Brent L. Wood M.D., Ph.D.

Brent L. Wood M.D., Ph.D.

Specialties and Expertise

Hematology, Laboratory Medicine , Pathology




Dr. Wood is director of the hematopathology and SCCA pathology laboratories and medical director of SCCA laboratories. His professional responsibilities include the clinical diagnosis of hematopoietic disease and teaching hematopathology to medical technology students, medical students, residents and fellows. Flow cytometry has been an area of particular interest for Dr. Wood and he was responsible for implementing the first use of 9- and 10-color flow cytometry in the clinical laboratory, as well as subsequently exploiting its potential for the identification of minimal residual disease in acute lymphoid and myeloid leukemias.

Dr. Wood's laboratory serves as one of two national reference laboratories for the flow cytometric identification of minimal residual disease in childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia for the Children’s Oncology Group, is involved in similar protocols with the Southwest Oncology Group, and provides reference testing for multiple industry partners. As an extension of this work, Dr. Wood has pioneered studies to investigate the application of next-generation sequencing for minimal residual disease detection in both acute lymphoid and myeloid leukemias. Future work is focused on further refining both flow cytometric and molecular techniques for post-therapeutic monitoring in acute leukemia with an eye to single cell molecular analysis as the ultimate goal. Dr. Wood lectures both nationally and internationally on clinical applications of flow cytometry and is past president of the International Clinical Cytometry Society.

Patient Care Philosophy

My role is to ensure that the hematopathology and SCCA clinical laboratories provide the most accurate, appropriate, current, cost-effective and timely testing possible to our patients and medical staff.

Personal Interests

Music performance (keyboard and electronic), cooking, travel, walking, cycling, software programming.

Clinical Interests

Acute leukemia; flow cytometry; minimal residual disease detection; high throughput sequencing.

Research Interests

Single cell analysis; flow cytometry; minimal residual disease detection; high throughput sequencing.


Loma Linda U. School of MedicineMedical education1990
UW - Dept. of Laboratory MedicineFellowship
UW - Dept. of Laboratory MedicineResidency


Board Certifications

American Board of PathologyHematology (Pathology)1997
American Board of PathologyAnatomic & Clinical Pathology1994
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