William C. Wood Research Symposium

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

2019 Symposium

research resident with faculty mentor

The 18th installment of the symposium will be held on Thursday, April 25, 2019, from 7:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. in the Emory University Hospital Auditorium.

The keynote speaker will be Michael B. Yaffe, MD, PhD, David H. Koch Professor of Science; Director, MIT Center for Precision Cancer Medicine; Professor of Biology and Biological Engineering, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Yaffe is also an attending surgeon and surgical intensivist for the Division of Acute Care Surgery, Trauma, and Surgical Critical Care, Department of Surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Harvard Medical School.

At the close of Dr. Yaffe's lecture, the oral and poster presentations will proceed. The symposium will conclude with cash awards being given for the best oral presentations and posters in both clinical science and basic science categories. All winners will be invited to attend lunch with Dr. Yaffe and Emory Surgery faculty members immediately thereafter.

The deadline for the symposium's abstract call in both basic and clinical science categories was Friday, December 14, 2018. Trainees in dedicated laboratory rotations were expected to submit their research, though the call was open to all trainees. Submissions were reviewed and considered for both oral and poster presentation by a panel of the Department of Surgery Research Advisory Committee (SRAC). Notifications to the chosen presenters were emailed on January 28, 2019.

William Wood: Renaissance Surgeon

Dr. William C. Wood

William C. Wood

The symposium is named in honor of William 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 ranks 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.