Awards & Recognition

Sara C. Wood, MD, named Chief of the Division of Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery

“I am happy to announce that Sara C. Wood, MD, MHPE, FACOG, has accepted our offer to become the Chief of the Division of Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery. Her clinical expertise and leadership will make her a valuable division and department member. We extend our warmest welcome and look forward to working with her.

Dr. Wood is a dual board-certified, nationally renowned vaginal surgeon and an expert in Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery. She has committed the first decade of her career to the surgical treatment of women with pelvic floor disorders, serving patients in St. Louis and from across the Midwest. She earned her Medical Degree from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and completed her OBGYN residency and Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery fellowship at Mercy Hospital St. Louis. Her commitment to surgical education led her to obtain her Masters Degree in Health Professions Education at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

Currently, Dr. Wood has served over 12 years as the Residency Program Director and Associate Program Director at Mercy Hospital St. Louis in addition to serving as the Site Clerkship Director and Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri, Columbia. Her program of research has focused on identifying and addressing operative learning needs, teaching operative error management, and embedding competency-based curriculum into the surgical setting. She has served multiple years as faculty for the CREOG Program Director School as well as multiple ACOG and SGS Committees, including on the Executive Committee as the ACOG District VII Junior Fellow Advisor, and is the co-founder of the ACOG District VII Educational Collaborative, a multi-residency site medical education research network.  

Dr. Wood has been recognized for her educational and service efforts by receiving the CREOG Faculty of the Year award, the ACOG Outstanding District Service Award, and named a “40 under 40” by the St. Louis Business Journal.

Dr. Wood will assume the role of Chief on October 2, 2023.  Please join me in welcoming Dr. Wood to our department. We are excited about the future of our FPMRS division and look forward to a successful integration into the team.”

Dineo Khabele, MD, FACOG, FACS (she/her/hers)
Mitchell & Elaine Yanow Professor and Chair
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Washington University School of Medicine