MR ROD WOODS, MBBS FRACS

Colorectal Surgeon

BIOGRAPHY

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.

CLINICAL AREAS OF INTEREST

Rod Woods is Director of Colorectal Surgery at St Vincent’s Hospital and a Consultant Surgeon at Box Hill Hospital. His clinical areas of interest include:

  • Colorectal neoplasia
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Diverticular disease
  • Complex anorectal pathology
  • Pelvic floor abnormalities
  • Stoma disorders
  • Complex advanced endometriosis

POSITIONS HELD

Nutritional prevention of polyps of the large bowel (Multicentre trial)
Position: Participating Investigator
Year: 1987 – 1988

Rupert B Turnbull Jr School of Enterostomal Therapy of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland ,Ohio.
Position: Tutor
Years: 1986 – 1988

R.A.C.S. Part II Fellowship Course
Position: Panel Member Rectal Cancer
Year:1991 – 1996

Colorectal cancer follow-up: Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia Consensus meeting
Position: Chairman of Working Party
Year: 1991

G.S.M Canberra 1992. R.A.C.S.Section of Colorectal surgery
Position: Organising Committee
Year: 1992

C.M.E. Meeting 1992. Section of Colorectal Surgery R.A.C.S.
Position: Organising Committee
Year: 1992

Surgical Audit Workshop R.A.C.S. 
Position: Member
Year: 1994

A.S.C. Hobart 1994 R.A.C.S.Section of Colorectal surgery
Position: Scientific Convenor
Year: 1994

Mayfield Stomal Therapy Course
Position:Lecturer – Colostomy Advisory Committee
Year: 1994 – 2001

Best Practice Parameters for Management of Rectal Cancer. Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia Workshop
Position: Presenter
Year: 1991

Victorian Co-operative Oncology Group Anti-Cancer Council of Victoria
Position: Member
Year: 1995- 2000

Advanced Surgical Trainees State Selection Panel
Position: Member
Year: 1995 – 2000

First Australian I.B.D. Symposium 1996
Position: Secretary, Organising Committee
Year: 1996

Executive of the Section of Colorectal Surgery R.A.C.S.
Position: Member
Year: 1997 – 2001

Executive of the Section of Colorectal Surgery R.A.C.S.
Position: Treasurer
Year: 2001 – 2002

Executive of the Section of Colorectal Surgery R.A.C.S.
Position: Chairman
Year: 2003 – 2004

2002 Tripartite Colorectal Meeting
Position: Convener, Organising Committee
Year: 1999, 2002

Victorian Basic Surgical Training Supervisors Sub-Committee
Position: Member
Year: 1999 – 2000

Victorian Advanced Surgical Training Supervisors Sub-Committee
Position: Member
Year: 2000 – 2005

Tumour Stream Workshop. A Cancer Services Framework for Victoria
Position: Lead Clinician
Year: 2004

Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand Foundation
Position: Member
Year: 2005 – 2012

Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand
Position: Council Member
Year: 2006 – 2008

Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand
Position: Vice-President
Year: 2008 – 2010

Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand
Position: Treasurer
Year: 2010 – 2012

Triennial Report. Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand
Position: Editor
Year: 2007 and 2010

CLINICAL APPOINTMENTS

Intern
St Vincent’s Hospital
Melbourne, Australia
Year 1978

Junior R.M.O.
St Vincent’s Hospital
Melbourne Australia
Year 1979

Prosector (Full-time)
University of Melbourne Anatomy School
(While studying for Part 1 F.R.A.C.S.)
Melbourne Australia
Year 1980

General Surgical Registrar
St Vincent’s Hospital
Melbourne, Australia
Years 1981-­1984

Colorectal Fellow
St Vincent’s Hospital
Melbourne, Australia
Year 1985

Clinical Assistant
St Vincent’s Hospital
Melbourne, Australia
Year 1985

Special Fellow
Department of Colorectal Surgery
The Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Cleveland, Ohio
Year July 1986 – ­ June 1987

Clinical Associate
Department of Colorectal Surgery
The Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Cleveland, Ohio
Year July 1987 -­ August 1988

Colorectal Surgeon
St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia.
Year 1988 – current

Director of Colorectal Surgery
St Vincent’s Hospital
Melbourne, Australia
Year 2006 – current

