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William Wood, MD

William C. Wood, MD

Professor of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine



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Dr. Wood is recognized nationally and internationally for his outstanding contributions to cancer therapy—most specifically breast cancer treatment—and his influence on the design and meta-analysis of conceptually driven national clinical trials.

He served as both medical director of the Cancer Center and chief of surgical oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital before coming to Emory in 1991 to chair the Department of Surgery. Dr. Wood raised the Department to new heights of excellence in clinical care, education, and research, eventually stepping down in February 2009 to intensify his focus on scholarly activities related to innovation in cancer treatment.

In August 2011, Dr. Wood retired from The Emory Clinic and became the first academic dean of the international Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons (PAACS). In this position he oversees the academic aspects of ten PAACS-sponsored residencies that are currently training surgeons in Africa. One of the PAACS training centers he visits regularly is Soddo Hospital in Ethiopia, where Dr. Jonathan Pollock is founding director of the Emory Global Surgery Program. He is also working towards establishing affordable and sustainable cancer care in the continent’s developing countries.

Dr. Wood's many career achievements include chairing the Intergroup Committee of Cooperative Group Breast Cancer Chairs of the NCI from 1991-2008; co-chairing the Early Breast Cancer Trialists' Collaborative Group, Oxford, 1995-2011; sitting on the Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons, 1998-2005; serving as Editor-in-Chief of Oncology, 1999-the present; being the North American editor of the 2nd edition of the Oxford Textbook of Surgery, published in 2000; receiving the 2005 James Ewing Award of the Society of Surgical Oncology and the 2007 Statesman Award of the American Society of Clinical Oncology; and serving presidential terms for the Southern Surgical Association, Society of Surgical Oncology, Southeastern Surgical Congress, Georgia Surgical Society, and the Atlanta Surgical Society.

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