Credentialing & Privileging | 04.02.21
Tacoma Doctor Removed From Expert Role in Diagnosing Child Abuse Amid Questions About Her Credibility
Authorities in the state of Washington long considered Dr. Elizabeth Woods one of their go-to experts in cases of suspected child abuse, often depending on her medical opinions to determine when to take children from parents or file criminal charges. This past winter, though, Woods stepped down as director of the child abuse intervention program at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma. More recently, she was removed from the roster of doctors who provide expert medical reports to the state’s child welfare agency. Additionally, some local prosecutors have been sending letters to defense attorneys calling into question Woods' credibility as an expert witness. These changes follow a 2020 NBC investigation that revealed that Woods provided false information while testifying under oath about why she never received key training to become certified as a child abuse medical expert. Neither Woods nor officials from Mary Bridge Children's Hospital have publicly addressed the circumstances of her exit.
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