2021 Conference Chairs
Charles Andersen, MD, FACS, MAPWCAChief 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.
Matthew G Garoufalis, DPM, FASPS, FACPM, CWS, FFPM, RCPS Glasg, FRSMProfessional Foot Care Specialists, PC
Matthew G Garoufalis, DPM, FASPS, FACPM, CWS, FFPM RCPS (Glasg), FRSM, 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.
Harold Schoenhaus, DPM, FACFASSurgical Editor for PRESENT e-Learning
Penn-Presbyterian Medical Center
Harold Schoenhaus, DPM, FACFAS is a board-certified foot, rearfoot, and reconstructive ankle surgeon by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. He is a past president and current fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. He holds staff appointments and operating privileges at the University of Pennsylvania Presbyterian Hospital and Chestnut Hill hospital. Dr Schoenhaus' research and clinical interests are in biomechanics, pathomechanics and reconstructive surgery, including joint replacement surgery and pediatric podiatric surgery. Moreover, Dr Schoenhaus is the surgical editor for PRESENT e-Learning Systems, an online medical education and networking resource dedicated to improving the knowledge and skills of healthcare professionals throughout the world. He is a nationally recognized lecturer and pioneer in the field of lower extremity pathomechanics and reconstructive surgery. Dr Schoenhaus has authored several landmark articles in peer-reviewed journals and books. In 2015 Dr Schoenhaus was the recipient of the Gallery of Success Award from Temple University.
Thomas Serena, MD, FACS, FACHM, MAPWCACEO and Medical Director of the SerenaGroup
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.
Jonathan Arnold, MDMedical Director
The Healing Center
Mercy Medical Center
Cedar Rapids, IA
Jonathan Arnold, MD, ABPM-UHM, CWS-P obtained his medical degree in 1997 from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and completed his residency in Family Medicine at Great Plains Family Practice Residency Program, Oklahoma City, OK. Dr Arnold has practiced medicine in the state of Iowa for 20 years. During this time he has served as medical director of two nursing homes. From 2005 to 2007 he practiced wound care and hyperbaric medicie part time. He also served as Medical Director of the Wound Healing Center at Ft Madison Community Hospital in Ft Madison, IA. From 2007 to 2018, he served as Medical Director for Great River Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Clinic in Burlington, IA. Since 2018 he has served as the Medical Director of The Healing Center at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, IA where Dr Arnold practices wound care and hyperbaric medicine full-time. Dr Arnold is board certified in Family Medicine and Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine. He is also credentialed by the American Board of Wound Management as a Certified Wound Specialist Physician.
Jaminelli Banks, DPMFaculty, Podiatric Residency Program, Director of Research
White Memorial Medical Center
Los Angeles, CA
Jaminelli Banks, DPM is faculty at White Memorial Medical Center. In 2004, she received a summa cum laude BS biology and Chemistry degree from the University of New Mexico. From 2005-2007, she then spent two years at the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health completing her post graduate medical education and research studying signaling pathways in lung cancer. Dr Banks received her medical degree from Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in 2011 and completed a dual surgical residency program and limb salvage research fellowship at Carl T Hayden VA Medical Center in 2019. Later, Dr Banks completed a second fellowship in Diabetic Limb Salvage Surgical Fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas Texas where she performed limb salvage and advanced surgical reconstruction on over 1,000 patients in one year. In 2020, Dr Banks joined White Memorial Medical Center (WMMC) and serves as faculty to foot and ankle surgical residents. While at WMMC, she has been instrumental in the development of a research and clinical residency program for diabetic limb salvage, sports injuries, arthroscopy, and traumatic and post-traumatic conditions of the foot and ankle. Dr Banks has made significant contributions to scientific literature in the fields of diabetic foot management and reconstruction.
Heather Barnhart, PT, PhD, CWS, AWCC, CLT-LANA, CLWT, COREAssociate Professor
Department of Physical Therapy
Nova Southeastern University
Ft Lauderdale, FL
Heather Barnhart, 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.
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.
Karen Lynn Bauer, APRN, FNP, CWS, DAPWCADirector of Wound Services
The University of Toledo
Karen Lynn Bauer, DNP, APRN-FNP, CWS, DAPWCA, completed her undergraduate coursework at The University of Toledo and obtained her Master’s degree in Nursing from The Ohio State University in 2006. She is currently working on her Doctorate of Nursing Practice at the University of Toledo, with a projected graduation date in 2017. She is certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner with over eight years of experience in wound management as a Nurse Practitioner in many settings. She is wound certified by the American Board of Wound Management and a Fellow of the American Association of Clinical Wound Specialists. She is currently the Director of Wound Services at The University of Toledo, in the Division of Vascular, Endovascular, and Wound Surgery.
Devin Bland, DPM, AACFAS, DABPMPrestige Medical Care
Devin Bland, DPM, AACFAS, DABPM graduated from Midwestern University School of Podiatric Medicine in 2013. After graduation, he completed his surgical residency in 2016 at the Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. He furthered his surgical training by completing one of the premier surgical reconstructive fellowship programs specializing in Diabetic patients, Charcot, Revisional Surgery, and Pediatric Care with the American Foundation of Lower Extremity Surgery and Research in Alamogordo New Mexico. Dr Bland is board qualified by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine and the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. He practices in the private sector centrally located in Phoenix Arizona at Prestige Medical Care, a multispecialty group. Dr Bland has received many awards and special recognition for his surgical ability in treating advanced foot and ankle pathology. He has authored textbook chapters relating to bone grafting, served as a residency director, and continues to teach at Midwestern University in Glendale Arizona.
