The Parks & People Foundation recently elected Medstar Harbor Hospital Dr. James E. Wood to their Board of Directors. Founded in 1984, The nonprofit organization sets out to improve the social, physical and environmental fabric of Baltimore. 

Wood, a Charm City native, holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Morgan State University. He also graduated Doctor of Medicine with high honors at the University of California, Irvine. In addition to completing a residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of California, San Francisco, Wood also completed a sports medicine fellowship with the Robert K. Kerlan/Frank Jobe Orthopedic Group.

Wood credits his life successes to being involved in sports at an early age.
“I remain convinced that being involved in sports at an early age helped me to develop the discipline and teamwork that has served me so well in all of my educational and professional endeavors,” he said in a statement. “I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to build lifelong friendships and develop my character through team sports.”

He joins the Parks & People board to give back some of what he got from the Baltimore community. He expects to provide on a larger scale through Parks & People what the adults in his community made sure was available to him growing up.