John C. Hunsaker III, MD, JD

Associate Chief Medical Examiner, Commonwealth of Kentucky

Practice areas

Practice areas

Clinical interests

  • Clinical Pathology
  • Forensic Pathology

John C. Hunsaker III, MD, JD

Associate Chief Medical Examiner, Commonwealth of Kentucky

Biography

My name is John C. Hunsaker; I received my medical degree from the University of Kentucky, College of Medicine, Lexington. I then completed a fellowship at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Washington, D.C.

I am board certified by the American Board of Pathology in Forensic Pathology and Anatomic & Clinical Pathology.

Faculty rank

Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Education

Degree
University of Kentucky, College of Medicine, Lexington

Residency
University of Kentucky, Lexington

Fellowship
Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Washington, D.C.

Certifications or Special training
American Board of Pathology, Forensic Pathology
American Board of Pathology, Anatomic and Clinical Pathology

Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

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  1. Shields LB, Rolf CM, Hunsaker JC. Sudden death due to forced ingestion of vinegar. Forensic Sci Int. 2016 Jun 28.
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  2. Shields LB, Rolf CM, Hunsaker JC. Sudden Death Due To Acute Cocaine Toxicity-Excited Delirium in a Body Packer. J Forensic Sci. 2015 Nov;60(6):1647-51.
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  3. Shields LB, Rolf CM, Goolsby ME, Hunsaker JC. Filicide-Suicide: Case Series and Review of the Literature. Am J Forensic Med Pathol. 2015 Sep;36(3):210-5.
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  4. Shields LB, Burge M, Hunsaker JC. Sudden death due to polyarteritis nodosa. Forensic Sci Med Pathol. 2012 Sep; 8(3):290-5. PMID: 21983834.
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  5. Shields LB, Balko MG, Hunsaker JC. Sudden and unexpected death from pituitary tumor apoplexy. J Forensic Sci. 2012 Jan; 57(1):262-6. PMID: 21854388.
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  6. Buschmann C, Hunsaker JC, Correns A, Tsokos M. Blunt head trauma or extensive tension pneumothorax? Forensic Sci Med Pathol. 2012 Mar; 8(1):73-5. PMID: 21327570.
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  7. Shields LB, Rolf CM, Davis GJ, Hunsaker JC. Sudden and unexpected death in three cases of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome type IV. J Forensic Sci. 2010 Nov; 55(6):1641-5. PMID: 20707836.
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  8. Burge M, Hunsaker JC, Davis GJ. Death of a toddler due to ingestion of sulfuric acid at a clandestine home methamphetamine laboratory. Forensic Sci Med Pathol. 2009 Dec; 5(4):298-301. PMID: 19936975.
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  9. Ramos JM, Davis GJ, Hunsaker JC, Balko MG. Sudden death in a child with Carpenter Syndrome. Case report and literature review. Forensic Sci Med Pathol. 2009 Dec; 5(4):313-7. PMID: 19924577.
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  10. Shields LB, Bernstein ML, Hunsaker JC, Stewart DM. Dog bite-related fatalities: a 15-year review of Kentucky medical examiner cases. Am J Forensic Med Pathol. 2009 Sep; 30(3):223-30. PMID: 19696575.
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  11. Sparks DL, Hunsaker JC, Amouyel P, Malafosse A, Bellivier F, Leboyer M, Courtet P, Helbecque N. Angiotensin I-converting enzyme I/D polymorphism and suicidal behaviors. Am J Med Genet B Neuropsychiatr Genet. 2009 Mar 5; 150B(2):290-4. PMID: 18521860.
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  12. Shields LB, Hunsaker JC, Stewart DM. Russian roulette and risk-taking behavior: a medical examiner study. Am J Forensic Med Pathol. 2008 Mar; 29(1):32-9. PMID: 19749614.
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  13. Shields LB, Hunsaker JC, Corey TS, Stewart D. Is SIDS on the rise?? J Ky Med Assoc. 2007 Aug; 105(8):343-53. PMID: 17867437.
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  14. Shields LB, Hunsaker DM, Hunsaker JC. Schizophrenia and suicide: a 10-year review of Kentucky medical examiner cases. J Forensic Sci. 2007 Jul; 52(4):930-7. PMID: 17553080.
