2020 Conference Chairs
Charles Andersen, MD, FACS, MAPWCACharles Andersen, MD, FACS, MAPWCA
Chief of the Vascular/Endovascular Surgery Service (Emeritus)
Chief of the wound Care Service
Clinical Professor of Surgery UW, USUHS
Madigan Army Medical Center
After graduating from Utah State University, Charles Andersen, MD earned his medical degree at the University of Utah where he also completed an internship and a one year of Surgical Training. He then entered the military where he completed his surgical residency at Madigan Army Medical Center and a Vascular Surgery fellowship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He remained in the military where his positions included program director in General Surgery and Chief of the Department of Surgery at Madigan Army Medical Center for 20 years. After retirement from the Army, he remained at Madigan Army Medical Center as a Civilian Physician. He has spoken nationally and internationally on Vascular Surgery, Limb Preservation, and Wound Care. He has over 100 peer-reviewed publications. Currently, he is Chief of the Vascular/Endovascular/Limb Preservation Service and Medical Director of the Wound Care Clinic at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma Washington. He is a Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Washington and the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences.
Lee C Rogers, DPMBoard of Directors
American Board of Podiatric Medicine
Hermosa Beach, CA
Lee C Rogers, DPM, FFPM RCPS (Glasg) is on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Podiatric Medicine. He helped the ABPM found the Certificate of Added Qualification in Amputation Prevention and Wound Care in 2017. He is a Fellow Faculty of Podiatric Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. Dr Rogers has authored over 150 peer reviewed manuscripts or book chapters and focuses on creating systems of excellence for diabetic foot care and limb salvage.
Thomas Serena, MD, FACS, FACHM, MAPWCAVice President - American College of Hyperbaric Medicine
Founder & Medical Director, Penn North Centers for Advanced Wound Care
Thomas E Serena, MD, FACS, FACHM, MAPWCA, CEO and Medical Director of The SerenaGroup, a family of the wound, hyperbaric and research companies, is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of The College of William and Mary and Penn State Medical School. He completed his residency in Surgery at The Milton S Hershey Medical Center with an additional year of training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Southern Illinois University. To date, he has opened and operates wound care centers across the United States and globally. Dr Serena has been the lead or Principal investigator in over 100 clinical trials, including gene therapy for critical limb ischemia, antimicrobial dressings, growth factors, topical and parenteral antibiotics, and CTP therapy. He founded the first wound healing cooperative research group that produced more than 12 manuscripts in 2016 alone. In 2011 he developed a diagnostic technique that now bears his name (The Serena Technique). He holds numerous patents on wound care devices and dressings. He is recognized internationally as an expert in the field of wound healing: He has more than 200 published papers and has given more than 1000 invited lectures throughout the world. He has published three medical textbooks and authored numerous book chapters. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Wound Healing Society and served two terms on the board of the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC) and is now the President. He has also been Vice-President of the American College of Hyperbaric Medicine and President of the American Professional Wound Care Association.
Javier Aragon-Sanchez, MD, PhDChief of Department of Surgery and Diabetic Foot Unit
La Paloma Hospital
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
Dr. Javier Aragon-Sanchez is a General Surgeon. He is the Head of Department of Surgery and Diabetic Foot Unit of La Paloma Hospital in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain). He founded in 1999 a specialized Diabetic Foot Unit in his hospital. PhD in 2009 at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria with the thesis entitled Factors conditioning the outcomes of conservative surgery in cases of Diabetic foot osteomyelitis obtaining the maximum grade. He was the chairman of the Interdisciplinary Diabetic Foot Study Group in Spain and organised four National Interdisciplinary Diabetic Foot Meetings. Former coordinator of the yearly course of Diabetic Foot of the Complutense University (Madrid) from 2000-2014. He is founder of the Spanish Wound Healing Society. He is also founder of the Diabetic Foot Study Group on behalf the Spanish Diabetes Association and member of the European Diabetic Foot Study Group on behalf of EASD. International Scientific Advisory Board of the 7th International Symposium on the Diabetic Foot, 2015. He is author of three textbooks dealing with diabetic foot problems and 20 chapters in other textbooks. He is author of more than 70 peer-review papers in diabetic foot field, especially dealing with diabetic foot infections. He is member of the Board of the International Working Group on Diabetic Foot Infections and member of the Board of the Association of Diabetic Foot Surgeons.
Christopher L Barrett, DPM, CWSProgram Director
Centers for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine
Crozer Keystone Health System
Christopher Barrett, DPM, CWS is the Program Director of the Centers for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine for the Crozer Keystone Health System in suburban Philadelphia. He is a podiatric surgeon with 17 years of experience developing and managing centers of excellence for amputation prevention, wound management, and hyperbaric medicine. He is an invited speaker and presenter at national and international wound care conferences; sharing insight and experiences using established and emerging wound care therapies to improve outcomes.
Nicholas J Bevilacqua, DPMNorth Jersey Orthopaedic Specialists
Nicholas J Bevilacqua, DPM is a board certified, fellowship-trained, foot and ankle surgeon. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Binghamton University and then graduated Magna Cum Laude from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine. He then completed his internship and surgical residency in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery at St Vincent’s Catholic Medical Centers in New York. Subsequently, he went on to complete an additional year of fellowship training in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery and limb salvage at Rosalind Franklin University in North Chicago, Illinois. Dr Bevilacqua also completed a fellowship at the Russian Ilizarov Scientific Centre for Restorative Traumatology and Orthopaedics in Kurgan, Russia. Dr Bevilacqua is board certified in both Foot Surgery and Reconstructive Rearfoot and Ankle Surgery by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. He is trained and certified in Total Ankle Replacement surgery and is one of a few surgeons in Bergen County actively performing the surgery. He was selected as Bergen County's Top Doctors for 2019 by Bergen Magazine. He has written extensively about foot and ankle surgery and has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals. He has also written many book chapters on the subject. Dr Bevilacqua continues to lecture at the state and national levels. Dr Bevilacqua is a member of the Surgical Skills Committee for ACFAS. He is also a member of the Medical Education Committee for Holy Name Hospital and Medical Center.
