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    Fulton County Medical Examiners
    430 Pryor Street
    Atlanta GA 30312
    404 730-4400 Phone

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    Randy L Hanzlick, MD

    Forensic Pathology

    Professor
    Pathology & Laboratory Medicine


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    Other Appointments/Positions

    Professor of Forensic Pathology (7/03 to present), Department of Pathology, Emory School of Medicine

    Director of Forensic Pathology Training (1997-present), Department of Pathology, Emory School of Medicine

    Chief Medical Examiner, Fulton County, Georgia, Fulton County Medical Examiner


    Pathology Division(s):
    Anatomic Pathology


    Email Address:
    randy.hanzlick@fultoncountyga.gov


    Education:

    High School Diploma   Salem Senior High School. Salem, Ohio., 1967 - 1970

    Bachelor of Arts, Zoology   Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio., 1970 - 1973

    Doctor of Medicine   Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, Ohio., 1973 - 1976



    Research Interests:

    - Forensic Pathology
    Major interest areas include the development of professional guidelines, improvement in death investigation practices, death certification and mortality data, electronic data system development and data sharing, and the role of the medical examiner in public health surveillance and epidemiological research.



    Clinical Focus:

    As the Chief Medical Examiner of Fulton County, Georgia and Professor of Forensic Pathology at Emory School of Medicine, clincial focus is centered on autopsy pathology, forensic pathology, and medicolegal death investigation.


    Honors / Awards:

    American Academy of Forensic Science Distinguished Fellow Award, 2009

    National Association of Medical Examiners Lifetime Service Award, 2007

    2006 Executive of the Year selected by the Fulton County Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals. November 30, 2006, Atlanta, GA., 2006

    Other Committees, Advisory Boards, Working Groups, and Organizational Service. See Complete CV., 2006

    2005 Presidents Star Award. National Association of Medical Examiners Annual Meeting. Millennium Biltmore Hotel. Los Angeles, California. October 14-19, 2005. For service to the NAME organization., 2005

    George E. Gantner, Jr Memorial Lecture Award. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: Concepts and Approaches. Masters 11 Conference for Advanced Death Investigation. St. Louis University School of Medicine. July 26, 2005., 2005

    Award of Merit for service on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Forensic Sciences 1997-2003. American Academy of Forensic Sciences. Awarded April 2003, 2003

    President's Award. National Association of Medical Examiners. In appreciation of dedications and outstanding contributions to the organization. September, 2003., 2003

    National Association of Medical Examiners. Presidents Award for Dedication and Outstanding Contributions to the organization. Received at the Annual Awards Luncheon, September 23, 2003., 2003

    National Association of Medical Examiners Certificate of Appreciation for service as Board of Directors member 1990-1996, 1998;1999; Vice President 2000; President 2001; Chairman of the Board 2002. Awarded September 30, 2002., 2002

    Partners in Public Health Honors Award. December 2002. For contributions towards improving medicolegal death investigation in the United States and for facilitating linkages between the medical examiner and public health. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Epidemiology program Office., 2002

    Partners in Public Health Award. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. June 2001.For contributions to improving death investigation and facilitating linkages between the medical examiner and public health., 2001

    President, National Association of Medical Examiners, 2001, 2001

    Milton Helpern Award forOutstanding (Lifetime) Contributions to Forensic Pathology, 1999.American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Pathology/Biology Section., 1999

    1999 National Center for Health Statistics Directors Awards For Outstanding Performance in Review and Revision of the US Standard Certificates. NCHS, Hyattsville, MD, June 1999., 1999

    Editorial Board Member. Journal of Forensic Scienc (1997 to 2002), 1997-2002

    Director's Award for Important Contributions, 1997. National Center for Health Statistics, 1997

    Outstanding Service Award, 1997. (Significant contributions to Medicolegal Death Investigation). National Association of Medical Examiners, 1997

    Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Service, 1996 National Association of Medical Examiners., 1996

    President's Awards for Outstanding Service, 1994 and 1995. Medical Association of Atlanta., 1994-1995

    Chairman, Pathology/Biology Section.American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

    , 1994

    Editorial Board Member. American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology(1987 to 2002), 1987-2002

    Specialty Boards:

    1985 AP/FP Anatomic and Forensic Pathology, American Board of Pathology


    Book Chapters -

    Hanzlick R. Options for modernizing the Ontario coroner system. In: Kent Roach. Controversies and Models in Pediatric Forensic Pathology, Independent Research Studies, Volume 1. Prepared for Inquiry into Pediatric Forensic Pathology in Ontario. Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General. 2008


    Hanzlick R. Certification of Unexplained Infant Deaths. In: CDC. Sudden unexplained Infant Death Investigation. CDC. Atlanta, GA . 2007.


