• 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 the Pathology Residency Program Director. In addition to resident education, I am active in the education and training of fellows and medical students.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2023 Group for Research in Pathology Education at the International Association of Medical Science Educators (GRIPE@IAMSE): Working as a Team for Integration, 51th Annual Meeting, 2022, Denver, COMedical Science Educator2023
    2022 Lymphocytic MyocarditisAmerican Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology.  43:e12-e14. 2022
    2022 Utility of fetal autopsy findings to estimate time of intrauterine fetal demise in maternal traumaHuman Pathology Reports.  27. 2022
    2021 The #Path2Path Virtual Landscape During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Preparing for the 2020 Pathology Residency Recruitment SeasonAcademic Pathology.  8. 2021
    2020 Examining the neighborhood-level socioeconomic characteristics associated with fatal overdose by type of drug involved and overdose settingAddictive Behaviors.  111. 2020
    2020 An integrated hospital protocol for persons with injection-related infections may increase medications for opioid use disorder use but challenges remainJournal of Infectious Diseases.  222:S499-S505. 2020
    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 Future 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
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham Pathology, Residency
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham Pathology, Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Arkansas 2012
  • Full Name

  • Brandi McCleskey