Jonathan Bloom, MD
Jon Bloom, MD is a board-certified physician and entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience in technology development, patient monitoring, biomedical research, and health care delivery. He is the chief executive officer of Podimetrics, a care management company with the leading solution to help prevent diabetic foot ulcers, one of the most debilitating and costly complications of diabetes. Dr Bloom co-founded Podimetrics in 2011 while a student at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Podimetrics combines an FDA-cleared SmartMat™ with wraparound care management to spot signs of ulcers, on average, five weeks before they usually would present clinically. By combining cutting-edge technology with best-in-class care management, Podimetrics earns high engagement rates from patients and achieves unparalleled outcomes saving limbs, lives, and money. Born on Holloman Air Force Base to a Vietnam War Captain and Pilot, Dr Bloom served as a Clinical Assistant Professor and staff anesthesiologist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He also served as the Director of Global Medical Affairs for Covidien's Respiratory and Monitoring Solutions division in Boulder, Colorado. Dr Bloom is a diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology, completing residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He has co-authored more than 20 peer-reviewed publications with a primary focus on health care economics and perioperative complications. Prior to his career in medicine Dr Bloom studied cytochrome P450 drug metabolism at The Scripps Research Institute.
Christopher K Bromley, DPMChairman, Foot and Ankle Surgery
Vassar Medical Center
Christopher Bromley, DPM currently serves as the Department Chair of Foot and Ankle Surgery of Vassar Medical Center. Dr Bromley is the managing partner of a large multi-specialty group in upstate NY. Dr Bromley specialty within the group is Surgery, Sports Medicine and Homeopathy. Dr Bromley has been passionate about nutrition and complementary medicine since entering private practice. He completed his surgical residency in 1992 in Baltimore, MD. His training included such prestigious hospitals as the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins. Currently, Dr Bromley serves as a national speaker and consultant for several companies specializing in Foot and Ankle Surgery. When not in the office and on the podium, Dr Bromley is an on-track performance driving instructor and motorcycle track day instructor. Dr Bromley is very proud of his three children Sarah, Kent, and Alexander.
Maryellen Brucato, DPMBrucato Foot and Ankle Surgery
A graduate of the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia, PA, Maryellen Brucato, DPM remains active in research and academics. She lectures across the country on a variety of topics relating to foot and ankle surgery. She holds an attending position at Morristown Medical Center and Hackensack University Medical Center where she is able to teach the residents clinically as well as academically. Dr Brucato has experience in treating a variety of different types of patients including athletes, pediatric patients, geriatric patients, and diabetics.
Ryan Chatelain, DPM, CWSPAssociate Professor of Surgery
ETSU Quillen College of Medicine
Director of Wound Care/Limb Salvage
Johnson City Medical Center
Johnson City, TN
Ryan Chatelain, DPM, CWSP, is an attending physician and Associate Professor of Surgery at ETSU Quillen College of Medicine in Johnson City, TN. He also serves as the Director of Wound Care/Limb Salvage at the Center for Comprehensive Wound Care at Johnson City Medical Center. Dr Chatelain received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS. He earned his Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine from Barry University in North Miami, FL. He completed his residency at Mountain Home VA in Johnson City, TN which included a year of advanced training at Foot & Leg Specialists in Atlanta. He is certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. He is also a Wound Care Specialist Physician certified by the American Board of Wound Healing, and a CWSP through the American Board of Wound Management. Dr Chatelain serves as the Director of the Lower Extremity Amputation Prevention forum at Johnson City Medical Center in an effort to promote an evidence-based approach to limb salvage at the hospital. Dr Chatelain resides in Johnson City, TN with his wife and three sons.
Windy Cole, DPM, CWSPAdjunct Professor and Director of Wound Care Research
Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine
Windy Cole, DPM, CWSP, is an Adjunct Professor and Director of Wound Care Research at Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine. A native of Youngstown, Ohio, Dr Cole completed her undergraduate degree in biology at the University of Cincinnati, and her podiatry degree with honors from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. She then completed her surgical residency training at University Hospitals Health System in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr Cole is board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. She is an active member of the APMA, OPMA, and AAWC. Dr Cole has been in practice in Northeastern Ohio for 17 years. Her interest is in limb salvage and wound care, and she currently serves as Director of Wound Care Services for Cleveland Regency Hospitals and is the Medical Director at University Hospitals Ahuja Wound Care Center. Dr Cole has published on wound care modalities and speaks nationally and internationally on limb preservation and wound care.
Kara Couch, MS, CRNP, CWCN-AP, FAAWCGeorge Washington University Hospital
Universal Health Services
Wound Healing and Limb Preservation Center
Division of Vascular Surgery
Kara S. Couch, MS, CRNP, CWCN-AP graduated with her Master of Science in Nursing (FNP) from Georgetown University in 2002. Currently she works as an NP in the Wound Healing and Limb Preservation Center at George Washington University Hospital. In 2018, Kara became the Director of Inpatient Wound Care at George Washington University Hospital. She is an Associate Research Professor of Surgery at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences at George Washington University. Her primary wound interests are in amputee care, wound infection and venous ulcers. Ms Couch is the current nurse board member of the Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders and the Secretary of the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC). She is an editorial board member of Wound Management and Prevention, Today’s Wound Clinic and WoundSource 2020. Kara is the liaison for the American Association of Nurse Practitioners to the Alliance. In 2017, she was voted onto the Scientific and Medical Advisory Committee of the Amputee Coalition. She became Chair in 2019.
Marcela Dolores Farrer, DPM, MBA, CWSPodiatrist
Marcela Dolores Farrer, DPM is a surgically trained podiatrist involved in lower extremity wound care for over 23 years. She is board certified by the American Board of Wound Management for over 13 years. For the past 8 years, Dr Farrer has worked at the DORN VA Hospital in Columbia, SC providing our nation's heroes with a comprehensive multi-specialty wound care program that has resulted in above average healing rates and decreased amputation rates. She is also Primary Investigator involved in several research projects on new technologies in wound care products. Dr Farrer has experience in private practice, hospital out-patient wound clinics, and nursing homes. She has spoken nationally and enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience as a wound care expert in an interactive and energetic fashion that will keep you engaged. She is a graduate of the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine and obtained her MBA in her hometown of New Orleans, LA.
Robert Frykberg, DPM, MPHMedical Director, DM Prevent Clinics Dubai
Robert G Frykberg, DPM, MPH is a graduate of the California College of Podiatric Medicine in 1976. Dr Frykberg went on to complete his residency training at the New England Deaconess Hospital in Boston. He served as the President of the Massachusetts Podiatric Medical Society and a Member of the Board of Registration in Podiatry. From 1992 to 1994, he attended the Harvard School of Public Health and graduated with a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in quantitative methods. After 21 years of private practice, Dr Frykberg accepted the position as Clinical Dean of the Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery prior to moving to Phoenix. After 15 years of dedicated service to our Veterans, Dr Frykberg has decided to retire from his role as Chief of Podiatry at the Phoenix VA Medical Center and as Director of the Phoenix VA Medical Center Podiatric Residency Program. He continues to hold the academic rank of Professor, University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix and Adjunct Professor, Midwestern University Program in Podiatric Medicine. His research and writing interests have included all facets of lower extremity disorders, but are specifically focused on diabetic foot ulcers, infections, Charcot foot, and wound care. The author of nearly 100 peer-reviewed publications, he has also been the Editor of two textbooks: The High Risk Foot in Diabetes Mellitus (1991) and the Diabetic Charcot Foot (2010). His expertise in the Diabetic Foot translated into hundreds of speaking invitations nationally and internationally with numerous lecture engagements in China, India, Russia, South America, the UK, Vietnam, Japan, Indonesia, Italy, and across Europe.
