Jonathan Woodson

Jonathan Woodson, MD

Professor of the Practice, Health Law, Policy & Management - Boston University School of Public Health


Jonathan Woodson, MD, leads Boston University’s University-wide Institute for Health System Innovation and Policy. He is a Larz Anderson Professor in Management and Professor of the Practice at the Questrom School of Business, and holds joint appointments as Professor of Surgery at the School of Medicine and Professor of Health Law, Policy, and Management at the School of Public Health.

Dr. Woodson served from 2010 to 2016 as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs in the United States Department of Defense (DoD). He was the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense for all health and force health protection related issues, and ensured the effective execution of the DoD medical mission. He exercised authority, direction, and control over the Defense Health Agency, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute, Defense Center of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, and the Tricare Health Plan—responsible for servicing 9.5 million beneficiaries. His organization provided and maintained medical readiness for the medical services including during military operations, those held in control of the military services, and those entitled to Tricare.

Other Positions

  • Professor of the Practice, Markets, Public Policy & Law - Boston University Questrom School of Business
  • Professor, Surgery - Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
  • Director, Institute for Health System Innovation & Policy - Boston University Questrom School of Business


  • New York University, MD Field of Study: Medicine
  • City College of New York, BS Field of Study: Biomedical Sciences


  • Published on 2/4/2021

    Siracuse JJ, Woodson J, Ellis RP, Farber A, Roddy SP, Kalesan B, Levin SR, Osborne NH, Srinivasan J. Intermittent claudication treatment patterns in the commercially insured non-Medicare population. J Vasc Surg. 2021 08; 74(2):499-504. PMID: 33548437.

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  • Published on 1/17/2020

    Nudel J, Bishara AM, de Geus SWL, Patil P, Srinivasan J, Hess DT, Woodson J. Development and validation of machine learning models to predict gastrointestinal leak and venous thromboembolism after weight loss surgery: an analysis of the MBSAQIP database. Surg Endosc. 2021 01; 35(1):182-191. PMID: 31953733.

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  • Published on 8/1/2019

    Hutter PJ, Roski J, Woodson J, Middleton A, Kneeland R, Worthy A, Zitelman D, Trinh T, Cruz SD, Cooper E. Readiness Of Medical Providers In The Military Health System: Overview Of Operational And Policy Considerations. Health Aff (Millwood). 2019 08; 38(8):1274-1280. PMID: 31381398.

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  • Published on 8/1/2018

    Knudson MM, Elster EA, Bailey JA, Woodson J. Military Health System Strategic Partnership with the American College of Surgeons. J Am Coll Surg. 2018 08; 227(2):296-297. PMID: 30053946.

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  • Published on 5/23/2018

    Knudson MM, Elster EA, Bailey JA, Johannigman JA, Bailey PV, Schwab CW, Kirk GG, Woodson JA. Military-Civilian Partnerships in Training, Sustaining, Recruitment, Retention, and Readiness: Proceedings from an Exploratory First-Steps Meeting. J Am Coll Surg. 2018 08; 227(2):284-292. PMID: 29802978.

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  • Published on 12/15/2016

    Califf RM, Robb MA, Bindman AB, Briggs JP, Collins FS, Conway PH, Coster TS, Cunningham FE, De Lew N, DeSalvo KB, Dymek C, Dzau VJ, Fleurence RL, Frank RG, Gaziano JM, Kaufmann P, Lauer M, Marks PW, McGinnis JM, Richards C, Selby JV, Shulkin DJ, Shuren J, Slavitt AM, Smith SR, Washington BV, White PJ, Woodcock J, Woodson J, Sherman RE. Transforming Evidence Generation to Support Health and Health Care Decisions. N Engl J Med. 2016 Dec 15; 375(24):2395-2400. PMID: 27974039.

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  • Published on 4/22/2016

    Knudson MM, Elster EE, Woodson J, Kirk G, Turner P, Hoyt DB. A Shared Ethos: The Military Health System Strategic Partnership with the American College of Surgeons. J Am Coll Surg. 2016 06; 222(6):1251-5. PMID: 27234634.

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  • Published on 9/1/2015

    Woodson J. The military experience and integration with the civilian sector. Bull Am Coll Surg. 2015 Sep; 100(1 Suppl):22-3. PMID: 26477130.

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  • Published on 1/1/2015

    Wilmoth MC, Linton A, Gromadzki R, Larson MJ, Williams TV, Woodson J. Factors associated with psychiatric evacuation among service members deployed to Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, January 2004 to September 2010. Mil Med. 2015 Jan; 180(1):53-60. PMID: 25562858.

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  • Published on 12/1/2010

    Nguyen T, Kalish J, Woodson J. Management of civilian and military vascular trauma: lessons learned. Semin Vasc Surg. 2010 Dec; 23(4):235-42. PMID: 21194641.

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