Jonathan Woodson, MD

Jonathan Woodson, MD, is the Lars Anderson Professor in Management and Professor of the Practice at the BU Questrom School of Business; Professor of Surgery at the Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine; and Professor of Health Law, Policy and Management at the School of Public Health.

Dr. Woodson leads the creation of a university-wide Institute for Health System Innovation as Faculty Director. The Institute for Health System Innovation will focus on expanding health system research initiatives across Boston University, deepening connections between scholars, policy-makers and corporations, and advancing curricular activities at Questrom and across BU’s schools and colleges. The Institute will focus on bringing together world-class academic, regulatory and industry resources to address important national and global health care challenges.

Dr. Woodson has served since 2010 as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs in the United States Department of Defense. 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. 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.

Prior to serving as Assistant Secretary of Defense, Dr. Woodson was Associate Dean for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and Professor of Surgery at BUSM. He received his BS in Biomedical Science (magna cum Laude) from the City College of New York, his MD from New York University School of Medicine and a Master’s in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College. Dr. Woodson is a Brigadier General in the US Army Reserves.