Douglas Wood, MD


Practice Areas

  • Primary: Thoracic Surgery

Languages Spoken

  • Primary: English


UWMC Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
1959 NE Pacific St
Box 356310
Seattle, WA, 98195-6310
Phone: 206.685.3228
Fax: 206.543.0325


Dr. Wood is a UW professor, chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and the endowed chair in lung cancer research. He is a world-renowned surgeon in thoracic oncology, specializing in the areas of lung and esophageal cancer. He is also a national and international leader in the management of complex airway disease and in the surgical management of end-stage lung disease. He focuses his practice in these areas where he has led the UW thoracic group to be the leading referral center for patients from all over the Pacific Northwest.

Dr. Wood received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Harvard University and trained in general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He then was recruited to Seattle to lead a new section of general thoracic surgery at the UW.

Patient Care Philosophy

"I try to take care of each patient as if he or she were a member of my own family. I strongly believe that prompt and efficient evaluation and clear explanations help patients make good decisions. Our goal is that every cancer patient will have a work-up completed and a treatment plan defined within a few days of his or her first phone call to our office."


Cancer Care (esophageal), Cancer Care (lung), Pulmonary/Lung Care, Surgery

Education History

Harvard Medical School, Medical education, 1983
Massachusetts General Hospital, Internship
Massachusetts General Hospital, Residency
Massachusetts General Hospital, Fellowship

Awards and Honors

Year Name
2011 2nd Vice President - Society of Thoracic Surgeons
2011 Elected as Councilor for the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS) Board of Directors.
2011 Will serve as Chair for the newly created National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN). Lung Cancer Screening panel which is responsible for developing lung cancer screening guidelines.
2010 America's Top Doctors - Castle Connolly Medical
2010 Chair - Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, Thoracic Residency Review Committee
2008 America's Top Surgeons - Consumer Research Council of America
2008 President - Western Thoracic Surgical Association
2008 Seattle's Top Doctors - Seattle Magazine
2004 President - Seattle Surgical Society
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Selected Publications

Wood DE, Eapen GA, Ettinger DS, Hou L, Jackman D, Kazerooni E, Klippenstein D, Lackner RP, Leard L, Leung AN, Massion PP, Meyers BF, Munden RF, Otterson GA, Peairs K, Pipavath S, Pratt-Pozo C, Reddy C, Reid ME, Rotter AJ, Schabath MB, Sequist LV, Tong BC, Travis WD, Unger M, Yang SC "Lung cancer screening." Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network : JNCCN 2012 Feb; 10; 2; 240-65

FitzSullivan E, Gries CJ, Phelan P, Farjah F, Gilbert E, Keech JC, Wood DE, Raghu G, Mulligan MS "Reduction in airway complications after lung transplantation with novel anastomotic technique." The Annals of thoracic surgery 2011 Jul; 92; 1; 309-15

Wood DE, Farjah F, Oelschlager BK, Symons RG, MacLeod KE, Flum DR, Pellegrini CA "Variation in esophagectomy outcomes in hospitals meeting Leapfrog volume outcome standards." The Annals of thoracic surgery 2011 Apr; 91; 4; 1003-9; discussion 1009-10

Cheng AM, Wood DE "Surgical and endoscopic palliation of advanced lung cancer." Surgical oncology clinics of North America 2011 Oct; 20; 4; 779-90

Wood DE, Farjah F "Training, certification and practice of cardiac and thoracic surgeons in Europe: a comparison of the members of the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery and the European Society of Thoracic Surgeons." European journal of cardio-thoracic surgery : official journal of the European Association for Cardio-thoracic Surgery 2010 Mar; 37; 3; 511-5

Wood DE, Cerfolio RJ, Gonzalez X, Springmeyer SC "Bronchoscopic management of prolonged air leak." Clinics in chest medicine 2010 Mar; 31; 1; 127-33, Table of Contents

