William A. Wooden, MD

Professor of Surgery

Specialty: Plastic Surgery
Medical School: University of Florida
Residency: Emory University (General Surgery)
                University of Pittsburgh (Plastic Surgery)
Fellowship: Emory University (Surgical Oncology)

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 2005 when he joined the Division of Plastic Surgery at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

Dr. Wooden has been 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 specifically care 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.

Dr. Wooden operates on the full spectrum of Plastic Surgery cases, but specializes specifically in Melanoma surgery.


IU Health Physicians


IU Health Methodist/IU Health University
IU Health North
IU Health West

Location Information

IUH University Hospital Surgery Outpatient Clinic

550 N. University Blvd., Ste 1295

Indianapolis, IN 46202

Clinical Interests


Accepting New Patients

Schedule an Appointment  Clinical Trials

Research Interests

Peripheral Nerve Regeneration using SIS ECM

Human Adipocyte, directed organogenesis

Oncogenicity of Fat injection into the Human Breast

Development of evidence based, quality and care Guidelines

Melanoma Care and Management: Adult and Pediatric

National Wound Care Guidelines

Nutrition and Wound Healing

Breast Cancer Research Program


  1. Coleman JJ III, Wooden WA.  Mandibular reconstruction with composite micro Vascular Tissue transfer.  Am J Surg.  1990; 160:390-395.
  2. Cole DJ, Mackay GJ, Walker BF, Wooden WA, Murray DR, Coleman JJ III. Melanoma of the external ear.  J Surg Oncol.  1992; 50:110-114.
  3. Liang M, Narayanan K, Wooden WA, Harner C.  Saphenous fascial-fat flap for Coverage of ACL repair wound problems.  Contemp Orthop.  1992;25:367-371.
  4. Wooden WA, Shestak KC, Newton ED, Ramasastry SS.  Liposuction-assisted revision and recontouring of free microvascular tissue transfers.  Aesthetic Plast Surg. 1993;17:103-07.
  5. Wooden WA.  Who's responsible for change this January?  Bill Clinton? Congress? or Maybe even us?  Curr Surg.  1993;50:1-2.
  6. Wooden WA.  To leech or not to leech:  leech therapy in modern medicine--risks, Complications and benefits.  Curr Surg.  1993;50:193-197.
  7. Wooden WA.  Only skin deep.  Curr Surg.  1993;50:370.
  8. Wooden WA.  Controversy over breast implants:  when will it end?  Curr Surg. 1993;50:545.
  9. Dolezal JM, McElligott J, Wooden WA.  Therapeutic options in the interdisciplinary Management of decubiti.  Curr Surg.  1993;50.
  10. Wooden WA.  Is it cancer . . .?  Curr Surg.  1994;51:83.
  11. Wooden WA.  Window of opportunity.  Curr Surg.  1994;51:275.
  12. Wooden WA. Growth factors and wound healing:  the quest for the “silver bullet.” Curr Surg.  1994;51:455.
  13. Wooden WA, Curtsinger LJ, Jones NF.  The four-poster halo vest for protection of a Microvascular free-tissue transfer reconstruction of the scalp.  Plast Reconstr Surg. 1995;95:166-167.
  14. Austin PE, Dunn KA, Eily-Cofield K, Brown CK, Wooden WA, Bradfield JF. Subcuticular sutures and the rate of inflammation in non contaminated wounds.  Ann Emerg Med.  1995;25:328-330. 
  15. Wooden WA.  Graft prefabrication and tissue engineering:  the transplants for the future.  Curr Surg.  1995;52:99.
  16. Wooden WA.  Tracking medical students.  Curr Surg.  1995;52:283.
  17. Wooden WA.  Breast implants:  what do I need to know and what do I need to tell my patients?  Curr Surg.  1995;52:455-456.
  18. Wooden WA.  How well do you study/How well do you learn?  Curr Surg. 1996;53:119-120.
  19. Wooden WA.  Change.  Curr Surg.  1996;53:309.