Jonathan Bloom, MDCEO
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.
Gregory A Bohn, MD, MAPWCA, FACHM, FAAWCSurgeon
Gregory Bohn, MD, ABPM/UHM, MAPWCA, FACHM, FAAWC is a practicing General Surgeon and Wound Care Physician. He currently is the Medical Director of the West Shore Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine as well as maintaining a full-time General Surgery Practice. He is Board Certified in Surgery by the American Board of Surgery and in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine by the American Board of Preventative Medicine. Dr Bohn has worked as a consultant in both Wound Care and Surgery. Interested in education, he has directed courses in Wound Care and Surgery. He has helped to plan major wound care meetings as well as participating as a speaker. He has worked nationally as a Medical Director in wound care covering the Midwest area. He graduated from Wayne State University with his Medical Doctorate in 1978 and completed a Residency in General Surgery in Grand Rapids, Michigan at Blodgett and St Mary’s Hospital in 1982. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeon, Fellow of The American College of Hyperbaric Medicine, and member of multiple professional surgical societies and wound care associations.
Jacalyn Brace, PhD, ANP-BC, RN-BC, WOCNCEO
Advanced Wound Healing Consultants
Rowan University - School of Nursing
Jacalyn Brace, PhD, ANP-BC, RN-BC, WOCN, owns a wound care consultation company “Advanced Wound Healing Consultants”. Her focus is educational programing and legal chart review. She is an educational consultant for ConvaTec. Furthermore, she is crafting a wound care program for Rowan University. She is also assisting in opening a home healthcare skilled agency specializing in wound care. Dr Brace earned her PhD from the University of Virginia in 2010. Her doctoral dissertation is “Deep Tissue Injury Pressure Ulcers among the Elderly Population”. She also studied wound healing at cell level. She is currently a Member of the Board of the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care. Additionally, she is a member of the National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel’s Prophylaxis Dressing Standards Initiative. She is currently revising two book chapters for the Acute and Chronic Wounds: Current Management Concepts for Ruth Bryant and Denise Nix.
Christopher K Bromley, DPM, FACFASDelray Beach, Florida
Christopher Bromley, DPM, FACFAS currently practices foot and ankle surgery in Delray Beach, Florida. Dr Bromley's 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. An international and national lecturer of foot and ankle surgery, wound care, and regenerative medicine. 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, DPM, FACFASCEO and Owner
Brucato Foot and Ankle Surgery
Maryellen Brucato, DPM, FACFAS, is a board certified foot and ankle reconstructive surgeon now serving the surrounding community of Clifton, NJ. After graduating from Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine, Dr Brucato was trained at one of the top surgical residencies at Morristown Medical Center. She lectures across the country on a variety of different topics and has published numerous research papers in peer-reviewed journals. She treats all disorders of the foot, ankle, and lower leg in patients of all ages! She specializes in diabetic limb salvage (saving feet!), pediatrics, and reconstructive surgery. Even though Dr Brucato is a leader in her field, her best attribute is her warm and caring bedside manner.
Andrea Casini, MDChief of Diabetic Foot Unit - Vascular Surgery Unit in Paderno Dugnano - Milano
Andrea Casini MD is a graduate in Medicine and Surgery of the University of Milan and specialized in vascular surgery. In the last decade he dedicated his interest in the treatment of Critical Limb Ischemia and Diabetic Foot Care. He is a member of the Italian Society of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery and of International Association of Diabetic Foot Surgeon (A-DFS). He is an author of numerous papers and book chapters dedicated to Vascular Disease and Diabetic Foot Problems. Dr Casini is also a speaker at many international conferences and courses (U.S., Mexico,, Saudi Arabia, Russia). Currently, he is the chief of Diabetic Foot Unit - Vascular Surgery Unit in Paderno Dugnano - Milano.
Mary (Kate) C Clayton-Jones, PhD, MBA, MSN, RNCEO/Founder Footcare by Nurses, LLC
Mary C (Kate) Clayton-Jones, PhD, MBA, MSN, RN, CFCS, CFCN, is the owner of FootCare by Nurses, LLC based in Greenfield, Massachusetts. Based on a mission of prevention, a passion of caring and a belief that all people deserve great foot care, Kate’s company currently consists of 14 foot care nurses who predominantly work through elder service contracts to help keep elders from falling in their homes from foot related issues. Kate’s PhD research focused in on the relationship between shoe lacing, toe pressures and comfort. Kate sits on the WOCNCB Foot care exam writing committee and has spoken at several CAFCN and WOCN national conferences. Kate loves to fly and recently took up fly fishing. She resides in Conway, MA with her partner, and many 2 and 4 legged friends.