Locum Relieving Surgeon
Box Hill Hospital
Box Hill, Victoria
Year 1988 ­ – 1989

Surgeon
Box Hill Hospital
Box Hill, Victoria
Year January 1990 ­ – current

Consultant Colorectal Surgeon
Endoscopy Department
Mercy for Women
Year 1999 – 2010

PUBLICATIONS

  1. Fazio V and Woods RJ. ASK THE BOARD – I was confused by a surgeon’s decision to reject a patient who had indicated interest in a Koch pouch. What are the screening procedures for a patient who has opted for such a procedure. Ostomy/Wound Management. Vol. 14: 34 & 41 Spring 1987
  2. Woods RJ and Jagelman DG. Occult radiologic changes in the skull and jaw in familial adenomatous polyposis coli. Diseases of the Colon and Rectum 1989;32:304-306.
  3. Woods RJ, Lavery IC, Fazio VW, Jagelman DG and Weakley FL. Internal fistulas in diverticular disease. Disease of the Colon and Rectum 1988;31:591-596.
  4. Fazio V and Woods RJ. “Brooke Ileostomy”. CURRENT MANAGEMENT OF INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE B.C Decker Inc. Burlington Ontario Canada L7N 3H8. September 1988.
  5. Woods RJ. “Management of fistulous complications of diverticulitis.” CURRENT THERAPY IN COLON AND RECTAL SURGERY. B.C Decker Inc. Burlington Ontario Canada L7N 3H8. January, 1990.
  6. Ryan P, Schweitzer S and Woods RJ. Effect of Epidural and General Anaesthesia compared with General Anaesthesia alone in large bowel anastomoses: a prospective study. European Journal of Surgery 158:45-49,1992.
  7. Braslis K, Woods RJ, Crowe H, and Costello A. Continent ileal neobladder urinary diversion: An alternative to ileal conduit diversion. Aust N.Z.J.Surg.(1992) 62, 887-891.
  8. Arblaster MJ, Collopy BT, Elliot PR, Mackay JR, Ryan PJ and Woods RJ. Colonoscopy in a private hospital: continuous quality improvement in practice. Aust Clin Rev. 1992;12(2):71-6.
  9. Keck JO, Collopy BT, Ryan PJ, Fink RL, Mackay JR, and Woods RJ. Reversal of Hartmanns procedure: effect of timing and technique on ease and safety. Dis Colon Rectum 1994 Mar;37(3):243-8.
  10. Platell C, Mackay J, Collopy B, Fink R, Ryan P, and Woods R. Crohns Disease: A Colon and Rectal Department Experience. Aust N.Z.J. Surg (1995) 65, 570-575.
  11. Chen F, Mackay J, Woods R, Collopy B, Fink R and Guiney M. Early experience with postoperative adjuvant chemoradiation for rectal carcinoma. Focus on morbidity. Aust N.Z.J. Surg (1995) 65, 732-736.
  12. Platell C, Mackay J, Collopy B, Fink R, Ryan P, and Woods R. Anal Pathology in patients with Crohns Disease. Aust N.Z.J. Surg (1996) 66, 5-9.
  13. Chen F and Woods R. Pseudomembranous Panenteritis and Septicaemia in a patient with Ulcerative Colitis. Aust N.Z.J. Surg (1996) 66, 565-567.
  14. Chen F, Mackay J and Woods R. Ileostomy Dysfunction with Adjuvant Chemoradiation for Rectal Carcinoma requiring in-hospital management: A cause for concern. Aust N.Z.J. Surg (1996) 66, 641-642.
  15. Stewart B, Woods R, Collopy B, Fink R, Mackay J and Keck J. Early feeding after elective open colorectal resections: A prospective randomized trial. Aust NZ.J. Surg (1998) 68, 125-128.
