Gordon Wood, MD
Updated: August 14, 2012 9:18PM
Lead physician named
Midwest Palliative & Hospice CareCenter in Glenview welcomes Gordon Wood, who will serve as lead physician for the organization’s Palliative Care Services program at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital.
Wood has focused his career on promoting and providing palliative care for patients with serious, complex illness.
Wood comes to Midwest CareCenter from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where he served as assistant professor of medicine in the Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics and fellowship director for the university’s fellowship in palliative medicine. He received his medical degree from the University of Chicago and completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. He subsequently completed a palliative medicine fellowship at Northwestern University, where he also received a master’s degree in the science of clinical investigation.
Wood is an active researcher and educator who has published and presented extensively in the areas of communication and symptom management. He said: “I went to University of Pittsburgh to work with and learn from Bob Arnold, MD, a world-renowned expert in communication skills training. I plan to bring these techniques back to the Chicago area to teach others how to navigate the critical conversations that ensure that patients and families receive the care they want and that everyone gets the support they need to make it through the most difficult times.”
Midwest CareCenter is tremendously blessed to have someone of Gordon’s caliber join our organization,” said Martha Twaddle, chief medical officer. “Not only is he a very well-respected physician, but his research and academic background are impressive and relevant to the care we provide. Gordon will advance our educational efforts for our own staff as well as for the communities that we serve, with his particular interest in improving the health professional’s ability to communicate effectively and therapeutically with patients and families.”