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Suzanne K. Woods, MD, Named ABP Executive Vice President

Friday, February 16, 2018 - 13:00

Suzanne K. Woods, MD, has been named Executive Vice President of the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP).

Dr. Woods joined the ABP staff on Jan. 1, 2018, as Vice President of Credentialing and Initial Certification. The ABP Board of Directors approved her additional role on Feb. 15. She succeeds Gail A. McGuinness, MD, who retired Dec. 31, 2017.

As Executive Vice President (EVP), Dr. Woods will provide redundancy for internal operations activities for the ABP President & CEO, David G. Nichols, MD, MBA. In this role, Dr. Woods will be a voting member of the ABP Board of Directors.

Dr. Woods continues to lead the Credentialing and Initial Certification Department, providing oversight for the development of training standards, the tracking and evaluation of residents and fellows, and the credentialing for and administration of examinations. She also oversees the development of the certification process for new subspecialties and will serve as the ABP’s liaison to a number of organizations with common interests in graduate medical education.

“In just a few short weeks, Dr. Woods has hit the ground running as the vice president for the Department of Credentialing and Initial Certification with an engaging attitude and disciplined work ethic,” Dr. Nichols said. “This appointment as EVP further strengthens her ability to serve the mission of the ABP.”

Before joining the ABP, Dr. Woods was Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine, Director of the Med-Peds Residency Training Program, and Section Chief for Combined Medicine Pediatrics, all at Duke University. She was the residency program director for 16 years.

Dr. Woods received her medical degree from the Medical College of Ohio, completed her combined pediatrics and medicine residency at Duke, and spent a year on the faculty in the Department of Medicine at Emory University before being recruited back to Duke in 1999 as the first combined Med-Peds physician to practice both specialties there.

Dr. Woods has served as a member of the ABP’s Education and Training Committee, chair of the Review Committee for Pediatrics of the ACGME, and president of the Medicine-Pediatrics Program Directors Association. She is board-certified by the ABP and meets the requirements of Maintenance of Certification (MOC).