Matthew G Garoufalis, DPM, FASPS, FACPM, CWS, FFPM, RCPS GlasgProfessional Foot Care Specialists, PC
Matthew G Garoufalis, DPM, FASPS, FACPM, CWS, FFPM RCPS (Glasg), graduated from Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio with degrees in Biology and Economics and went on to graduate from the Dr Wm M Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine. Dr Garoufalis is a past president of the Illinois Podiatric Medical Association, a Past President of the American Podiatric Medical Association, and is the Immediate Past President of the International Federation of Podiatrists. Dr Garoufalis is Board Certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and American Board of Podiatric Medicine with Added Qualification in Wound Care and Limb Preservation. He is a Founding Fellow of American Society of Podiatric Surgeons and a Fellow of American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine. He is also a Certified Wound Specialist by the American Board of Wound Management. Dr Garoufalis is a Fellow of the Faculty of Podiatric Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. He is a noted authored of many articles and, as an invited speaker, has accepted speaking engagements for educational lectures, seminars, and workshops, both nationally and internationally, on a variety of topics pertinent to wound care, podiatric medicine and surgery, and practice management. He is considered a Key Opinion Leader in many areas.
Cyndi Gilliam, BSN, RNDirector Clinical Affairs
San Antonio, TX
Cyndi Gilliam, BSN, RN is Director of Clinical Affairs at EO2 Concepts in Central TX. She organizes events to educate and support surgeons, MDs, PAs, NPs, RNs, and other clinicians. Cyndi provides consultations on wound cases to optimize the best outcomes for complex patients.
Emily Greenstein, APRN, CNP, CWON, FACCWSCertified Nurse Practitioner
Emily Greenstein, APRN, CNP, CWON, FACCWS is a Certified Nurse Practitioner at Sanford Health in Fargo, ND. She received her BSN from Jamestown College and her MSN from Maryville University. She is certified as an Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She has been certified in wound and ostomy care through the WOCNCB for the past 8 years. At Sanford, she oversees the outpatient wound care program, serves as chair for the SVAT committee and is involved in many different research projects. She is an active member of the AAWC and currently serves as co-chair for the Research Task Force and Membership Committee. She is also a working member of the AAWC International Consolidated Diabetic Ulcer Guidelines Task Force. She has been involved with other wound organizations and currently serves as the Professional Practice Chair for the North Central Region Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Society. Emily has served as an expert reviewer for the WOCN Society and the Journal for WOCN. She is a blogger for Wound Source. Her main career focus is on the advancement of wound care through evidence-based research.
Michael Griffiths, DProf, DMSCEO and Medical Director
Advanced Oxygen Therapy Inc.
Michael Griffiths DProf, DMS, CRT, FRSM is both a clinician and seasoned medical device expert with over 30 years of global experience in the Critical Care, Respiratory Care and Wound Care fields. He received his doctorate from Middlesex University in London, United Kingdom, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine. Dr Griffiths heads a leading wound care company with a unique cyclical-pressure Topical Wound Oxygen (TWO2) therapy.
Ronald Guberman, DPMDirector of Podiatric Medical Education
Co-Chief, Podiatry Division, Dept of Surgery
Wyckoff Heights Medical Center
Ronald Guberman, DPM, is the Director of the Podiatry Residency Programs at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. He serves as a surgical training course director, instructor, and lecturer. Dr Guberman is the author of numerous articles in Foot and Ankle Medicine and Surgery and Wound Care.
Paul B Haser, MDVascular Surgeon
Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center
Paul Haser, MD is a board certified General & Vascular Surgeon with expertise in many areas to include the latest minimally invasive endovascular techniques and open surgical interventions. Dr Haser has held several prominent faculty and committee appointments, including past president of the Vascular Society of New Jersey and Principal Investigator for several multi-national trials. He has completed more than sixty combined written works and presentations and is a former Program Director for Vascular Surgery Training Programs. He is actively engaged in a clinical practice in Brooklyn.
Heather Hettrick, PT, PhD, CWS, AWCC, CLT-LANA, CLWT, COREAssociate Professor
Department of Physical Therapy
Nova Southeastern University
Ft Lauderdale, FL
Heather Hettrick, PT, PhD, CWS, CLT-LANA, CLWT is board certified as a Certified Wound Specialist (CWS) from the American Board of Wound Management (ABWM), Advanced Wound Care Certified (AWCC) through National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy (NAWCO) and is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT) by the Academy of Lymphatic Studies (ACOLS). Dr Hettrick holds a dual certification as a Lymphedema and Wound Therapist (CLWT) from the International Lymphedema and Wound Training Institute (ILWTI) and she earned her LANA credential from the Lymphology Association of North America. Dr Hettrick also completed the APTA’s Clinical Instructional Education and Credentialing Program and is a credentialed Clinical Instructor. She is an Experiential Learning Fellow by the National Society for Experiential Education and a Comprehensive Oncology Rehabilitation Expert (CORE) through ILWTI.
Marlena Jbara, MDAssistant Professor Radiology
SIUH Northwell Health
Staten Island, NY
Certified by the American Board of Radiology in 2001, Marlena Jbara, MD has served as a member of the Bone and Joint division of Radiology at Staten Island University Hospital since joining the team in 2008. In addition to her expertise in generalized orthopaedic radiology, Dr Jbara has been an innovator in designing and implementing continuing medical education programs dedicated to podiatrists, foot and ankle surgeons and residents in radiology, podiatry, orthopedics, and emergency medicine. Dr Jbara, a summa cum laude graduate of the BA-MD Program at the State University of New York, is a leader in Podiatric Radiology, developing curricula for Podiatric Radiology academic programs and delivering Grand rounds and New York Roentgen Society lectures on Osteomyelitis in the Diabetic Foot. Currently she holds a CME-accredited program monthly in Podiatric Radiology that serves the Northwell Health System. She has published articles and book chapters on the shoulder, knee, and ankle, performs reviews for Diabetic Foot Ankle and remains active in clinical medical research. Her current podiatric research interests include MRI evaluation of the diabetic foot and classification of Pes Cavus.
