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Douglas Wood, MD

Physician
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Department Chair, Surgery
University of Washington School of Medicine
Physician
UW Medicine
Specialty:
Surgery
“My goal is to get your work-up completed and a treatment plan defined within a few days of your very first phone call to our office.”
— Dr. Wood
What has your journey been as a surgeon?

After completing my training in Massachusetts, I was recruited to Seattle to head a new general thoracic surgery section at UW Medicine, now the leading referral center for patients from all over the Pacific Northwest. Since coming here, I’ve earned a reputation as a national and international expert in the management of complex airway disease, end-stage lung disease and thoracic cancers and become the chair of the UW Department of Surgery. Along with treating patients, I’m also a professor who is passionate about training tomorrow’s surgeons. I hold the Henry N. Harkins Endowed Chair in Surgery at UW and have been a visiting professor at over 50 institutions worldwide. Over the years, I’ve also had the opportunity to play a major role in surgical and oncologic organizations, including as president of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and director of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.

Thoracic Having to do with the chest.
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How do you approach care?

For every patient I see, I try to take care of you as if you were a member of my own family. I strongly believe in giving you a prompt and efficient evaluation and clear explanations. Understanding all of your options helps you make good decisions about your care. One of the most important thing we can do as your care team is to complete your work-up and then define a treatment plan for you within a few days of your first phone call to our office so that you have the answers you need to move forward.

Treatment plan A detailed plan with information about a patient’s disease, the goal of treatment, the treatment options for the disease and the possible side effects and expected length of treatment. A detailed plan with information about a patient’s disease, the goal of treatment, the treatment options for the disease and the possible side effects and expected length of treatment. A treatment plan may also include information about how much the treatment is likely to cost and about regular follow-up care after treatment ends.

Provider background

Specialty: Surgery

Area of clinical practice

Thoracic cancers

Esophageal cancer

My clinical expertise is in thoracic surgery and thoracic oncology, which includes not only the lungs, but also other structures of the chest, such as the esophagus, the mediastinum and the chest wall. The diseases I treat include esophageal cancer, sarcoma, mesothelioma and pulmonary and respiratory diseases.

Lung cancer

Lung cancer care is a main focus of my work at SCCA as well as nationally and internationally. I’ve served as chair of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Lung Cancer Screening Panel and vice-chair of the NCCN Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Panel. These panels develop guidelines to help ensure people around the country who are at risk for or have lung cancer get screenings and treatments that are supported by evidence and approved by experts in the field. I also work extensively on noncancerous lung diseases, including emphysema. In addition to my clinical work, I’m also a scientist, with more than 20 research grants and 200 publications.

Screening Checking for disease when there are no symptoms. Because screening may find diseases at an early stage, there may be a better chance of curing the disease Checking for disease when there are no symptoms. Because screening may find diseases at an early stage, there may be a better chance of curing the disease. Examples of cancer screening tests are the mammogram (for breast cancer), colonoscopy (for colon cancer) and Pap and HPV tests (for cervical cancer). Screening can also include a genetic test to check for a person’s risk of developing an inherited disease. Thoracic Having to do with the chest.

Diseases treated

Education, experience and certifications
Medical Degree
Harvard Medical School
Residency
Massachusetts General Hospital, General Surgery
Fellowship
Massachusetts General Hospital, General Surgery
Board Certification
Thoracic Surgery, 1993, American Board of Thoracic Surgery; Surgery, 1990, American Board of Surgery
Languages
English
Awards
Seattle Met's 2021 Top Doctors award

Dr. Wood has been recognized as a top doctor year after year.

Seattle magazine's 2021 Top Doctors award

Dr. Wood has been recognized as a Top Doctor in this peer-nominated award multiple years in a row.

Distinguished Service Award

Presented in 2019 by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons in honor of his outstanding work and significant contributions.

Stories

A smoker until age 65, Bill Eberhart is grateful for routine screening that found his lung cancer early
A smoker until age 65, Bill Eberhart is grateful for routine screening that found his lung cancer early

When Bill Eberhart relocated to Sequim, Wash., from Hawaii, several years ago, he needed to find new doctors. Eberhart made an appointment with a new primary care provider, who asked if he was a smoker. “I used to be,” Eberhart responded, “but I haven’t smoked in over five years.” Still, when the doctor heard that Eberhart, 71, had smoked for more than 40 years before that, he immediately recommended lung cancer screening. 

Research

Clinical trials

We make promising new treatments available to you through studies called clinical trials led by SCCA doctors. Many of these trials at SCCA have led to FDA-approved treatments and have improved standards of care globally. Together, you and your doctor can decide if a study is right for you.

Publications

Many of our SCCA physicians conduct ongoing research to improve standards of patient care. Their work is evaluated by other physicians and selected for publication to the United States National Library of Medicine, the largest medical library in the world. See scientific papers this SCCA provider has written.

Press

SCCA providers are often asked to give their medical expertise for press and news publications. Read articles by or about this SCCA provider.

Top Doctors 2021: Thoracic & Cardiac Surgery

SCCA’s Douglas Wood, MD, Michael S. Mulligan, MD and Farhood Farjah, MD, were named to Seattle Magazine’s list of Top Doctors in Seattle for 2021, recognizing their excellence in thoracic and cardiac surgery.

Your care team

At SCCA, you receive care from a team of providers with extensive experience in your disease. Your team includes doctors, a team coordinator, a registered nurse, an advanced practice provider and others, based on your needs. You also have access to experts like nutritionists, social workers, acupuncturists, psychiatrists and more who specialize in supporting people with cancer or blood disorders.
Registered nurse (RN)
Registered nurse (RN)
Your nurse manages your care alongside your physician and assists with care procedures and treatments.
Patient care coordinator
Patient care coordinator
Your patient care coordinator works closely with you and your physician and serves as your scheduler.

Insurance

SCCA accepts most national private health insurance plans as well as Medicare. We also accept Medicaid for people from Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. We are working to ensure that everyone, no matter what their financial situation, has access to the care they need.

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