Mark L. Wood, MD

Dr. Mark Wood was born and raised in North Carolina. He received his bachelor's degree from North Carolina State University, graduating Summa Cum Laude, and completed medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, earning the degree of Doctor of Medicine with Honors.  He continued his training in Orthopaedic Surgery at UNC prior to earning Board Certification in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine.  He is married and has two daughters and a son.

Dr. Wood’s focus is on the diagnosis and treatment of knee and shoulder injuries and disorders. His specialty interests are in arthroscopic surgery, with an emphasis on rotator cuff repair, shoulder instability, and minimally invasive knee procedures including ligament (ACL) reconstruction.

Dr. Wood continues to be recognized for his achievements and excellence to the profession and his unbending dedication to his patients and community. He has expertise in youth sports overuse and ACL injury prevention and directs educational collaboratives with the FIFA/US Soccer/Depuy Sports Medicine program, the Carolina Railhawks, WakeMed, SafeKids USA, the Capital Area Soccer League (CASL) and Wake County Public Schools Athletic Association.  He serves as the Sports Medicine Doctor for Trinity Christian Academy.  He has presented his research at the local, regional and national levels and has multiple publications in the medical literature.

He is a founding member of Wake Orthopaedics, a practice that was created, built and remains committed to patient satisfaction and meeting the individual needs of every patient. In addition to his primary focus on clinical patient care, Dr. Wood also balances leadership and Executive Medical Director appointments.  He serves in multiple administrative roles that are focused on the patient and family-centered care approach by creating the highest quality and best patient experience at the lowest cost of care in the region. His work with WakeMed Key Community Care Accountable Care Organization (WKCC ACO), WakeMed Health and Hospitals and local sub-specialty surgeons is focused on navigating through the Health Care Reform evolution and keeping the patient and family as the top priority.

Dr. Wood believes that providing patient education and involving the patient in the treatment plan are critical to expectations and outcomes. A HEALTH LIBRARY is available for patient education, which provides videos, information, resources, and on-line printable material to help make decision-making, treatment, and recovery as quick and pain-free as possible.

When he's not tending to patients, Dr. Wood enjoys tennis, boating, fishing, snow skiing and traveling with his family.


  •  Undergraduate: North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, Bachelor of Arts, Chemistry, Summa Cum Laude
  •  Medical School: The University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC, Doctor of Medicine with Honors


  • Internship: General Surgery, The University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Residency: Orthopaedic Surgery, The University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Board Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Board Certified, Orthopaedic Sports Medicine


  • Alpha Omega Alpha, Highest Medical Honors, University of North Carolina School of Medicine
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Highest University Honors, North Carolina State University
  • Phi Lambda Upsilon National Chemical Honor Society
  • Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society
  • Excellence in Orthopaedic Research Award, University of North Carolina Department of Orthopaedics
  • National Most Compassionate Doctor Award
  • Top 10 Doctor Award, North Carolina
  • Patients' Choice Award
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, University of North Carolina Department of Surgery
  • North Carolina Cooperative Education Student of the Year, 1994
  • John B. Graham Medical Student Research Award
  • John B. Graham Research Society, Inducted Spring
  • National Institute of Health Research Grant
  • National Institute of Health Research Travel Award
  • Medical Alumni Loyalty Four year Academic Scholarship, University of North Carolina School of Medicine
  • Edwards-Hobgood Distinguished Scholarship, University of North Carolina School of Medicine
  • Burroughs Wellcome Company Excellence Award


  • Medical Director, Orthopaedic Service Line, Wake Medical Center
  • Executive Medical Director, WakeMed Physician Surgery Service Line
  • Board Member, WKCC Accountable Care Organization
  • Chair, WKCC ACO Network and Credentialing Committee
  • Medical Advisory Council, Anutra Medical
  • Board of Governors member, Capital City Surgery Center
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina Department of Orthopaedics
  • Medical Advisory Board, Myco Medical Incorporated
  • Member, Medical Steering Committee, Capital City Surgery Center
  • Orthopaedic Sports Medicine provider- Trinity Christian Academy
  • Medical Director, Wake Orthopaedics
  • Director of Orthopaedics, Wake Medical Center
  • Chairman, Physician Services Organization Operations Committee, WakeMed Specialty Physicians 
  • Member, Operation Room Committee, WakeMed North Hospital
  • Board Member, Marshwalk by the Sea POA
  • Assistant Coach, Wake County Basketball Association
  • Coach and Assistant Coach, Capital Area Soccer League
  • Chief, YMCA Indian Princess Program
  • Co-Chair, The Raleigh School Annual Fund
  • Member, The Raleigh School Safety Committee
  • Physician Staff Advocate, Wake Orthopaedics
  • Captain, Brier Creek Tennis Men's Teams