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Dr Fiona Wood AM, 2005

Richard Woldendorp

type C photograph on paper (sheet: 40.5 cm x 50.6 cm, image: 39 cm x 49.8 cm)
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Fiona Wood AM (b. 1958), plastic and reconstructive surgeon, is Director of Burns Service at Royal Perth Hospital and the Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, and co-founder of Clinical Cell Culture Ltd, a company pioneering and commercialising treatments for burns. Yorkshire-born Wood studied medicine in London before migrating to Perth in 1987 and completing her training in plastic surgery there. From 1993 she worked on the development of CellSpray, a process aimed at speeding the regrowth of skin over burns. Wood's biotech company Clinical Cell Culture Ltd (known as C3), founded in 2000, was listed on the Stock Exchange in 2002; CellSpray was launched in Europe in 2005. Although she had long been recognised as a leader in the field of burns treatment, Wood came to national prominence in 2002, when 28 victims of the Bali bombings were flown to Perth for care. Named a Living National Treasure in 2004 and Australian of the Year in 2005, she continues to specialise in major burn care, trauma and scar reconstruction.

Australian of the Year 2005

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

Accession number: 2005.112

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Artist and subject

Richard Woldendorp (age 78 in 2005)

Fiona Wood AM (age 47 in 2005)

Subject professions

Health and medicine

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.