Marcus Nashelsky, MD


Chief Medical Examiner
Clinical Professor of Pathology  - Anatomic Pathology

Contact Information

Primary Office: 5244C Roy Carver Pavilion
Iowa City, IA 52242
Primary Office Phone: 319-353-7594



BA, University of Wyoming
MD, University of Nebraska College of Medicine

Residency, Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, University of Missouri-Columbia Hospitals and Clinics
Fellowship, Forensic Pathology, University of New Mexico School of Medicine

Licensure and Certifications

State of Iowa Medical License, Iowa Board of Medicine
Diplomate, Forensic Pathology, American Board of Pathology
Diplomate, Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, American Board of Pathology

Research Summary

The autopsy is a low-tech, high-yield medical procedure firmly rooted in the history of medicine. It is an extraordinary tool for quality improvement of medical care, public heath and, most important, clear explanation of why a person has died. Few autopsies are performed in the United States (approximately 7% of deaths have an autopsy). This low utilization is not, fortunately, a challenge at UIHC (approximately 30% institutional autopsy rate). My primary research interests are the educational benefits of the autopsy and developing effective strategies for communicating this information.

All Publications

Behonick G, Shanks K, Firchau D, Mathur G, Lynch C, Nashelsky M, Meroueh C.  Four postmortem case reports with quantitative detection of the synthetic cannabinoid, 5F-PB-22..  J Anal Toxicol.  2014 May 29. 

Jacob M, Nashelsky M, Dailey M.  Accidental ingestion of a grill brush wire resulting in death.  Academic Forensic Pathology.  2014. 

Lin L, Jin J, Nashelsky M, Talman W.  Acid-sensing ion channel 1 and nitric oxide synthase are in adjacent layers in the wall of rat and human cerebral arteries.  J Chem Neuroanat.  2014. 

Harris M, Massaquoi D, Soyemi K, Brend S, Klein D, Pentella M, Kraemer J, Nashelsky M, Schmunk G, Smith T, Pleva A.  Recent Iowa trends in sudden unexpected infant deaths: the importance of public health collaboration with medical examiners' offices.  The American journal of forensic medicine and pathology.  2012 June. 33(2):113-118.

Nashelsky M.  Death certification-revisiting the primary CDC and NAME literature.  Forensic Pathology.  2012. 

Laczniak A, Sato Y, Nashelsky M.  Postmortem gastric perforation (gastromalacia) mimicking abusive injury in sudden unexplained infant death.  Pediatric radiology.  2011 December. 41(12):1595-7.

Nashelsky M.  The death of SIDS.  Annual meeting of the National Association of Medical Examiners.  2011 August. 

Light T, Royer N, Zabell J, Le M, Thomsen T, Kealey G, Alpen M, Nashelsky M.  Autopsy after traumatic death--a shifting paradigm.  The Journal of surgical research.  2011 May. 167(1):121-4.

Nashelsky M.  The death of SIDS.  Academic Forensic Pathology.  2011. 1:92-98.

Baumer T, Nashelsky M, Hurst C, Passalacqua N, Fenton T, Haut R.  Characteristics and prediction of cranial crush injuries in children.  Journal of forensic sciences.  2010 November. 55(6):1416-21.

Taktakishvili O, Lin L, Vanderheyden A, Nashelsky M, Talman W.  Nitroxidergic innervation of human cerebral arteries.  Autonomic neuroscience : basic & clinical.  2010 August. 156(2-Jan):152-153.

Zabell J, Nashelsky M, Thomsen T, Alpen M, Kealey G, Light T.  Rural versus urban trauma: demographic influences on autopsy rates.  The Journal of surgical research.  2009 July. 155(1):132-5.

Dwyre D, Dursteler B, Nashelsky M, Friedman K, Raife T.  Value of ADAMTS13 activity and inhibitor in the postmortem diagnosis of thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura.  Journal of clinical apheresis.  2009. 24(3):106-10.

Oral R, Yagmur F, Nashelsky M, Turkmen M, Kirby P.  Fatal abusive head trauma cases: consequence of medical staff missing milder forms of physical abuse.  Pediatric emergency care.  2008 December. 24(12):816-21.

Bassuk A, Wallace R, Buhr A, Buller A, Afawi Z, Shimojo M, Miyata S, Chen S, Gonzalez-Alegre P, Griesbach H, Wu S, Nashelsky M, Vladar E, Antic D, Ferguson P, Cirak S, Voit T, Scott M, Axelrod J, Gurnett C, Daoud A, Kivity S, Neufeld M, Mazarib A, Straussberg R, Walid S, Korczyn A, Slusarski D, Berkovic S, El-Shanti H.  A homozygous mutation in human PRICKLE1 causes an autosomal-recessive progressive myoclonus epilepsy-ataxia syndrome.  American journal of human genetics.  2008 November. 83(5):572-81.

