Dr. William Wooden attended the University of Florida graduating with high honors and was accepted into the School of Medicine through the Junior Honors Program. He then completed a general surgery residency and an advanced fellowship in head and neck oncology and microsurgery at Emory University in Atlanta. His professional training continued with a Plastic Surgery residency at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Wooden was Chief of Plastic Surgery and Associate Dean for Specialist Program Development at East Carolina University until joining University Plastic Surgeons at the Indiana University School of Medicine in 2005.
Dr. Wooden is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and has completed the required rigorous training requirements, is also certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Wooden’s personal and professional goal is to offer his patients the most complete care possible, personalized for the needs of each individual. Dr. Wooden believes that for either the patient seeking life enrichment and rejuvenation through Cosmetic Surgery or the patient needing restoration of form and function through Reconstructive surgery, both are seeking improvement in the quality of life and health.
For the patient, the distinction between Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery is artificial. Every patient wants to look and feel their best and be offered the opportunity to enjoy life as fully as possible. Such procedures must be conducted with the most defining of care, safety, and consideration of the health of the individual patient. Dr. Wooden believes that there should not be a dismissing of function in Cosmetic procedures nor disregard for a final appearance in Reconstructive procedures. The expertise required in each area is truly complementary. For Dr. Wooden, this vision for completeness of patient care and professionalism has been a driving principle in his practice, education, and leadership. Dr. Wooden practices primarily at IU Health University Hospital.
Titles & Appointments
- James E. Bennett Professor of Plastic Surgery
- Professor of Surgery