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September 26, 2012

Palliative Care and Internal Medicine Specialist Joins Northwestern Lake Forest as Lead Physician of Palliative Care Services

Lake Forest, Ill. – Gordon Wood, MD, has joined the staff of Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital as the Director of Palliative Medicine and Supportive Care. Dr. Wood will lead the hospital’s partnership with Midwest Palliative CareCenter, which integrates top quality palliative care into the treatment of all patients who need it within the Northwestern Lake Forest system.

“Dr. Wood shares Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital’s commitment to palliative care as a component of the overall healthcare for patients facing serious illness,” said Michael G. Ankin, MD, FACP, FCCP, vice president of medical affairs and chief medical officer for Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital. “Dr. Wood’s background as a medical educator and researcher, as well as his experience in palliative care and internal medicine, make him ideal to lead our efforts to enhance the health and quality of life of patients and to support their families.”

Dr. Wood comes from the University of Pittsburgh, where he served as assistant professor of medicine in the Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics and fellowship director for the university’s fellowship in palliative medicine. He received his medical degree from the University of Chicago and completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. He subsequently completed a palliative medicine fellowship at Northwestern University, where he also received a master’s degree in the science of clinical investigation. Dr. Wood is an active researcher and educator with interests in communication and symptom management.

“I am eager to lead this exciting partnership between Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital and Midwest Palliative CareCenter that coordinates efforts of physicians, nurses, social workers and chaplains to create a tailored approach for each patient and their family,” said Dr. Wood. “Our goal is to enhance the quality of healthcare and also the quality of life for every patient we serve.”

Dr. Wood’s new position at Northwestern Lake Forest brings him back to Lake County. He grew up in Libertyville and his family has come to Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital for their routine medical care since he was a child. Dr. Wood recently became a first-time parent and lives with his wife and daughter in Lake Bluff.

See Dr. Wood's complete online profile.

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About Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital

Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital is a wholly owned entity of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare. The hospital has more than 700 physicians board-certified in 90 medical specialties, located at its Lake Forest and Grayslake campuses and at facilities in Glenview, Gurnee Brookside, Gurnee Tower Court, Libertyville, Lindenhurst and Vernon Hills. Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital is ranked among Illinois’ “Best Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report, has been named the Consumer Choice hospital in Lake and Kenosha counties for nine years in a row by National Research Corporation and receives an "A" Hospital Safety Score from the nonprofit Leapfrog Group. Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital is a Magnet hospital, having earned the country’s highest recognition for patient care and nursing and is rated among the “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” guide by Working Mother magazine. For more information, visit

About Northwestern Medical Group

Northwestern Medical Group is a multi-site physician network with 122 physicians offering primary and specialty care services, including internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, dermatology, corporate health, executive health, integrative medicine, sports medicine, and travel medicine. Northwestern Medical Group has 25 locations throughout the Chicago area, including Chicago offices in the Loop, Streeterville, Wicker Park/Bucktown, Lincoln Park and Lakeview, as well as offices in Deerfield, Evanston, Glenview, Grayslake, Highland Park, Lake Forest, and Libertyville. All physicians are on the medical staffs of Northwestern Memorial Hospital and/or Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital.