Dr. Woodson’s stellar career combines medical and military service. The vascular surgeon is president of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences – the nation's only federal health sciences university – where he oversees three schools and 15-plus research centers.
In 2010, President Obama appointed Dr. Woodson assistant secretary of defense for health affairs. In that position, he advised the defense secretary on all health-related issues and ensured the Defense Department fulfilled its medical role.
A retired major general in the Army Reserve, Dr. Woodson led the Reserve’s Medical Command, which meets the military’s health needs.
Cited among the “Top Blacks in Medicine,” he was a professor of surgery, associate dean for students, diversity, and multicultural affairs, and senior attending vascular surgeon at Boston Medical Center. He received his postgraduate medical education at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School.