Mr Rod Woods commenced specialist colorectal practice in 1988 after a Colorectal Fellowship at St Vincents Hospital, Melbourne in 1985 and then a further Colorectal Fellowship in 1986 and 1987 at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio. In 1988 he held a Junior staff position at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland. He attended medical school at the University of Melbourne and his clinical years were at the St Vincents Hospital, Melbourne, Clinical School. Residency and advanced surgical training was completed at St Vincents Hospital, Melbourne. His laparoscopic interest started in the early 1990s when, working together with Gynaecologists Professor Carl Wood and Professor Peter Maher, they developed the first laparoscopic techniques in the management of advanced pelvic endometriosis. This often involved rectal surgery combined with advanced gynaecological surgery. This work continues to this day.


  • MBBS, 1977

Professional Associations


Special interests

  • colorectal cancer
  • inflammatory bowel disease
  • stoma disorders
  • complex anorectal pathology
  • advanced laparoscopic surgery

Education and training


Epworth hospital locations


Epworth Eastern

Consulting locations

Consulting Location

Epworth Eastern Specialist Centre
Level 1, Suite 13
120 Thames Street
Box Hill North
Clinical institute

General Surgery & Gastroenterology Clinical Institute

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Mr Gary Crosthwaite
The Institute focuses on surgical treatment of the abdominal organs, as well as the thyroid gland and hernias.