  20. Cox SS, Capps SR, Wooden WA, Pories WJ.  An interactive opinion survey identifies areas of surgical educator consensus.  Curr Surg.  1996;53:359-363.
  21. Meadows WM Jr, Lust RM, Parker FM, Mann C, Rock DT, Curtsinger L, Wooden WA, Sun YS, Chitwood WR Jr.  Time course of macro- and micro-vascular adjustments in abdominal wall and recipient bed perfusion patterns after vascular delay.  Surg Forum.  1996;47:741-743.
  22. Crombie CH, Wooden WA, Cox SS, Orlando D, Pories WJ.  Posterior abdominal wall.  Curr Surg.  1997;54:49-54.
  23. Chitwood WR Jr, Elbeery JR, Chapman WH, Moran JM, Lust RL, Wooden WA, and Deaton DH.  Video-assisted minimally invasive mitral valve surgery:  the "micro-mitral" operation.  J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg.  1997;113:413-414.
  24. Wooden WA.  How very far we have come . . . how very far we must go . . .  Curr Surg.  1997;54:279.
  25. Franklin JA, Lalikos JF, Wooden WA.  Waste not, want not.  Curr Surg.  1997;54:503.
  26. Scheitler JL, Wooden WA, Dolezal JM, Long-Snyder B, and Cunningham PR. Isolated extremity soft tissue injury.  An occupational hazard in rural eastern North Carolina.  N C Med J.  1998;59:118-120.
  27. Wooden WA.  Clinical productivity, RVUs, and HCFA versus teaching, research, service:  the battle of the triple threats.  Curr Surg.  1998;55:123.
  28. Smith AR, Raso DS, Wooden WA.  Brown pigmentation in painful double lumen breast implants.  Plast Reconstr Surg.  1998;102:1772-1773.
  29. Franklin JA, Wiese W, Meredith JT, Lalikos JF, Dolezal JM, Brigham D, Wooden WA, Ohl C.  Hurricane Floyd.  Response of the Pitt County Medical Community. N C Med J.  2000;61:384-389.
  30. Franklin JA, Lalikos JF, Wooden WA.  Liposuction: fact, fiction and future.  Curr Surg.  2000;57:283-292.
  31. Mendelson KG, Bailey BM, Balint TD, Sun YS, Nifong LW, Wooden WA, Lalikos JF, Chitwood WR Jr.  Hemodynamic effects of vacuum-assisted closure in open sternal wounds.  Surg Forum.  2001;52:531-533.
  32. Wooden WA.  The evolution of medicine: creative or emergent?  Curr Surg. 2001;58:111.
  33. Hu XH, Wooden WA, Cariveau MJ, Fang Q, Bradfield JF, Kalmus GW, Vore SJ, Sun YS.  Tattoo removal in micro-pigs with low-energy pulses from a Q-switched ND: YAG laser at 1064nm.  SPIE Proceeding.  2001;4244:55-60.
  34. Jenkins NL, Lalikos JF, Wooden WA, Benacci JC, Meadows WM Jr.  Innovative techniques in bony reconstruction to facilitate hand salvage. Ann Plast Surg. 2002;48:484-488.
  35. Vore SJ, Wooden WA, Bradfield JF, Aycock ED, Vore PL, Lalikos JF, Hudson SS. Comparative healing of surgical incisions created by a standard “bovie,” the Utah Medical Epitome Electrode, and a Bard-Parker cold scalpel blade in a porcine model:  a pilot study.  Ann Plast Surg.  2002;49:635-645.
  36. Hu XH, Wooden WA, Vore SJ, Cariveau MJ, Fang Q, Kalmus GW.  In vivo study of Intradermal focusing for tattoo removal.  Lasers Med  Sci.  2002;17:154-164.
  37. Conquest AM, Garofalo JH, Maziarz DM, Mendelson KG, Su Sun Y, Wooden WA, Meadows WM, Salleng K, Nifong LW, Chitwood WR Jr. Hemodynamic effect of vacuum assisted closure on muscle flap outflow.  J Surg Res.  (In press).
  38. Matthew R. Paszek, MS2, D. Brandon Chapman, MS2, You Su Sun, MD, Curtis E. Bower, MD, Richard S. Zeri, MD, FACS, William A. Wooden, MD, FACS, L. Wiley Nifong, MD, W. Randolph Chitwood Jr., MD, FACS Evaluating the Capabilities of the da VinciTM Robotic Surgical System in Microvascular Anastomoses using a Rat Femoral Artery Model ACS Surgical Forum Nov 2003.
  39. Reade CC, Meadows WM Jr, Bower CE, Lalikos JF, Zeri RS, Wooden WA. Laparoscopic omental harvest for flap coverage in complex mediastinitis. Am Surg.2003   Dec;69(12):1072-76.
