Jon Woods, M.D.
Managing Consultant, International Health
Jon Woods is a Pediatric Infectious Disease Physician with a specialization in infectious diseases and Retired US Air Force Colonel with over 29 years of military service. He received a B.S. in Biochemistry for the Ohio State University in Columbus Ohio in 1985, and was commissioned via Air Force Officer Training School, San Antonio TX in 1986. He attended Texas A&M University to study Atmospheric Science until 1987, and then served as a weather officer at Air Force Global Weather Central (AFGWC), Offutt AFB, NE until 1991, when he was accepted to the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) School of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland. He graduated as Valedictorian of the class of 1995 as was accepted to pediatric residency training at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the Dayton Children’s Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio. Upon completion of pediatric residency training in 1998 Dr Woods was accepted for a Pediatric Infection Disease Fellowship at the National Capital Pediatric Consortium at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, National Naval Medical Center, and USUHS, where his research focus was animal models of hemolytic uremic syndrome resulting from enterohemorrhagic E. coli.
Upon completion of fellowship in 2001, Dr Woods, became Chief, Hospital, Installation and Disaster Preparedness Department, Operational Medicine Department of the Medical Division of the United States Army Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), Ft Detrick, MD. In this position he served as the department lead for issues relating to installation preparedness, while serving as an infectious disease and biological warfare agent medical management expert. During and in response to the “Amerithrax” incidents in October of 2001, he served as the medical lead for USAMRIID for interaction with the CDC, Postal Service, and White House for appropriate post-exposure prophylaxis. He also led the US Air Force Medical Service’s Contagious Casualty Management Plan development for deployed settings. In March – July, 2003 he deployed to Iraq in support of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) as Assistant Medical Director for Task Force Disablement/Elimination, providing medical planning and direct medical support for DoD WMD-elimination operations in Iraq, as well as over 40 field/combat missions in support of investigations into the Iraqi biological weapons program. In 2003 he became Deputy Chief and Containment Care Director, and took over directorship of the US’s only Biosafety level 4 treatment facility (at that time) and the Aeromedical Isolation Team. He also served as Army Medical Research and Materiel Command’s (MRMC) subject matter expert and co-investigator for multiple investigational new drug (IND) applications for smallpox vaccine adverse events and served on the Army’s Special Medical Augmentation Response Team for INDs (SMART-IND) and helped administer INDs in Kuwait and Iraq in 2003 to US forces at risk of exposure to WMD.
In August of 2005 he became Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the Keesler Air Force Base Hospital in Biloxi, MS – an assignment cut short by Hurricane Katrina, for which he was evacuated 3 weeks after arrival. While evacuated, he volunteered to deploy to Afghanistan for a US DoD collaboration with coalition forces and the Afghan Ministry of Agriculture to perform a high-priority country-wide veterinary and environmental field infectious disease surveillance activity throughout Afghanistan.
Upon return from Afghanistan in Dec 2005, Dr Woods was assigned as a Staff Pediatric Infectious Disease physician at Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base, (AFB), TX. He volunteered to deploy in April 2006-April 2007 to Afghanistan as the Senior Medical Officer for the Qalat Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT), Qalat City, Afghanistan, where he was responsible for the health of the 100+ coalition and civilian personnel assigned to the PRT compound, as well as serving as liaison with Afghan health officials, military coalition, and international and non-governmental agencies (USAID, WHO, WFP, UNICEF, etc…) to improve medical care in Zabul Province, Afghanistan. During this assignment Col Woods participated in over 300 combat missions.
Upon return from Afghanistan he served as Associate Director for International Programs at the Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine (CDHAM), from May 2007 to April 2011, where he oversaw worldwide healthcare improvement and infectious disease disaster preparedness projects for the Department of Defense. The Afghan National Security Forces Healthcare Reachback Program supported US efforts to train and equip the Afghan Army and Police medical systems. Dr Wood’s division also implemented HIV/AIDS preparedness and response programs for the defense forces in the Caribbean Basin. He also partnered with the Armed Forced Health Surveillance Center (AFHSC) to implement international projects in support of all US combatant commands for surveillance of and response to avian and pandemic influenza and other emerging infectious diseases. He partnered with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Cooperative Bioengagement Program (CBEP) for needs assessments for clinician and laboratorian biosafety and biosecurity for the Pakistani Ministry of Defense.
He was next selected as the Director of the United States Army Medical Research Unit – Kenya (USAMRU-K), Kisumu Field Station from April 2011 to April 2013. The mission of the field station is to partner with the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) to develop and test improved means for predicting, detecting, preventing, and treating infectious disease threats to U.S. military personnel and the people of Kenya. The 300+ personnel of the field station also conduct disease surveillance, training, research, and response activities related to emerging infectious disease threats, and consists of a headquarters and five clinic and research departments to include Clinical Trials (Kombewa), Basic Science, Malaria Diagnostics Center (MDC), Entomology/Vector Biology Unit, and Malaria Drug Resistance (MDR) Laboratory.
He was then assigned as the Senior Medical Officer within the Science and Technology Directorate of the Defense Intelligent Agency (DIA), Charlottesville, Virginia. In this position Col Woods acted as the senior medical, infectious disease and biological agent advisor to senior executive leadership of Science and Technology Directorate and served as military lead for DIA’s Microbial Forensics initiative. He was a key member and AF representative of the tri-service infectious disease team developing clinical practice guidelines for the military’s medical Ebola response, and served as a subject matter expert for the designing of the Air Force’s aeromedical transport isolator for personnel exposed to Ebola.
He retired from the Air Force 01 May 2015 and resides in Potomac, Maryland.