Susan Wood

Associate Professor of Health Policy and Director of the Jacobs Institute for Women’s Health
School of Public Health and Health Services, George Washington University

Susan Wood is associate professor of health policy and director of the Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. She worked in several capacities on womens’ health issues for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, serving from 2000-2005 as assistant commissioner for women’s health and director of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Office of Women’s Health, a position from which she resigned on principle over the continued delay of approval of emergency contraception over-the-counter by FDA. From 1990-1995, she worked for the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues, initially as science advisor and later as deputy director, where she helped develop and promote the Women’s Health Equity Act. Dr. Wood received her Ph.D. in biology at the Boston University Marine Biological Laboratory and has been a research scientist in the Department of Neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her many honors include the National Institute of Mental Health National Research Service Award, the Assistant Secretary for Health’s Superior Service Award, the Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award, the Keystone Award in Women’s Health Research, and the Biophysical Society Congressional Science Fellowship.