Giacomo Clerici, MDDiabetic Foot Surgeon
Member of the Board of the International Diabetic Foot Surgeon Association - ADFS
Amputation Prevention Centre
San Carlo Hospital
Giacomo Clerici MD is a graduate in Medicine and Surgery of the University of Pavia and specialized in Internal Medicine, trained in Diabetic Foot Care. He is a former member of the Italian Diabetes Associations, SID and AMD and The European Diabetic Foot Study Group (DFSG) of EASD. Dr Clerici is a member of the Board of the International Association of Diabetic Foot Surgeon (A-DFS). He is an author of numerous papers and book chapters dedicated to Diabetic Foot Problems. Dr Clerici is also a speaker at many international conferences and courses (U.S., Mexico, India, China, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, and Israel). Dr Clerici is a Professor at the Master in Wound Care Program (Bicocca University, Milan, Tor Vergata University, Rome, Pavia University, Trieste University) and was a Director of Diabetic Foot Centres in Milan, Pavia and Bergamo (Italy). Currently, he is the coordinator of several Diabetic Foot Centres in northern and southern Italy.
Windy Cole, DPM, CWSPDirector of Wound Care Research
Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine
Windy Cole, DPM, CWSP is a native Ohioan. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Cincinnati where she graduated summa cum laude. She is also an honor graduate from the Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine. Dr. Cole has practiced in Northeast Ohio for over 22 years. She is an adjunct professor and Director of Wound Care Research at Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine. She is board certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and the American Board of Wound Management. She has been a dedicated wound care advocate for two decades with interests focused on medical education, diabetic foot care, wound care, limb salvage, & clinical research. Her passion to help others has led her participate in humanitarian efforts including a medical mission to Jordan in 2018 to aid the large Syrian refugee population seeking asylum from civil war. Dr. Cole has published numerous peer-reviewed and industry articles on these topics and is a sought-after speaker both nationally and internationally. She is a feature writer for Podiatry Management and Today’s Wound Clinic as well as a contributing writer for Podiatry Today. She is an Editorial Board member of Wound Management and Prevention, Podiatry Today, The Foot Journal, Wound Masterclass, Podiatry Management and Lower Extremity Review. She is also the Podiatry Section Editor for the ePlasty Journal and a Guest Editor for Foot and Ankle Quarterly. She is a wound care advocate on the forefront of wound research and was the 2020 World Union of Wound Healing Silver Medal Award recipient for her work in Technology-driven Research and the 2022 recipient of the Kaplan-Kanat Memorial Lecture Award. Dr. Cole is a member of the ACCWS BOD. Additionally, she sits on the advisory board of multiple emerging biotech companies and has been integral in collaborating on innovative research protocols in the space.
Kara Couch, MS, CRNP, CWCN-AP, CHWSGeorge Washington University Hospital
Universal Health Services
Wound Healing and Limb Preservation Center
Division of Vascular Surgery
Kara S. Couch, MS, CRNP, CWCN-AP, CHWS, 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.
Donald Curtis, DPM, FACFASAssistant Professor
Arizona College of Poditric Medicine
Donald Curtis, DPM , FACFAS is a native of Salt Lake City, Utah and received his undergraduate degree in Behavioral Science & Health at the University of Utah. He went on to complete his medical training at the William M Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. Dr Curtis then continued his training at the Carl T Hayden VA Medical Center, in Phoenix, Arizona, completing a three-year surgical residency program. Dr Curtis joined Midwestern University in March of 2012, after eight years of private practice. He is course director for Advanced Pathomechanics, Podiatric Medicine II and Podiatric Emergency Medicine and Trauma. Dr Curtis is board certified in Foot Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. He also remains an attending at the Carl T Hayden VA Medical Center, working with and helping train the podiatric surgical residents. Dr Curtis is involved with a variety of research activities here on campus ranging from tendon function, wound care and diabetic peripheral neuropathy. In the past, he has been involved with research in infectious disease and inter-professional education as well as being a contributing author to a textbook on Diagnostic Ultrasound of the Foot and Ankle.
David Davidson, DPMStaff Physician
Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine
Kaleida Health System
David Davidson, DPM is Chief of the Podiatry Section of the Department of Orthopedics of the Kaleida Health System. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Orthopedics, SUNY@Buffalo School of Medicine. Dr Davidson is a founding partner of a group podiatry practice in Buffalo, New York which is now a Department in a multidisciplinary medical group, Buffalo Medical Group. He was Past President of the Western Division of the New York State Podiatric Medical Society, Western Division of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, National American College of Foot Orthopedics and American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine. Dr Davidson is Board Certified in American Board of Podiatric Surgery Board Certified, American Board of Podiatric Orthopedists and Primary Podiatric Medicine
Amr El-Sergany, MD, RPVIMedical Director
Pacific Vascular Institute
Amr El Sergany MD, RPVI is the Medical Director of the Pacific Vascular Institute in Aiea, HI. Certified by the American Board of Surgery in General Surgery and Vascular Surgery, he maintains a special interest in advanced minimally invasive techniques for limb salvage. He graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine and completed his General Surgery Residency at SJGH in Northern California. He went on to specialize in Vascular Surgery at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Southern California, working alongside some of the pioneers of endovascular surgery. Dr El Sergany and his family have spent the last several years serving our community in Oahu and the neighboring islands. His practice focuses on the management of vascular pathologies to include carotid arterial disease, peripheral arterial disease, dialysis access, complex aortic aneurysm and critical limb ischemia. He also maintains a special interest in the treatment of venous disorders including varicose veins and emerging techniques for treatment of venous stasis ulcers and deep venous thrombosis.
Michael Friedman, MS, C PedOwner and President
Michael Friedman, MS, C Ped, is the owner of Redi-Thotics since 2008. Prior to owning Redi-Thotics, Michael was the owner of Just Sneakers from 1998-2008. Michael received his MS from the University of Miami in 1992, and his C Ped certification in 2002.
