Barrett I. Woods, M.D.

Dr. Woods is board certified in Orthopaedic Surgery and serves as an Assistant Professor of spine surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Dr. Woods completed his residency program in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh and went on to complete his Spine Surgery fellowship right here at Rothman Orthopaedic Institute.

Dr. Woods has conducted extensive research in the field of orthopaedics and continues to do so, specifically in the treatment of cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine pathologies.  He has authored numerous publications, book chapters, abstracts, and poster and podium presentations and is a member of a number of professional societies, including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

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Professional Profile

  • B.S., Clemson University
  • M.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Internship, General Surgery, University of Pittsburgh
  • Residency, Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh
  • Fellowship, Spine Surgery, Rothman Orthopaedic Institute
Hospital Affiliations
  • AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center
  • Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
  • Kennedy Health System
  • Shore Memorial Hospital
Professional Associations
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • J. Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society
  • Gateway Medical Society

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1.      Woods B, Hartman R,  Siska P, Gruen G, Tarkin I, Evans A.  Determining the efficacy of screw and washer fixation as a method for securing an Olecranon Osteotomy following the treatment of intraarticular distal humerus fractures. J Orthop Trauma. 2015 Jan;29(1):44-9.

2.      Woods BI, Hohl J, Braly B, Donaldson W, Kang J, Lee J.  Mortality in Elderly Patients following Operative and Non-Operative Management of Odontoid Fractures.  J Spinal Disord Tech. 2014 Aug;27(6):321-6.

3.      Riew D, Woods B.I., Kang J, Lee J, Donaldson W.  The Incidence of Pharyno-Esophageal Perforation in patients with Infection following Anterior Cervical Surgery.  In Progress 2014

4.      Woods B.I., Chen A, Waters J, Kang J, Lee J.  The Association between Perioperative Blood Transfusion and Infection Rates following Spine Surgery.  J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2013 Dec 4;95(23):2105-10.

5.      Jacobs L, Vo N, Coehlo P, Dong Q, Bechara B, Woods B, Hempen E, Preuss H, Balk J, Kang J, Sowa G.  Glucosamine Supplementation Demonstrates a Negative Effect On Intervertebral Disc Matrix in an Animal Model of Disc Degeneration.  Spine 38.12 (2013): 984-990.

6.      Jacobs L., Woods B.I., Chen A., Hohl J., Lee J.  The Safety of Thromboembolic Chemoprophylaxis in Spinal Trauma Patients requiring Surgical Stabilization.  Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2013 Jul 15;38(16):E1041-7.

7.      Leckie S, Bechara B, Hartman R, Sowa G, Woods B, Coelho P, Witt W, Dong Q, Bowman BA, Bell K, Vo N, Wang B, Kang J.  Injection of AAV2-BMP2 and AAV2-TIMP1 into the Nucleus Pulposus Slows the Course of Intervertebral Disc Degeneration in an in vivo rabbit model.  Spine J. 2012 Jan;12(1):7-20.

8.      Singh K, Woods B.I., Tarkin I.  Abnormal bone remodeling after orthopedic fracture care: Radiographic appearance of a "load transfer triangle”.  Accepted Am J Rad 2012

9.      Nassr A, Eck J, Woods B, Ponnappan R, Donaldson W, Kang J.  Does Resection of the Posterior Longitudinal Ligament Impact the Incidence of C5 Palsy after Cervical Corpectomy Procedures? A review of 459 consecutive cases.  The Spine Journal 11.10 (2011): S12.

10.  Woods B.I., Vo N, Sowa G., Kang J.  Gene therapy for Intervertebral Disc Degeneration.  Orthop Clin North Am. 2011 Oct;42(4):563-74,

11.  Woods B.I., Hohl J., Hartman R., Davies C., Lee J., Donaldson W., Kang J.  Laminoplasty vs. Laminectomy and Fusion for Multilevel Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy.  Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2011 Mar;469(3):688-95.

12.  Woods B.I., Sowa G., Vo N., Kang J.  A Change in Strategy; The use of Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering to Augment the Course of Intervertebral Disc Degeneration.  Oper Tech Orthop 20:144-153 © 2010 Elsevier Inc.

13.  Bechara B., Leckie S., Bowman B., Davis C., Woods BI., Kanal E., Sowa G., Kang J.  Application of a Semi-automated Contour Segmentation Tool to Identify the Intervertebral Nucleus Pulposus in MR Images. Am J Neurorad. 2010 Oct;31(9):1640-4

14.  Sowa G., Westrick E., Rajasekhar A., Woods B.I., Leckie S., Coelho P., Vo N., Studer R., Kang  J.  Identification of Candidate Serum Biomarkers for Intervertebral Disk Degeneration in an Animal Model.  PM R. 2009 Jun;1(6):536-40.

15.  Ingram-Smith C., Woods B.I., and Smith K.S. Characterization of the Acyl Substrate 

Binding Pocket of Acetyl-CoA Synthetase.  Biochemistry. 2006 Sep 26;45(38):11482-90.




Book Chapters

1.      Woods B.I., Radcliff K.  There is no Role for ESI in patients with Spinal Stenosis.

2.      Woods B.I., Hilibrand AS.  Cervical Radiculopathy

3.      Woods B.I.  Complications Pedicle Screws.

4.      Woods B.I., Radcliff K, Vaccaro A.  Complications with Static Anterior Cervical Plates.  Complications of Spinal Instrumentation Volume 2. In press

5.      Woods B.I., Vaccaro A.  Fractures and Dislocations of the Cervical Spine from C3 to C7.  Chapman’s Comprehensive Orthopaedic Surgery 4th Ed, 2014.  Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

6.      Schroder G, Woods B.I., Vaccaro A.  Open Reduction of Unilateral and Bilateral Facet Dislocations. Chapter 5, Spine Surgery: Tricks of the Trade 4th Ed.  Thieme

7.      Schroder G, Woods B.I., Vaccaro A.  Anterior Thoracic and Thoraco-Lumbar Plating Techniques. Chapter 19, Spine Surgery: Tricks of the Trade 4th Ed.  Thieme  

8.      Braly B.A., Syed I., Woods B.I., Lee J.Y.  Lumbo-sacral Fractures and Traumatic Injuries.  Chapter 8, Lumbo-Sacral and Pelvic Procedures, 2012.  Quality Medical Publishing. 

9.      Kang J., Sowa G., Woods B.I.  Pathophysiology of Axial Neck and Low Back Pain.  Chapter 3, Orthopaedic Knowledge Update Spine.  4th Ed AAOS 2012

10.  Syed I., Woods B.I., Lee J.Y.  Spinal Imaging.  Chapter 8, Handbook of Spine Surgery, 2010.  Thieme Medical Publishers Inc,.

11.  Syed I., Woods B.I., Lee J.Y.  Lumbar Arthroplasty.  Chapter 60, HandBook of Spine Surgery, 2010.  Thieme Medical Publishers Inc,.




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