Bob Wood chairs the GHS board and helps international clients connect with American hospitals. In 2015, he led the effort to assemble a network of American hospitals to serve the needs of war-torn Libya. Mr. Wood has close ties to international development banks, many of which have offices based in Washington, and works with clients to finance hospital projects around the world.
Mr. Wood is also president of BGR Government Affairs in Washington. He is recognized as one of Washington's most experienced policy strategists, working closely with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Congress and regulatory agencies.
Mr. Wood previously served as chief of staff to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) where he served Secretary Tommy Thompson and the Administration of President George W. Bush.
As chief of staff to Secretary Thompson, Mr. Wood served as the Department’s chief liaison to other federal departments, governors and the White House. During his HHS service, Bob Wood worked on a number of international issues, including:
Expansion of American aid to assist foreign nations dealing with the HIV/AIDS crisis;
Protection of American intellectual property in foreign markets; and
Promotion of trade agreements to make it more secure for American healthcare companies to invest abroad.
At HHS, Bob managed the daily operations of one of the largest departments in federal government, with oversight of
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Food and Drug Administration
Health Resources and Services Administration, and
National Institutes for Health
Before serving in the Bush Administration, Mr. Wood served as chief of staff to Governor Tommy Thompson. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin. Mr. Wood and his wife Carrie have three children and currently reside in Alexandria, Virginia.
Robert D. Wood