  16. Rieger N, Collopy B, Fink R, Mackay J, Woods R and Keck J. Total Colectomy for Crohns disease. Aust NZ.J. Surg (1999) 69, 28-30.
  17. Rieger N, Kennedy R, Farrell S and Woods R. Informed Consent, Patient Satisfaction and Length of Hospitalisation. Health Promotion Journal of Australia 1999;9(3).
  18. Rieger N, Slaven JL, Keck J, Mackay J, and Woods R. Intestinal sleeve anastomosis: a comparative study with end-to-end anastomosis. J Surg Res 81(2):170-3 1999 Feb.
  19. Varol N, Maher P and Woods R. Laparoscopic Management of Intestinal Endometriosis. J Am Assoc Gynecol Laparosc 7(3):405-409,2000.
  20. Platell C, Mackay J and Woods R. A multivariate analysis of risk factors associated with recurrence following surgery for Crohns disease. Colorectal Disease 3, 100-106, 2001.
  21. Gordon SJ, Maher PJ and Woods RJ. Use of the CEEA stapler to avoid ultra-low segmental resection of full-thickness rectal endometriotic nodule. J Am Assoc Gynecol Laparosc. 2001May 8(2):312-6.
  22. Chapman AE, Levitt MD, Hewett P, Woods R, Sheiner H and Maddern GJ. Laparoscopic-assisted resection of colorectal malignancies: a systematic review. Annals of Surgery. 234(5):590-606, 2001 Nov.
  23. Steel MC, Woods R, Mackay JM and Chen F. Extent of mesorectal invasion is a prognostic indicator in T3 rectal carcinoma. ANZ Journal of Surgery. 72(7):483-7, 2002.
  24. Varol N, Maher P, Healey M, Woods R, Wood C, Hill D, Lolatgis N and Tsaltas J. Rectal Surgery for Endometriosis – Should we be Aggressive? J Am Assoc Gynecol Laparosc. 2003 10(2):182-189.
  25. Woods RJ, Heriot AG and Chen FC. Anterior rectal wall excision for endometriosis using the circular stapler. ANZ Journal of Surgery 73(8):647-8, 2003.
  26. Brouwer R and Woods R. Rectal Endometriosis: Results Of Radical Excision And Review Of Published Work. ANZ Journal of Surgery 77 (7), 562–571, 2007.
  27. Wills HJ, Reid GD, Cooper MJ, Tsaltas J, Morgan M and and Woods R. Bowel resection for severe endometriosis: An Australian series of 177 cases. ANZ Journal of Obs and Gynaec 49:415-418 2009.
  28. Hong MK, Lynch AC, Bell s, Woods RJ, Keck JO, Johnston MJ, Heriot AG. Faecal Diversion in the Management of perianal Crohn’s Disease. Colorectal Disease 13:171-6, 2011.
  29. Gillespie CJ. Sutherland AD. Mossop PJ. Woods RJ. Keck JO. Heriot AG. Mesenteric embolisation for management of lower gastrointestinal bleeding. Diseases of the Colon & Rectum. 53(9):1258-64, 2010 Sep.
  30. Gyorki DE. Brooks CE. Gett R. Woods RJ. Johnston M. Keck JO. Mackay JR. Heriot AG. Enterocutaneous fistula: a single-centre experience. ANZ Journal of Surgery. 80(3):178-81, 2010 Mar.
  31. De Cruz P. Bernardi MP. Kamm MA. Allen PB. Prideaux L. Williams J. Johnston MJ. Keck J. Brouwer R. Heriot A. Woods R. Brown S. Bell SJ. Elliott R. Connell WR. Desmond PV. Postoperative recurrence of Crohn’s disease: impact of endoscopic monitoring and treatment step-up. Colorectal Disease. 15(2):187-97, 2013 Feb.

