Mr Rod Woods commenced specialist colorectal practice in 1988 after a Colorectal Fellowship at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne in 1985 and then a further Colorectal Fellowship in 1986 and 1987 at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio. In 1988 he held a Junior staff position at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland.
He attended medical school at the University of Melbourne and his clinical years were at the St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, Clinical School. Residency and advanced surgical training was completed at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne.
His particular clinical interests include colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, stoma disorders, complex anorectal pathology and advanced laparoscopic surgery. His laparoscopic interest started in the early 1990’s when, working together with Gynaecologists Professor Carl Wood and Professor Peter Maher, they developed the first laparoscopic techniques in the management of advanced pelvic endometriosis. This often involved rectal surgery combined with advanced gynaecological surgery. This work continues to this day.
Rod is a foundation member of the Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSSANZ) and has been actively involved through the CSSANZ Council (Council member 2006-2008, Vice President 2008-2010, Treasurer 2010-2012) and the Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (Executive member 1997-2003, Chairman 2003-2005) in advancing the speciality of colorectal surgery in Australia and New Zealand. Over this time he has helped train over 30 Colorectal surgeons through the CSSANZ/Section CRS (RACS) training program.