Benjamin Kamel, DPMPartner
Garey Orthopedic Medical Group
Benjamin Kamel, DPM is a highly trained and Board-Certified foot and ankle surgeon. Dr Kamel received his medical degree at Western University of Health Sciences where he graduated near the top of his class with honors and being inducted into the Pi Delta Honor Society. Dr Kamel completed intensive surgical training locally with the additional credential in Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery (PMSR/RRA). He also was elected and served as Chief Resident in his final year of residency. During his residency training, Dr Kamel worked at many different hospitals, most notably completing sports medicine training at Camp Pendleton Naval Hospital as well as a high-level trauma rotation at Kaiser Permanente under some of the best-trained surgeons in the profession. Dr Kamel has received extensive surgical training in all aspects of the foot and ankle including sports medicine, trauma, forefoot and rearfoot reconstructions including flatfoot correction, bunion correction, cosmetic surgery, pediatric foot conditions, as well as surgical treatment of degenerative and arthritic conditions affecting the foot and ankle. Dr Kamel has co-authored and published several research articles in the field of foot and ankle surgery. He has also lectured at national conferences on topics related to sports medicine. He is currently clinical faculty at Western University of Health Sciences where he works with and teaches medical students and residents. He is a member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgery. Dr Kamel currently works as a partner at Garey Orthopedic Medical Group in Southern California. He is also a Creative Writer and Video Producer for PRESENT Podiatry’s NewsFlash. Dr Kamel has an interest in Podiatric trauma, reconstructive surgery, and sports medicine.
Alex F Khan, APRN, CNS, MSNAdvanced Practice Nurse
Pro Healthcare Clinic
Alex Khan, APRN ACNS-BC MSN WCP-C SWD-C, is an Advanced Practice Nurse (APRN) with over 20 years experience in Wound Management. He has completed his Master's of Nursing degree from Liberty University, Lynchburg Virginia and Post Master's from University of Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas. Mr Khan is a U.S. Army veteran and former Army Nurse. Mr Khan currently practices in a multi-specialty Internal medicine clinic in Dallas, Texas; where he provides expert consultation for difficult to heal wounds.
Harris Klear, DPMBurlington County Podiatry Associates
Harris L Klear, DPM has been engaged in the practice of podiatry since 1973. His specialties include foot orthopedics, reconstructive surgery, foot and ankle problems, and sports related medicine. Dr Klear hails from the Philadelphia region where he attended the esteemed Central High School and Temple University. Dr Klear received his D.P.M. degree from the Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine now Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. Following graduation, Dr Klear served as a surgical resident at Parkview Hospital in Philadelphia. Dr Klear has served the Burlington County, New Jersey area throughout his career. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. He is active in the residency training program and serves on the Residency Selection Committee of Cooper Hospital which is charged with the responsibility of choosing new residents. While engaged in private practice, Dr Klear has maintained his ties to the national podiatry profession as a Diplomate of the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. In addition, Dr Klear has been a Board-Certified podiatrist for over 33 years. He is also actively involved with the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine's Alumni Committee as a Board member.
Valerie Krossin, PN, BSNClinical Director
Valerie Krossin, PN, BSN has been a nurse for 20 years.; 13 of those years in photobiomodulation. She has used all classes of lasers clinically, understands the physics of light and cell biology. Valerie is uniquely able to help physicians migrate lasers into their practice to improve patient outcomes and revenue streams.
Lawrence A Lavery, DPM, MPHProfessor and Director of Clinical Research
Department of Plastic Surgery
University of Texas
Southwestern Medical Center - Dallas, TX
Lawrence Lavery, DPM, MPH is a Professor in the Department of Plastic Surgery, as well as Director of Clinical Research in the Department of Plastic Surgery, at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas. His research group has published 208 peer reviewed papers and has received extramural funding from the VA, NIH, AHRQ, American Diabetes Association, and two American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.
John Mansour, DODirector of Orthp[edic Trauma
The Hughston Clinic at Terre Haute Regional Hospital
Orange Park, FL
Joining the staff of Hughston Trauma in Orange Park, FL, Dr Mansour is a board certified and fellowship trained orthopaedic surgeon specializing in orthopaedic traumatology and fracture care. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences, graduating summa cum laude, from Delta State University in Cleveland, MS. He went on to earn his medical degree in osteopathic medicine from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL. After participating in an orthopaedic surgery internship at the Peninsula/NS-LIJ Hospital Consortium in Long Island, NY, he completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. He continued his training through an orthopaedic traumatology fellowship at Grant Medical Center in Columbus, OH, under the direction of Ben Taylor, MD. Prior to coming to the Hughston Clinic, Dr Mansour served as director of orthopaedic trauma for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Pikeville Medical Center in Pikeville, KY. A candidate member of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association, Dr Mansour is associated with various medical organizations and holds memberships in national and international speciality societies. He has published in major orthopaedic and trauma medical journals and he helped develop the orthopaedic surgery resident manual for Cooper University Hospital. He has presented trauma-related scientific research and fracture care at national meetings and symposiums. He plans to continue his research interests through the Hughston Foundation, Inc.
Ana C Mantilla, DPM3M Medical Science Liaison
Sann Antonio, TX
Ana C Mantilla, DPM is an MSL with 3M / KCI. Prior to becoming an MSL, Dr Mantilla was a podiatric surgeon, specializing in wound care and lower extremity elective surgery and trauma. Dr Mantilla obtained her undergraduate degree from University of Miami with a major in Microbiology and a minor in Biochemistry. She completed her medical degree at Barry University followed by a 3 year surgical residency at Palmetto General Hospital specializing in lower extremity surgery and trauma. Dr Mantilla has been in clinical practice for 6 years in Miami and Tampa where she has treated patients with different types of diabetic wounds. With a passion for research, Dr Mantilla has published her college research in the Journal of Molecular Biology and her residency research in the Journal of Podiatric Medicine.
