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Jonathan Woodson, MD, nominated by President Obama to be assistant secretary of Defense for Health Affairs

Jonathan Woodson, MD, nominated for Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs.Dr. Jonathan Woodson, Associate Professor of Surgery and Associate Dean at Boston University School of Medicine and a senior attending vascular surgeon at Boston Medical Center has been nominated by President Barak Obama to be assistant secretary of Defense for Health Affairs. His nomination requires US Senate confirmation.

Dr. Jonathan Woodson is an excellent choice for this important role. His clinical and administrative experience and outstanding leadership will be of great value to our nation's soldiers and veterans as he takes on this Department of Defense role. His military experience makes him the perfect candidate for this position and he is well prepared to handle the challenges of this new position.

Dr. Woodson is a graduate of the City College of New York (Magna Cum Laude) and New York University School of Medicine (1979) six year B.S.-M.D. program. He received his postgraduate medical education at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School and completed residency training in Internal Medicine, General and Vascular Surgery. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Vascular Surgery and Critical Care (surgery).

In 1992 he was awarded a research fellowship at the Association of American Medical Colleges Health Services Research Institute. His current research interest is in Health Outcomes Research; particularly functional outcomes in limb salvage vascular surgery. He holds a Master's Degree in Strategic Studies (concentration in strategic leadership) from the U.S. Army War College. He has authored/coauthored a number of publications and book chapters on vascular trauma and outcomes in vascular limb salvage surgery.

Dr. Woodson holds the rank of Brigadier General, United States Army, Reserve and has supported several Army Medical Department missions including Advanced Trauma Life Support Training (for active and reserve forces), military-civilian medical programs in Central America, and air medical evacuation missions in Central America. Dr Woodson previous responsibilities included Senior Medical Officer(trauma), International Surgical and Medical Response Team (Office of Emergency Management, National Disaster Management System), which responded to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack at the World Trade Center, New York City.

In addition to his numerous military awards and decorations, Dr. Woodson has been awarded two teaching awards. In 2007 he was named one of the top Vascular Surgeons in Boston and in 2008 listed as one of the Top Surgeons in the U.S. He is the recipient of the 2009 Gold Humanism in Medicine Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges.

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