  40. Bower CE, Reade CC, Conquest AM, Maziarz DM, Jenkins NL, Sun YS, Wooden WZ, Meadows Jr. WM, Zeri RS, Nifong LW, Chitwood Jr. WR.  The Effect of Sodium Hyaluronate and Carboxymethylcellulose (SeprafilmTM) on Flexor Tendon Wound  Healing.   Journal of Investigative Surgery.  2003; 16(6): 366
  41. D. Brandon Chapman, MS3, Richard S. Zeri, MD, FACS, Curtis E. Bower, MD, Matthew R. Paszek, MS3, Ronald P. Mageau, MD, You Su Sun, MD, L. Wiley Nifong, MD, William A. Wooden, MD, FACS. Acquiring Proficiency in Surgical Robotics: a Comparison of Rat Femoral Artery Anastomosis by an Attending Plastic Surgeon and a Surgical Resident using Robotic and Microscopic Techniques;  ACS Surgical Forum. 2004
  42. Franklin, JA, Lalikos, JF,  Wooden, WA: A case of Mitochondrial Myopathy and Cleft Palate.  Cleft Palate J.  42(3): 327-330, 05/5
  43. Clifton C. Reade, MD Curtis E Bower, MD, Alan P. Kypson, MD L. Wiley Nifong, MD, William A. Wooden, MD,FACS, W. Randolplh Chitwood Jr., MD, FACS FRCS(eng). Reexamining Contraindications for Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Surgery. The Heart Surgery Forum, 2004-1129, 7  96 0, 2004
  44. Deepak V. Kilpadia*, PhD, MBA, Curtis E. Bowerb, MD, Clifton C. Readeb, MD, Penni J. Robinsonb, MS, You Su Sunb, MD, Richard Zerib, MD, L. Wiley Nifongb, MD, William A. Woodenb, MD. Effect of Negative Pressure Wound Therapy on Early Systemic Cytokine Levels in a Swine Model , Submitted for publication:  Wound Repair and Regeneration 14(2):210-5,2006.
  45. D. Brandon Chapman, MS2, Matthew R. Paszek, MS2, Curtis E. Bower, MD, Richard Zeri, MD, FACS, You Su Sun, MD, L. Wiley Nifong, MD, Ronald P. Mageau, MD, William A. Wooden, MD, FACS, W. Randolph Chitwood Jr., MD, FACS,  “Acquiring Proficiency in Surgical Robotics: a Comparison of Rat Femoral Artery Anastomosis by an Attending Plastic Surgeon and a Surgical Resident using Robotic and Microscopic Techniques (abstract),” Journal of the American College of Surgeons. 2004 Sept; 199(3) Supp: S64.
  46. Reade CC, Bower CE, Kypson AP, Nifong LW, Wooden WA, Chitwood Jr WR. Reexamining Contraindications for Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Surgery. Heart Surgery Forum 2005;8:e1-3.
  47. Kilpadi DV, Bower CE, Reade CC, Robinson PJ, Sun YS, Zeri R, Nifong LW, Wooden WA. Effect of Vacuum Assisted  Closure Therapy on early systemic cytokine levels in a swine model. Wound Repair Regen 2006; 4(2):210-5.
  48. Kilpadi DV, Bower CE, Reade CC, Robinson PJ, Sun YS, Zeri RS, Nifong LW, William A. Wooden WA. Effect of Vacuum Assisted Closures Therapy on early systemic  cytokine levels in a swine model.  Wound Repair and Regeneration. 2006 Mar-Apr;14(2):210-5
  49. Huafeng Ding, Wooden, W, Xin, H,et al. Refractive Indices of Human Skin Tissues at Eight WavelengthsPhys. Med. Biol. - PMB/207692/PAP/60841
  50. Ding H, Lu JQ, Wooden WA, Kragel PJ, Hu XH.  Refractive indices of human skin tissues at eight wavelengths and estimated dispersion relations between 300 and 1600nm.  Phys Med Biol 2006; 51(6):1479-89.
  51. Kypson AP, Reade CC, Wooden WA, Mohr FW, Chitwood WR Jr. Robotically assisted repair of a papilary muscle injury  due to blunt trauma. J Trauma-Inj Infect & Crit Care 2006; 61(1):209-10.
  52. Varkarakis, G., Fairbanks, G., Wooden, W., Havlik, J.,Flores, R.,: “ Propranolol and Hemangiomas of Infancy : An Early Outcome Analysis.” 52nd Annual Meeting of the Ohio Valley Society of Plastic Surgeons, Indianapolis, IN, May 2009
  53. Sarah E.  Sasor MD, Roberto L.  Flores MD, William A.  Wooden MD, and Sunil Tholpady MD PhD: The Cost of Intra-Operative Plastic Surgery Education; Journal of Surgical Education. In Publication. Ms. Ref. No. JSURED-D-13-00038.

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