Profile of a Pathology Faculty Member

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Michael M Heninger, MD

Forensic Pathology

Assistant Professor
Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

Other Appointments/Positions

Associate Medical Examiner, Fulton County Medical Examiner

Pathology Division(s):
Anatomic Pathology

Email Address:


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:

  • Diplomate Anatomic and Clinical Pathology
  • Diplomate Forensic Pathology

Selected/Most Recent Publications:

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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