Douglas E. Wood M.D., F.A.C.S., F.R.C.S.Ed.

 Douglas  E. Wood M.D., F.A.C.S., F.R.C.S.Ed.

Specialties and Expertise

Cancer care (esophageal), Cancer care (lung), Pulmonary Disease, Surgery, Thoracic Surgery


Thoracic Surgery and Thoracic Oncology




Thoracic Surgery Clinic at UWMC

1959 NE Pacific St., 3rd Floor
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: 206.598.4477|Map It 

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance at South Lake Union

825 Eastlake Ave. E
Seattle, WA 98109
Phone: 855.557.0555|Map It 


Dr. Wood is The Henry N. Harkins Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery for the University of Washington. He is a world-renowned surgeon in thoracic oncology, specializing in the areas of lung and esophageal cancer. He is also a national and international leader in the management of complex airway disease and in the surgical management of end-stage lung disease. He focuses his practice in these areas where he has led the UW thoracic group to be the leading referral center for patients from all over the Pacific Northwest.

Dr. Wood received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Harvard University and trained in general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He then was recruited to Seattle to lead a new section of general thoracic surgery at the UW.

The thoracic surgery group at UW has grown to be the largest and most comprehensive practice in the Western United States, with patients traveling from all over the Pacific Northwest and beyond for the expertise in cancer surgery and end-stage lung disease offered by Dr. Wood and his team. Dr. Wood leads the multidisciplinary Thoracic Oncology Program where patients can get comprehensive evaluation and care from a dedicated team of pulmonary physicians, thoracic surgeons, medical oncologists and radiation oncologists. Patients with end-stage lung disease have options of lung volume reduction surgery, clinical trials of endobronchial valve therapy, pulmonary thromboendarterectomy or lung transplantation - the only lung transplant program in the Pacific Northwest, led by world expert, Dr. Michael Mulligan.

Dr. Wood has had a major role in guidelines development, leadership, and policy development in surgery and thoracic oncology. He is the chair of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Lung Cancer Screening Panel, the vice-chair of the NCCN Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Panel, past director of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, and past chair of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Thoracic Surgery Residency Review Committee. Dr. Wood has served as president of multiple surgical organizations, including the Seattle Surgical Society, the Western Thoracic Surgical Association, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the Thoracic Surgery Foundation, and the Cardiothoracic Surgery Network (CTSNet). He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, holds an honorary Fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, honorary memberships in the Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland and La Sociedad Mexicana de Cirujanos Torácicos Generales. Dr. Wood has served as the International Councilor for both the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery and the European Society of Thoracic Surgeons and has been a visiting professor at over 50 institutions worldwide.

Patient Care Philosophy

I try to take care of each patient as if he or she were a member of my own family. I strongly believe that prompt and efficient evaluation and clear explanations help patients make good decisions. Our goal is that every cancer patient will have a work-up completed and a treatment plan defined within a few days of his or her first phone call to our office.

Personal Interests

Dr. Wood enjoys traveling with his family. He is an avid photographer, downhill and water skier, and likes to run and lift weights to keep fit. He has aspirations to become skilled in kite boarding, but has not quite mastered it yet.

Clinical Interests

Thoracic oncology (lung, esophageal, mediastinal and chest wall tumors), benign and malignant airway disease and emphysema surgery.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Wood has been devoted to graduate medical education throughout his career. He was previous the program director of thoracic surgery at UWMC and served as Director of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. In addition, he was Chair of the Thoracic Residency Review Committee for the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education.

He has been on the program committees of each of the major U.S. cardiothoracic and oncology societies and has led the general thoracic postgraduate programs at the thoracic surgical scientific meetings. As Chair of the Department of Surgery, Dr. Wood now oversees four residency and 12 fellowship programs.

Research Interests

Thoracic oncology; tracheobronchial pathology; surgery and endobronchial therapies for emphysema

Dr. Wood leads the multi-disciplinary thoracic oncology team at the University of Washington and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, who are involved in a wide variety of clinical trials for lung and esophageal cancer. He held the UW Endowed Chair in Lung Cancer Research from 1998-2017 and is the author of over 250 articles and book chapters.

Dr. Wood developed one of the early programs in lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS) for severe emphysema, initiating the program at UW in 1994. He was a major participant in the National Emphysema Treatment Trial (NETT) for which he was a co–principal investigator and wrote the surgical protocols for Medicare and the National Institutes of Health. The Agency for Health Research and Quality also sponsored a cost-effectiveness analysis of LVRS within the treatment trial, the largest cost-effectiveness study ever performed in a clinical study. He was the primary NETT clinician involved in the cost-effectiveness study; he subsequently worked directly with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) officials in developing the national coverage determinations for LVRS and the site selection criteria.

More recently Dr. Wood has been involved in outcomes studies in thoracic surgery, particularly related to lung cancer, with the goal of improving care and decreasing variability in thoracic surgery patient care. He has been a principle advocate for the development of lung cancer screening in the United States, working on aspects of guidelines, access, and addressing disparities of care for lung cancer patients.


Harvard Medical SchoolMedical education1983


Board Certifications

American Board of Thoracic SurgeryThoracic Surgery1993
American Board of SurgerySurgery1990
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