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Sam Gulino Sam Gulino
Clinical Associate Professor of Pathology
Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Secondary)

Office Phone: 202-677-6600
Email: Email
Department: Pathology


  • BS/MD (combined degree program), Northwestern University - Feinberg School of Medicine, 1991


Sam Gulino, MD, is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (GWU SMHS). He is a forensic and cardiovascular pathologist and completed his residency in anatomic pathology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester MN and fellowship in forensic pathology at the Dade County Medical Examiner’s Office in Miami FL. Prior to joining the faculty of GWU SMHS, he served as Chief Medical Examiner for the City of Philadelphia.

Clinical Expertise

Dr. Gulino is a faculty member in the Section of Autopsy and Medical Pathology. He performs autopsies at GWU Hospital and Children's National Hospital; consults with clinical teams regarding the autopsy findings on their patients; and teaches autopsy pathology to residents, medical students, and pathology assistant students.



Dr. Gulino’s research interests are in the epidemiology, causation, evaluation, and prevention of sudden cardiac death, particularly in children, adolescents, and young adults. He served as an external consultant to the CDC and NIH during the design and implementation of the national Sudden Death in the Young Registry. He has also published in the fields of epidemiology and child abuse pathology and prevention.


Todd M, Pharis M, Gulino SP, Robbins JM, Bettigole C. The burden of excess mortality during the COVID-19 pandemic in Philadelphia. American Journal of Public Health, 2021

Abed Alnabi W, Tang GJ, Eagle RC, Gulino SP, Thau A, Levin AV. Pathology of perimacular folds due to vitreoretinal traction in abusive head trauma. Retina, 2019.

Gulino SP, Burns K, Gunther WM, MacLeod H. Improving forensic pathologic investigation of sudden death in the young: Tools, guidance and methods of cardiovascular dissection from the Sudden Death in the Young Case Registry. Academic Forensic Pathology, 2018.

Schnitzer PG, Gulino SP, Yuan YY. Advancing public health surveillance to estimate child maltreatment fatalities: Review and recommendations. Child Welfare, 2013.

Mage DT, Donner EM, Vennemann M, Fleming P, Sol-Church K, Drake R, Gulino SP. All sudden unexplained infant respiratory deaths may result from the same underlying mechanism. Scandinavian Journal of Forensic Sciences, 2012.

Uejio C, Wilhelmi OV, Golden JS, Mills DM, Gulino SP, Samenow JP. Intra-urban societal vulnerability to extreme heat: The role of heat exposure and the built environment, socioeconomics, and neighborhood stability. Health & Place, 2011.

Roberts JC, Gulino SP, Peak KK, Luna V, Sanderson R. Fatal necrotizing pneumonia due to a Panton-Valentine Leukocidin Positive Community-Associated MSSA. Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials, 2008.

Gulino SP. Examination of the cardiac conduction system: Forensic application in cases of sudden cardiac death. American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology, 2003.

Industry Relationships and Collaborations

This faculty member (or a member of their immediate family) has reported a financial interest with the health care related companies listed below. These relations have been reported to the University and, when appropriate, management plans are in place to address potential conflicts.

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