James McGuire, DPM, LPT, LPedDirector
Leonard Abrams Center for Advanced Wound Healing
Department of Podiatric Medicine and Orthopedics
Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine
James McGuire, DPM, LPT, LPed, FAPWHC is the director of the Leonard Abrams Center for Advanced Wound Healing and a Clinical Professor in the Departments of Podiatric Medicine and Podiatric Biomechanics at the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr McGuire earned his DPM degree from the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in 1981. He is a fellow and founding member of the American Professional Wound Care Association and the Academy of Physicians in Wound Healing, and serves as an advisor to the board of the Council for Medical Education and Testing. Dr McGuire is a licensed Physical Therapist, a licensed Pedorthist, and is Certified in Wound Care by the Council for Medical Education and Testing (CMET). He is also board certified by both the American Board of Podiatric Surgery (ABPS) and the American Board of Podiatric Medicine (ABPM). After completing his residency in podiatric surgery, Dr McGuire left 10 years of private practice in Rutland Vermont in to become a member of the Temple faculty in 1992. He has over 40 years of experience in podiatric medicine, physical therapy, and wound management. He has published extensively, and has participated in several research trials involving the diabetic foot and wound healing. Dr McGuire has lectured both nationally and internationally and is in great demand as a speaker in the areas of wound healing, diabetic foot management, off-loading, and biomechanics of the at-risk foot. He lives with his wife Nancy in Berwyn, Pa. just outside of Philadelphia
M Mark Melin, MD, FACSUniversity of Minnesota Physicians
Department of Vascular Surgery
Fairview Wound Healing Institute
M Mark Melin MD, FACS, RPVI, FACCWS is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School. He completed his General Surgery residency and Vascular Fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota. Dr Melin is currently at University of Minnesota Physicians, Fairview Wound Healing Institute in Edina, Minnesota.
Ralph Napolitano, Jr , CWSP, FACFAS, DPMOrthoNeuro
New Albany, OH
Ralph J Napolitano, Jr, DPM, CWSP, FACFAS, is a double board-certified podiatrist and wound care specialist physician. He specializes in medicine, surgery and wound care of the foot, ankle and lower leg. He was the first podiatrist in the state of Ohio to earn the board certification Certified Wound Specialist Physician (CWSP). Areas of special clinical interest, research and publications include: Medical and surgical care of the foot and ankle, general wound care and healing, diabetic foot wounds, lower limb surgical salvage, management of surgical wound complications, custom foot orthotics, gait analysis, shoe gear consulting, aesthetic podiatry and laser care. Dr Napolitano is a fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and a diplomate of the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and American Board of Wound Management. He holds clinical privileges at numerous area hospitals, surgery centers, and wound care centers. He is an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Specialty Medicine at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is also part of the clinical faculty for the Grant Medical Center Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Program.
Jessica Pehrson, MSN, RN, CWS, PHN3M Clinical Applications
Advanced and Acute Wound Care
St Paul, MN
Jessica Pehrson, MSN, RN, CWS, PHN, is currently an Application Engineer at 3M in the Medical Solutions Division working with the Acute and Advanced wound care product portfolios. She has 15 years’ experience working as a bedside nurse, nursing educator and nurse manager in a level one trauma hospital. She has specialized in burn nursing prior to her career at 3M. She received her Master’s degree in nursing education from Capella University and obtained her Certificated Wound Specialist certification in 2018.
Lynn Peterson, RN, BSN, CWOCN, CLWT3M Clinical Application Specialist
Wound Care and Compression
3M Health Care
St Paul, MN
Lynn Peterson, RN, CWOCN, CLWT, is a Board Certified WOC Nurse, and Certified Lymphedema and Wound Therapist, employed with 3M Health Care. Lynn's primary responsibilities include technical and clinical support for the 3M compression and edema management platform. Lynn develops and delivers training and programs to help support the sales organization and customers in the use of 3M's Coban Two Layer Compression System for treatment of venous leg ulcers, lymphedema and other conditions requiring compression. A key focus for Lynn also includes clinical consultation and education for Long-term Care and Home Health customers. Lynn develops and delivers educational programs focused on Edema Management, Wound Assessment and Topical Management, Management of Lower Extremity Wounds, Pressure Injury Prevention and Treatment, Incontinence Associated Dermatitis, and Skin Damage Prevention and Treatment. Lynn holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings including acute care, and 22 years of experience in home health holding a variety of roles. Lynn is a member of the Wound, Ostomy, Continence Society (WOCN).
Mario Ponticello, DPMChief of the Limb Preservation Service
Director of the Complex Lower Extremity Surgery and Research Fellowship
Madigan Army Medical Center
Mario Ponticello, DPM graduated from Inova Fairfax Hospital Podiatric Surgical Residency in 2008. He then began private practice in Milwaukee, WI for seven years. He has been involved in residency and student education for the last eight years as a prior teaching faculty member at Columbia St Mary's Podiatric Residency Program and Wheaton Franciscan Podiatric Residency Program. In 2015, Dr Ponticello transitioned to Tacoma Washington as the Chief of the Limb Preservation Service and Director of the Complex Lower Extremity Surgery and Research Fellowship at Madigan Army Medical Center.
Morgan Puchek, MBAVice President of Sales and Marketing
Morgan Puchek is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for ProMedTek, Inc. He oversees all commercial activity for the company’s VA business as well as all initiatives for the DoD/DAPA contracting. He is actively managing IRB clinical studies within the VA healthcare system regarding non-narcotic pain management solutions, as well as upcoming, multi-center, IRB studies on blood flow and osteo-arthritic pain management. Over the last 10 years in the VA he has coordinated physician partnerships in over a third of all VA facilities. He is currently coordinating national initiatives to ease purchasing policies restricting veteran’s ability to receive care as well as expanding the role ProMedTek plays in offering non-narcotic pain solutions to both veteran and active duty patients.
Dominic Rizzo, DPMFoot & Ankle Specialists
Blue Ash, Ohio
Dominic Rizzo, DPM is a Co-Founder and Chairman of the American Orthoplastic Microsurgical Society (AMOS). This surgical society is responsible for national and international collaboration and development in the field of limb reconstructive surgery. Dr Rizzo is also the Founder and Director of the Cincinnati Lower Extremity Reconstructive Institute which collaborates with local, regional and national medical professionals to advance limb salvage and reconstruction. Dr Rizzo currently serves as Research Director of the TriHealth Foot and Ankle Surgical Residency. Dr Rizzo is active in his local Professional Podiatric Academy, serving as past President and current treasurer and secretary. Dr Rizzo is very active with the podiatric surgical residency community, serving as surgical attending for podiatric surgical residents within the Mercy Hospital system and the TriHealth Hospital System. Dr Rizzo has been actively involved in the national and international lecturing circuit for his surgical development and research. Additionally, Dr Rizzo has long been involved with research and development of orthopedic devices and hardware.
