Dr. Woodall began practicing neurosurgery in Athens in the summer of 2017. He is a partner at Georgia Neurological Surgery and Comprehensive Spine, the oldest neurosurgery practice in the region. Locally, he has privileges to practice neurosurgery at St Mary’s Hospital, Piedmont Athens Regional Hospital, and the Georgia Neurological Surgery Ambulatory Surgery Center. Dr. Woodall serves as the Medical Director of Neurosciences at St Mary’s Hospital, Associate Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery at the AU/MCG medical partnership, and serves on multiple committees within both hospital systems.
Dr. Woodall graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia Honors Program With an AB in Philosophy. He went on to earn his MD from Mercer University School of Medicine where he was elected into Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society as a third-year medical student, an honor usually reserved for the top 1 or 2 students in a medical school class. He also was awarded the Physician’s Physician Award by his classmates upon graduation.
After graduating from medical school, Dr. Woodall completed a seven-year neurological surgery training program at the Medical College of Georgia. During his final year of residency, he was a finalist to receive the Resident of the Year award. He also dedicated 15 months of his residency to specialized training in endovascular techniques – the treatment of vascular diseases of the brain and spinal cord from inside the blood vessel.
After residency, Dr. Woodall completed an optional additional year of training in cerebrovascular and skull base surgery under world-renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Robert Spetzler at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. This fellowship experience focused on the surgical treatment of the most complex and challenging of neurosurgical problems, including brain aneurysms, brain and spinal AVMs, and tumors situated at the base of the skull and other deep and difficult to reach locations. Treatment of these disease processes involves the integration of the operating microscope, image guidance, and anatomical knowledge to maximize patient safety and improve patient outcomes.
During the course of his career, Dr. Woodall has authored multiple scholarly articles and book chapters. He also co-authored the third edition of Neurosurgery Board Review: Questions & Answers for Self Assessment. His research has been presented at multiple national and international meetings. His research interests include microsurgical and endovascular treatment of vascular disorders of the central nervous system and minimally invasive spinal surgery.
Dr. Woodall resides in Athens, Georgia, with his wife and two young boys.