Renowned Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist Appointed Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology

September 12, 2002

James R. Woods, Jr., M.D., has been appointed Henry A. Thiede Professor and Chair of the University of Rochester’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Woods, associate chair of the department since 1990, served as interim chair since the promotion of the department’s former leader David S. Guzick, M.D., Ph.D., to Dean of the School of Medicine and Dentistry.

“Jim’s extensive experience and years of leadership as associate chair and director of Obstetrics and Maternal-Fetal Medicine make him a natural choice for this appointment,” said Jay H. Stein, M.D., senior vice president and vice provost for health affairs for the University of Rochester Medical Center. “We’re thrilled to have such an accomplished clinician, researcher and educator at the helm of a department that is so vital to our mission.”

Woods arrived in Rochester in 1986 when he was appointed associate professor and director of Obstetrics and Maternal-Fetal Medicine. He was promoted to professor and associate chair in 1990 and served as acting chair for most of 1993.

A graduate of Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Woods completed an internship and residency at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, and a perinatal fellowship at UCLA School of Medicine in Los Angeles. He has extensive leadership and teaching experience, having served in academic and clinical roles at Letterman Army Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati Medical Center prior to coming to Rochester.

Renowned for extensive research on pregnancy loss and the effects of drug abuse on pregnancy, Woods has published books, chapters and numerous journal articles and is a sought-after speaker at professional conferences. He is currently principal investigator of an NIH-funded study on premature rupture of the membranes, in search of ways to help women to prevent this threat to pregnancy.

He is a reviewer for numerous professional journals and publisher of Strong Perifax, a weekly fax publication reaching 10,500 subscribers in 530 hospitals across the country.

Woods is board-certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Maternal-Fetal Medicine. His professional memberships include the Perinatal Research Society where he was president-elect in 1995, American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Society for Gynecologic Investigation, Society for Perinatal Obstetricians, Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics and the Teratology Society. He has served on the advisory board of the American Hospital Association, Maternal and Child Health Division.

Woods has been honored with an endowed chair at the University of Rochester, whereby the position currently named Dean’s Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology will become the James R. Woods Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at his retirement.

The recipient of numerous awards, Woods has been frequently named in The Best Doctors in America, most recently in the 2001-2002 edition, under Addiction Medicine, Addicted Pregnant Women, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

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