Meet Dr. Woodworth
Dr. Woodworth grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. After graduating from Chaminade College Preparatory, he attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. While at Vanderbilt, he participated in the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps and received an academic scholarship. He graduated cum laude from the Vanderbilt School of Arts and Sciences with a double major of Chemistry and Molecular Biology. After graduation, Dr. Woodworth was commissioned a 2nd lieutenant in the United States Army Medical Service Corps. He deferred his military duty so he could attend medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine followed by a general surgery residency at the University of Kansas School of Medicine – Wichita.
Upon completion of his surgery residency, Dr. Woodworth was transferred to the United States Army Medical Corps and deployed to Seoul, Korea. Dr. Woodworth served as a 61J in the 127th Forward Surgical Team and worked as a surgeon at the 121st General Hospital on Yongsan Army Base in Seoul. During his four years in Korea, Dr. Woodworth performed various roles—including Department of Surgery Chief. He was deployed to Sri Lanka in 2004 as a BRAVA surgeon for the Blast Resuscitation and Victims Assistance mission in Jaffna. Dr. Woodworth earned the coveted Expert Field Medical Badge along the Demilitarized Zone at the border with North Korea. Dr. Woodworth also acted as a liaison with the local medical community to advocate for the healthcare of soldiers and their dependents. He was appointed Visiting Clinical Instructor and later promoted to Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Surgery at Yonsei University – College of Medicine.
After being honorably discharged with the rank of Major from the Army, Dr. Woodworth returned to the US and joined Mercy Medical Clinics, a multi-specialty group in Northwest Arkansas. Dr. Woodworth functioned as a true general surgeon in this booming town anchored by the world headquarters of Walmart, Tyson, and JB Hunt. Along with caring for people in the community, Dr. Woodworth served in a multitude of leadership positions at both Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas (Chief of Surgery, Vice Chief of Surgery, Medical Executive Committee, Medical Documentation Committee, Quality Assurance & Improvement Committee, and Robotics Committee) and Mercy Clinics (President and Representative of Mercy Clinics Physician Board). A pinnacle achievement for Dr. Woodworth was the establishment of the regions first formal heartburn treatment center. Mercy Heartburn Treatment Center fully evaluates and treats disorders of the esophagus. The center is incredibly successful and has now opened mirror centers in Missouri and Oklahoma.
During his career, Dr. Woodworth has partnered with the medical industry to facilitate the development, application, and advocation of medical technologies and procedures. He is comfortable being in the forefront of providing the most up-to-date medical care available. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, Dr. Woodworth has adapted to overcome the hardships facing patients and continues to work on their behalf with new virtual technologies.
In moving to Denver, Colorado, Dr. Woodworth is excited to join the Institute of Esophageal and Reflux Surgery founded by Dr. Reginald Bell. The Institute is an established leader in innovation and quality and an ideal tertiary care referral destination due to Denver’s central location. The opportunity to work within such an exceptional practice is made more attractive by the quality of life offered by the Mile High City.