Infectious disease specialist at forefront of COVID-19 loses personal battle with illness

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Dr. Rebecca Shadowen, a specialist in infectious diseases and healthcare epidemiology at Med Center Health and a
leader with the Bowling Green–Warren County Coronavirus Workgroup, passed away Friday night following a four-month battle with COVID-19, according to a release from Med Center Health.

Shadowen first announced she tested positive for the virus on May 13​ .

“We are grieving the loss of Dr. Rebecca Shadowen, said Connie Smith, president and chief executive officer of Med Center Health. “There are really no words to describe the pain felt by her family, physician colleagues and Med Center Health teammates.

“Dr. Shadowen will forever be remembered as a nationally recognized expert who provided the very best care for our patients and community. She was a dear friend to many,” Smith said.

Shadowen joined the medical staff at The Medical Center at Bowling Green in 1989, and has been a physician leader in our region, across the Commonwealth of Kentucky and nationally for over 30 years. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

“We hope you will join us in keeping her family in your thoughts and prayers,” the release reads.