Health Sciences Campus

William R. Oliver, M.D.

William R. Oliver

Affiliate Professor


Fellowship: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
Residency: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
Doctorate: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN, M.D.
Graduate: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, M.S. (Computer Science)
                 Columbus State University, Columbus, GA, M.P.A. (Justice Administration)
Undergraduate: University of Oklahoma, B.S. (Microbiology)

Board Certification

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

Research Interests

  • Image processing in Forensic Pathology
  • Patterned injury Analysis
  • Computer vision in Pathology
  • Morphometrics
  • Effect of politics and legal issues on practice patterns
  • Inference in Forensic Pathology


  • Luzi S, Melinek J, Oliver WR:  Medical Examiner Independence.  New England Journal of Medicine. Submitted for publication.
  • Oliver WR:  Intent in manner of death determination.  Acad For Path. 2012;2(2):126-137.
  • Oliver WR, Leone L: Digital UV/IR photography for tattoo evaluation in mummified remains. J Forensic Sci. 2012 Jul;57(4):1134-6.
  • Oliver WR: Methods of inference in forensic diagnosis. Acad For Path. 2011;1(3):254-75.
  • Oliver WR: Photography considerations in autopsy practice. Acad For Path. 2011;1(1):52-81.
  • Oliver WR: The Effect of Threat of Litigation on Forensic Pathologist Diagnostic Decision Making. Am J Forensic Med Pathol. 2011 Aug 3. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Patonay B, Oliver WR: Birth trauma appearing as abusive head trauma. J Forensic Sci. 2010 Jul;55(4):1123-5.
  • Oliver WR: Medicine Looks Back at Intelligence (Comment on "Modeling an Intelligence Profession on Medicine). International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence. 2007;20(3):564-6.
  • Thali MJ, Dirnhofer R, Becker R, Oliver WR, Potter K:  Is 'virtual histology' the next step after 'virtual autopsy'? Magnetic  resonance microscopy in forensic medicine. Magn Reson Imaging. 2004 Oct;22(8):1131-8.
  • Oliver WR, Potter K, McLean I, Fowler D, Downs J: Mapping Retinal Hemorrhages with magnetic resonance microscopy. Proc Intl Soc Mag Reson Med. 2003:11:880.