Dennis Firchau, MD

Portrait
Assistant Director of Autopsy Services
Deputy Medical Examiner
Assistant State Medical Examiner
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pathology

Contact Information

Primary Office
C612 General Hospital
Iowa City, IA 52242
319-356-0885

Education

BS, Michigan State University
MD, Wayne State University of Medicine
Resident, Pathology, Medical College of Wisconsin
Fellow, Cardiovascular Pathology, Mayo Clinic
Fellow, Forensic Pathology, Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office

Licensure and Certifications

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

Research Summary

Interests: Autopsy and forensic pathology; cardiovascular pathology.

Publications

Miller, D. V., Firchau, D., McClure, R. F., Kurtin, P. J. & Feldman, A. L. (2010). Epstein-Barr virus-associated diffuse large B-cell lymphoma arising on cardiac prostheses. Am J Surg Pathol, 34(3), 377-84. PMID: 20139760.

Abukhiran, I., Firchau, D. (In Press). Ketamine intoxication from a topical preparation contributing to heart disease. In West Palm Beach, FL. Annual meeting of the National Association of Medical Examiners.

Vidholia, A., Firchau, D. & Stauffer, S. (In Press). Right ventricular endomyocardial fibrosis: a neglected cause of sudden cardiac death in the western world. In West Palm Beach, FL. Annual meeting of the national association of medical examiners.

Eigsti, R., Firchau, D. (2017). Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA, Ecstasy) intoxication in a young adult with giant coronary aneurysms from Kawasaki disease. Scottsdale, AZ: Annual meeting of the National Association of Medical Examiners.

Fatima, U., Gupta, S., Firchau, D. J., Stolpen, A. H. & Sah, R. (2016). A Rare Pericardial Malignancy. Circulation. Heart failure, 9(7). PMID: 27413030.

Schrock, D., Nashelsky, M. & Firchau, D. (2016). A suicidal hanging with injuries of the cervical spine: a case report. Annual meeting of the National Association of Medical Examiners.

Firchau, D., Stauffer, S. (In Press). Dilated cardiomyopathy. Anatomic Pathology Education Program. College of American Pathologists Press.

Jacob, M., Firchau, D. (2016). Inadvertent fluoride ingestion resulting in death - a case report. Annual meeting of the National Association of Medical Examiners.

Firchau, D. J., Baker, A., Wuenschmann, A. (2016). Interdisciplinary collaboration in the evaluation of the sudden unexpected death of a young male. Minneapolis, MN: Annual meeting of the National Association of Medical Examiners.

Eigsti, R., Firchau, D. (In Press). Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA, Ecstasy) intoxication in a young adult with giant coronary aneurysms from Kawasaki disease. Academic Forensic Pathology.

Schouweiler, K., Firchau, D. J. (In Press). Splenic artery dissection due to fibromuscular dysplasia. Anatomic Pathology Education Program, College of American Pathologists Press.

Dunseth, C., Firchau, D. (2016). Total artificial heart: an autopsy case series. Seattle, WA: Annual Meeting of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology.

Davis, K., Firchau, D. (In Press). Lightning death. Anatomic Pathology Education Program. College of American Pathologists Press.

Behonick, G., Shanks, K. G., Firchau, D. J., Mathur, G., Lynch, C. F., Nashelsky, M., Jaskierny, D. J. & Meroueh, C. (2014). Four postmortem case reports with quantitative detection of the synthetic cannabinoid, 5F-PB-22. Journal of analytical toxicology, 38(8), 559-62. PMID: 24876364.

Cotarlan, V., Firchau, D., Icardi, M., Goerbig, J., Iqbal, O., Light-McGroary, K. & Johnson, F. (2013). Heart Transplant: A Mystery in the Myocardium. International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation Meeting.

Savage, J. M., Firchau, D. J. (2013). Sudden Unexpected death due to hamartoma of mature cardiac myocytes. Milwaukee, WI: Annual meeting of the National Association of Medical Examiners.

Sciallis, A. P., Firchau, D. J., Edwards, W. D. & Miller, D. V. (2008). Eosinophilic Endomyocardial Disease: A Clinicopathological Study of Autopsy and Surgical Heart Specimens. United States Canadian Academy of Pathology Meeting.

Firchau, D. J., Strauss, T. D., Kroft, S. H. & Alexander, R. A. (2008). Sudden Cardiac Death due to Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Micro-metastasis to the Atrioventricular Node. National Association of Medical Examiners Meeting.

Wynveen, C., Firchau, D., Gruman, L., Chen, C. Y., Yang, H. Y., Williams, C. L. & LI, R. (2007). Expression of SmgGDS in Atherosclerotic Coronary Arteries. United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology Meeting.

Nashelsky, M., Firchau, D. J. Anomalous proximal coronary artery circulation. CAP-FR.

Kurt, M., Nashelsky, M. & Firchau, D. J. Myxomatous Mitral Valve Disease. CAP-FR565.