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.
Fran Game, MDConsultant Diabetologist and Director of R&D, Royal Derby Hospital, University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS FT
Co-Director Derby Clinical Trials Support Unit
Hon Professor, University of Nottingham
Clinical Director for East Midlands Diabetes with Vascular Diseases NHS Clinical Network
Professor Fran Game is a Consultant Diabetologist and Director of R&D , Royal Derby Hospital, University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS-FT. She graduated from the University of Wales and then trained first in Diabetes and then Chemical Pathology in Newcastle and the Midlands. She moved back into Diabetes in 1996 and in 2000 took up a Consultant post at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. In 2002 she set up the Foot Ulcer Trials Unit with Prof William Jeffcoate. Current research includes multi centre trials of the management of diabetic foot ulcers, the effect of renal replacement therapy on the diabetic foot, and the management and outcome of Charcot Foot in Diabetes. She was secretary of the Wound Healing Group of the International Working Group of the Diabetic Foot which produced systematic reviews and guidelines in 2007 and 2011, and chaired this group in 2014. She is an Associate Editor of Diabetic Medicine.
Cynthia Gilliam, BSN, RNDirector Clinical Affairs
San Antonio, TX
Cyndi Gilliam, BSN, RN, FACCWS 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.
Maria Goddard, MD, CWS, FAPWCACEO, Burn & Wound Specialist
Goddard Medical, LLC
Overland Park, KS
Maria Goddard, MD, CWS, FAPWCA is a board-certified wound care specialist in the Midwest. She received training in general surgery at Wake Forest School of Medicine and completed fellowship training in burn surgery at both the University of Tennessee-Memphis and the University of Kansas Medical Center. She is board certified in wound care by both the American Board of Wound Management and the American Board of Wound Healing. She is an instructor for Advanced Burn Life Support and a member of the Global Health Committee of the American Burn Association. Dr Goddard also currently serves on both the Communications and Education Steering Committees of the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care. She has practiced in multiple settings, including long-term care, and her wide training, research, and clinical experiences provide a unique perspective of wound management. Her mission is to bridge the gaps that exist among care settings as a result of differences in regulations and resource availability. Her interests include burn care, geriatrics, global health, telemedicine, and education.
Jonathan Golledge, MA, MB BChir, MChir, FRACS, FAHMSDistinguished Professor and Pre-Eminent Staff Specialist Vascular Surgery
James Cook University and Townsville University Hospital
Jonathan Golledge, MA MB BChir MChir FRACS (Vascular Surgery) FAHMS, is Distinguished Professor of Vascular Surgery at James Cook University and pre-eminent Staff Specialist in Vascular Surgery at The Townsville University Hospital in Queensland Australia. He is an NHMRC Practitioner Fellow. He trained in medicine at Cambridge University in the UK and then in vascular surgery at multiple hospitals in the UK and Australia and is a fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Vascular Surgery. He completed a Cambridge MChir at Imperial College. In 2002 he established and has since directed the Queensland Research Centre for Peripheral Vascular Disease which aims to improve understanding and treatment of vascular diseases. He is the current Queensland representative for the Australian Atherosclerosis Society’s Clinical Council and a member of the steering committee for Diabetes Foot Australia and Queensland Cardiovascular Network and has also represented the Asian-Pacific Society of Atherosclerosis and Vascular Disease in guidelines for peripheral artery disease.
Emily Greenstein, APRN, CNP, CWON-AP, 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.
Ron 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.
Suhad A Hadi, DPM, FACFASLouis Stokes Veterans Administration
Akron Community Based Outpatient Clinic
Suhad A Hadi, DPM, FACFAS graduated from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, now Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine in 1997. She completed a 3-year surgical residency at the University of Texas at San Antonio from 1997-2000. Upon completion of her training, she continued as faculty at UTHSC-SA where she served as Director of Resident Education for 3 years. She then went on to private practice with Mercy Medical Group, now Dignity Health, in Sacramento, California. While there she served as Chief of Podiatry within the group and served as Medical Director of their Timberlake satellite clinic. Dr Hadi was also Section Chief at Mercy San Juan and Mercy General Hospitals and held various leadership roles within the multispecialty group. She has been with the Veterans Administration since 2009 and was Director of the PAVE (Prevention of Amputations in Veterans Everywhere) program in Seattle, Washington. She is now full-time faculty at Louis Stokes Veterans Administration in Cleveland at the Akron CBOC facility. Her training and work have given her a strong background in diabetic foot and limb salvage as well as resident education/training. She founded and developed the Residency Educator’s Course in her work with PRESENT e-Learning Systems and has certifications in clinical education at both the University of Texas Health Science Center, and recently achieved certification and is an Associate Graduate of Harvard Medical School’s Train to Teach in Medicine program. She has been appointed as a Board Member of the Kent State University’s Foot and Ankle Clinic.
Paul B Haser, MD, FACS, FRCSC, RPVI, RVTDirector, Non-Invasive Vascular Lab OBHS
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.
