Dr Andrew James Wood

BA Oxon, BM BCh Oxon, PhD Auckland, FRACS


Andy is a Specialist Otolaryngologist (ENT Surgeon) based at Waikato Hospital. He completed his medical school training at the University of Oxford and then trained in surgery, initially in the United Kingdom and subsequently in New Zealand. He has both a clinical and academic interest in sinus and nasal disease and completed a PhD at the University of Auckland in 2012 titled "Characterising host-microbe interactions in chronic rhinosinusitis". He completed his training in Otolaryngology and became a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2014. He is active in both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. Current research interests include surgical education, equity of access to Rhinologic care and clinical trials in sinusitis management.

Research | Current

The readability and reliability of online material about adenoids. Ahmadi O, Wood AJ. Journal of Laryngology and Otology (in press)

A policy of day-case sinonasal surgery is safe, well tolerated and cost effective. Duignan M, Lao C, Lawrenson R, Wood AJ. Journal of Laryngology and Otology. ePublished.

Arrested pneumatisation of the skull base - an under-recognised skull base anomaly. Duignan M, Wood A. ANZ Journal of Surgery. 2021; 91: E69-E71

Recruitment to otorhinolaryngology: Opportunities abound. Yeom BW, Hardcastle T, Wood AJ. Australian Journal of Otolaryngology, 2020; 3: 27

The utility of virtual reality surgical simulation in the undergraduate otorhinolaryngology curriculum. Hardcastle T, Wood AJ. Journal of Laryngology and Otology, 2018; 132: 1072-1076

Teaching | Current

Year 4 Synchronous Learning

Head of Year 5 Specialty Surgery


Specialist Otolaryngologist, Waikato DHB

Vice-chair, New Zealand Otolaryngology Training, Education and Assessment Committee

Areas of expertise

Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery)


Committees/Professional groups/Services

Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons www.surgeons.org

Member of the New Zealand Society of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery www.orl.org.nz

Member of the Australia and New Zealand Rhinologic Society www.anzrs.org.au

Founder member, Waikato Institute of Surgical Education and Research www.wiser.net.nz

Board member, Waikato Postgraduate Medical Executive

Member of Royal Australasian College of Surgery Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Research Sub-committee

Principal Investigator, Clinical Trials New Zealand www.clinicaltrialsnz.com

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Wood, A. J., Zhou, L., Wilkinson, S., & Douglas, R. G. (2017). Effectiveness of extensive sinus surgery with post-operative medical management for chronic rhinosinusitis. Journal of Laryngology and Otology, 131 (S2), S19-S24. 10.1017/S0022215116009361
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Richard Douglas
  • Kim, R. J., Park, L., Wood, A. J., Yin, T., Jain, R., & Douglas, R. G. (2015). Chronic rhinosinusitis and cystic fibrosis: The interaction between sinus bacteria and mucosal immunity. International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology, 5 (5), 380-385. 10.1002/alr.21431
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Richard Douglas, Tary Yin, Raymond Kim
  • Douglas, R., & Wood, A. (2013). Complications following surgery of the septum and turbinates. Complications in otolaryngology - head and neck surgery. Thieme. 10.1055/b-0034-79205
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Richard Douglas
  • Wood, A. J., Fraser, J. D., Swift, S., Patterson-Emanuelson, E. A., Amirapu, S., & Douglas, R. G. (2012). Intramucosal bacterial microcolonies exist in chronic rhinosinusitis without inducing a local immune response. American Journal of Rhinology and Allergy, 26 (4), 265-270. 10.2500/ajra.2012.26.3779
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Simon Swift, John Fraser, Richard Douglas, Satya Amirapu
  • Douglas, R., & Wood, A. (2012). Contribution of systemic disease. In R. J. Harvey, R. J. Schlosser (Eds.) Endoscopic sinus surgery: Optimizing outcomes and avoiding failures (pp. 33-48). San Diego, CA: Plural Publishing.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Richard Douglas
  • Wood, A. J. (2012). Characterising host-microbe interactions in chronic rhinosinusitis The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland. Related URL.
  • Wood, A. J., Fraser, J. D., Swift, S., Amirapu, S., & Douglas, R. G. (2011). Are biofilms associated with an inflammatory response in chronic rhinosinusitis?. International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology, 1 (5), 335-339. 10.1002/alr.20060
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/14740
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: John Fraser, Simon Swift, Richard Douglas, Satya Amirapu
  • Ahmad, Z., de Silva, N., Morton, R. P., & Wood, A. J. (2010). Safety of day-stay tonsillectomy. Indian Journal of Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery, 62 (2), 158-161. 10.1007/s12070-010-0032-6

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 0, Room 001
New Zealand