Dwayne Wolf

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

The silent killer: Previously undetected pulmonary emboli that result in death after discharge
Kalkwarf, KJ, Yang, Y, Mora, S, Wolf, DA, Robertson, RD, Holcomb, JB & Drake, SA 2023, , Injury, vol. 54, no. 11, 111016. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.injury.2023.111016

Geospatial Analysis of Prehospital Triage and Early Potential Preventable Traumatic Deaths
Klutts, GN, Kalkwarf, KJ, Yang, Y, Gill, JP, Wade, CE, Persse, D, Wolf, DA, Deloach, JP, Smedley, WA, Corbin, SL, Schulz, K, Tabor, J, Bhavaraju, A & Drake, S 2023, , American Surgeon, vol. 89, no. 7, pp. 3322-3324. https://doi.org/10.1177/00031348231157910

An Analysis of Traumatic and Non-Traumatic Hemopericardium Using Autopsy Data From a County Medical Examiner
Klutts, G, Kalkwarf, K, Meyer, D, Yang, Y, Wolf, DA, Bhavaraju, A, Margolick, J, Marino, K, Robertson, R & Drake, SA 2022, , American Surgeon, vol. 88, no. 8, pp. 1909-1911. https://doi.org/10.1177/00031348221086805

Impact of Covid-19 pandemic on volume and surgeon professional fees generated by emergency general surgery procedures
Ali, AB, Shaikh, A, Maghami, N, Zia, M, Wolf, DA & Bonville, DJ 2022, , Surgical Endoscopy, vol. 36, no. 12, pp. 9297-9303. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00464-022-09168-z

Contextual information in medicolegal death investigation decision-making: Manner of death determination for cases of a single gunshot wound
Dror, IE, Wolf, DA, Phillips, G, Gao, S, Yang, Y & Drake, SA 2022, , Forensic Science International: Synergy, vol. 5, 100285. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fsisyn.2022.100285

Nontraumatic In-Custody Homicidal Deaths in Harris County, Texas (2015-2019): Justification for a Separate Manner of Death Category
Wolf, DA 2021, , American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology, vol. 42, no. 4, pp. 363-366. https://doi.org/10.1097/PAF.0000000000000682

Commentary on the spectrum of cardiopulmonary pathology in COVID-19
Buja, LM, Zhao, B, McDonald, M, Ottaviani, G & Wolf, DA 2021, , Cardiovascular Pathology, vol. 53, 107339, pp. 107339. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.carpath.2021.107339

A postmortem portrait of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic: A large multi-institutional autopsy survey study
Hooper, JE, Padera, RF, Dolhnikoff, M, Ferraz da Silva, LF, Duarte-Neto, AN, Kapp, ME, Matthew Lacy, J, Mauad, T, Saldiva, PHN, Rapkiewicz, AV, Wolf, DA, Felix, JC, Benson, P, Shanes, E, Gawelek, KL, Marshall, DA, McDonald, MM, Muller, W, Priemer, DS, Solomon, IH, Zak, T, Bhattacharjee, MB, Fu, L, Gilbert, AR, Harper, HL, Litovsky, S, Lomasney, J, Mount, SL, Reilly, S, Sekulic, M, Steffensen, TS, Threlkeld, KJ, Zhao, B & Williamson, AK 2021, , Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, vol. 145, no. 5, pp. 529-535. https://doi.org/10.5858/arpa.2020-0786-SA

Fatal and Nonfatal Injury Patterns of Stranded Motorists
Drake, SA, Yang, Y, Gao, S, Mora, S, Garza, R, Moore, L, Todd, SR, Wilson, C & Wolf, DA 2021, , Journal of forensic nursing, vol. 17, no. 3, pp. 154-162. https://doi.org/10.1097/JFN.0000000000000329

Spatial Correlates of Gun Deaths in Harris County, Texas
Levine, N, Drake, SA, Reynolds, TF, Yang, Y, Wolf, DA, Persse, D, Wade, CE & Holcomb, JB 2021, , Homicide Studies, vol. 25, no. 1, pp. 37-60. https://doi.org/10.1177/1088767920924448

When falls become fatal—Clinical care sequence
Drake, SA, Conway, SH, Yang, Y, Cheatham, LS, Wolf, DA, Adams, SD, Wade, CE & Holcomb, JB 2021, , PLoS ONE, vol. 16, no. 1 January, e0244862. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0244862

Quality Assurance Through Standard Operating Procedures Development and Deviation: A Medicolegal Death Investigation Systems Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Drake, SA, Pierce, M, Gumpeni, P, Giardino, E & Wolf, DA 2021, , Journal of forensic nursing, vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 61-64. https://doi.org/10.1097/JFN.0000000000000305

Identifying gaps and improving investigation of fatal elder abuse and/or neglect
Drake, SA, Akande, A, Kelly, PA, Yang, Y & Wolf, DA 2021, , Journal of Forensic Sciences, vol. 66, no. 6, pp. 2274-2282. https://doi.org/10.1111/1556-4029.14884

A Call for Complex Systems and Syndemic Theory in Firearm Violence Research
Lemke, MK, Wolf, DA & Drake, SA 2022, , American Journal of Preventive Medicine, vol. 62, no. 3, pp. 459-465. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amepre.2021.08.026

Letter to the Editor: Morphoproteomics Identifies the Vitamin D Receptor as a Potential Therapeutic Partner in Alveolar Pneumocytes for COVID-19 Infected Patients
Brown, RE, Wolf, DA & Tahseen, D 2020, , Annals of clinical and laboratory science, vol. 50, no. 5, pp. 699-700.

Bleeding to death in a big city: An analysis of all trauma deaths from hemorrhage in a metropolitan area during 1 year
Kalkwarf, KJ, Drake, SA, Yang, Y, Thetford, C, Myers, L, Brock, M, Wolf, DA, Persse, D, Wade, CE & Holcomb, JB 2020, , Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, vol. 89, no. 4, pp. 716-722. https://doi.org/10.1097/TA.0000000000002833

The emerging spectrum of cardiopulmonary pathology of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19): Report of 3 autopsies from Houston, Texas, and review of autopsy findings from other United States cities
Buja, LM, Wolf, D, Zhao, B, Akkanti, B, McDonald, M, Lelenwa, L, Reilly, N, Ottaviani, G, Elghetany, MT, Trujillo, DO, Aisenberg, GM, Madjid, M & Kar, B 2020, , Cardiovascular Pathology, vol. 48, 107233. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.carpath.2020.107233

Elevator-Related Deaths
Prahlow, JA, Ashraf, Z, Plaza, N, Rogers, C, Ferreira, P, Fowler, DR, Blessing, MM, Wolf, DA, Graham, MA, Sandberg, K, Brown, TT & Lantz, PE 2020, , Journal of Forensic Sciences, vol. 65, no. 3, pp. 823-832. https://doi.org/10.1111/1556-4029.14235

Morphoproteomics and Etiopathogenic Features of Pulmonary COVID-19 with Therapeutic Implications: A Case Study
Brown, RE, Wolf, D, Hunter, RL, Zhao, B & Buja, LM 2020, , Annals of clinical and laboratory science, vol. 50, no. 3, pp. 308-313.

Establishing a regional pediatric trauma preventable/potentially preventable death rate
Drake, SA, Holcomb, JB, Yang, Y, Thetford, C, Myers, L, Brock, M, Wolf, D, Persse, D, Naik-Mathuria, BJ, Wade, CE & Harting, MT 2020, , Pediatric Surgery International, vol. 36, no. 2, pp. 179-189. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00383-019-04597-9