James R. Woods, M.D.

James R. Woods, M.D.

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box 668
Rochester, NY 14642

Appointment: (585) 271-7800

  • Accepting New Patients Accepting New Patients
  • Admits to Strong Memorial Hospital Admits to Strong Memorial Hospital
  • Admits to Highland Hospital Admits to Highland Hospital
  • Primary Care Physician Primary Care Physician

Professional Bio

James R. Woods, Jr., MD is the past Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine, Rochester, NY. He completed medical school at Bowman Gray School of Medicine, his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii, and his perinatal fellowship at the UCLA School of Medicine. Dr. Woods has authored or co-authored over one hundred forty articles on maternal-fetal medicine, maternal drug addiction, complications of pregnancy, and menopause medicine. His book publications include What Do I Say?; Communicating Intended or Unanticipated Outcomes in Obstetrics (with Fay A.

Rozovsky, JD, MPH); Pregnancy Loss, Medical Therapeutics and Practical Considerations; and Loss in Pregnancy or in the Newborn Period. He is editor-in-chief of periFACTS OB/GYN Academy, an online education program for students, nurses, and physicians. In March 2005, his most recent co-edited book was published, The Patient Safety Compliance Handbook (co-editor Fay A. Rozovsky). In 1996, an endowed chair honoring Dr. Woods was established at the University of Rochester. He has been named in Best Doctors in America for many years, the most recent being 2009. Dr. Woods has lectured extensively on loss and grief in the medical setting. He has pioneered strategies for transforming some of the most challenging clinical interactions with patients after adverse outcomes into extraordinary opportunities for compassionate communication between clinicians and their patients and family members.

Awards & Honors (National)

Annual Service Award for District II of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists 2010
Strathmore's Who's Who 2010
International Association of Business Leaders 2010
Guide to America's Top Obstetricians and Gynecologists | SLD Industries 2008 - Present
Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare 2006 - Present
Malignant Hyperthermia Association of the United States 2006
Who's Who in Medical Sciences Education 2005
American Men and Women of Science 2004 - 2005
Who's Who Among America's Teachers 2004 - Present
Served on Advisory Board of American Hospital Association, Maternal and Child Health Division. 1997 - 1999
The 2,000 Best Doctors in the Northeast 1996 - 1997
Eagle Scout | National Council of Boy Scouts of America 1954

Awards & Honors (Local)

2010 Community Champion | The Perinatal Network of Monroe County, Inc. | Rochester, NY 2010 - Present
March of Dimes Health Leadership Award for Physician & Education 2006
Endowed Chair honoring Dr. Woods was established at the University of Rochester, James Woods Professorship of Perinatal Medicine 1996
Recipient of the 1993 Hannah G. Solomon Award - Humanitarian Service, presented by Nat'l Council of Jewish Women, Roch. Section 1993
Best Doctors in America Listed under: Addiction Medicine, Addicted Pregnant Women, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Maternal-Fetal Medic 1992 - 2010
Best Poster Presentation for SGI "Differential Onset of Auditory & Visual Function in the serially Tested Fetal Lamb" 1984
Best Resident Scientific Paper Armed Forces District, ACOG, Las Vegas, Nevada "Amniotic Fluid Lipid, Preliminary Observations 1973
Best Resident Scientific Exhibit Armed Forces District, ACOG, Seattle, WA "Water Vacuum Suction Curettage 1st Trimester Abortion 1972

Current Appointments

Professor - Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (SMD) - Primary


Maternal and Fetal Medicine - American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Obstetrics and Gynecology - American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology


MD | Medicine | Bowman Gray School Medicine1970

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine at UCLA School of Medicine07/01/1974 - 06/30/1976
Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Tripler Army Medical Center07/01/1971 - 06/30/1974
Internship in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Tripler Army Medical Center07/01/1970 - 06/30/1971