William C. Wood Research Symposium Lectureship

Dr. William Wood

Formerly known as Department of Surgery Research Day for 13 years, the William C. Wood Research Symposium showcases the basic and clinical science research of our students, postdocs, residents, and fellows. The annual event was renamed in 2015 in honor of Dr. William Wood, the fourth Joseph B. Whitehead Chair of the Emory Department of Surgery and a catalyzing figure in the department's research heritage.

During his service as chair from 1991-2009, Dr. Wood guided Emory Surgery's ascendance to new heights of excellence in clinical care, education, and research. When Dr. Wood came to Emory from Massachusetts General Hospital, where he had been directing surgical oncology, the department had no NIH grants. By the time he stepped down from the chair's office, however, the department had begun regularly placing in the upper stratum of academic departments of surgery receiving NIH funding.

In addition to the role his forward thinking, recruitment savvy, and ability to cultivate potential played in this evolution, his own success as an internationally respected contributor to the advancement of cancer therapy—most specifically breast cancer treatment—was an abiding source of inspiration to the department's clinical and basic scientists.

The symposium commences at surgical grand rounds with a keynote speaker of note speaking on trending surgical topics.

Speakers, William Wood Research Symposium Lectureship, 2015 – To Date

Speaker

Affiliation

Topic

Date

Melina R. Kibbe, MD

– Zach D. Owens Professor of Surgery and Chair, Department of Surgery, University of Carolina School of Medicine

Sex Bias in Biomedical Research

3/30/2017

Justin B. Dimick, MD, MPH

– University of Michigan: George D. Zuidema Professor of Surgery; Chief, Division of Minimally Invasive Surgery; Director, Center for Healthcare Outcomes and Policy; Associate Chair for Strategy & Finance

Innovative Approaches for Improving Surgical Quality

3/31/2016

John C. Alverdy, MD

– Sarah and Harold Lincoln Thompson Professor of Surgery and Executive Vice-Chair of Surgery, University of Chicago

Collapse of Commensalism, the Emerging Pathobiome, and the Immunopathology of Sepsis

4/30/2015

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