4): online.
14 Shields LBE, Rolf CM, Davis GJ, Hunsaker JC. Sudden and unexpected death in three cases of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Type IV. J Forensic Sci. 2010, DOI 10.1111/j.1556-4029.2010.01521.x.
15 Ramos JM, Davis GJ, Hunsaker JC III, Balko MG. Sudden death in a child with carpenter syndrome: Case report and literature review. Forensic Sci Med Pathol. 2009;5(4):313, DOI 10.1007/s12024-009-9128-2.
16 Burge M, Hunsaker JC III, Davis GJ. Death of a toddler due to ingestion of sulfuric acid at a clandestine home methamphetamine laboratory. Forensic Sci Med Pathol. 2009;5(4):298, DOI 10.1007/s12024-009-9127-3.
17 Davis GJ. Pathologists use new tools but are not defined by them. Arch Pathol Lab Med 2010;134:18.
18 Lekakis LJ, Lawson A, Prante J, Ribes J, Davis GJ, Monohan G, Baraboutis IG, Skoutelis AT, Howard DS. Fatal rhizopus pneumonia in allogeneic stem cell transplant patients despite posaconazole prophylaxis: two cases and review of the literature. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant 2009;15:991-995.
19 Nelson PT, Smith CD, Abner EA, Schmitt FA, Scheff SW, Davis GJ, Keller JN, Jicha GA, Davis D, Wang W-X, Hartman A, Katz DG, and Markesbery WR. Human cerebral neuropathology of Type 2 diabetes mellitus. Biochim Biophys Acta-Mol Basis of Disease 2008, DOI:10.1016/j.bbadis.2008.08.005
20 Sweeney RT, Davis GJ, Noonan JA. Cardiomyopathy of unknown etiology: Barth syndrome unrecognized. Congenit Heart Dis 2008;3:443-448.
21 Davis GJ. Book Review: Forensic Pathology of Trauma: Common Problems for the Pathologist. Can Soc Forensic Sci J 2007;40(3):157.
22 Hanzlick R, Hunsaker JC III, Davis GJ. Commentary on: Gill JR, Goldfeder LB, Hirsch CS. Use of therapeutic complication as a manner of death. J Forensic Sci 2007;52(2):491 [letter].
23 Davis GJ. Forensic medicine in the 21st century: a realistic view of our changing science. Arch Pathol Lab Med 2006;130:1273. [section issue editor]
24 Simmons SD, Davis GJ, Hunsaker J. Cerebral tissue pulmonary embolization due to head trauma. Am Soc Clin Pathol Check Sample Program Forensic Pathology No. FP 06-7 (FP-318).
25 Davis GJ. Book Review: Sex-Related Homicide and Death Investigation: Practical and Clinical Perspectives. J Forensic Sci 2004;49:873.
26 Schott JC, Davis GJ, Hunsaker JCIII. Accidental electrocution during autoeroticism: a shocking case. Am J Forensic Med Pathol 2003;24:92-95.
27 Hanzlick R, Hunsaker JC III, Davis GJ. A guide for manner of death classification. February 2002. National Association of Medical Examiners web site.
28 Dishop MK, Davis GJ. Evidence of shotgun injury in an unidentified fire victim. Am Soc Clin Pathol Check Sample Program Forensic Pathology 2001: No. FP01-4 (FP-265).
29 Davis GJ. Forensic documentation in trauma resuscitation: practical considerations. Int J Trauma Nurs 1999;5:134-135.
30 Davis, GJ. Spiritual resonance: pursuit in the bluegrass state. South Med J (editorial) 1999;92:635-636.
31 Hunsaker, JC, Hunsaker DM, Davis, GJ. Autopsies. In: Patterson RM, ed. Lawyers’ Medical Cyclopedia of Personal Injuries and Allied Specialties, 4th ed., Vol. 4B, 1999, Lexis Law Publishing, Charlottesville, Virginia.
32 Davis, GJ. Role of the Forensic Pathologist in Death Investigation. Am J Forensic Med Pathol (letter) 1999;20:100-101.
33 Davis, GJ. Book Review: Forensic Diatomology and Drowning. Can Soc Forensic Sci J 1998;31:190.
34 Davis, GJ, Hanzlick R. Autopsy and Medicine: Case of the Month. Arch Intern Med 1997; 157:2296
35 Davis, GJ. A Kavvanah for rendering an opinion in court. Sh’ma: A journal of jewish responsibility 1997; 28:8
36 Davis, GJ. A Real Doctor. J Ky Med Assoc (Letter) 1998; 96: 153-154
37 Davis GJ. Book review: Clinical Forensic Medicine, 2nd ed. Can Soc Forensic Sci J 1997; 30:84.
38 Davis GJ. A Winter’s Tale. JAMA 1997;95:1198.
39 Davis GJ. Book review: Suspicious Death Scene Investigation. Can Soc Forensic Sci J 1996;29:272.
40 Davis GJ. Everyday murder. J KY Med Assoc (Letter) 1997;277:1198.
41 Davis GJ, Hunsaker JC III: An atypical gunshot wound of the head: putting the scene and autopsy together. Am Soc Clin Pathol Check Sample Program Forensic Pathology 1997: No. FP97-9 (FP- 230).