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  15. Hanzlick R, Hunsaker J, Davis GJ. Commentary on: Gill JR, Goldfeder LB, Hirsch CS. Use of therapeutic complication as a manner of death. J Forensic Sci 2006;51(5):1127-33. J Forensic Sci. 2007 Mar; 52(2):491; author reply 492. PMID: 17316257.
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  16. Nixdorf-Miller A, Hunsaker DM, Hunsaker JC. Hypothermia and hyperthermia medicolegal investigation of morbidity and mortality from exposure to environmental temperature extremes. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2006 Sep; 130(9):1297-304. PMID: 16948514.
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  17. Shields LB, Hunsaker DM, Hunsaker JC. Adolescent and young adult suicide: a 10-year retrospective review of Kentucky Medical Examiner cases. J Forensic Sci. 2006 Jul; 51(4):874-9. PMID: 16882232.
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  18. Shields LB, Hunsaker DM, Hunsaker JC, Ward MK. Toxicologic findings in suicide: a 10-year retrospective review of Kentucky medical examiner cases. Am J Forensic Med Pathol. 2006 Jun; 27(2):106-12. PMID: 16738426.
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  19. Helbecque N, Sparks DL, Hunsaker JC, Amouyel P. The serotonin transporter promoter polymorphism and suicide. Neurosci Lett. 2006 May 29; 400(1-2):13-5. PMID: 16510244.
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  20. Hunsaker DM, Hunsaker JC, Clayton T, Spiller HA. Lethal envenomation: medicolegal aspects of snakebites and religious snake handlers in Kentucky: a report of three cases with comment on medical, legal, and public policy ramifications. J Ky Med Assoc. 2005 Nov; 103(11):542-56. PMID: 16302722.
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  21. Shields LB, Hunsaker DM, Hunsaker JC. Suicide: a ten-year retrospective review of Kentucky medical examiner cases. J Forensic Sci. 2005 May; 50(3):613-7. PMID: 15932095.
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  22. Huber C, Hunsaker DM, Hunsaker JC. The relationship between elevated body mass index and lethal ischemic heart disease: an eleven-year retrospective review of medical examiners' adult autopsies in Kentucky. J Ky Med Assoc. 2005 Mar; 103(3):93-101. PMID: 15816654.
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  23. Shields LB, Hunsaker DM, Hunsaker JC. Autoerotic asphyxia: part I. Am J Forensic Med Pathol. 2005 Mar; 26(1):45-52. PMID: 15725776.
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  24. Shields LB, Hunsaker DM, Hunsaker JC, Wetli CV, Hutchins KD, Holmes RM. Atypical autoerotic death: part II. Am J Forensic Med Pathol. 2005 Mar; 26(1):53-62. PMID: 15725777.
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  25. Shields LB, Hunsaker DM, Hunsaker JC. Abuse and neglect: a ten-year review of mortality and morbidity in our elders in a large metropolitan area. J Forensic Sci. 2004 Jan; 49(1):122-7. PMID: 14979357.
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  26. Hunsaker DM, Hunsaker JC, Adams KC, Noonan JA, Ackermann DM. Fatal Kawasaki disease due to coronary aneurysm rupture with massive cardiac tamponade. J Ky Med Assoc. 2003 Jun; 101(6):233-8. PMID: 12838627.
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  27. Shields LB, Hunsaker DM, Hunsaker JC, Humbert KA. Nonterrorist suicidal deaths involving explosives. Am J Forensic Med Pathol. 2003 Jun; 24(2):107-13. PMID: 12773843.
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  28. Shields LB, Hunsaker DM, Hunsaker JC. Iatrogenic catheter-related cardiac tamponade: a case report of fatal hydropericardium following subcutaneous implantation of a chemotherapeutic injection port. J Forensic Sci. 2003 Mar; 48(2):414-8. PMID: 12665003.
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  29. Schott JC, Davis GJ, Hunsaker JC. Accidental electrocution during autoeroticism: a shocking case. Am J Forensic Med Pathol. 2003 Mar; 24(1):92-5. PMID: 12605007.
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  30. Sparks DL, Sabbagh MN, Breitner JC, Hunsaker JC. Is cholesterol a culprit in Alzheimer's disease? Int Psychogeriatr. 2003; 15 Suppl 1:153-9. PMID: 16191233.
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  31. Hunsaker DM, Turner S, Hunsaker JC. Sudden and unexpected death resulting from splenic artery aneurysm rupture: two case reports of pregnancy-related fatal rupture of splenic artery aneurysm. Am J Forensic Med Pathol. 2002 Dec; 23(4):338-41. PMID: 12464808.
