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MED’s Jonathan Woodson is honored for being a caring, compassionate mentor


Jonathan Woodson (third from left) with third year medical students. Photo by Vernon Doucette

When the Twin Towers came crashing down on September 11, 2001, vascular surgeon Jonathan Woodson was called upon to treat the victims. During Operation Desert Storm, he was in Saudi Arabia caring for patients at an evacuation hospital.

Today, Woodson is a School of Medicine associate professor of surgery, a senior attending vascular surgeon at Boston Medical Center, and a mentor. His achievements have been recognized by the Association of American Medical Colleges, which has presented him with the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award for exemplifying the qualities of a caring and compassionate mentor in teaching and advising medical students and for possessing the personal qualities necessary to the practice of patient-centered medicine. According to the association, “The seemingly ubiquitous Dr. Woodson is not only a highly regarded vascular surgeon, but a decorated military leader, service-oriented academician, and esteemed mentor.”

Woodson has been a MED faculty member for more than 20 years, and is associate dean for students, diversity, and multicultural affairs. He also serves on the Medical Campus’ Institutional Review Board.

He helped found the Boston Scholars Program as well as the Gateway to Medicine pipeline program, first in New York City and in Roxbury, Mass., which pairs medical students with high school students in low socioeconomic areas for tutoring in math and science. He also has been a driving force behind BU’s Early Medical School Selection Program, a partnership of BU, MED, and 14 undergraduate institutions that has increased enrollment of underrepresented minorities at MED.

Woodson holds the rank of brigadier general in the U.S. Army Reserve, and was recently appointed assistant surgeon general for mobilization, readiness, and reserve affairs, deputy commanding general for the Army Reserve Medical Command, with assignment to the office of the U.S. Surgeon General.

He earned a B.S. from the City College of New York, an M.D. from New York University School of Medicine, and an M.S.S. from the U.S. Army War College. He completed his residency training in internal medicine and general and vascular surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Anna Webster can be reached at annaweb@bu.edu.

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