Serving as President and CEO of The RIMLAND Center, established to mentor clinicians interested in children with neurodevelopmental problems, Elizabeth’s general pediatrics practice is Advocates for Children. Advocates for Families is her practice devoted to the care of children with autism and other neurodevelopmental problems.
As a magna cum laude graduate from Bridgewater College with a degree in general science, Elizabeth attended the Medical College of Virginia, did residency training at the University of Massachusetts and University of Virginia (UVA), and was invited to serve as chief resident of pediatrics at UVA.
She spent five years in practice at F. Read Hopkins Pediatrics in Lynchburg and served over a decade as Director of Pediatric Education at the Lynchburg Family Practice Residency Program. She maintained a clinical faculty appointment at the UVA for 16 years and served as medical director of the Autism Research Institute for five years.
Elizabeth has been honored to receive many awards over the years, including being named a Miracle Maker in Central Virginia in 1996 by the Children’s Miracle Network, Woman of the Year in Health and Sciences in 1998 by the YWCA, and a national award for corporate public service at the National Press Club in Washington on behalf of the Bike Helmet Safety Campaign she co-chaired for many years.
During the past several years, Elizabeth has conducted clinical research at the Rimland Center and published five peer-reviewed articles in the medical literature. She has also authored several chapters about allergy, immunology and behavioral and developmental pediatrics in “Pediatrics,” published by Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins. This board review series book was developed for medical students and includes many questions and answers.
One of the joys of her current work is the opportunity to teach others around the world about medical problems of children with autism and related disorders, traveling to Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, and the United Kingdom.