Farjah F, Wood DE, Vaughan TL, Symons RG, Krishnadasan B, Flum DR "Racial disparities among patients with lung cancer who were recommended operative therapy." Archives of surgery (Chicago, Ill. : 1960) 2009 Jan; 144; 1; 14-8

Farjah F, Wood DE, Varghese TK, Massarweh NN, Symons RG, Flum DR "Health care utilization among surgically treated Medicare beneficiaries with lung cancer." The Annals of thoracic surgery 2009 Dec; 88; 6; 1749-56

Farjah F, Flum DR, Symons RG, Wood DE "Surgeon specialty and long-term survival after pulmonary resection for lung cancer." The Annals of thoracic surgery 2009 Apr; 87; 4; 995-1004; discussion 1005-6

Farjah F, Flum DR, Ramsey SD, Heagerty PJ, Symons RG, Wood DE "Multi-modality mediastinal staging for lung cancer among medicare beneficiaries." Journal of thoracic oncology : official publication of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer 2009 Mar; 4; 3; 355-63

Wood DE "Cardiothoracic surgery: a specialty divided or as one." The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery 2009 Jan; 137; 1; 1-9

Springmeyer SC, Bolliger CT, Waddell TK, Gonzalez X, Wood DE "Treatment of heterogeneous emphysema using the spiration IBV valves." Thoracic surgery clinics 2009 May; 19; 2; 247-53, ix-x

Wood DE, Farjah F "Global differences in the training, practice, and interrelationship of cardiac and thoracic surgeons." The Annals of thoracic surgery 2009 Aug; 88; 2; 515-21; discussion 521-2

Farjah F, Wood DE, Mulligan MS, Krishnadasan B, Heagerty PJ, Symons RG, Flum DR "Safety and efficacy of video-assisted versus conventional lung resection for lung cancer." The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery 2009 Jun; 137; 6; 1415-21

Other Interests

Personal Interests: Dr. Wood enjoys traveling with his family. He is an avid photographer, downhill and water skier, and likes to run and lift weights to keep fit. He has aspirations to become skilled in kite boarding, but has not quite mastered it yet.

Clinical Interests: Thoracic oncology (lung, esophageal, mediastinal and chest wall tumors); benign and malignant airway disease; and emphysema surgery.

Research Interests: Tracheobronchial pathology, thoracic oncology and lung volume reduction surgery.

Dr. Wood developed one of the early programs in lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS) for severe emphysema, initiating the program at UW in 1994. He was a major participant in the National Emphysema Treatment Trial (NETT) for which he was a co–principal investigator and wrote the surgical protocols for Medicare and the National Institutes of Health. The Agency for Health Research and Quality also sponsored a cost-effectiveness analysis of LVRS within the treatment trial, the largest cost-effectiveness study ever performed in a clinical study. He was the primary NETT clinician involved in the cost-effectiveness study; he subsequently worked directly with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) officials in developing the national coverage determinations for LVRS and the site selection criteria.

His second major area of clinical interest is tracheobronchial pathology, and he has developed a large interventional bronchoscopy program that complements the surgical airway program at UW. This interest in bronchoscopic intervention and surgical therapy for emphysema has served as the basis for his involvement in the evaluation of endobronchial therapy for emphysema. He is one of the principal investigators of the Spiration IBV™ clinical trial, which is evaluating the effectiveness of endobronchial valves for the palliation of severe emphysema.

Teaching Interests:
Dr. Wood has been devoted to graduate medical education throughout his career. He is the program director of thoracic surgery at UWMC and serves as a director of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. In addition, he is chair of the Thoracic Residency Review Committee for the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education.

He has been on the program committees of each of the major U.S. cardiothoracic and oncology societies and has led the general thoracic postgraduate programs at the thoracic surgical scientific meetings.

Other Info

Gender: Male
Board Certified: Yes
Board Eligible: No
Accepting New Patients: Yes
Affiliation: Affiliated Community Providers