GUEST LECTURES AND SCIENTIFIC PRESENTATIONS

Internal fistulas in diverticular disease
American Society for Colon and Rectal Surgeons. Washington D.C. April 1987

Surgical management of diverticulitis
Lutheran Medical Center ­ Grand Rounds. Cleveland, Ohio. July 1987

Where does disease come from? Cancer facts and surgical techniques
United Ostomy Association Inc. Cleveland, Ohio. August 1987

Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Diverticular disease
The Surgical Boards Review Course. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. October 1987

Surgical treatment of constipation
Gastroenterology Mini-Symposium, Illinois State University Brokaw Hospital Conference Centre. Normal, Illinois. October 1987

Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Diverticular disease
The Surgical Boards Review Course. Louisville, Kentucky. May 1988

Crohn’s Disease Experience at St Vincent’s
Annual Clinical Meeting, St Vincent’s Hospital Colorectal Unit. St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. November 1988

Closing a Stoma
The General Scientific Meeting 1989. R.A.C.S. Melbourne. May 1989

Pouchitis
Annual Clinical Meeting St Vincent’s Hospital Colorectal Unit. St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne. November 1989

Controversies in the Management of Small Bowel Crohn’s disease
St Vincent’s Hospital Graduate Week, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. November 1990

Controversies in the Management of Small Bowel Crohn’s disease
Sydney Colorectal Society, St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney. November 1990

Perianal disorders, Surgery for I.B.D., Idiopathic constipation
A Gastroenterology Update, Warnambool Base Hospital, February 1991

Controversies in Surgical Techniques for Midrectal Cancer
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons – Young Surgeons Forum, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, March 1991

Early detection of colorectal cancer
Victorian Medical Postgraduate Foundation. Hamilton Base Hospital. March 1991

Controversies in Surgical Techniques for Midrectal Cancer
GSM 1992 (R.A.C.S.) Canberra, May 1992

Colorectal Cancer
Repatriation General Hospital Grand Rounds, Melbourne, July 1992

Splenic flexure mobilization
CME meeting Section of Colorectal Surgery R.A.C.S, Melbourne, September 1992

Avoiding a Stoma
Annual Clinical Meeting – St Vincent’s Hospital Colorectal Unit, St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne. November 1992

CEA and Colorectal Cancer Follow up
Combined Gastroenterology Grand round. RMH Melbourne. April 1993

Surgery when necessary
Crohn’s and Colitis Association Awareness Week. Melbourne. October 1993

Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery
St Vincent’s Hospital Colorectal Unit Annual Meeting, St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne. November 1993

Surgical Audit
A.S.C. 1994 (R.A.C.S.) Hobart May 1994

Infective Colitis
C.M.E. 1994 (Section Colorectal Surgery R.A.C.S), Adelaide, September 1994

Management of Colorectal cancer in the 90’s
Education Day – Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute, Melbourne, November 1994

Laparoscopic Pouch of Douglas Dissection for Endometriosis
Monash Medical Centre – Master Class Advanced Laparoscopy and Hysteroscopy, Melbourne. February 1995

Rectal Prolapse and Constipation – Chairman
A.S.C. 1995 (R.A.C.S.) Perth. May 1995

Endometriosis and the Colorectal Surgeon
Colorectal Surgical Meeting, SVH Melbourne, March 1996

Endometriosis and the Colorectal Surgeon
Combined Gastroenterology Grand round. RMH Melbourne. April 1996

Panel Moderator
First Australian IBD Meeting. Melbourne. March 1996

Adjuvant treatment : What are the real results?
A.S.C. 1996 (R.A.C.S.) Melbourne. May 1996

Treatment of Local Recurrence – Is it worthwhile?
C.M.E. 1996 (Section Colorectal Surgery R.A.C.S). Sydney. November 1996

Surgical Prevention of Stomal Complications
Australian Association of Stomal Therapy Nurses. Launceston. April 1997

Endometriosis and the Colorectal Surgeon
Combined Gastroenterology Grand round. Alfred Hospital. June 1997

Laparoscopic Stoma formation
ASC 1998 (RACS) Sydney. May 1998

Rectal dissection and resection during Douglasectomy
Australian Gynaecological Endoscopy Society. Melbourne. June 1998

Strategies for closing enterocutaneous Fistulas
Cabrini Colorectal Meeting. Melbourne. March 2000

Rectal Endometriosis. What surgery?
Cabrini Colorectal Meeting. Melbourne. March 2000

Crohns Disease. The role of laparoscopy
2nd Australian IBD meeting. Melbourne. March 2000

Colorectal Surgery in Endometriosis
International Society for Gynecologic Endoscopy. Gold Coast. April 2000

Diverticular Fistulae
GE Society. Hobart. October 2000

Intestinal Endometriosis
ASC 2001 (RACS). ACT. May 2001

Endometriosis and Bowel disease
Australian Gynaecological Endoscopy Society. Melbourne. November 2001

Inadvertent Bowel Damage during an Operative Laparoscopy
Australian Gynaecological Endoscopy Society. Melbourne. November 2001

Live Surgery-Bowel resection
World Congress on Endometriosis. Melbourne . March 2008

Panel discussing IBD
IBD Excellence Program. Melbourne. September 2008

Optimising the Management of Benign Colorectal conditions – Endometriosis
RACS. Brisbane. May 2009

Management of Bowel Injury
Australian Gynaecological Endoscopy Society. Melbourne. March, 2012