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  32. Shields LB, Hunsaker DM, Hunsaker JC, Parker JC. Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy: neuropathologic findings. Am J Forensic Med Pathol. 2002 Dec; 23(4):307-14. PMID: 12464802.
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  33. Sparks DL, Hunsaker JC. Neuropathology of sudden infant death (syndrome): literature review and evidence of a probable apoptotic degenerative cause. Childs Nerv Syst. 2002 Nov; 18(11):568-92. PMID: 12420116.
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  34. Hunsaker DM, Hunsaker JC. Therapy-related café coronary deaths: two case reports of rare asphyxial deaths in patients under supervised care. Am J Forensic Med Pathol. 2002 Jun; 23(2):149-54. PMID: 12040258.
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  35. Sparks DL, Martin TA, Gross DR, Hunsaker JC. Link between heart disease, cholesterol, and Alzheimer's disease: a review. Microsc Res Tech. 2000 Aug 15; 50(4):287-90. PMID: 10936882.
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  36. Sparks DL, Gross DR, Hunsaker JC. Neuropathology of mitral valve prolapse in man and cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) surgery in adolescent Yorkshire pigs. Neurobiol Aging. 2000 Mar-Apr; 21(2):363-72. PMID: 10867222.
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  37. Skinker DM, Warnecke SC, Morrow JK, Hunsaker JC. DNA typing of azoospermic semen at the D1S80 locus. J Forensic Sci. 1997 Jul; 42(4):718-20. PMID: 9243839.
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  38. Sparks DL, Coyne CM, Sparks LM, Hunsaker JC. Recommended technique for brain removal to retain anatomic integrity of the pineal gland in order to determine its size in sudden infant death syndrome. J Forensic Sci. 1997 Jan; 42(1):100-2. PMID: 8988580.
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  39. Huggle S, Hunsaker JC, Coyne CM, Sparks DL. Oxidative stress in sudden infant death syndrome. J Child Neurol. 1996 Nov; 11(6):433-8. PMID: 9120219.
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  40. Skinker DM, Coyne CM, Lanham C, Hunsaker JC. Chasing the casing: a 38 Special suicide. J Forensic Sci. 1996 Jul; 41(4):709-12. PMID: 8754588.
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  41. Sparks DL, Scheff SW, Liu H, Landers T, Danner F, Coyne CM, Hunsaker JC. Increased density of senile plaques (SP), but not neurofibrillary tangles (NFT), in non-demented individuals with the apolipoprotein E4 allele: comparison to confirmed Alzheimer's disease patients. J Neurol Sci. 1996 Jun; 138(1-2):97-104. PMID: 8791246.
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  42. Sparks DL, Davis DG, Bigelow TM, Rasheed K, Landers TM, Liu H, Coyne CM, Hunsaker JC. Increased ALZ-50 immunoreactivity in sudden infant death syndrome. J Child Neurol. 1996 Mar; 11(2):101-7. PMID: 8881985.
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  43. Sparks DL, Scheff SW, Liu H, Landers TM, Coyne CM, Hunsaker JC. Increased incidence of neurofibrillary tangles (NFT) in non-demented individuals with hypertension. J Neurol Sci. 1995 Aug; 131(2):162-9. PMID: 7595642.
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  44. Hunsaker JC, O'Connor WN, Lie JT. Is spontaneous dissection of the coronary artery with eosinophilia a limited form of Churg-Strauss syndrome? Arch Pathol Lab Med. 1994 Sep; 118(9):863-4. PMID: 8080352.
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  45. Sparks DL, Scheff SW, Hunsaker JC, Liu H, Landers T, Gross DR. Induction of Alzheimer-like beta-amyloid immunoreactivity in the brains of rabbits with dietary cholesterol. Exp Neurol. 1994 Mar; 126(1):88-94. PMID: 8157129.
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  46. Kalaria RN, Fiedler C, Hunsaker JC, Sparks DL. Synaptic neurochemistry of human striatum during development: changes in sudden infant death syndrome. J Neurochem. 1993 Jun; 60(6):2098-105. PMID: 8098354.
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  47. Sparks DL, Liu H, Scheff SW, Coyne CM, Hunsaker JC. Temporal sequence of plaque formation in the cerebral cortex of non-demented individuals. J Neuropathol Exp Neurol. 1993 Mar; 52(2):135-42. PMID: 8440995.