Thomas Rocchio, DPMSenior Partner
PA Foot & Ankle Associates
Thomas Rocchio, DPM completed his podiatric training at the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine and his surgical residency at Community Medical Center (now Geisinger Community Medical center) in Scranton, PA. He spent three years of intensive training under world-renowned surgeon Dr Guido LaPorta to perfect his surgical techniques in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery, limb lengthening, diabetic Charcot reconstruction, and pediatric deformity correction. Dr Rocchio is board certified in foot surgery as well as Rearfoot and Ankle reconstructive surgery. Dr Rocchio is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (FACFAS); The American Professional Wound Care Association (APWCA) and a Member of the APMA. Dr Rocchio is proud to be recognized as one of the foremost experts on Charcot foot disorder (neuropathic arthropathy). He also enjoys lecturing nationally and internationally on foot and ankle reconstructive surgery, limb salvage surgery, diabetic reconstructive surgery, and wound care. Dr Rocchio also developed a surgical procedure to replenish atrophied plantar fat pad. His parachute technique is utilized by hundreds of surgeons each year. Dr Rocchio is also the co-designer of a unique external fixation frame utilized by hundreds of foot and ankle surgeons across the United States. In the final year of residency, Dr Rocchio completed special training in Biomechanics of External Fixation of the foot and ankle at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for pediatric orthopedics in Dallas, TX where he trained with world-renowned Russian orthopedic surgeon, Mikail Samchukov. From this education, Dr Rocchio wrote an article that focused on the mechanical properties of circular external fixation as it pertains to the foot and ankle and had the pleasure of presenting this work at the internationally renowned orthopedic group Association for the Study and Advancement of the Method of Ilizarov (ASAMI) meeting in Boston, MA in 2003.
Brandy Rose, PT, DPT, CWSTherlkeld, Therlkeld, & Omer Infectious Disease
Brandy Rose, PT, DPT, CWS has over 14 years of wound care experience and has been a Certified Wound Specialist for 10 of those years. She worked in acute care and skilled nursing for 4 years performing inpatient physical therapy wound care. She then transitioned to hospital based Outpatient Physical Woundcare for 9 years. She now works with a private practice Infectious Disease group in Memphis, TN doing outpatient PT woundcare. This multidisciplinary opportunity has helped train her to follow reimbursement. Her passion is healing wounds in the quickest amount of time possible and educating patients on wound prevention.
David K Rosing, MD3M Medical Liaison
San Antonio, TX
David K Rosing, MD trained as a general surgeon at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Southern California and then was a trauma attending before joining Kaiser Permanentee in Riverside, CA from 2010-2020.
Pamela Scarborough, PT, DPT, MS, CWS, FAAWCDirector of Public Policy and Education
American Medical Technologies
Pamela Scarborough, PT, DPT, MS, CDE, CWS is the Director of Public Policy and Education for American Medical Technologies, headquartered in Irvine, California. Her career spans over 30 years having practiced in a variety of settings including acute, out-patient, home health, and long-term care. Her clinical experience has included traditional physical therapy, orthopedics and sports medicine, cardiac rehabilitation, and wound care. Pamela has published numerous book chapters, articles, and monographs on the topics of diabetes and wound care. She holds an active licensed as a physical therapist in the state of Texas and is board certified as a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) and Certified Wound Specialist (CWS). In addition, Dr. Scarborough is certified by the Geriatric Section of the American Physical Therapy Association as a Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults (CEEAA). She has served on multiple board and conference planning committees over her extensive career including the Board of Directors for the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care and member of the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP). Pamela currently serves on the Editorial Boards for Wound Source and Today's Wound Clinic and as co-chair for PRESENT Wounds, Ostomy and Continence. Pamela is frequently invited to present at state health care associations meetings and regional and national wound care symposiums. In addition, she is adjunct faculty at St. Augustine University's Doctor of Physical Therapy Program in Austin, Texas. When not traveling, presenting and teaching, she enjoys a quiet, nature-filled life in the Texas Hill Country with her husband, dogs and cats and other various visiting wildlife.
Jarrod Shapiro, DPMAssociate Professor, College of Podiatric Medicine
Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA
Associate Editor PRESENT Podiatry Online
Jarrod Shapiro, DPM is a Board-Certified podiatric foot and ankle physician and surgeon who has been in practice for over 10 years. He is also a fellow with the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and Diplomat of the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. Dr Shapiro has worked for Western University for the past 8 years. Prior to that he was in private practice in various aspects of patient care, including multi-specialty hospital-based practice, several wound care clinics, and individual proprietor private practice. Dr Shapiro's training includes a 3-year foot and ankle residency at Botsford Hospital in Farmington Hills, Michigan after graduating from the California College of Podiatric Medicine in San Francisco, CA in 2003. After completing his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree at the California College of Podiatric Medicine, he did his 3-year postgraduate training at Botsford General Hospital in Farmington Hills, Michigan from 2003 - 2006. He is also the Editor of PRESENT's Practice Perfect.
Michael Sirkin, MDOrthopaedic Surgeon
Michael S Sirkin, MD, is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon at Rutgers North Jersey Orthopaedic Institute (NJOI) as well as Vice Chairman, a professor and Co-Chief of Orthopaedic Trauma Service at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (NJMS). His clinical interests are in extremity fractures and orthopaedic infections. Along with numerous orthopaedic publications, book chapters and service on several major committees, Dr Sirkin has been the recipient of many honors and awards, including the Winquist Cup for Best Lab and the Edward G. Bovill Award for Best Paper. He is an active educator in the field of orthopaedic trauma and infections. Dr Sirkin is a member of Orthopaedic Trauma Association and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery. As part of his service to his community, he has also worked with Habitat for Humanity.
Robert Jay Snyder, DPM, MSc, MBA, CWSPDean, School of Podiatric Medicine
Professor and Director of Clinical Research
Director, Fellowship Program in Wound Care and Research
Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine
Robert Snyder, DPM, MSc, MBA, CWSP, FFPM RCPS (Glasg) is Dean, Scool of Podiatric Medicine, Professor and Director of Clinical Research and Director, Fellowship Program in Wound Care and Research at Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine. He has created and implemented the first post residency Wound Management and Research Fellowship for podiatric medical schools. He is certified in foot and ankle surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and is also a board certified wound specialist. Dr Snyder is past-president of the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care and past-president of the American Board of Wound Management, a certifying body for wound care specialists. In addition to his doctorate, he holds an MSc in Wound Healing and Tissue Science from Cardiff University College of Medicine. His expertise at Cardiff, Wales, was further acknowledged with an appointment as Honorary Senior Lecturer. To constantly expand his knowledge and stay current in all aspects of healthcare, he is completing an MBA in Health Management. Dr Snyder is a key opinion leader and sought after speaker, lecturing extensively throughout the United States and abroad. Dr Snyder has published several book chapters and over 165 papers in peer reviewed and trade journals on wound care and was the recipient of the Dr Robert Warriner Memorial Award for excellence in wound management. Dr Snyder serves on the editorial advisory boards of Ostomy Wound Management, Section Editor for Wounds and as a periodic reviewer for the Lancet and NEJM. He has been a Principal Investigator on more than 50 randomized controlled trials for innovative wound healing modalities and products. In 2018, Dr Snyder was inducted into the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow as Faculty Fellow in Podiatric Medicine.
