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Associate Chief Medical Examiner, N.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

Research Interests

My interests include forensic pathology and water-related deaths, including drowning of all kinds and particularly scuba, rebreather, and freediving deaths. Current research involves reviews of diving deaths in the United States, and, eventually, worldwide.

Selected Publications

Wang A, et al. Mortality associated with Hurricane Matthew – United States, October 2016. Notes from the Field: MMWR. CDC. 2017

Buzzacott P, Nelson CL, Hill K, Hires L. Technical Note: Recovery of deceased scuba divers from within flooded subterranean caves. Forensic Science International. 8796. 2017

Contributing author, DAN Annual Diving Report, 2012-2015 Edition P. Buzzacott, ed. Divers Alert Network, Durham, NC 2015.

Denoble PJ, Nelson CL, Ranapurwala SI, and Caruso, JL. Prevalence of cardiomegaly and left ventricular hypertrophy in scuba diving and traffic accident victims. Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Journal. 41(2): 127-133. March/April 2014.

McIntyre IM, Gary RD, Estrada J, Nelson CL. Antemortem and postmortem fentanyl concentrations: a case Report. International Journal of Legal Medicine DOI 10.1007/s00414-013-0897-5 2013.

Sadler CA, Nelson CL, Grover I, Witucki P, Neuman T. Dilemma of natural death while scuba diving. Academic Forensic Pathology. 3 (2): 202-212. July 2013.

McIntyre IM, Hamm C, Schaber B, Nelson CL. Antemortem and postmortem methamphetamine blood concentrations: three case reports. Journal of Analytical Toxicology. 2013.

Cantrell L, McIntyre IM, Nelson CL. Fatal metformin intoxication with markedly elevated blood and liver concentrations. Journal of Analytical Toxicology. 2012 November/December 36.

McIntyre IM, Sherrard J, Nelson CL. Oxymorphone Involved Fatalities: A Report of Two Cases. Journal of Analytical Toxicology. 2009 November/December, 33.

Nelson CL, Winston DC. A new type of shotgun ammunition produces unique wound characteristics. Journal of Forensic Sciences. 2007 January, 52 (1).