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  48. Hunsaker JC, O'Connor WN, Lie JT. Spontaneous coronary arterial dissection and isolated eosinophilic coronary arteritis: sudden cardiac death in a patient with a limited variant of Churg-Strauss syndrome. Mayo Clin Proc. 1992 Aug; 67(8):761-6. PMID: 1434915.
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  49. Sparks DL, Hunsaker JC, Slevin JT, DeKosky ST, Kryscio RJ, Markesbery WR. Monoaminergic and cholinergic synaptic markers in the nucleus basalis of Meynert (nbM): normal age-related changes and the effect of heart disease and Alzheimer's disease. Ann Neurol. 1992 Jun; 31(6):611-20. PMID: 1355334.
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  50. Sparks DL, Hunsaker JC. Down's syndrome: occurrence of ALZ-50 reactive neurons and the formation of senile plaques. J Neurol Sci. 1992 May; 109(1):77-82. PMID: 1387679.
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  51. Sparks DL, Hunsaker JC. Sudden infant death syndrome: altered aminergic-cholinergic synaptic markers in hypothalamus. J Child Neurol. 1991 Oct; 6(4):335-9. PMID: 1719064.
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  52. Sparks DL, Hunsaker JC. Increased ALZ-50-reactive neurons in the brains of SIDS infants: an indicator of greater neuronal death? J Child Neurol. 1991 Apr; 6(2):123-7. PMID: 2045627.
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  53. Sparks DL, Hunsaker JC, Scheff SW, Kryscio RJ, Henson JL, Markesbery WR. Cortical senile plaques in coronary artery disease, aging and Alzheimer's disease. Neurobiol Aging. 1990 Nov-Dec; 11(6):601-7. PMID: 1704106.
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  54. Skene DJ, Vivien-Roels B, Sparks DL, Hunsaker JC, Pévet P, Ravid D, Swaab DF. Daily variation in the concentration of melatonin and 5-methoxytryptophol in the human pineal gland: effect of age and Alzheimer's disease. Brain Res. 1990 Sep 24; 528(1):170-4. PMID: 2245336.
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  55. Sparks DL, Oeltgen PR, Kryscio RJ, Hunsaker JC. Comparison of chemical methods for determining postmortem interval. J Forensic Sci. 1989 Jan; 34(1):197-206. PMID: 2918279.
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  56. Sparks DL, Hunsaker JC. The pineal gland in sudden infant death syndrome: preliminary observations. J Pineal Res. 1988; 5(1):111-8. PMID: 3367255.
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  57. Guthrie GP, Hunsaker JC, O'Connor WN. Sudden death in hypothyroidism. N Engl J Med. 1987 Nov 12; 317(20):1291. PMID: 3670354.
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  58. Slevin JT, Sparks DL, Dempsey RJ, Davis DG, Hunsaker JC, DeKosky ST. Altered striatal dopaminergic metabolism 36 hours after unilateral trauma to the human mesencephalon. Neurology. 1987 Feb; 37(2):322-5. PMID: 3808316.
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  59. Sparks DL, Slevin JT, Hunsaker JC. 3-Methoxytyramine in the putamen as a gauge of the postmortem interval. J Forensic Sci. 1986 Jul; 31(3):962-71. PMID: 3734746.
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  60. Sparks DL, Hunsaker JC, Slevin JT. Postmortem accumulation of 3-methoxytyramine in the brain. N Engl J Med. 1984 Aug 23; 311(8):540. PMID: 6749220.
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  61. Roberts WC, Dicicco BS, Waller BF, Kishel JC, McManus BM, Dawson SL, Hunsaker JC, Luke JL. Origin of the left main from the right coronary artery or from the right aortic sinus with intramyocardial tunneling to the left side of the heart via the ventricular septum. The case against clinical significance of myocardial bridge or coronary tunnel. Am Heart J. 1982 Aug; 104(2 Pt 1):303-5. PMID: 7102513.
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  62. HUNSAKER JC. International scientific congresses. Proc Am Philos Soc. 1947 Feb; 91(1):126-8. PMID: 20293560.
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  63. Hunsaker JC. TECHNICAL PROGRESS IN AVIATION. Science. 1941 Jan 24; 93(2404):71-4. PMID: 17729626.
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  64. Hunsaker JC. Dynamical Stability of Aeroplanes. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1916 May; 2(5):278-83. PMID: 16576144.
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