Jonathan Johnson, MD, MBA, CWSP, FAPWCAFounder/Surgeon-Comprehensive Wound Care Services
Medical Director- Pinnacle Wound Management
Jonathan Johnson, MD, MBA, CWSP, FAPWCA is the founder and surgical director of Comprehensive Wound Care Services based in Washington, DC. Also known as “Dr. Wounds” he is board certified by the American Board of Wound Management and a fellow of the American Professional Wound Care Association. Dr Johnson trained in general surgery with a fellowship as the Sylvester J. Carter Hand and Plastic surgery fellow at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Hospital Center of Cornell University. He holds a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Healthcare Finance from The Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a physician board member of The Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC). In his free time Dr Johnson is board member at Capital Youth Empowerment Program (CYEP) a non-profit focused on fatherhood development and education and a founding member of the Johnson-Jones Family Foundation.
Marc Jones, DPM, FASPSPodiatric Surgeon
Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center
Marc Jones, DPM, FASPS received his DPM degree from Des Moines University, in Des Moines, Iowa. He then completed a Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, WA. He currently works at Mann-Grandstaff VAMC in Spokane WA where he serves on multiple hospital committees. Nationally he is a board member of the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons (ASPS), a committee member with the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC) and the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA).
Prof Venu Kavarthapu, FRCSConsultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
King's College Hospital
University of Southern Denmark
President, International Association of Diabetic Foot Surgeons
Venu Kavarthapu was appointed as an orthopaedic consultant at King’s College Hospital NHS Trust in London, UK, in 2006. He is the orthopaedic lead of the King’s Multi-disciplinary Diabetic Foot Unit and has set-up the functional limb salvage Charcot foot reconstruction service that has been recognised nationally. He also established the ‘Multidisciplinary and Surgical Reconstruction of Charcot Foot Symposium' and ‘King’s Charcot Foot Reconstruction Cadaver Workshop’ course in London. The Diabetic Foot Reconstruction Fellowship that is offered in his unit is popular among the foot and ankle trained surgeons. His clinical research interest is on Charcot foot and infection clearance surgery of the diabetic foot. He has published extensively on diabetic foot surgery and authored 6 book chapters on this subject. He is invited for most key diabetic foot meetings, and is a dynamic member of several specialist societies. His other responsibilities include honorary senior lecturer at King's College London, associate editor of Journal of Clinical Orthopaedics and Trauma, member of British Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society Education Committee, Associate Professor at the University of Southern Denmark, and President of International Association of Diabetic Foot Surgeons.
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.
Javier La Fontaine, DPM, MS, MEdDean and Professor
University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley School of Podiatic Medicine
Javier La Fontaine, DPM, MS, MEd is a Dean and Professor at the University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley School of Podiatric Medicine in Harlingen, Texas. He is also at Professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. Dr La Fontaine holds a Bachelor of Science in biology from Xavier University and a Master of Science in clinical investigation (biomedical sciences) from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 2006. He also has a Masters in Education with an emphasis in higher education from Liberty University in 2021. He earned his doctoral degree in podiatric medicine at the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine and completed residencies in both podiatric medicine and podiatric surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He is board certified by both the American Board of Podiatric Medicine and the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and has subspecialty certification in foot and rearfoot/ankle surgery. Born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Dr La Fontaine has taken part in the Texas Podiatric Medical Foundation's annual San Miguel mission trip every year since 2004.
Guido LaPorta, DPM, MS, FACFAS, FACFAOMDirector, Podiatric Medical Education
Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital
Guido A LaPorta, DPM, MS, FACFAS, FACFOAM is Director, Podiatric Medical Education Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital, Binghamton, NY. He is Director Emeritus, Podiatric Medical Education Geisinger-Community Medical Center in Scranton, PA and Professor of Surgery: Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. Dr LaPorta is also the President, Pennsylvania Foot and Ankle Society
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.
Brian Lepow, DPMAssistant Professor of Surgery
Baylor College of Medicine
Brian Lepow, DPM is a board-certified podiatric surgeon practicing in Houston, Texas specializing in Diabetic Foot Amputation Prevention and Limb Salvage. He maintains staff privileges at all major medical institutions in the Houston area. Dr Lepow holds dual academic appointments in the departments of Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Surgery at McGovern School of Medicine in Houston Texas as well as at the Baylor College of Medicine in the Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy. Dr Lepow is a native Houstonian. He graduated from Westbury High School and attended the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. He earned his medical degree from Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine in Miami, Florida. Dr Lepow completed his surgical residency training at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, where he served as chief resident in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery. Following completion of his residency program he served as Fellow in Diabetic Limb Salvage and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Arizona. In addition, Dr Lepow held an academic appointment in the department of surgery at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.
George Tye Liu, DPMAssociate Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
UT Southwestern Medical Center
George T Liu, DPM, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He is attending staff for the Orthopaedoc Foot and Ankle Service at Parkland Hospital and Health system Level 1 Trauma Center. He is also faculty for the Orthopaedic Residency Training Program. Dr Liu is the Medical Director of the Orthopaedic Surgery Clinic Main Campus. He specializes in the surgical treatment for foot and ankle trauma, foot and ankle reconstruction, and revisional reconstructive surgery. Dr Liu earned his doctoral degree in podiatric medicine at Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. He completed his podiatric medicine and surgery residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and received advanced training through orthopaedic trauma fellowships at University of Catania Emanuele Hospital (Italy) and Carl Gustav Carus University Hospital (Germany). Dr Liu joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2009. He is board-certified in foot surgery and reconstructive rearfoot/ankle surgery. His clinical and research interests include foot and ankle trauma, deformity correction, arthroscopic surgery, joint preservation and replacement surgery for foot and ankle arthritis, deformities from past injuries, and Charcot foot. Dr Liu has published over 35 scholarly peer-review articles; delivered over 250 invited lectures; and authored ten book chapters on the topics of foot and ankle trauma and reconstruction in McGlamry's Comprehensive Textbook of Foot and Ankle Surgery, Complications in Foot and Ankle Surgery, and International Advances in Foot and Ankle Surgery. Among his many awards and recognitions, he is a 2016 inductee of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons Leadership Hall of Fame. He was named one of America’s Most Influential Podiatrists in 2017 by Podiatry Management and a Best Doctor multiple times by D Magazine. In 2019, Dr Liu was the recipient of the Distinguished Former Odessan Award by the Heritage of Odessa Foundation from his hometown of Odessa, Texas. Dr Liu is a Fellow and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. He is also a member of several professional organizations including the AOTrauma, the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, the American Podiatric Medical Association, the Texas Podiatric Medical Association, and the AO North America.
