Marcus Nashelsky, MD

Portrait
Johnson County, Iowa Medical Examiner
Clinical Professor of Pathology

Contact Information

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

Education

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

Resident, Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, University of Missouri-Columbia Hospitals and Clinics
Fellow, 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.

Publications

Dlouhy, B. J., Ciliberto, M. A., Cifra, C. L., Kirby, P. A., Shrock, D. L., Nashelsky, M. & Richerson, G. B. (2017). Unexpected death of a child with complex febrile seizures-pathophysiology similar to sudden unexpected death in epilepsy?. Front Neurol,(8), 21. PMID: 28203222.

Jacob, M., Nashelsky, M. & Dailey, M. (2014). Accidental ingestion of a grill brush wire resulting in death. Academic Forensic Pathology,(2), 240-243.

Behonick, G., Shanks, K. G., Firchau, D. J., Mathur, G., Lynch, C. F., Nashelsky, M. & Meroueh, C. (2014). Four postmortem case reports with quantitative detection of the synthetic cannabinoid, 5F-PB-22. J Anal Toxicol. PMID: 24876364.

Lin, L. H., Nashelsky, M. B. & Talman, W. T. (2014). 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, 61-62C, 161-168. PMID: 25462386.

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 quantitiative dection of the synthetic cannabinoid, 5F-PB-22. (Vols. 38). (8), pp. 559-562. J Anal Toxicol. PMID: 24876364.

Lin, L., Jin, J., Nashelsky, M. B. & Talman, W. T. (2014). 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,(61-62), 161-168.

Nashelsky, M. (2011). The death of SIDS. Annual meeting of the National Association of Medical Examiners.

Nashelsky, M. (2008). Rural vs. urban trauma: demographic influences on autopsy rates. (Abstract #QS184), pp. 29. Proceedings of the 3rd Annual Academic Surgical Congress.

Clapper, A., Nashelsky, M. & Dailey, M. (2008). Evaluation of serum cortisol in the postmortem diagnosis of acute adrenal insufficiency. The American journal of forensic medicine and pathology, 29(2), 181-4. PMID: 18520491.

Bassuk, A. G., Wallace, R. H., Buhr, A., Buller, A. R., Afawi, Z., Shimojo, M., Miyata, S., Chen, S., Gonzalez-Alegre, P., Griesbach, H. L., Wu, S., Nashelsky, M., Vladar, E. K., Antic, D., Ferguson, P. J., Cirak, S., Voit, T., Scott, M. P., Axelrod, J. D., Gurnett, C., Daoud, A. S., Kivity, S., Neufeld, M. Y., Mazarib, A., Straussberg, R., Walid, S., Korczyn, A. D., Slusarski, D. C., Berkovic, S. F. & El-Shanti, H. I. (2008). A homozygous mutation in human PRICKLE1 causes an autosomal-recessive progressive myoclonus epilepsy-ataxia syndrome. American journal of human genetics, 83(5), 572-81. PMID: 18976727.

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

Nashelsky, M. (2012). Death certification-revisiting the primary CDC and NAME literature. Forensic Pathology,(2), 120-125.

Harris, M. L., Massaquoi, D., Soyemi, K., Brend, S. M., Klein, D., Pentella, M., Kraemer, J., Nashelsky, M., Schmunk, G., Smith, T. & Pleva, A. (2012). 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, 33(2), 113-118. PMID: 20938328.

Laczniak, A. N., Sato, Y. & Nashelsky, M. (2011). Postmortem gastric perforation (gastromalacia) mimicking abusive injury in sudden unexplained infant death. Pediatric radiology, 41(12), 1595-7. PMID: 21607601.

Nashelsky, M. (2011). The death of SIDS. Academic Forensic Pathology, 1, 92-98.

Light, T. D., Royer, N. A., Zabell, J., Le, M. B., Thomsen, T. A., Kealey, G. P., Alpen, M. A. & Nashelsky, M. (2011). Autopsy after traumatic death--a shifting paradigm. The Journal of surgical research, 167(1), 121-4. PMID: 20031159.

Baumer, T. G., Nashelsky, M., Hurst, C. V., Passalacqua, N. V., Fenton, T. W. & Haut, R. C. (2010). Characteristics and prediction of cranial crush injuries in children. Journal of forensic sciences, 55(6), 1416-21. PMID: 20533974.

Taktakishvili, O. M., Lin, L. H., Vanderheyden, A. D., Nashelsky, M. & Talman, W. T. (2010). Nitroxidergic innervation of human cerebral arteries. Autonomic neuroscience : basic & clinical, 156(2-Jan), 152-153. PMID: 20537599.

