Richard J. Wood, MD

Richard Wood, MD

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Richard Wood, MBChB, FCPS(SA), serves as chief for the Department of Pediatric Colorectal & Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery and he is the Program director of our 3 fellowships, at Nationwide Children's Hospital and Associate Professor of Surgery at The Ohio State University. Dr. Wood’s areas of clinical interest are complex pelvic reconstructive surgery including anorectal malformations, cloacal malformations, Hirschsprung disease and the surgical management of severe constipation.

Dr. Wood’s surgical expertise is expansive – having performed more than 500 primary PSARPS and reoperations, 200 cloacal reconstructions, and more than 300 pull-through surgeries for Hirschsprung disease. He also has deep experience in re-operative colorectal surgery and surgical reconstructions resulting from the rarest of conditions, such as complex cloaca and complex vaginal reconstruction.

Dr. Wood completed fellowship training at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa. This hospital serves as the national resource for the care of complex anorectal malformations and Hirschsprung disease. He ran the Colorectal Clinic and a weekly colorectal operating room, overseeing hundreds of cases. He has participated in numerous international colorectal mission trips, serves as a surgical partner on the Colorectal Team Overseas (CTO) where he performs surgeries in addition to training and educating international providers on complex colorectal care.

He has been prolific in his academic productivity, publishing multiple peer reviewed journal articles as well as book chapters on cloacal malformations, anorectal malformations and Hirschsprung disease.

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Awards, Honors & Organizations
  • Quality Award for Value in Surgery, American Pediatric Surgical Association, 2017
  • Dr. Denis R. King Teacher of the Year, Nationwide Children's Hospital, 2017
  • Chairman of Steering Committee, Pediatric Colorectal and Pelvic Learning Consortium
  • Member, American Medical Association
  • Member, International Pediatric Endosurgery Group (IPEG)
  • Member, Colorectal Team Overseas (CTO)
  • Member, Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • Member, South African Association of Paediatric Surgeons
  • Fellow, College of Paediatric Surgeons of South Africa
  • Member, Pediatric Trauma Society
  • Member, Advisory Board, Hirschsprung’s Disease Research Collaborative (HDRC)
  • Member, British Association of Paediatric Surgeons (BAPS)
  • Fellow, Royal Society of Medicine

Date of Appointment at Nationwide Children’s Hospital: 09/25/2015

Fellowship Nationwide Children's Hospital Date Completed: 09/24/2015
Fellowship Red Cross War Memorial Childrens Hospital Date Completed: 07/31/2011
Residency Groote Schuur Hospital Date Completed: 07/31/2007
Residency St. George's Hospital London Date Completed: 01/31/2006
Residency University College London Hospital & Middlesex Hos Date Completed: 01/31/2004
Residency University College London Hospital & Middlesex Hos Date Completed: 07/31/2003
Residency North Middlesex University Hospital Date Completed: 04/30/2003
Residency Edendale Hospital Pietermaritzburg Date Completed: 12/31/2002
Internship Pietermaritzburg Hospital Complex Date Completed: 12/31/2001
Medical School University of Stellenbosch Medical School Date Completed: 12/31/2000
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Pediatric Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery
Richard Wood

Meet Dr. Richard Wood

Dr. Richard Wood is Associate Director of our Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction, one of the first centers in the world to formally integrate all specialties involved in providing complete care of the colon and rectum in kids.