Professor A.E. (Freddie) Wood graduated from UCD in 1971 and obtained F.R.C.S.I. in 1975. He trained in Cardiothoracic Surgery first in Dublin and then in the Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast in the late 70’s during the Troubles before completing his training in the Hospital for Sick Children Toronto.
He was appointed to the Mater Hospital in 1983 and Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin in 1985 pioneering complex infant congenital heart surgery and reparative valve surgery. With the late Maurice Neligan he pioneered heart transplantation in 1985. From 1999 to 2010 he served as Director of Heart & Lung Transplantation at the Mater Hospital and led the development of the Lung Transplantation Programme culminating in successful lung transplantation in 2005.
He served on the Council of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland from 2000 to 2014 and was the first Chairman of Governance in 2008, as well as the Chair of the Finance Committee.He retired from the Mater and Our Lady’s Children’s Hospitals in autumn 2010.
Between 2011 and 2013, he was Consultant Cardio-Thoracic Surgeon in Congenital Heart Disease to the Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast to direct, manage, mentor and provide surgery whilst a solution for its all island provision was finalized.
He served as President of the Medical Council for its term from June 2013-2018 during which time he raised concerns about physician health and well being. Now he spends time teaching anatomy as a Surgeon Prosector in the Department of Anatomy RCSI.