Senior Leadership Insights: A Conversation with Susan Wood, Ph.D., President and CEO of VIDA Diagnostics

Nov 16

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Tuesday, November 16, 2021 - 2:00pm to 2:30pm

Senior Leadership Insights


Susan Wood, Ph.D.

Join The Graduate School for a series of conversations with alumni reflecting on the role that their Duke education played in their careers. Susan Wood, M.S.'88, Ph.D. has over 15 years of experience championing innovative clinical solutions to the marketplace, from concept to revenue. Dr. Wood is president and CEO of VIDA Diagnostics, Inc., the leader in precision imaging for pulmonary medicine. She has shepherded VIDA from bench to bedside, with VIDA's analytics and services emerging into clinical practice. Prior to VIDA, Dr. Wood served as executive vice president of marketing and technology for Vital Images and spent eight years at R2 Technology, ending her tenure as vice president of marketing. At R2 Technology she championed the development, regulatory approval, and commercial release of the first FDA-approved software product for the automatic detection of lung nodules. Dr. Wood received her Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, School of Hygiene and Public Health, where her research combined quantifying three-dimensional lung structure with changes in lung function using high-resolution CT imaging in health and disease. Dr. Wood has received eight patents in the field of computer-aided detection and quantitative imaging; authored numerous book chapters, peer-reviewed papers, and abstracts; and served as an invited speaker at numerous conferences in the area of three-dimensional imaging of the thorax, quantitative imaging, and computer-aided detection. She holds an M.S. in biomedical engineering from Duke University and a B.S. in engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Wood chairs the industry advisory board for the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Maryland and is chair emerita of The Graduate School's Board of Visitors. Dr. Wood will be joined in conversation by Dr. Fan Yuan, Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Director of Graduate Studies for the master's program. The Senior Leadership Insights series is sponsored by The Graduate School and is open to Duke faculty, graduate students, postdocs, alumni, and staff. Questions? Contact Dr. Melissa Bostrom, Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Professional Development, at