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Dwayne Wolf, MD, PhD

Associate Affiliate Member, Research Institute
Houston Methodist


Dr. Dwayne Wolf is the Deputy Chief Medical Examiner for the Office of the Medical Examiner of Harris County and a clinical assistant professor of pathology for Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Texas School of Medicine. He has held professional positions with the Galveston County Medical Examiner Office, the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences and a fellowship with the Dade County Medical Examiner Office in Miami, Florida. Dr. Wolf was also a clinical assistant professor in the University of South Alabama Medical Center´s Department of Pathology. He is a member of the National Association of Medical Examiners and the Southern Medical Association, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. Dr. Wolf is also a diplomate of the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic Pathology and Forensic Pathology.

Description of Research

Dr. Wolf´s research centers on 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
Education & Training

, University of Texas Medical Branch

Individual and community characteristics associated with premature natural and drug-related deaths in 25–59 year old decedents
Drake, SA, Yang, Y, Wolf, D, Reynolds, T, Harper, S, Hudson, A & Meininger, JC 2019, PloS one, vol. 14, no. 2, e0212026.

A new kind of autopsy for 21st century medicine
Wolf, D 2018, Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, vol. 142, no. 2.

Improving medicolegal death investigative gaps of fatal elder abuse
Drake, SA, Pickens, S, Wolf, D & Thimsen, K 2018, Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect.

Ethical Considerations on Disclosure When Medical Error Is Discovered during Medicolegal Death Investigation
Wolf, D, Drake, SA & Snow, FK 2017, American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology, vol. 38, no. 4, pp. 294-297.

Methodology to reliably measure preventable trauma death rate
Drake, SA, Wolf, D, Meininger, JC, Cron, SG, Reynold, T, Wade, CE & Holcomb, JB 2017, Trauma Surgery and Acute Care Open, vol. 2, no. 1, e000106.

Medicolegal Death Investigation and Hospital Patient Safety and Quality Outcomes: A Naturally Synergistic Collaboration
Drake, SA, Harper, S & Wolf, D 2016, Journal of Forensic Nursing, vol. 12, no. 4, pp. 183-188.

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, L 2016, Genome Research, vol. 26, no. 9, pp. 1165-1169.

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, D, Sanchez, L & Kahn, R 2016, Genome Research, vol. 26, no. 9, pp. 1170-1177.

A Novel Method for Removing a Spinal Cord with Attached Cervical Ganglia from a Pediatric Decedent
Peterson, JEG, Love, JC, Pinto, DC, Wolf, D & Sandberg, G 2016, Journal of Forensic Sciences, vol. 61, no. 1, pp. 241-244.

Suicide within 72 hours after discharge from health care settings decedent characteristics
Drake, SA, Garza, B, Cron, SG & Wolf, D 2016, American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology, vol. 37, no. 1, pp. 32-34.

Sudden death in a 15-year-old with diffuse cardiac rhabdomyomatosis: An autopsy case report
Fuller, MY, Wolf, D & Buja, LM 2014, Cardiovascular Pathology, vol. 23, no. 6, pp. 351-353.

Preventing sudden cardiac death in athletes: In search of evidence-based, cost-effective screening
Angelini, P, Vidovich, MI, Lawless, CE, Elayda, MA, Alberto Lopez, J, Wolf, D & Willerson, JT 2013, Texas Heart Institute Journal, vol. 40, no. 2, pp. 148-155.

Preservation of evidence during pediatric organ donation: A modified thoracotomy procedure designed to increase consent in medical examiner cases
Wolf, D, Derrick, S & Wood, R 2011, Progress in Transplantation, vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 67-71.

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

Undetermined cause and manner of death after organ/tissue donation
Wolf, D & Derrick, SM 2010, American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology, vol. 31, no. 2, pp. 113-116.

A case of fatal cardiac tamponade during hemodialysis
Schmiege, LM & Wolf, D 2006, Seminars in dialysis, vol. 19, no. 5, pp. 434-437.

The cardiac pendulum: Blunt rupture of the pericardium with strangulation of the heart
Wall, MJ, Mattox, KL & Wolf, D 2005, Journal of Trauma - Injury, Infection and Critical Care, vol. 59, no. 1, pp. 136-141.

Sudden death following rupture of a right ventricular aneurysm 9 months after ablation therapy of the right ventricular outflow tract
Wolf, D, Burke, AP, Patterson, KV & Virmani, R 2002, PACE - Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology, vol. 25, no. 7, pp. 1135-1137.

Hyperostosis cranii ex vacuo in adults: A consequence of brain atrophy from diverse causes
Wolf, D & Falsetti, AB 2001, Journal of Forensic Sciences, vol. 46, no. 2, pp. 370-373.

Heimlich trauma: A violent maneuver
Wolf, DA 2001, American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology, vol. 22, no. 1, pp. 65-67.

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