The VCU medical community is mourning the death of a beloved faculty member. Dr. Mark A. Wood died May 21 at the age of 54, following a lengthy battle with cancer.
Wood was a longtime professor of internal medicine and cardiology at the MCV Campus and served as the Assistant Director of the Cardiac Electrophysiology Laboratories. He received international recognition for his work as both a clinician and an educator.
“Mark touched countless lives in his career,” said his close friend and colleague Dr. Kenneth A. Ellenbogen, Chair of the VCU Division of Cardiology. “He was known for his compassionate care. … He was a wonderful listener.”
Originally from Memphis, Wood received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee. He completed his residency and fellowships at the VCU and University of Virginia Hospitals. He joined the VCU faculty in 2001.
He received the MCV Physicians Distinguished Clinician of the Year in 2011 and the Department of Medicine Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award in 2004. He also received numerous teaching awards from medical students and cardiology fellows.
Wood also authored more than 300 research papers, served as the editor of five textbooks, and coauthored one of the leading textbooks on catheter ablation of cardiac arrhythmias.
“He was the true triple threat: an outstanding researcher, teacher, and clinician,” said Ellenbogen.
Dr. Wood’s family, friends, and colleagues at MCV celebrated the life of this wonderfully accomplished man at a memorial service held at the Egyptian Building on June 5.
In honor of Dr. Wood’s love of teaching and academic medicine, his family has set up a fund in his name to support education for cardiology and electrophysiology fellows. Donations to the “Mark Allen Wood Education Fund” may be sent care of the MCV Foundation, P.O. Box 980234, Richmond VA 23298-1234. For further information about the effort, please call the MCV Foundation at (804) 828-5518.