Wendy E. Goodwin, MD, is board certified in both (adult) Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine. She is one of fewer than 250 physicians in the US who are board certified in Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine.
As an attending physician / assistant clinical professor at UT Southwestern / Children’s Medical Center, she worked daily with children with cerebral palsy / chronic developmental disabilities and in the acute hospital setting, spending much time in the ICU. There she cared for acutely injured children — many battered babies, drownings, car wreck victims, critically ill cancer and heart transplant patients, etc.
She has experience caring for children along the spectrum of Traumatic Brain Injury — from shortly after their accidents in the ICU — to many years later in the clinic setting. This is a breadth of experience that not many physicians get.
Dr. Goodwin’s unique value to both plaintiff attorneys and defense attorneys as an expert witness is her familiarity with the impact of injury on a child’s surroundings, such as their schooling, family dynamics, hobby or sport participation and future educational / vocational prospects.
Why a “pediatric” subspecialist is so important - The big game-changing differences between the general care of adults vs pediatric patients is development, classroom integration, medication management and life expectancy.
Development of the body makes a huge impact on how doctors can diagnose and communicate with patient. It impacts the timing and choices of treatment including medication dosing and which medications must be avoided for safety. Most specialties of medicine start with a basic residency program that covers mostly adults and requires a separate fellowship to become certified to treat children within that specialty. Basic residency training just doesn’t get into the depths of the aforementioned topics. If a physician has graduated only from a basic residency and treats mostly adults, he or she will never have gotten the experience with developing school-aged children to opine on the nuances of such cases. On the other hand, a physician who has completed a pediatric-focused fellowship after a general residency will have treated hundreds upon hundreds of adult patients during their training before getting super-specialized in younger patients. In cases involving brain injury, the nervous system, cognition and musculoskeletal disorders, development is of utmost importance as is the doctor’s experience in dealing with schools for various accommodations. Many pediatric patients with severe conditions as children often die relatively young so most adult-based physicians don’t get much experience treating them. Making errors in estimating life expectancy is a huge problem in cases involving contentious life care plans.
- Brain Injury
- Child Abuse
- Long Term Care
- Personal Injury
- Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
References upon request.