McDonald Named to Statewide Child Abuse Advisory BoardJuly 11, 2023
Joining a group of peers tasked with providing guidance and consultation to prosecutors,
investigators and social service agencies, Gregory McDonald, DO ‘89, dean of School of Health Sciences, was recently named to Pennsylvania Attorney General
Michelle A. Henry’s Medical and Legal Advisory Board on Child Abuse, Child Homicide,
and Child Neglect.
“I'm excited. I really am,” said McDonald. “It’s an honor to be able to do this, and
it's certainly a timely subject as many child abuse cases are starting to get notoriety
throughout the country.”
Formed in 1988, the group of about 50 medical and legal experts shares expertise and
provides consultation to state and local prosecutors charging cases of child abuse,
neglect or death, and assists investigators and social service personnel to determine
if child abuse has occurred. The board can also help inform charging decisions when
a case is unclear.
“I think it’s a really good concept, especially in some complicated cases that may
need input from a variety of different specialties and subspecialties,” said McDonald.
Board members include medical experts specializing in forensic pathology, pediatric medicine, pediatric neuroradiology, neuropathology and pediatric psychiatry. In addition to
medical experts, the Attorney General selects district attorneys, investigators, personnel
from state and local child service agencies and experts from other related specialties
to form a broad coalition of advisors.
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