Ronald K Woods, MD,PhD

Congenital Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
Children’s Wisconsin since 2011
  • Congenital heart surgeon, Children's Wisconsin
  • Professor, Medical College of Wisconsin




Having the experience of the perspective of a parent as well as a congenital heart surgeon, my mission is to provide competent, compassionate care to patients and their families in a manner that I would want provided for me if either of my children, wife, or myself were the patient.

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  • Congenital Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery

Areas of Interest

  • Cardiac research
  • Cardiothoracic surgery
  • Congenital heart surgery
  • Mechanical circulatory support
  • Transplant
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Education and Awards


  • 1993, University of Illinois College of Medicine, MD


  • 1998, University of Washington School of Medicine (Seattle) - General Surgery


  • 2003, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children - Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • 2000, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine - Pediatric General Surgery
  • 2002, University of Washington School of Medicine - Thoracic Surgery


  • Milwaukee Magazine Top Doctors 
  • Alpha Omega Alpha
  • General Assembly Scholarship
  • McGraw-Hill Award
  • Ciba-Geigy Award
  • Chancellor Student Service Award
  • Upjohn Achievement Award
  • Warren H. Cole Scholar
  • Henry N. Harkins Award
  • Multicare Health System Quality Leadership Recognition Award
  • Multicare Health System President’s Award - Excellence in Total Quality
  • Seattle Magazine Best Doctors

Research and publications


  • Optimal Mechanical Circulatory Support of Patients with Failed Single-Ventricle Physiology
  • Multicenter Trials Evaluating Mechanical Circulatory Support in Patients with Congenital Heart Disease
  • Optimal Timing of Neonatal Cardiac Surgical Repair
  • Methods to Ensure Safety in the Operating Room
  • Improving Value in Pediatric Cardiac Care
  • Novel Methods of Visualization of 3D Cardiac Imaging Data
  • Better Options for Valve Replacement in Neonates and Infants
  • Determining Optimal Systemic to Pulmonary Artery Shunt Design in Neonates < 3 kg
  • Coarctation of the Aorta and Impact on Vascular Biology