Susan F. Wood

Associate Professor; Director, Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health
School of Public Health and Health Services
Phone: 202-994-4171

Areas of Expertise

Law/Policy, Women's Health

Susan Wood is an Associate Professor of Health Policy at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, and Director of the Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health Services where her work and public advocacy focuses on the use of scientific knowledge in public policy. She previously was Assistant Commissioner for Women’s Health at the FDA, and directed the FDA Office of Women’s Health from 2000-2005 when she resigned on principle over continued delay of approval of emergency contraception over-the-counter. Prior to her time at FDA, Dr. Wood was Director of Policy and Program Development at the US Dept of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health. From 1990-1995, Dr. Wood worked on Capitol Hill as professional staff for the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues Initially as Science Advisor and later as Deputy Director to the Caucus, Dr. Wood helped develop and promote the Women’s Health Equity Act, and was directly involved with many policy initiatives and legislative proposals which would advance biomedical research, women’s health, family planning, and health care reform. Previously, Dr. Wood was a research scientist at John Hopkins University School of Medicine; she received her PhD in biology from Boston University. She has published a number of research articles in scientific journals, as well as articles on health policy.

To visit Susan Wood's GW faculty page, click here


A Salganicoff, U Ranji, P Johnson, T Fitzgerald, L Cohen, R Mauery, TM White,
(2013) Ensuring the Health Care Needs of Women: a Checklist for Health Exchanges. Kaiser Family Foundation.

Susan Wood, PhD, Debora Goldberg, PhD, MBA, MHA, Tishra Beeson, MPH, Brian Bruen, MS, Kay Johnson, MPH, EdM, Holly Mead, PhD, Peter Shin, PhD, MPH, Julie Lewis, MPH, Shavon Artis, DrPH, Katherine Hayes, JD, Merle Cunningham, MD, MPH, Xiaoxiao Lu, MPH, Sara Rosenbaum, JD (2012) Health Centers and Family Planning: Results of a Nationwide Survey., Jacobs Institute and Geiger Gibson Program report

Wood, S.F. (2009) Tracking Inclusion of Women in Clinical Studies. Journal of Women’s Health. March 2009, 18(3): 301-302

Wood, S.F. (2009) Women’s Health: Moving Forward with the Jacobs Institute. Women’s Health Issues 2009, Vol 19 (1): 1-2

Wood, S.F. (2005) “Women’s Health and the FDA”, New England Journal of Medicine 353 (16) 1650-1651