Jaclyn Marino, DPM, DrPH, MPHChief of Podiatry
Lake Nonna, FL
Jaclyn Marino, DPM, DrPH, MPH, DABPM, FACFAOM, graduated from Texas A&M University and started her career as a Biomedical Engineer at NASA. She served as a Flight Controller in the Mission Control Center, at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, where she worked both Space Shuttle and Space Station missions. She then obtained a Master's Degree in Public Health at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, where she focused on Community Health, and finished the ABD portion of her Doctorate in Public Health at UNTHSC. After graduate school, Dr. Marino obtained her Podiatric Medicine degree from Barry University in Miami. She concurrently obtained her Doctorate in Social and Behavioral Sciences from the UNTHSC and submitted her dissertation on the Emotional Impact of Caregiving of the Diabetic Foot Ulcer Patient. She served as an Adjunct Professor at Barry University and taught in the Public Health program, while a podiatric medical student. Dr. Marino is the Chief of Podiatry at the Orlando VAHCS in Lake Nona, FL. Dr. Marino is happily married and considers her greatest achievement to be her son, Edward.
James McGuire, DPM, LPT, LPed, FAPWHcDirector
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
Jahna MeinerthSenior Field Reimbursement Manager at MiMedx
Jahna Meinerth is a Senior Field Reimbursement Manager at MIMEDX. She directly educates Private Offices and Hospital Outpatient Departments on skin substitute reinmbursement and coverage.
Catherine T Milne, MSN, APRN, CWOCNConneticut Clinical Nursing Associates Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine
Catherine T Milne, APRN, MSN, ANP/ACNS-BC, CWOCN-AP is an Adult Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist at Connecticut Clinical Nursing Associates, a practice focusing on direct patient care, consultation, education and research located in Bristol, CT. She is additionally affiliated with the Bristol Hospital Wound, Ostomy, Lymphedema Center. Ms. Milne has published several articles in professional journals and coauthored the text, Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nursing Secrets. She is an abstract reviewer for Symposium on Advanced Wound Care and on the editorial review boards for Ostomy/Wound Management, and Kestral Wound Product Sourcebook. For her contributions as Co-chair of the Association for Advancement in Wound Care (AAWC) Quality of Care Task Force, she was awarded Distinguished Member of the Year. She frequently speaks nationally and internationally on a variety of wound related topics. Additionally, she serves as an Associate Clinical Professor for the Yale School of Nursing.
Bijan Najafi, MS, PhDTenured Professor of Surgery, Director of NSF Center to Stream HealthCare in Place
Director of Clinical Research, Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy, Baylor College of Medicine
Prof. Bijan Najafi is currently serving with the Baylor College of Medicine (Houston, Texas), Department of Surgery as a tenured Professor of Surgery, Director of NSF Center to Stream HealthCare in Place (C2SHIP), Director of Clinical Research in the Division of Vascular Surgery, and Director of Interdisciplinary Consortium on Advanced Motion Performance (iCAMP). He is also serving as an Adjunct Professor in Rice University and University of Arizona. He completed his PhD in Bioengineering followed by a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biomechanics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Tech and in Neuroscience at Harvard University. He has over two decades of experience in designing bio-inspired sensors for objective evaluation of healthy state of patients with locomotor dysfunctions, over 200 scientific publications in peer reviewed journals or conference proceeding. He worked with a wide network of clinical and bioengineering collaborators across the globe primarily in the clinical areas of falls, frailty, gait, cognitive impairment, diabetes, remote patient monitoring, and digital health. He received multiple prestigious awards including “the most Influential Health and Medical Leaders” award by Tucson Local Media in 2014. He is also included in the Stanford List of Top 100,000 Scientists (top 2%) in the world in the year of 2019 (re. Loannidis et al, PLOS Biology, 2020).
Victoria (Vycki) Nalls, PhD, GNP-BC, ACHPN, CWSDirector of Education
Capital Caring Health
Falls Church, VA
University of Maryland School of Nursing
Vycki Nalls, PhD, GNP-BC, ACHPN, CWS is a geriatric nurse practitioner passionate about palliative wound care, the importance of serious illness conversations, and maximizing patients’ quality of life. She received her BSN from Johns Hopkins and her masters and PhD from the University of Maryland in Baltimore. Dr Nalls has been a certified wound specialist (CWS) since 2012 and actively participates on the Board of Directors for the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC). She has helped write wound care education for the Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care (AMDA) and the Hospice Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA). Dr Nalls currently services as the director of education and a wound resource for staff at Capital Caring Health.
