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Dr Wood works across the NHS and the University of Edinburgh.  Within the NHS, Dr Wood is a Consultant in Public Health Medicine in Public Health Scotland.  Within the University, she is an Honorary Reader in the Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences and an Affiliate Member of the Usher Institute.

Within Public Health Scotland, Dr Wood focuses on maternal and child health, and is inaugural director of Scotland's national congenital anomaly register (CARDRISS).  Her role involves development of national data, overseeing national statistics publications, providing information to support health policy and service development and evaluation, and supporting the use of Public Health Scotland data for research purposes.

Within the University, Dr Wood conducts research on maternal and child public health.  She has particular topic interests in congenital anomalies and child development.  She has particular methodological interests in the use of routine administrative data for research.

Education/Academic qualification

Child public health, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Changing child health surveillance in Scotland: an exploration of the impact on preventive health care of pre-school children, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Jul 2013

Public health, Master of Public Health, University of Glasgow

Award Date: 1 Jul 1999

Medicine, Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Jul 1993

Pathology, Bachelor of Science, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Jul 1991

External positions

Consultant in Public Health Medicine, Public Health Scotland, Edinburgh, UK

1 Apr 2020 → …


  • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
  • RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
  • RG Gynecology and obstetrics


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