Gilbert Welch, a top health care policy scholar in the U.S., has stepped down from his position at Dartmouth College following an investigation into plagiarism allegations, STAT reports.
Dartmouth, according to the report, conducted an internal investigation into the claims that Welch plagiarized from a colleague and another researcher at a different facility for a paper published in 2016 by the New England Journal of Medicine.
“I am saddened to say that I am resigning from Dartmouth,” Welch wrote to colleagues Thursday. “I feel that I can no longer participate in the research misconduct process against me — as I fear my participation only serves to validate it.”
The paper in question analyzed how breast cancer screenings may have led to unnecessary treatments by overdiagnosing tumors.
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