Dr. Woods grew up as a military brat living in 2 countries and seven states before starting at Dartmouth College in 1972. He finished his college in three years graduating Summa Cum Laude and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. He joined the US Air Force in 1975 to pay for Dartmouth Medical School college and graduated with honors.
He was elected by the medical school faculty into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. After graduating from medical school in 1978 Dr. Woods did two years of Internal Medicine training followed by three years of ophthalmology residency at Wilford Hall USAF Medical center in San Antonio, Texas.
From 1983 to 1986 he worked as an ophthalmologist at Homestead AFB Hospital in south Florida. In his last two years because of his internal medicine training, he volunteered to be in charge of the Homestead Air Force Base Hospital Emergency Department. For his work as an ophthalmologist and his added role managing the Emergency Department, he was awarded a USAF Commendation Medal in 1986.
In July 1986 he started a solo ophthalmology practice in Coral Springs, Florida. In 1996 he joined with another ophthalmologist, and a local optometrist and worked at the Coral Springs Eye Institute until it closed in 2020. Dr. Woods stopped doing surgery in 2005 and practices only medical ophthalmology.
Dr. Woods was the lead author on a landmark paper concerning pupil function and migraine, Episodic Unilateral Mydriasis, and Migraine, published in 1984. The paper is referenced in over 20 neurology and ophthalmology textbooks and over 50 journal articles.
He was board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology in 1985 and is most proud of his ability to recognize the connections between medical diseases and the eyes.
Dr. Woods has kept current with the multitude of advances in internal medicine and feels that in many cases it makes a major difference in choosing treatment plans. Having started his ophthalmology residency in 1980, Dr. Woods has spent four decades treating eye disease and his extensive experience is crucial in handling unusual or rare problems.
Dr. Woods married his wife Diane in 1977 and has four children and eleven grandchildren. He enjoys traveling and has been to 76 countries and all 7 continents.