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Gavitt Woodard, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery (Thoracic )

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Gavitt Woodard, MD

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Dr. Gavitt Woodard has a degree in neurobiology and health care policy from Harvard University and received her medical degree from Stanford School of Medicine. She completed her General Surgery Residency and Thoracic Surgery Fellowship at University of California San Francisco. During her training she was awarded an American College of Surgeons resident research award and spent two years as a thoracic oncology research fellow. In 2020 she joined the thoracic surgery faculty at Yale School of Medicine where she specializes in the care of patients with lung cancer.

Her research interests are in biomarkers of early-stage non-small cell lung cancer, immune cell infiltration in the tumor immune microenvironment, immune cell dysfunction, and semi-solid lung adenocarcinoma. Her laboratory work is mentored by Dr. Lieping Chen who is credited with the discovery of PD-L1. Her research at Yale has been funded by the Yale SPORE in Lung Cancer, the American Cancer Society, IASLC Young Investigator Award, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons AstraZeneca Lung Cancer Research Award, and the Braude Foundation.

Education & Training

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellow
    University of California San Francisco (2020)
  • General Surgery Resident
    University of California San Francisco (2018)
  • MD
    Stanford University (2011)
  • BS
    Harvard University, Neurobiology (2006)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
AstraZeneca Lung Cancer Research AwardSociety of Thoracic Surgeons2024
Young Investigator Research AwardIASLC2023
SPORE in Lung Cancer Career Enhancement Program GrantYale2022
Robotics FellowshipAmerican Association of Thoracic Surgeons2019
Chief Resident Achievement AwardUniversity of California San Francisco2018
Resident Research Award, Best PresentationUniversity of California San Francisco2016
Resident Research AwardAmerican College of Surgeons2015
Resident Research Award, Best PresentationUniversity of California San Francisco2015

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