Professor Fiona Wood is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon specialising in acute burn care and scar reconstruction. She is the Director of the Burn Service of Western Australia, Consultant at Royal Perth Hospital and Princess Margaret Hospital in Perth, the Co-founder and Director of AVITA Medical and Co-founder and Chair of the McComb Foundation.
Fiona’s work in her capacity of Director of the Western Australian Burn Service has set her in the direction of the development of innovative skin technology treatments for the use in burn injury, reconstruction and other trauma.
Through the McComb Foundation (which she co-founded with scientist Marie Stoner), Fiona aims to conduct further research into tissue repair, regeneration and reconstruction with the aim of improving patient quality of life and return to pre-injury condition.
Fiona’s dedication to the Australian people and her love of working and living in Australia is reflected in her many medical achievements.
In 2002, the world media profiled Fiona and her team’s tireless work on burns victims of the Bali bombings – especially bringing positive recognition for her revolutionary spray-on skin cell technique which was used successfully, a long with the holistic multidisciplinary burn care. Fiona was the recipient of an Order of Australia Medal for her work with Bali bombing victims.
Fiona was also named West Australian of the Year in 2004, and was nominated as a National Living Treasure and Australian Citizen of the Year in 2004. Fiona was again named West Australian of the Year in 2005, and also received the honour of being named Australian of the Year for 2005.
In 2005, Fiona (along with Marie Stoner) also won the 2005 Clunies Ross Award for their contributions to Medical Science in Australia.
In 2008, Fiona was voted Australia’s Most Trusted Person in the annual Reader’s Digest survey for the fourth consecutive year. She said that trust is a core value important in all situations from small to massive as it influences performance and outcomes.
Fiona is married to Tony Kierath – a West Australian surgeon and is also mother four boys and two girls.