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    430 Pryor Street
    Atlanta GA 30312
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    Michael M Heninger, MD

    Forensic Pathology

    Assistant Professor
    Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

    Pathology Faculty Photo

    Other Appointments/Positions

    Associate Medical Examiner, Fulton County Medical Examiner

    Pathology Division(s):
    Anatomic Pathology

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    BS Biology   Utah State University Logan, Utah, 1978 - 1982

    MD Medicine   University of Utah School of Medicine Salt Lake City, Utah, 1982 - 1986

    Internship in Internal Medicine   USAF Medical Center Keesler AFB Biloxi, Mississippi, 1986 - 1987

    Residency in Pathology   University of Utah Pathology Department Salt Lake City, Utah, 1990 - 1994

    Fellowship in Forensic Pathology   Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1994 - 1995

    Research Interests:

    - Research Overview -General topics in Forensic Pathology
    Collaboration with others interested in our data -

    Clinical Focus:

    Medico-legal death investigation - This includes supervision and review of death scene investigation, performance of autopsies, interpretation of test results on samples collected at autopsy, review of medical history, preparation of documents related to death investigation, determining cause and manner of death, testifying in court as an expert witness, public health surveillance, and teaching of fellows and residents.

    Specialty Boards:

    1994 Diplomate Anatomic and Clinical Pathology

    1996 Diplomate Forensic Pathology

    Selected Publications:

    Published and Accepted Research Articles -

    Heninger M, Collins KA. Acute Bacterial Meningitis With Coincident Methamphetamine Use: A Case Report and Review of the Literature. (Accepted for Publication in J. For. Sci.)

    Heninger, M Postmortem vitreous Beta-hydroxybutyrate: interpretation in a forensic setting. J Forensic Sci. 2012 Sept;57(5):1234-40. PMID: 22458736

    Heninger M, Hanzlick R. The Fulton County Medical Examiner's experience with the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Missing Person DNA Database Program, 2004-2007. Am J Forensic Med Pathol. 2011 Mar;32(1):78-82. PMID:21394958

    Schier JG, Heninger M, Wolkin A, Kieszak S, Caldwell KL, Fajardo GC, Jones R, Rubin C, Hanzlick R, Osterloh JD, McGeehin MA. Postmortem blood cadmium, lead, and mercury concentrations: comparisons with regard to sampling location and reference ranges for living persons. J Anal Toxicol. 2010;34(3):129-34.PMID: 20406536

    Purselle DC, Heninger M, Hanzlick R, Garlow SJ. Differential association of socioeconomic status in ethnic and age-defined suicides. Psychiatry Res. 2009 May 30;167(3):258-65. Epub 2009 Apr 23. PMID: 19395050

    Mario I Mosunjac M.D. Bruce Sundstrom Ph.D., Michael Heninger M.D. Randy L Hanzlick M.D. Marina B. Mosunjac M.D. Combined Pathological Effects of Cocaine And HIV on the Cardiovascular System: An Autopsy Study Of 187 Cases From Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office. Am J Forensic Med Pathol. 2008 Mar;29(1):9-13. PMID 19749609

    Heninger M, Hanzlick R. Nonnatural deaths of adolescents and teenagers: Fulton County, Georgia, 1985-2004. Am J Forensic Med Pathol. 2008 Sep;29(3):208-13. PMID: 18725773

    Garlow SJ, Purselle DC, Heninger M. Cocaine and alcohol use preceding suicide in African American and white adolescents. J Psychiatr Res. 2007 Sep;41(6):530-6. Epub 2005 Oct 3. PMID: 16203014 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

    Garlow SJ, Purselle D, Heninger M. Ethnic differences in patterns of suicide across the life cycle. Am J Psychiatry. 2005 Feb;162(2):319-23. PMID: 15677597

    Patel MM, Belson MG, Wright D, Lu H, Heninger M, Miller MA. Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (ecstasy)-related myocardial hypertrophy: an autopsy study. Resuscitation. 2005 Aug;66(2):197-202. PMID: 15963623

    Heninger MM. Commonly encountered prescription medications in medical-legal death investigation: a guide for death investigators and medical examiners. Am J Forensic Med Pathol. 2000 Sep;21(3):287-99. PMID: 10990295