The Wood Fund

In 1996, Dr. Francis Pepper established the "Wood Fund for Advancement of Neuroradiology at UNC,"  as well as an endowed Chair. The fund and Chair were established to honor Dr. and Mrs. Ernest Wood, first Chair of Radiology at UNC and a pioneer neuroradiologist. Income from the fund is used to support pilot research projects and an Annual Memorial Lecture and Visiting Professorships.

2017 Wood Lecture

Past Wood lecturers include:

  1. Dr. R. Bronen, Yale University, 1997                                                                                                                               
  2. Dr. J. Weissman, University of Pittsburgh, 1998
  3. Dr. R. Jinkins, University of Texas - San Antonio, 1999
  4. Dr. T. Naidich, Mount Sinai Medical School, 2000
  5. Dr. V. Haughton, University of Wisconsin, 2001
  6. Dr. M. Jensen, University of Virginia, 2002
  7. Dr. Ramon Gilberto Gonzalez, The Massachusetts General Hospital, 2003
  8. Dr. Alisa Gean, University of California in San Francisco, 2004
  9. Dr. James Smirniotopoulos, Uniformed Services, University of Health Services, 2005
  10. Dr. Patricia Hudgins, Emory University, 2006
  11. Dr. Edmond Knopp, New York University, 2007
  12. Dr. Michelle Michel, Medical College of Wisconsin, 2008
  13. Dr. Doug Phillips, Cornell University, 2009
  14. Dr. Suresh Mukherji, University of Michigan, 2010
  15. Dr. Jeffrey Ross, Barrow Neurological Institute, 2011
  16. Dr. Orlando Ortiz, Winthrop University Hospital, 2012
  17. Dr. Max Wintermark, University of Virginia, 2013
  18. Dr. Gordon Sze, Yale University, 2014
  19. Dr. Timo Krings, University of Toronto, 2015
  20. Dr. Pina Sanelli, Northwell Hospitals, 2016
  21. Dr. Alex Rovira, Val de Hebron Hospitals, Barcelona, Nov 2017

Other previous Neuroradiology visiting professors include:

  1. Dr. Scott Atlas, Stanford University, 1994
  2. Dr. R. Quencer, University of Miami, 1995
  3. Dr. C. Truwit, University of Minnesota, 1996

More information regarding the visiting professor program at the Department of Radiology may be found at: For interest in supporting the Wood Fund, please contact Dr. Castillo or go to "Make a Gift" and select this fund from the pull-down menu. Also, please contact Dr. Castillo if you would like to be included in the mailing list for the Wood Annual Lecture.