Ralph J. Napolitano, DPM, CWSP, FACFASDirector, Wound Care and Healing
New Albany, OH
Ralph J Napolitano, Jr, DPM, CWSP, FACFAS is a double board-certified podiatrist and wound care specialist physician specializing in medicine, surgery and wound care of the foot, ankle, and lower leg. He is the Director of Wound Care and Healing with OrthoNeuro, a multispecialty medical practice based in central Ohio. He is also an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Specialty Medicine at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, Ohio. 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 the American Board of Wound Management. He was the first podiatrist in the state of Ohio to earn the board certification Certified Wound Specialist Physician (CWSP). He remains active publishing and lecturing locally and nationally on wound care and healing. In 2018, Dr Napolitano was the only podiatrist in the world to have an article accepted into the Cureus Journal of Medical Science’s publishing competition on negative pressure wound therapy with instillation and dwell utilizing novel dressings. In 2019, during a limited commercial release, he was the first clinician in North America to trial DERMATAC™, a new single-use, proprietary silicone acrylic hybrid drape that is used as an accessory to NPWT systems. When not practicing medicine, Dr Napolitano enjoys spending time with his wife and their two children. His broad interests include music, golf, fishing, and mountain biking. Of particular interest is jazz music. His main instrument is the trumpet. Over the years he has studied, performed, and recorded with members of The Columbus Symphony Orchestra, The Columbus Jazz Orchestra, and the Saturday Night Live Band.
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.
Matthew John Regulski, DPM, FFPM, RCPS Glasg, ABMSPMedical Director
The Wound Care Institute of Ocean County, NJ
Ocean County Foot and Ankle Surgical Associates
Toms River, NJ
Matthew Regulski, DPM, FFPM RCPS (Glasg), ABMSP is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. He performed his residency at the Main Line Health System in Philadelphia, PA, and is currently the Medical Director of the Wound Care Institute of Ocean County, LLC. Dr Regulski is also Co-Director of The Center for Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Medicine at Community Medical Center and is involved at the Wound Care Center at the Kimball Institute. He has been the principal investigator for multiple clinical trials for wound healing, diabetic foot, and venous leg ulcers, and has authored several peer-reviewed articles for the treatment of chronic wound healing and limb-salvage surgery. Dr Regulski is currently on the Board of Directors of the Federation of International Podiatry and is the Scientific Chairman for the Federation of International Podiatry. He is also the Communications Director for the Foot Working Group of the American Diabetes Association. Dr Regulski is a wound care certified physician and fellow of both the Academy of Physicians in Wound Healing and the American Professional Wound Care Association. He is also a National Delegate for the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care and is a member of the Wound Healing Society. An International and National lecturer of wound healing and limb-salvage surgery, Dr Regulski has multiple certifications in wound healing, diabetic wounds, and limb-salvage surgery. Dr Matthew Regulski is a fellow faculty member at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, Scotland.
Pamela Scarborough, PT, DPT, CWS, FAAWCDirector of Public Policy and Education
American Medical Technologies
Pamela Scarborough, PT, DPT, CWS, FAAWC 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.
Jodi Schoenhaus Gold, DPM, RPhs, FACFASFounder
Foot, Ankle, Leg & Vein Center
Boca Raton and Boynton Beach
Jodi Schoenhaus Gold, DPM is the founder of Foot, Ankle & Leg Vein Center, which has state-of-the-art locations in Boca Raton and Boynton, Florida. After completing her undergraduate degree in kinesiology from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Dr Schoenhaus Gold attended medical school. She earned her Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia. Dr Schoenhaus Gold spent three years of her residency training in lower extremity surgery at the former Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia. She regularly participates in continuing education to learn about the most cutting-edge advances in medicine and surgery. Currently, Dr Schoenhaus Gold is board certified through the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery in reconstructive rearfoot and ankle surgery with a subspecialty in phlebology. Dr Schoenhaus Gold is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. She also maintains professional memberships with the American College of Phlebology and the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. In 2005, Dr Schoenhaus Gold opened Foot, Ankle & Leg Vein Center as a unique boutique medical practice and has since established herself as a leading specialist in Palm Beach County. Her philosophy is simple: Walk with comfort and look great doing it! She has also gained a reputation internationally for her skills, and patients travel far and wide for her fat cushion restoration, which restores lost padding in the feet. In addition to running a full-time podiatric practice, Dr Schoenhaus Gold is the medical director of Shuzz. This non-profit foundation provides foot and ankle medical care, as well as new shoes, to underserved patients domestically and internationally. She is a national lecturer and published author. In addition, Dr Schoenhaus Gold was recently awarded “Best of Boca” two years in a row in 2017 and 2018 for her outstanding achievements as a Boca Raton local provider. Dr Schoenhaus Gold is committed to caring for patients worldwide and has participated in mission trips abroad. She’s a Masonic Angel Fund Founder, which provides services to underprivileged children in Boca Raton and Delray Beach, Florida. Dr Schoenhaus Gold enjoys educating children in her community about medicine and their bodies.