    Graham M, Corey TS, Hanzlick R, Green MA. Forensic pathology in the United States and United Kingdom. In: Alexander R (ed), Child Fatality Review: An Interdisciplinary Guide and Photographic Reference. GW Medical Publishing, St. Louis. 2007.


    Darrisaw L, Hanzlick R. Sudden unexplained infant death: case studies. In: Alexander R (ed), Child Fatality Review: An Interdisciplinary Guide and Photographic Reference. GW Medical Publishing, St. Louis. 2007.


    Hanzlick R. "Death Certification." In: Basic Competencies in Forensic Pathology: A Forensic Pathology Primer. College of American Pathologists. Northfield, Illinois. 2006.


    Hanzlick R. "Death Certification." In: Basic Competencies in Forensic Pathology: A forensic Pathology Primer. College of American Pathologists.Northfield, Illinois. 2006.


    Hanzlick R. "Death Investigation Systems." In: Basic Competencies in Forensic Pathology: A forensic Pathology Primer. College of American Pathologists.Northfield, Illinois. 2006.


    Hanzlick R. "Death Investigation Systems." In: Basic Competencies in Forensic Pathology: A forensic Pathology Primer. College of American Pathologists. Northfield, Illinois. 2006.


    Collins K, Hutchins G (Editors) Autopsy Performance and Reporting, 2nd Edition. College of American Pathologists, 2003. Chapter 31. Hanzlick, RL. The Autopsy: Its Impact on Clinical Medicine, Health Care, and Research.


    Collins K, Hutchins G (Editors) Autopsy Performance and Reporting, 2nd Edition. College of American Pathologists, 2003. Chapter 30. Hanzlick, RL. Medical Certification of Death and Cause-of-death Statements.


    Collins K, Hutchins G (Editors) Autopsy Performance and Reporting, 2nd Edition. College of American Pathologists, 2003. Chapter 29. Hanzlick, RL (Editor). The Autopsy Lexicon: Suggested headings for the Autopsy Report.


    Collins K, Hutchins G (Editors) Autopsy Performance and Reporting, 2nd Edition. College of American Pathologists, 2003. Chapter 14. Hanzlick, RL and Baker, PB. Autopsy Facility Design


    Froede R (editor). Handbook of Forensic Pathology, 2nd Edition. (Froede RC, Editor). College of American Pathologists. 2003.Chapter 4. Hanzlick, Rl. Medical Certification of Death and Cause-of-death Statements.


    Books Edited and Written -

    Hanzlick R. Death Investigation: Systems and Procedures. CRC Press. Boca Raton. 2007


    Hanzlick R, Graham M. Forensic Pathology in Criminal Cases (3rd Ed). Lexis/Nexis. September 2006.


    Hanzlick R (editor). Cause of Death and the Death Certificate: Important Information for Physicians, Medical Examiners, Coroners, and the Public. College of American Pathologists. Northfield, IL. 2006


    Hanzlick R, Graham M. Forensic Pathology in Criminal Cases (2nd ed). Lexis-Nexis Publlishing. Albany, NY. 2001. 405 pages plus Appendices.


    Dix J, Graham M, Hanzlick R. Investigation of Road Traffic Fatalities: An Atlas. CRC Press. Boca Raton, FL. 2000. 111 pages.


    Dix J, Graham M, Hanzlick R. Asphyxia and Drowning: An Atlas. CRC Press. Boca Raton, FL. 2000. 110 pages.


    Graham, M, Hanzlick R. Forensic Pathology in Criminal Cases: 1999 Companion. Lexis Law Publishing, Charlottesville, VA. 1999.165 pages.


    Graham M, Hanzlick R. Forensic pathology in criminal cases. Lexis Law Publishing, Parker Publications Division. Carlsbad, CA. 355 pages.1997.


    Hanzlick R (ed) and the Autopsy Committee of the College of American Pathologists. Cause of death statements and certification of natural and unnatural deaths (Manual). College of American Pathologists. Northfield, Ill. 1997.


    Hanzlick R (ed) and the Autopsy Committee of the College of American Pathologists. The Medical Cause of Death Manual: Instructions for writing cause-of-death statements for deaths due to natural causes (Manual). College of American Pathologists, Northfield, IL 1994.


    Other Publications -

    Peer-reviewed journal publications are listed in Dr. Hanzlick's CV, which is available upon request by contacting randy.hanzlick@fultoncountyga.gov