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‘UK at the Half’: Greg Davis on his long medical career at UK

UK forensic pathologist Greg Davis, M.D., pictured in the autopsy suite at UK HealthCare. UK Photo | Mark Cornelison
UK forensic pathologist Greg Davis, M.D., pictured in the autopsy suite at UK HealthCare. Mark Cornelison | UK Photo.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 17, 2023) Originally from Knoxville, Tennessee, Greg Davis, M.D., came to the University of Kentucky in 1976 as an English major, with the intent of becoming a teacher. But after taking a job as a nursing assistant to help pay the bills, Davis discovered he had a knack for medicine. After earning a medical degree in Tennessee, he quickly returned to UK and Kentucky — his home away from home — for postgraduate training.

Davis’ training led him into forensic pathology, a field of medicine that focuses on determining the cause of death through post-mortem examinations and autopsies. In 2005, he helped start UK's Division of Forensic Consultation Services, which provides expert opinion on criminal and civil cases around the world. During its first year, the division consulted on 18 cases. Now, they regularly consult on more than 250 cases annually. 

In this “UK at the Half,” Davis discusses his love for UK and Kentucky, and how his work took him to every corner of the state. 

"UK at the Half" airs during halftime of each UK football and basketball game broadcast on radio and is hosted by UK Public Relations and Strategic Communications and Marketing and Brand Strategy. To hear the "UK at the Half" interview, click on the play button above.  

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