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McDonald Named to Statewide Child Abuse Advisory Board

July 11, 2023

Gregory McDonald, DO ‘89, professional headshotJoining 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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