Christian Woods

christian woodsChristian Woods, MD, is associate medical intensive-care unit director, Pulmonary/Critical Care; director of the Pulmonary Fellows' Ambulatory Clinic; and attending physician, Infectious Diseases, at MedStar Washington Hospital Center (MWHC). In addition to his clinical responsibilities, he is assistant professor, Infectious Diseases, at Georgetown University Medical Center. His research efforts are focused on infectious diseases and critical care.

At MedStar Georgetown University Hospital/MWHC, Dr. Woods serves as associate director of the Pulmonary/Critical Care Fellowship program and associate program director of Internal Medicine. He is a member of the American College of Physicians, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Greater Washington Infectious Diseases Society and the American Thoracic Society. He is secretary-treasurer of the American College of Chest Physicians.

His research has been published in peer-reviewed journals, including Clinical Infectious Diseases, European Journal of Immunology and the Scandinavian Journal of Infectious Diseases. He is a reviewer for several journals, including Chest, Respiration and Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Woods speaks frequently at meetings of professional societies, on topics ranging from HIV to salmonella and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia. Among other honors, Dr. Woods received the James A. Curtin Award for Outstanding Clinical Educator from the MedStar Georgetown University Hospital/MWHC Internal Medicine Program for the years 2011 and 2012. He is board certified in Infectious Diseases, Pulmonary Disease and Internal Medicine.

Dr. Woods earned his medical degree from Saint George's University School of Medicine, Grenada, West Indies. He completed a chief residency and fellowship in Infectious Diseases and an additional fellowship in Pulmonary/Critical Care at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital/MWHC in Washington, DC.

Research Interests

Dr. Woods' research interests include

  • Infectious diseases
  • Critical care
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • HIV
  • Respiratory infection
  • Medical education

Selected Research

Comparison of risk stratification tools in patients with pulmonary embolism

Risk stratification scoring systems are used to predict outcomes in patients with acute pulmonary embolism. In this article, published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine, Dr. Woods and colleagues reported the results of a retrospective observational cohort study conducted at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. The authors compared the ability of two scoring systems to predict mortality in patients with acute pulmonary embolism. The two scoring systems were found to be similar in identifying patients at low risk for short- and intermediate-term mortality.

Increased prevalence of albuminuria in HIV-infected adults with diabetes

HIV and type 2 diabetes are risk factors for albuminuria. In this article, published in PLOS ONE(2011;6:e24610), Dr. Woods and colleagues performed a cross-sectional study of 73 HIV-infected adults with type 2 diabetes, 82 HIV-infected adults without diabetes and 61 diabetic control subjects without HIV. The authors found that HIV and diabetes appear to have additive effects on albuminuria. This study was funded and conducted in conjunction with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Intramural Research Programs and MWHC's Department of Infectious Diseases.

View Dr. Woods' publications on PubMed

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