Joseph J Stoffel, BS3M Specialist Microbiologist
Joseph Stoffel is a Specialist Microbiologist for 3M Medical Solutions Division
Nikki G StraderNorth American Representative and Patient Liaison
The Osseointegration Group of Australia
New York, NY
Nikki Grace-Strader, North American Representative and Patient Liaison for The Osseointegration Group of Australia, 2020 National Association for the Advancement of Orthotics and Prosthetics (NAAOP) Fellow, Lead Advocate and Certified Peer Visitor and Peer Visitor Trainer for The Amputee Coalition, Founding Member and Director of Central Illinois Amputees supporting amputees in rural Illinois meet challenges in access to care. Nikki is originally from San Francisco where she worked in EMS as a firefighter and paramedic before transitioning into the hospital and working in Emergency Room administration, hospital policy and risk management. Due to a car accident in 2009, which resulted in a paralyzing spinal cord injury and eventually resulted in a failed knee replacement surgery, Nikki lost her right leg above the knee. After many failed attempts at utilizing traditional socket prosthetics, Nikki traveled to Australia and made the decision to undergo osseointegration surgery to improve her mobility. After experiencing great success with osseointegration, Nikki became the North American Representative and Patient Liaison for the Osseointegration Group of Australia. Within this position she works with Osseointegration (OI) patients worldwide in maintaining contact with the Osseointegration Group of Australia team and works to inform and educate amputees, orthotic and prosthetic professionals as well as the medical community about osseointegration and the role it plays in the lives of those affected by limb loss and limb difference. Nikki has been advocating for patients throughout her entire career. However, due to Nikki’s own experience as an amputee, her advocacy has taken on a larger and more personal role in her life, and in addition to her work with osseointegration, has led her to found her own nonprofit, Central Illinois Amputees which is focused on helping amputees in rural communities meet challenges in access to prosthetic care.
William H Tettelbach, CWS, MDSystem Executive Medical Director of Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Services
Salt Lake City, UT
William H Tettelbach, MD graduated from The University of Tennessee School of Medicine in 1995. He completed his Internal Medicine residency and Infectious Diseases fellowship, as well as formal training in Biomedical Informatics, at the University of Utah. He currently is board certified in Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Internal Medicine, and retains an academic appointment at Duke University School of Medicine. From 2000 to 2003 he served as Medical Director for TheraDoc, a provider of electronic clinical surveillance to healthcare organizations, and provided subject matter expertise for the development of their "Antibiotic Assistant," 'Infection Control Assistant," and "Adverse Drug Event Assistant." These integrated clinical surveillance/decision support software modules have helped to improve the quality and safety of patient care and are now utilized in over 600 hospitals across the nation. While in practice within the Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare system in Memphis, Dr Tettelbach was acting Medical Director of Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine outpatient/inpatient services. He successfully opened the systems first wound care center that offered hyperbaric oxygen therapy as well as restructured the Methodist North Hospital's inpatient wound care teams which positively reduced the average length of stay in patients with active wounds and reduced the incidence of hospital acquired ulcers. Dr Tettelbach was invited to participate in the response to The Surviving Sepsis Campaign, a global initiative to bring together professional organizations to reduce mortality from sepsis and, as a result, led the development of a Cerner rules-based electronic "sepsis alert" module. Since its successful development, the now labeled “St. John's agent" has been adopted by other healthcare systems such as Toronto East General Hospital in Canada, the Henry Ford Medical Center in Detroit, Michigan, the University of Alabama at Birmingham Health Center and Catholic Healthcare West in California. Since returning to Utah in 2010, Dr Tettelbach has served as the Medical Director of Wound and Skin Care for the Central Region of Intermountain Healthcare. He has been an active member of the Intermountain Healthcare Infection Control Guidance Council and has been actively involved in the development of institutional policies that have resulted in a system-wide reduction in central line associated blood stream infections, a decrease in foley catheter-related urinary tract infections, and the establishment of an antimicrobial stewardship program. In 2013, he established a new Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine Fellowship at Intermountain Healthcare through a cooperative agreement with Duke University. He also provides hyperbaric medicine, wound care and infectious diseases training to podiatry residents rotating through the Intermountain wound care clinics. Currently, Dr Tettelbach retains positions as System Executive Medical Director of Hyperbaric Medicine & Wound Care with Intermountain Healthcare, Medical Director of Infection Prevention & Wound Care with Landmark Hospital, and is the Program Director of the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine Fellowship in Salt Lake City for Duke University.
Colin Traynor, DPM
Colin Traynor, DPM graduated from The Pennsylvania State University and received his doctor of podiatric medicine degree from The California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt University. He then completed his surgical residency at St Mary’s Medical Center. Dr Traynor is trained in foot and ankle trauma and reconstruction, elective surgery and wound care. In addition to private practice, he remains involved in student and resident education. Dr Traynor is a clinical instructor for The California School of Podiatric Medicine and clerkship director of the St Mary’s Podiatric Surgery Residency Program. Dr Traynor has lectured on foot and ankle wound care and amputation prevention, is published in international orthopedic and podiatric surgical textbooks and journals on conservative and surgical management of the foot and ankle.
Michael J Trepal, DPMVice President for Academic Affairs
Dean and Professor
Department of Surgery
New York College of Podiatric Medicine
New York, NY
Michael Trepal, DPM is a Professor of Surgery at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine and serves as the Vice President for Academic Affairs. In addition, he is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at New York Medical College and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at SUNY Downstate. Dr Trepal serves as Residency Director for the SUNY Downstate Podiatry Residency. He has published multiple scientific articles and has contributed to many textbooks.
Tom Vitale, DPMDean for Clinical Education
New York College of Podiatric Medicia
New York, NY
Robert Eckles, DPM, MPH is Dean for Clinical Education since 2006 at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine. As Dean for Graduate Medical Education he is director of the College PMSR/RRA program, and is responsible for College-run continuing education programs for licensed DPMs.
