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					                         FIONA WOOD FRCS, FRACS, AM
                               PROFESSOR UWA

Professor Fiona Wood is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon who specialises in acute
burn care and reconstruction. She is the Director of the Burn Service of Western
Australia, Consultant at Royal Perth & Princess Margaret Hospitals in Perth, the co-
founder and Director of Clinical Cell Culture (C3) and co-founder and Chair of the
McComb Foundation.

Through the McComb Research Foundation which she co-founded with scientist Marie
Stoner in 1999 she aims to conduct further research into tissue repair and reconstruction
with the aim of improving patient quality of life and return to pre-injury condition.

Fiona Wood was born in Pontefract, Yorkshire England in 1958. Here she attended
school at Ackworth Quaker School and later became head girl. While at school she
completed her Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.

At the age of 17 Fiona left Yorkshire to begin her studies in medicine at St Thomas’
Hospital Medical School in London. She studied there for six years from 1975 until she
completed her medical degree (MBBS) 1981. Fiona saw medical school as an exciting
challenge and soon found surgery was the area that interested her most. Within surgery,
she feels plastic & reconstructive surgery is innovative and creative with the opportunity
for research and development.

Fiona’s higher degrees were:
Primary FRCS                                 1983
FRCS (London)                                1985
FRCS (Ed)                                    1985
FRACS Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery       1990

Fiona’s training to become a consultant surgeon took about 10 years. She became a
consultant plastic surgeon in 1991. She then began focusing increasingly on burn care
and reconstruction.

Fiona came to Australia in 1987 with her husband and two eldest children. She now has 6
children, two girls and 4 boys.

Fiona’s interest in burns, wound healing and tissue engineering lead her to accumulate a
vast range of knowledge and experience in these areas.

Now, Fiona’s work in her capacity of Director of the Burn Service of Western Australia
has set her in the direction of the development of innovative skin technology treatments
for the use in burn injury, reconstruction and other trauma.

Her research through the McComb Research Foundation and as Director of Avita
(formally C3) is focused on scarless healing.

The Foundation’s broad area of research is in tissue guided cellular regeneration; it has a
particular focus on improving outcomes in burns care and reconstructive techniques.

In bringing basic science to the bedside the McComb Foundation strives to build a unique
capacity to facilitate direct research collaboration between researchers and practitioners
across basic science, clinical care and clinical outcomes.

The exploration of tissue guided cellular regeneration requires the expertise and
involvement of many groups. The Foundation facilitates the network linking of groups
with specialist knowledge in programmed cell death, neurophysiology, bioinformatics,
molecular biology, cell biology, nano-engineering and nano-chemistry. The platform of
understanding cell performance in a given environment gives the opportunity to influence
healing post injury in the clinical situation.

Research in all facets of burn care, from injury prevention to acute care on to long term
outcomes undertaken in collaboration with the multidisciplinary burn care teams, is
essential to provide a clear evidence-based practice. The link to the clinical arena is
therefore pivotal and the McComb Research Foundation will facilitate networking
between the hospital and university sector to bring together the clinical expertise with
research experience to provide an opportunity for robust review, audit and research.

Education from injury to burn injury management is core to the Foundation. An active
program of publication is underway and will be expanded in peer review literature,
Cochrane database and conference presentations.

Fiona is also involved in a number of education and disaster response programs
associated with her interest in burns and published many papers over the years. In
addition, she has been the recipient of the 2003 Australian Medical Association
‘Contribution to Medicine’ Award and an Order of Australia Medal for work with Bali
bombing victims.

On 16th February 2004 Fiona Wood accepted her conferment as Clinical Professor with
the School of Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Western Australia

Fiona was named West Australian of the Year for 2004, and was nominated as a National
Living Treasure and Australian Citizen of the Year in 2004.

Fiona and Marie Stoner, co-founder of Clinical Cell Culture, won the 2005 Clunies Ross
Award for their contributions to Medical Science in Australia.

Fiona was again named West Australian of the Year for 2005, and received the honour of
being named Australian of the Year in 2005.


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