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Jonathan Woodson

Jonathan Woodson


Dr. Jonathan Woodson is professor of surgery, management, health law, and policy at Boston University Medical Center. Prior to this, Woodson served as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, where he administered a more than $50 billion military health system (MHS) budget and served as principal advisor to the secretary of defense for health issues.

Woodson co-chaired the Armed Services Biomedical Research Evaluation and Management Committee, which facilitates oversight of Department of Defense biomedical research. In addition, Woodson exercises authority, direction, and control over the Defense Health Agency, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute, the Defense Center of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, and the Armed Services Blood Program Office.

Prior to his appointment by President Obama, Woodson served as associate dean for students and multicultural affairs and professor of surgery at the Boston University School of Medicine and also as senior attending vascular surgeon at Boston Medical Center. Woodson holds the rank of major general in the U.S. Army Reserve and served as assistant surgeon general for Reserve Affairs, Force Structure and Mobilization in the Office of the Surgeon General, and as deputy commander of the Army Reserve Medical Command.

Woodson is a graduate of the City College of New York and the New York University School of Medicine. He received his postgraduate medical education at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He completed residency training in internal medicine as well as general and vascular surgery. Woodson is board certified in internal medicine, general surgery, vascular surgery, and critical care surgery. He holds a master's degree in strategic studies (concentration in strategic leadership) from the U.S. Army War College.

In 1992, Woodson was awarded a research fellowship at the Association of American Medical Colleges Health Services Research Institute. He has authored and coauthored a number of publications and book chapters on vascular trauma and outcomes in vascular limb salvage surgery.

His prior military assignments include deployments to Saudi Arabia (Operation Desert Storm), Kosovo, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has also served as a senior medical officer with the National Disaster Management System, where he responded to the September 11 attack in New York City. Woodson's military awards and decorations include the DoD Distinguished Public Service Medal, Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal (with oak leaf cluster).

In 2007, he was named one of the top vascular surgeons in Boston and in 2008 was listed as one of the top surgeons in the United States. He is the recipient of the 2009 Gold Humanism in Medicine Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Woodson continues his dedication to service on the Wounded Warrior Project® board of directors, which he joined in 2016.


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