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Luis Sanchez, MD

Full Affiliate Member, Research Institute
Houston Methodist


Dr. Sanchez is board certified in both anatomic pathology and forensic pathology. Prior to joining the Harris County Medical Examiner Office in 2001, he served as a forensic pathologist at the Medical Examiner Office in Washington, DC. Dr. Sanchez is on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Forensic Medicine in Pathology and Forensic Science, Medicine and Pathology. He holds appointments at the South Texas College of Law, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Baylor College of Medicine, and George Washington University.

Description of Research

Dr. Sanchez research interests include forensic pathology, specifically injury and injury mechanisms. Through collaborations with institutions in the Texas Medical Center, he also investigates the use of advanced diagnostic technologies in postmortem studies.

Areas Of Expertise

Pathology Forensic pathology Injury mechanisms

Postmortem genetic screening for the identification, verification, and reporting of genetic variants contributing to the sudden death of the young
Methner, DNR, Scherer, SE, Welch, K, Walkiewicz, M, Eng, CM, Belmont, JW, Powell, MC, Korchina, V, Doddapaneni, HV, Muzny, DM, Gibbs, RA, Wolf, DA, Sanchez, LA & Kahn, R 2016, Genome Research, vol 26, no. 9, pp. 1170-1177. DOI:

The ethics of conducting molecular autopsies in cases of sudden death in the young
McGuire, AL, Moore, Q, Majumder, M, Walkiewicz, M, Eng, CM, Belmont, JW, Nassef, S, Darilek, S, Rutherford, K, Pereira, S, Scherer, SE, Sutton, VR, Wolf, D, Gibbs, RA, Kahn, R & Sanchez, LA 2016, Genome Research, vol 26, no. 9, pp. 1165-1169. DOI:

Pathological findings in 2 cases of fatal 25I-NBOMe toxicity
Walterscheid, JP, Phillips, GT, Lopez, AE, Gonsoulin, ML, Chen, HH & Sanchez, LA 2014, American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology, vol 35, no. 1, pp. 20-25. DOI:

Primary breast lymphoma with sudden death
Florez, L, Gutierrez, C, Haden-Pinneri, K, Cervantes, M, Buja, M, Anzalone, ML & Sanchez, LA 2011, American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology, vol 32, no. 2, pp. 176-179. DOI:

Postmortem findings in eight cases of influenza A/H1N1
Rosen, DG, Lopez, AE, Anzalone, ML, Wolf, DA, Derrick, SM, Florez, LF, Gonsoulin, ML, Hines, MO, Mitchell, RA, Phatak, DR, Haden-Pinneri, K & Sanchez, LA 2010, Modern Pathology, vol 23, no. 11, pp. 1449-1457. DOI:

Sickle cell trait and fatal rhabdomyolysis in football training: A case study
Anzalone, ML, Green, VS, Buja, M, Sanchez, LA, Harrykissoon, RI & Eichner, ER 2010, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, vol 42, no. 1, pp. 3-7. DOI:

Recognition of skeletal fractures in infants: An autopsy technique
Love, JC & Sanchez, LA 2009, Journal of Forensic Sciences, vol 54, no. 6, pp. 1443-1446. DOI:

Future research: A prospective longitudinal study of elder self-neglect
Dyer, CB, Franzini, L, Watson, M, Sanchez, L, Prati, L, Mitchell, S, Wallace, R & Pickens, S 2008, Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, vol 56, no. SUPPL. 2. DOI:

Methadone and methadone metabolites in postmortem specimens
Danielson, TJ, Mozayani, A & Sanchez, LA 2008, Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology, vol 4, no. 3, pp. 170-174. DOI:

Postmortem Distribution of the Novel Antipsychotic Drug Quetiapine
Hopenwasser, J, Mozayani, A, Danielson, TJ, Harbin, J, Narula, HS, Posey, DH, Shrode, PW, Wilson, SK, Li, R & Sanchez, LA 2004, Journal of Analytical Toxicology, vol 28, no. 4, pp. 264-268.

Sudden neonatal death in carnitine transporter deficiency
Rinaldo, P, Stanley, CA, Hsu, BYL, Sanchez, LA & Stern, HJ 1997, Journal of Pediatrics, vol 131, no. 2, pp. 304-305. DOI: