Health Sciences Campus

M.G.F. Gilliland, M.D.

M.G.F. Gilliland


Department of Pathology
Brody School of Medicine
Brody Building, 7S10
Mail Stop 642
600 Moye Boulevard
Greenville, NC 27834

Office: 252-744-4655
Fax: 252-744-3650


Fellowship: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH (Forensic Pathology)
                   Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA (Legal Medicine/Forensic Pathology)
Residency: The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH (Medicine/Psychiatry)
                   Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH (Pathology)
Doctorate: Loyola University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, M.D.
Graduate: Loyola University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, M.S. (Biochemistry)
Undergraduate: Dominican University, (formerly Rosary College), River Forest, IL, B.A. (Chemistry)

Board Certification

American Board of Pathology, Anatomic Pathology
American Board of Pathology, Clinical Pathology
American Board of Pathology, Forensic Pathology

Research Interests

Research activities and interests include: autopsy teaching, child abuse eye injury, mortality prevention, postmortem changes in humans, sudden death, traumatic cardiac changes, and pediatric toxicology

Representative Publications

  • Gilliland MGF, Luckenbach MW, Chenier T.  Systemic and Ocular Findings in 169 Prospectively Studied Child Deaths:Retinal Hemorrhages Usually Mean Child Abuse. For Science Internat. 1994 68:117-132.
  • Gilliland MGF, Folberg R. Shaken babies -- some have no impact injuries. Journal of Forensic Science 1996  41(1):114-116.
  • Magrane B, Gilliland MGF, King Dana E. Certification of Death by Family Physicians. American Family Physician. 1997 56(5):1433-1438.
  • Gilliland, MGF. Interval duration between injury and severe symptoms in nonaccidental head trauma in infants and young children. Journal of Forensic Sciences. 1998 43(3):723-725.
  • Gilliland MGF, Spence PR, Spence R. Lethal Domestic Violence in Eastern North Carolina. North Carolina Medical Journal for Doctors and Their Patients. 2001 Feb;61(5):287-290.
  • Gilliland MGF. Frequency of Bronchopneumonia in Children With Survival Interval Before Death. American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology. 2001 22(2):200-202.
  • Fiordalisi I, Harris GD, Gilliland MGF. Prehospital Arrest in Diabetic Ketoacidemia. Why Brain Swelling May Lead to Death Before Treatment. Journal of Diabetes and Its Complications. 2002 16:214-219.
  • Gilliland MGF,Luthert P.  Expert Opinion:Why do Histology on Retinal Hemorrhages in Suspected Non-Accidental Injury? Histopathology. 2003 43:592-602.
  • Gnanaraj L, Gilliland MGF, Yahya RR, Rutka JT, Drake J, Dirks P, Levin AV. Ocular Manifestations of Crush Head Injury in Children. Eye. 2007 21:5-10.
  • Gilliland MGF, Levin AV, Enzenauer RW, Smith C, Parsons MA, Rorke-Adams LB, LaRoche GR, Christmann LM, Mian M, Jentzen J, Simons K, Morad Y, Alexander R, Jenny C, Wygananski-Jaffe T. Guidelines for postmortem protocol for ocular investigation of sudden unexplained infant death and suspected physical child abuse. Am J Forensic Med Pathol. 2007 28(4):323-329.