42 Nicol KK, Davis GJ. An unusual complication of diabetes mellitus: the zebra that became a horse. South Med J 1997;90:83-85.
43 Davis GJ, Peterson BJ: Dilemmas and solution for the pathologist and clinician in encountering religious views of the autopsy. South Med J 1996;89:1041-1044.
44 Smith ET, Davis GJ: Sudden cardiac death associated with hypoplasia of the coronary arteries and conduction system alteration. Am J Forensic Med Pathol 1997; 18:189-193.
45 Davis GJ. Discussion of: Compensation of medical examiners for telephone calls. Am J Forensic Med Pathol (Letter). 1997; 18:108-109.
46 Davis GJ. A body to die for. NC Med J 1196;57:140.
47 Peterson BR, Davis GJ, Prahlow JA: Cocaine-induced excited delirium. Am Soc Clin Pathol Check Sample Program. Forensic Pathology 1996: No. FP96-9 (FP-220).
48 Steffee CH, Davis GJ, Nicol KK: A whiff of death: Fatal volatile solvent inhalation abuse. South Med J 1996;88:879-884.
49 Davis GJ: Death worship, Carolina style. NC Med J 1996;57:22. (Editorial)
50 Davis GJ: Discussion of clinical detachment and I wait in awe. Hum Pathol 1996;27:1-2. (Letter)
51 Jason DR, Davis GJ: What rights do patients have regarding return of an abortus? CAP Today 1995;9:67.
52 Sheffield MV, Davis GJ: Pseudoabuse of children: A manner of sensitivity and specificity. Can Soc Forensic Sci J 1995;28:55-58.
53 Collins KA, Davis GJ: Angiotropic large cell lymphoma. South Med J 1995;88:235-238.
54 Steffee CH, Davis GJ: A blow to the neck: Blunt force injury to the larynx. Am Soc Clin Pathol Check Sample Program. Forensic Pathology 1995: No. FP95-5(FP-206).
55 Davis GJ, Collins KA: Death by bull-edger: An unusual homicide using a woodworking implement. Am J Forensic Med Pathol 1995;16:69-73.
56 Davis GJ: A drive in the autumn mist. NC Med J 1995;56:328-335. (Editorial)
57 Davis GJ: Organ-limited autopsies: Obtaining permission for postmortem examination of the urinary tract. Arch Pathol Lab Med 1995;119:1092. (Letter)
58 Davis GJ, Collins KA: Discussion of angiotropic large cell lymphoma: Report of a case and review of the literature. South Med J 1995;88:893. (Letter)
59 Lantz PE, Jason DR, Davis GJ: Decreasing the organ donor shortage. Am J Forensic Med Pathol 1995;16:257-259.
60 Davis GJ: The ultimate gift. Hum Pathol 1995;26:699. (Editorial)
61 Warner JG Jr, Rupard LL, Davis GJ, Lantz PE, Nomeir A-M: Aortic valve thrombus first seen as inferior myocardial infarction in a patient with polycythemia. Am Heart J 1994;127:1407-1411.
62 Collins KA, Davis GJ: An unusual case of maternal-fetal death due to vaginal insufflation of cocaine. Am J Forensic Med Pathol 1994;15:335-39.
63 Collett BA, Davis GJ, Rohr WB: Extensive fibrofatty infiltration of the left ventricle in two cases of sudden cardiac death. J Forensic Sci 1994;39:1182-1187.
64 Collins KA, Davis GJ: A retrospective and prospective study of cerebral tissue pulmonary embolism in severe head trauma. J Forensic Sci 1994;39:624-628.
65 Davis GJ: Your role in death investigations. AJN 1994;94:3941.
66 Davis GJ, Iskandar SS: How can acute renal tubular necrosis be differentiated from postmortem autolysis? CAP Today 1994;8(3):58.
67 Prahlow JA, Davis GJ: Death due to cocaine intoxication initially thought to be a homicide. South Med J 1994;87:255-258.
68 Smith ET Jr, Davis GJ: Medium-chain acylcoenzyme-a dehydrogenase deficiency: Not just another Reye syndrome. Am J Forensic Med Pathol 1993;14:313-318.
