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William C. Wood Research Symposium

Dr. William C. Wood
William Wood, MD

The Annual William C. Wood Research Symposium showcases the basic and clinical science research of the Emory Department of Surgery's students, postdocs, residents, and fellows, and features a keynote speaker of national prominence.

The 16th installment of the symposium will be held on Thursday, March 30, 2017, in the Emory University Hospital Auditorium, 2nd Floor, and will begin at 7:00 a.m. with the keynote address "Sex Bias in Biomedical Research," presented by Melina R. Kibbe, MD, Zach D. Owens Professor of Surgery and Chair, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Following Dr. Kibbe's lecture, oral and poster presentations will be held from 8:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. Cash awards will be given for the first and second place oral presentations in the clinical and basic science categories, as well as awards for the top poster in each category. All winners will be invited to attend lunch with Dr. Kibbe and Emory Surgery faculty immediately following the symposium.

William Wood: Renaissance Surgeon

The symposium is named in honor of William C. Wood, MD, former chair of the Emory Department of Surgery from 1991-2009. Dr. Wood guided the department to becoming one of the nation's leading institutions for surgical research and innovation.

When Dr. Wood came to Emory from Massachusetts General Hospital, where he served as both medical director of the cancer center and chief of surgical oncology, the department had no NIH grants. By the time he stepped down from the chair's office, however, Emory Surgery had begun regularly placing in the upper stratum of academic departments of surgery receiving NIH funding. Dr. Wood is also known for his outstanding contributions to cancer therapy—most specifically breast cancer treatment—and the design and meta-analysis of conceptually driven clinical trials.