Naz Wahab, MD, FAPWCAOwner
Wound Care Experts
Las Vegas, NV
Naz Wahab, MD, FAPWCA, is a board-certified family practitioner by trade who has been practicing wound care and hyperbaric medicine for over 17 years. She has her own wound care practice in Las Vegas, NV. Dr Wahab holds multiple medical director positions in the Las Vegas area including Wound Care Medical Director of HCA Mountainview Hospital’s Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center and the Dignity Hospitals Inpatient Wound care medical director. She is a board member of AAWC and is also a physician board member of ACCWS.
Dot Weir, RN, CWON, CWSClinician
Saratoga Hospital Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine
Saratoga Springs, NY
Dot has been practicing ostomy and wound management for 35 years. She received her wound certifications from the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Certification Board (CWON) and the American Board of Wound Management (CWS). She practices at the aratoga Hospital Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine in Sarratoga Springs, NY. Dot was a founding member and has held the office of Treasurer and President of the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC), and is also a member of the Wound Healing Society (WHS), the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN), and the Florida Association of Enterostomal Therapists (FAET). She is the Co-Chair of the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care, was a founding co-editor of the journal Today's Wound Clinic, is on the faculty of the Wound Certification Prep Course, and is a consultant and speaker for several manufacturers. She has authored and co-authored manyl book chapters and journal articles, and is a frequent speaker on all aspects of wound management and wound healing.
Marie L Williams, DPM, DABPS, DHLDirector, Podiatric Medical Education
Aventura Hospital and Medical Center
Marie Williams, DPM, DABPS, DHL, is board certified in foot and ankle surgery and a fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgery. Dr Williams was the first clinical dean at Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine and is currently an Adjunct Professor for the school. Dr Williams has been in private practice since 1984. She is currently the Chairman of the Department of Podiatry at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center. She has been involved in residency training since 1986 and a Program Director in Podiatric Surgery and Medicine since 1988. Dr Williams is a speaker in the field of foot and ankle surgery as well as limb salvage. She has published several articles on the healing of complex wounds and limb salvage, while also authoring a chapter: Bone Infections in "Foot and Ankle Radiology". In August 2014, Dr Williams was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts along with her teammates from Immaculata College. Their team, the Mighty Macs, captured three consecutive Championships. They were considered trailblazers for women sports, and in the 70s they help bring about Title 9 and equality for women in sports. In June 2015 they received the trailblazer award in the women’s basketball hall of fame. Dr Williams was recently requested to be a Keynote Speaker for Immaculata University and received the Doctor of Humane Letters for her humanitarian efforts in May 2018.
Cathy Wogamon, DNP, MSN, FNP-BC, CWOCN, CFCNWound and Ostomy Outpatient Clinic Provider
Lake City VA Medical Center
Lake City, FL
Cathy Wogamon, DNP, MSN, FNP-BC, CWOCN, FCFN is the Wound and Ostomy Outpatient Clinic Provider for the Veteran population at the Lake City VA Medical Center in Lake City, FL. The Clinic also provides telehealth services to the Veteran population in outlying rural clinics in South Georgia and North Florida. Dr Wogamon earned her nursing degrees - BSN, MSN in Nursing Education and DNP from Florida State University. She is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (AANC). Dr Wogamon received her wound care education from The Medical University of South Carolina, her Foot Care education from WebWOC and her Ostomy education from Emory University. She is certified in all 3 specialties through the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certifying Board (WOCNCB) where she also serves as a board member. Dr Wogamon is a member of the Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nurses Society (WOCN) and the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC). She also serves as a reviewer for the WOCN as well as the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing (JWOCN). She has published articles in JWOCN and Ostomy Wound Management peer-reviewed journals as well as several WoundSource blogs. Prior to coming to the VA, Dr Wogamon’s nursing career included Acute Care, Pediatrics, Long-Term Care, Home Health Care and as Associate Professor in Nursing.
Stephanie C Wu, DPM, MScDean
Dr William M Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine
Stephanie Wu, DPM, MSc, is the Dean of Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, Professor, Department of Podiatric Surgery and Applied Biomechanics, Professor, Center for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine, and Director, Center for Lower Extremity Ambulatory Research (CLEAR) for Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Dr Wu devotes significant time to CLEAR’s fellowship program, international fellowship program, and Scholl’s Masters in wound healing program which is an international collaboration with Cardiff University. For her efforts in education, Dr. Wu has received many awards at Rosalind Franklin University including the Dean’s Award and the Lawrence R. Medoff Award for Outstanding Performance in Research, Teaching, and Clinical Practice. Dr Wu led the effort in helping secure podiatry’s first NIH T-35 training grant for the training of future podiatric researchers at Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine. In addition to her clinical and university duties Dr Wu is a highly sought after lecturer at national and international forums.
Dane K Wukich, MDProfessor and Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Dane K Wukich, MD, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at UT Southwestern, where he holds the Dr Charles F Gregory Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery. He is also the Medical Director of Orthopaedic Surgery at UT Southwestern University Hospitals. Dr Wukich received his undergraduate education from Carnegie-Mellon University and earned his medical degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He completed his general surgery residency and orthopaedic surgery residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, followed by a fellowship in foot and ankle surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. As an Army Medical Corps officer, Dr Wukich served as chief of orthopaedic surgery in Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield. He achieved the rank of Major with the U.S. Army, receiving several Army Commendation Medals and an Army Achievement Medal. Dr Wukich also received the Southwest Asia Services Medal and the National Defense Service Ribbon. Dr Wukich is a nationally renowned foot and ankle specialist, educator, lecturer, and researcher. He has written more than 100 papers and given invited lectures around the globe. He serves as a peer reviewer for 11 journals and is the author or co-author of several book chapters dealing with foot and ankle problems in athletes and patients with diabetes. His research interest includes the complications of circular external fixation in patients with diabetes, foot and ankle problems in post-transplant patients, and treatment of spastic deformities of the foot and ankle in patients with traumatic brain injury and/or stroke. He remains actively involved in the education of orthopaedic surgery not only around the world but also at UT Southwestern with orthopaedic residents. Dr Wukich is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, the American Orthopaedic Association, and the American Diabetes Association.
Kerry Zang, DPM
Kerry Zang, DPM is a Diplomate, American Board of Podiatric Surgery, Fellow, American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons, and Founder of the Arizona Institute of Footcare Physicians. Dr Zang has more than 40 years' experience developing and providing the latest technologies in podiatric care. An innovator in his field, he has designed implants and surgical devices, including a joint replacement system for the great toe. Dr. Zang is a rotating speaker for the Podiatry program at Midwestern University in Phoenix, and is actively involved with teaching podiatric students, and lectures throughout the country to his colleagues.