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Wood, Kenneth E.

Wood, Kenneth E.

Executive Vice President of Physician Affairs, Lifespan Health System, Rhode Island
Chief Clinical Officer, Lifespan Health System, Rhode Island
The Institute for Systems Research
Lifespan Health System, 167 Point St., Providence, RI 02903

Kenneth E. Wood is the Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer for Lifespan, Rhode Island’s largest health system. He was appointed to this position in June 2020.

Previously Dr. Wood was with the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) where he was a Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer, Associate Chief Medical Officer for the University of Maryland Medical System and Director of the University of Maryland Critical Care Network. Prior to arriving at the University of Maryland, Dr. Wood was the Chief Medical Officer at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania and a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. At Geisinger, Dr. Wood was responsible for the administrative and operational oversight of the Medical Center and the Director of the Geisinger Health System Center for Systems Re-engineering in Health Care where he was a federally funded investigator in applications of systems engineering to health care.

Dr. Wood also was a professor of medicine and anesthesiology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, Wisc. During that time he was an attending staff physician in the Intensive Care Unit, staff in the Emergency Medicine Department and a medical flight physician. Administratively, he was the director of critical care medicine and the Trauma and Life Support Center, the Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship and the senior director of medical affairs. In his administrative role, he was responsible for implementing the Tele-ICU Program at the University of Wisconsin and later for the Geisinger Health System.

At the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Wood was a federally funded investigator focusing upon systems engineering applications to critical care medicine.

As the chief medical officer and director of the Center for Re-Engineering Health Care at Geisinger Medical Center, Dr. Wood focused his research interests on re-engineering healthcare processes. Funded projects included supply chain simulation models and utilizing a sociotechnical approach to standardizing the prophylaxis; and diagnosis and treatment of venous thromboembolism. Clinical re-engineering projects included simulation modeling for patient flow, throughput and capacity management; and ultrasound standardization. As chair of the Clinical Technology Optimization and Standardization Committee, he re-engineered supply chain modeling and coordination of system technology purchases.

Watch a video of Dr. Wood giving a talk on “Systems Engineering, Quality Cost Interface, and Health Care Reform” in ISR’s MBSE Colloquia Series on April 4, 2016.

Watch a video of Dr. Wood’s talk to the Maryland Critical Care Project on “Cost Interface Health Care Reform,” given in February 2016.


Systems engineering applications to critical care medicine; re-engineering health care processes

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Optimization model for outpatient cardiology scheduling published in Operations Research for Health Care

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'Safety smart list' can decrease time in ICU, lower hospital costs

Comprehensive patient safety/quality-of-care list integrates with a patient's electronic health record.