Joan Wood had already once changed the findings of an autopsy which eventually led to the end of her career. She wasn’t about to do it again.
She had joined the Medical Examiner’s Office in 1975 under Dr. John Shinner who was ME at the time of Michael Niesen’s autopsy. Wood then succeeded him in 1982. She was later appointed to head the Florida Medical Examiners Commission.
Wood was the ME for Pinellas-Pasco County for 18 years, from 1982 until September 2000 when she resigned. She conducted over 5,600 autopsies.
But the autopsy in the 1995 death of Lisa McPherson led to the loss of her medical license and her career.
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