Faculty Profile

William Wood, MD

William C. Wood, MD

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




American Board of Surgery

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member



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 the 13 PAACS-sponsored residencies that are currently training surgeons in Africa. 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 Society of Surgical Oncology, Southeastern Surgical Congress, Southern Surgical Association, Georgia Surgical Society, and the Atlanta Surgical Society.


  • MD, Harvard Medical School, Class of 1966

  • Intern and Third Assistant Resident in Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, 1966-1968

  • Clinical Associate, Immunology Section, Surgery Branch, National Institutes of Health, 1968-1970

  • Assistant Resident in Surgery to Resident in Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, 1970-1973

  • Clinical Fellowship in Surgery, Harvard Medical School, 1973

  • Chief Resident in Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, 1974

Honors and Awards

  • Educator of the Year Award, Christian Medical & Dental Associations, 2017

  • Atlanta's Top Doctors, Atlanta Magazine, 1995, 1996, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011

  • Most Influential Doctors, USA Today (database compiled by Qforma), 2009

  • Doctor of Surgery and Medicine (Honorary), Università Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona, Italy, 2008

  • America's Top Doctors for Cancer, Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., 2005, 2006, 2008

  • America's Top Doctors, Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008

  • Statesman Award, American Society of Clinical Oncology, 2007
  • James Ewing Award, Society of Surgical Oncology, 2005

  • Director's Service Award, National Cancer Institute, 2004

  • America's Top Doctors for Women, Ladies Home Journal, 2002

  • America's Top Breast Cancer Doctors, Redbook, 2001

  • America's Top Rated Physicians, Guide to Top Doctors, 1999

  • 318 Top Cancer Doctors for Women, Good Housekeeping, 1989

  • The Best Doctors in America, American Health, 1996

  • The Best Doctors in America, Naive and Smith, 1994-1995, 1992-1993

  • 400 Best Cancer Doctors in America, Good Housekeeping, 1989, 1992

  • America's 184 Top Breast Doctors, Good Housekeeping, 1989

  • Outstanding Medical Specialists in the US, Town and Country, 1989

Organizational Memberships

  • American College of Surgeons, Fellow

  • American Society of Clinical Oncology

  • Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group

  • National Cancer Institute

  • Society of Surgical Oncology

  • Atlanta Surgical Association

  • American Association for Cancer Research

  • American Association of Immunologists

  • American Medical Association

  • American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (Honorary)

  • American Surgical Association

  • Association for Academic Surgery

  • Association for Surgical Education

  • The Boston Surgical Society

  • Christian Medical and Dental Society, Board of Directors

  • Eastern Surgical Society

  • Georgia Surgical Society

  • Kansas City Surgical Society (Honorary)

  • Massachusetts General Hospital Surgical Society

  • New England Cancer Society

  • New England Surgical Society

  • Royal College of Surgeons (Honorary Fellowship)

  • Societe Internationale de Chirurgie

  • Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract

  • Society of Surgical Chairmen

  • Southeastern Surgical Congress

  • Southern Surgeons Club

  • Southern Surgical Association

Clinical Interests

  • Breast disease

  • High risk clinic

  • Breast cancer

  • Colorectal cancer

  • Soft tissue sarcoma

Research Interests

  • Cancer treatment and research

  • Design of conceptually driven national clinical trials

  • Meta-analysis of clinical trials