Larry Nichols, M.D., is professor of pathology and interim chair of the department of pathology of the Mercer University School of Medicine. Before that, he was professor of pathology and vice chair for education at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. Prior to that, he was associate professor of pathology and chief of the multi-hospital autopsy service for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Before that, he was assistant professor of pathology at the University of Southern California and did autopsies of AIDS patients for all of Los Angeles County. He has also done clinical antibiotic research and worked for the British National Health Service. He earned his M.D. from the University of Wisconsin and did residency training in internal medicine and pathology at the Harvard Medical School New England Deaconess Hospital. Over the years, his research interests have shifted from antibiotics to AIDS to cardiac and pulmonary pathology and, most recently, medical education.
Since coming to the Mercer University School of Medicine, Dr. Nichols has been publishing case reports based on the thousands of hospital patient autopsies that he has done, often focused on the lessons for patient safety from those cases. He serves as a scientific editor of the Brazilian journal Autopsy and Case Reports published by the medical school of the University of Sao Paolo and as one of the editors of the Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine published by the College of American Pathologists. Dr. Nichols has joined the group of infectious disease physicians at the Navicent Medical Center and he takes a turn every fourth week presenting cases at their infectious diseases case conference. He is working with the chair of the department of surgery at the Navicent Medical Center in a laboratory bench research study of fibrosis from abdominal surgery. Dr. Nichols is collaborating with individuals at the medical school of the Free University of Brussels in Belgium, which hosts his website of virtual slides and associated patient histories, freely accessible for medical education anywhere in the world.