John Woody, M.D. ’85, met his wife-to-be Karen Woody in 1983 at Shands Teaching Hospital, now UF Health Shands, where she was a respiratory therapist technician, and he was a third-year medical student on his surgery rotation. John said their relationship was “meant to be” immediately after meeting Karen. After their first date, which took place during Karen’s dinner break at work, the two were never apart.
Following John’s graduation, the couple moved to Columbia, South Carolina, for John’s residency and started their family. Their three daughters Casey Joan, Kelli Jean and Lindsey are all physicians who attended UF or had residencies or fellowships with UF Medicine. John said that UF provided him with his livelihood, his wife and his family’s education and that he couldn’t ask for more.