Clapper A, Nashelsky M, Dailey M.  Evaluation of serum cortisol in the postmortem diagnosis of acute adrenal insufficiency.  The American journal of forensic medicine and pathology.  2008 June. 29(2):181-4.

Nashelsky M.  Rural vs. urban trauma: demographic influences on autopsy rates.  Proceedings of the 3rd Annual Academic Surgical Congress.  2008 February. 

Nashelsky M.  Rural vs. urban trauma: demographic influences on autopsy rates.  Journal of Surgical Research.  2008. 

Nashelsky M.  Incidental genetic and public health diseases discovered on autopsy after traumatic death.  Crit Care Med.  2007 December. 35(12 (Supp)):A63.

Cook R, Schlueter A, Coleman R, Tygrett L, Ballas Z, Jerrells T, Nashelsky M, Ray N, Haugen T, Waldschmidt T.  Thymocytes, pre-B cells, and organ changes in a mouse model of chronic ethanol ingestion--absence of subset-specific glucocorticoid-induced immune cell loss.  Alcoholism, clinical and experimental research.  2007 October. 31(10):1746-58.

Nolte K, Lathrop S, Nashelsky M, Nine J, Gallaher M, Umland E, McLemore J, Reichard R, Irvine R, McFeeley P, Zumwalt R.  Med-X: a medical examiner surveillance model for bioterrorism and infectious disease mortality.  Human pathology.  2007 May. 38(5):718-25.

Harre B, Nashelsky M, Douvoyiannis M, Shulman S.  Fatal group A streptococcal myopericarditis during influenza A infection.  The Pediatric infectious disease journal.  2006 July. 25(7):660-1.

Havlik D, Nashelsky M.  Ruptured cerebral artery aneurysm and bacterial meningitis in a man with osteogenesis imperfecta.  The American journal of forensic medicine and pathology.  2006 June. 27(2):117-20.

Nashelsky M.  Occupational health: Autopsy Pathology.  Elsevier Ltd.  2005. 

Nashelsky M, Lawrence C.  Accuracy of cause of death determination without forensic autopsy examination.  The American journal of forensic medicine and pathology.  2003 December. 24(4):313-9.

Nashelsky M.  Time of Death.  College of American Pathologists.  2003. 

Nashelsky M.  “Med-X” – A model medical examiner surveillance program for bioterrorism mortality.  National Syndromic Surveillance Conference.  2002 September. 

Nashelsky M.  Medical examiner surveillance for bioterrorism mortality - Annual meeting of the National Association of Medical Examiners.  Annual meeting of the National Association of Medical Examiners.  2001 October. 

Nashelsky M.  Call for help.  The Western journal of medicine.  2001 March. 174(3):214-5.

Nashelsky M.  Very long chain acyl coenzyme A dehydrogenase deficiency study set.  College of American Pathologists.  2001. 

Fischer E, Marek J, Morris A, Nashelsky M.  Cholesterol granulomas of the lungs associated with microangiopathic hemolytic anemia and thrombocytopenia in pulmonary hypertension.  Archives of pathology & laboratory medicine.  2000 December. 124(12):1813-5.

Savarirayan R, Cormier-Daire V, Curry C, Nashelsky M, Rappaport V, Rimoin D, Lachman R.  New mesomelic dysplasia with absent fibulae and triangular tibiae.  American journal of medical genetics.  2000 September. 94(1):59-63.

Nashelsky M, Dix J.  The time interval between lethal infant shaking and onset of symptoms - A review of the shaken baby syndrome literature.  The American journal of forensic medicine and pathology.  1995 June. 16(2):154-7.

Benke T, Zitsch R, Nashelsky M.  Bilateral oncocytic cysts of the nasopharynx.  Otolaryngology--head and neck surgery : official journal of American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.  1995 February. 112(2):321-4.

Nashelsky M, Dix J, Adelstein E.  Homicide facilitated by inhalation of chloroform.  Journal of forensic sciences.  1995 January. 40(1):134-8.

Nashelsky M, Hess M, Weisenburger D, Pierson J, Bast M, Armitage J, Sanger W.  Cytogenetic abnormalities in B-immunoblastic lymphoma.  Leukemia & lymphoma.  1994 August. 14(6-May):415-20.

Loy T, Nashelsky M.  Reactivity of B72.3 with adenocarcinomas - An immunohistochemical study of 476 cases.  Cancer.  1993 October. 72(8):2495-8.

Behonick G, Shanks K, Firchau D, Mathur G, Lynch C, Nashelsky M, Jaskierny D,  C.  Four postmortem case reports with quantitative detection of the synthetic cannabinoid, 5F-PB-22. .  Journal of Analytical Toxicology. 

Nashelsky M.  Sudden death in a young woman with pulmonary hypertension.  American Society of Clinical Pathologists. 

Nashelsky M.  Undiagnosed Graves disease, thyrotoxicosis and sudden death.  American Society of Clinical Pathologists. 

Date Last Modified: 06/07/2014 - 21:56:23