Dwyre, D. M., Dursteler, B., Nashelsky, M., Friedman, K. D. & Raife, T. J. (2009). Value of ADAMTS13 activity and inhibitor in the postmortem diagnosis of thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura. Journal of clinical apheresis, 24(3), 106-10. PMID: 19253359.

Zabell, J., Nashelsky, M., Thomsen, T., Alpen, M. A., Kealey, G. P. & Light, T. D. (2009). Rural versus urban trauma: demographic influences on autopsy rates. The Journal of surgical research, 155(1), 132-5. PMID: 19135684.

Oral, R., Yagmur, F., Nashelsky, M., Turkmen, M. & Kirby, P. (2008). Fatal abusive head trauma cases: consequence of medical staff missing milder forms of physical abuse. Pediatric emergency care, 24(12), 816-21. PMID: 19050665.

Nashelsky, M. (2008). Rural vs. urban trauma: demographic influences on autopsy rates. Journal of Surgical Research, 1-4.

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

Nashelsky, M. Sudden death in a young woman with pulmonary hypertension. (05-09) American Society of Clinical Pathologists.

Nolte, K. B., Lathrop, S. L., Nashelsky, M., Nine, J. S., Gallaher, M. M., Umland, E. T., McLemore, J. L., Reichard, R. R., Irvine, R. A., McFeeley, P. J. & Zumwalt, R. E. (2007). Med-X: a medical examiner surveillance model for bioterrorism and infectious disease mortality. Human pathology, 38(5), 718-25. PMID: 17437862.

Cook, R. T., Schlueter, A. J., Coleman, R. A., Tygrett, L., Ballas, Z. K., Jerrells, T. R., Nashelsky, M., Ray, N. B., Haugen, T. H. & Waldschmidt, T. J. (2007). 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, 31(10), 1746-58. PMID: 17681030.

Havlik, D. M., Nashelsky, M. (2006). Ruptured cerebral artery aneurysm and bacterial meningitis in a man with osteogenesis imperfecta. The American journal of forensic medicine and pathology, 27(2), 117-20. PMID: 16738428.

Harre, B., Nashelsky, M., Douvoyiannis, M. & Shulman, S. T. (2006). Fatal group A streptococcal myopericarditis during influenza A infection. The Pediatric infectious disease journal, 25(7), 660-1. PMID: 16804446.

Nashelsky, M. (2005). Occupational health: Autopsy Pathology. In J. Payne-James , R. Byard , T. Corey , C. Henderson (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Forensic and Legal Medicine. Elsevier Ltd.

Nashelsky, M. Undiagnosed Graves disease, thyrotoxicosis and sudden death. (99-2) American Society of Clinical Pathologists.

Nashelsky, M., Lawrence, C. H. (2003). Accuracy of cause of death determination without forensic autopsy examination. The American journal of forensic medicine and pathology, 24(4), 313-9. PMID: 14634467.

Nashelsky, M. (2003). Time of Death. In R. C. Froede (Eds.) Handbook of Forensic Pathology. (2nd) College of American Pathologists.

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

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

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

Nashelsky, M. (2001). Call for help. The Western journal of medicine, 174(3), 214-5. PMID: 11238367.

Fischer, E. G., Marek, J. M., Morris, A. & Nashelsky, M. (2000). Cholesterol granulomas of the lungs associated with microangiopathic hemolytic anemia and thrombocytopenia in pulmonary hypertension. Archives of pathology & laboratory medicine, 124(12), 1813-5. PMID: 11100063.

Savarirayan, R., Cormier-Daire, V., Curry, C. J., Nashelsky, M., Rappaport, V., Rimoin, D. L. & Lachman, R. S. (2000). New mesomelic dysplasia with absent fibulae and triangular tibiae. American journal of medical genetics, 94(1), 59-63. PMID: 10982484.

Nashelsky, M., Dix, J. D. & Adelstein, E. H. (1995). Homicide facilitated by inhalation of chloroform. Journal of forensic sciences, 40(1), 134-8. PMID: 7876797.

Benke, T. T., Zitsch, R. P. & Nashelsky, M. (1995). Bilateral oncocytic cysts of the nasopharynx. Otolaryngology--head and neck surgery : official journal of American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, 112(2), 321-4. PMID: 7838557.

Nashelsky, M., Dix, J. D. (1995). 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, 16(2), 154-7. PMID: 7572873.

Nashelsky, M., Hess, M. M., Weisenburger, D. D., Pierson, J. L., Bast, M. A., Armitage, J. O. & Sanger, W. G. (1994). Cytogenetic abnormalities in B-immunoblastic lymphoma. Leukemia & lymphoma, 14(6-May), 415-20. PMID: 7812201.

Loy, T. S., Nashelsky, M. (1993). Reactivity of B72.3 with adenocarcinomas - An immunohistochemical study of 476 cases. Cancer, 72(8), 2495-8. PMID: 8402466.