Dennis Firchau, MD

Assistant Director of Autopsy Services
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pathology

Contact Information

Primary Office
C612 General Hospital
Iowa City, IA 52242


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

Forensic Pathology - American Board of Pathology
State of Minnesota Medical License - Minnesota Board of Medicine
Anatomic and Clinical Pathology - American Board of Pathology
State of Wisconsin Medical License - Wisconsin Board of Medicine

Research Summary

Interests: Autopsy and forensic pathology; cardiovascular pathology.


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.

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

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.

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.