69 Smith ET Jr, Davis GJ: Reye syndrome, or not? Am Soc Clin Pathol Check Sample Program. Forensic Pathology 1993:No. FP93-6(FP-191).
70 Davis GJ, Burkhalter A, Taylor LE: Science miscellany & forensic fillips: The typical homicide that wasn't. Can Soc Forensic Sci J 1993;26:8741.
71 Davis GJ. Pathologists are doctors. Ann Intern Med 1993;118:575. (Letter)
72 Davis GJ: An atypical shotgun entrance wound caused by a sabot slug: All is not as it seems. Am J Forensic Med Pathol 1993;14(2):162-164.
73 Nichols GR II, Davis GJ: Body packing with a twist: Death of a salesman. Am J Forensic Med Pathol 1992;13:142-145.
74 Nichols GR II, Davis GJ, Parola AC: Dirty diving: Sudden death of a scuba diver in a water treatment facility. Am J Forensic Med Pathol 1992;13:72-75.
75 Hanzlick R, Davis G: National Association of Medical Examiners. Report l: phenylpropanolamine. Am J Forensic Med Pathol 1992;13:37-41.
76 Davis GJ: Discussion of cerebral tissue embolization due to head trauma: a case report with immunohistochemical confirmation. J Forensic Sci 1992;37:682-684. (Letter)
77 Roy WJ Jr, Roy TM, Davis GJ: Thoracic empyema due to Streptococcus intermedius. J KY Med Assoc 1991;89:558-562.
78 Davis GJ, McCloud LC, Nichols GR II, Martin AW: Cerebral tissue pulmonary embolization due to head trauma: Case report with immunohistochemical confirmation. J Forensic Sci 1991;36:921-925.
79 Nichols GR II, Davis GJ, Corrigan CA, Ransdell JS: Death associated with abuse of a designer drug. J KY Med Assoc 1990;88:601-603.
80 Farrow JR, Davis GJ, Roy TM, McCloud LC, Nichols GR II: Fetal death due to nonlethal maternal carbon monoxide poisoning. J Forensic Sci 1990;35:1448-1452.
81 Nichols GR II, Davis GJ, Corey TS: In the shadow of the baron: a case of sudden death due to Munchausen syndrome. Am J Emerg Med 1990;8:216-219.
82 Nichols GR II, Corey TS, Davis GJ: Nonfracture associated fatal fat embolism. J Forensic Sci 1990;35:493-499.
83 Nichols GR II, Davis GJ, Lefkowitz JB: Sudden death due to fibromuscular dysplasia of the sinoatrial nodal artery. J KY Med Assoc 1989;87:504-505.
Book and Book Chapters:
1 Davis GJ, McDonough SP. Writing the necropsy report. In: Brooks JW, ed. Veterinary Forensic Pathology. Springer, New York, NY, 2018.
2 Frost BE, Dukes GD, Maines SC, Knight LD, Davis GJ. The Autopsy in Medical Education. In: Collins KA, ed. Autopsy Performance & Reporting, 3rd ed. College of American Pathologists, Northfield, IL, 2017.
3 Dukes GD, Frost BE, Davis GJ. Custody: in-custody deaths – United States of America. In: Payne-James J, Byard RW, eds. Encyclopedia of Forensic and Legal Medicine, 2nd ed. Elsevier, Oxford, 2016.
4 Shields Lisa, Hunsaker JC III, Matnani R, Davis GJ. Homicide in the older child and adolescent. In: Byard R, Collins K, eds. The Forensic Pathology of Infancy and Childhood. Springer, New York, 2014.
5 Basic Competencies in Forensic Pathology: A Forensic Pathology Primer. College of American Pathologists, Northfield, IL, 2006.
6 Davis GJ. Sudden natural death in adults. In: Prahlow J, ed. Basic Competencies in Forensic Pathology: A Forensic Pathology Primer. College of American Pathologists, Northfield, IL, 2006.
7 Davis GJ. When the time comes to be an activist: interacting with the legislature. In: Davis, GG. Pathology and Law: A Practical Guide for the Pathologist. Springer, New York, 2004.
8 Davis GJ. Accidental and natural deaths in children. In: Handbook of Forensic Pathology, 2nd Ed. College of American Pathologists, Northfield, IL, 2003.
9 Davis GJ, Collins KA. The autopsy in medical education. In: Autopsy Performance and Reporting. College of American Pathologists, Northfield, IL, 2003.
10 Davis, GJ. Patterns of injury: Blunt and Sharp. Clinics in Laboratory Medicine: Forensic Pathology, Part II (Book Chapter) 1998; 18: 339-350.