Tracy R Smith, PhD, RD, LDCorporate Clinical Executive, Enterprise Accounts
Tracy R Smith, PhD, RD, LD, is National Clinical Liaison at Abbott Nutrition. In her position, Dr Smith is responsible for developing and executing programs to educate health care professionals and researchers about the science behind Abbott’s nutrition products and the health economic impact of nutrition intervention. She has presented numerous domestic and international continuing education programs and educational lectures related to the role of nutrition in the changing healthcare environment, and clinical topics related to muscle health, malnutrition, and health outcomes. She started her career as a scientist at Abbott Nutrition in 2002 and has worked in Research and Development, Abbott Nutrition Health Institute, Therapeutic Nutrition Marketing and Strategic Sales. Dr Smith earned a PhD in human nutrition from The Ohio State University, as well as a Master of Science in nutrition and a Bachelor of Science in dietetics from Ohio University. She has been a member of the American Dietetic Association and Ohio Dietetic Association since 1987. Prior to joining Abbott Nutrition, Dr Smith was director and assistant professor of dietetics at Zane State College, a lecturer in the nutrition department at The Ohio State University and adjunct faculty in the school of nursing at Capital University. Her clinical background includes work in intensive and cardiac care, diabetes and oncology. She also developed and conducted community wellness and nutrition programs, including adult and child weight management and hospital-based fitness programs. Dr Smith is a frequent speaker and lecturer for Abbott Nutrition.
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, School 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.
Matthew Sorenson, DPMWeil Foot and Ankle Institute
Des Plaines, IL
Matthew Sorensen, DPM is a fellowship-trained, board-certified foot & ankle surgeon. He is accomplished in foot and ankle reconstructive surgery and specializes in complex deformity, sports injury, arthroscopy and trauma of the lower extremities. In his foot & ankle fellowship at the Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Center in Columbus, OH, Dr. Sorensen had the unique opportunity to engage the athletic teams of The Ohio State University, Columbus Blue Jackets, and Columbus Crew, participating in the surgical management and rehabilitation of these high-level athletes. Additionally, has treated, both surgically and non-surgically, athletes from the University of Illinois, University of Minnesota, Chicago Bears, Chicago Bulls, Libertyville High School, Lake Forest High School as well as the Joffrey Ballet. He also is one of few foot & ankle specialists in the Midwest to have intensive training and experience in total ankle replacement and complex limb deformity correction. Additionally, Dr. Sorensen acts as the Director of the world-renowned WFAI Advanced Foot & Ankle Reconstruction Fellowship, and he serves on the Scientific Committee for the American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed scientific papers and regularly speaks as invited faculty at national and international scientific meetings. As a consultant and design surgeon for major orthopedic implant companies, he has enjoyed involvement in product innovation and surgeon education throughout his career. As a former collegiate athlete, he has additional special interest in advanced “Return to Sport” after injury/surgery and early weight-bearing protocols, and he is engaged in a current clinical study examining this role in the foot & ankle.
James Stiehl, MD, MBAFounder
Stiehl Tech LLC
After 36 years, Jim retired from an active orthopaedic surgery practice to focus on building a medical device company. While in practice, Jim specialized in total joint replacement and traumatology. He was an academic orthopedist for several years, publishing 100 peer reviewed manuscripts, 4 textbooks and 35 textbook chapters. For the past 10 years, Jim participated in several medical startups, including Traumis, LLC, Blue Ortho SAS, Surgivisio SAS, and Explorer Surgical, Inc, as an early investor and consultant. Jim's most recent efforts have exploited work regarding surgical suction/irrigation systems, of which several concepts have been patented. Jim holds an MD with Honors from the University of Illinois College of Medicine and received the Gold Cord with his MBA from the University of Illinois College of Business.
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.
Terry Treadwell, MD, FACSMedical Director
Institute for Advanced Wound Care
Terry Treadwell, MD, FACS received his medical education at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas. He continued his training doing his general and vascular surgical residencies at Scott and White Medical Center in Temple, Texas. He practiced vascular and general surgery in Montgomery, Alabama. In October, 1998, Dr Treadwell founded The Institute for Advanced Wound Care at Jackson Hospital in Montgomery. He served as Medical Director of the center and treated wound patients on a full-time basis providing the best possible care to this seemingly forgotten group of patients. In February, 2006, the Institute for Advanced Wound Care moved to Baptist Medical Center in Montgomery. Dr Treadwell serves as the Medical Director of the Institute. He has been involved with numerous educational and research initiatives and directs wound care educational programs at his wound center to help educate physicians and other medical personnel in the current therapy of acute and chronic wounds. Dr Treadwell has shared his experience in the treatment of chronic wounds through lectures and presentations and publications. Wound care practitioners from around the world have attended preceptorships at the Institute for Advanced Wound Care. He has assisted in the establishment of wound treatment centers in Ghana, Africa, and Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Dr Treadwell is the Clinical Editor of Wounds magazine and is a member of the World Association of Medical Editors. He is a member of the Wound Healing Society and the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care. He has served two terms as the Physician Member of the AAWC Board of Directors. He has served as the President of the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care and is currently the Past-President of the organization. He is also serving on the World Health Organization Committee and the World Alliance for Wound and Lymphedema Care to develop wound education and treatment guidelines for treatment of acute and chronic wounds in underdeveloped countries of the world. He is the current Vice-President of the World Alliance for Wound and Lymphedema Care Board of Directors and the President-Elect.
Michael Troiano, DPM, FACFASCenter for Foot and Ankle Disorders
University of Pennsylvania - Penn Wound Care
Adjunct Clinical Professor, TUSPM
Michael Troiano, DPM, FACFAS is a 2004 graduate Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. He completed residency at the Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is in private practice at the Center for Foot and Ankle Disorders in Philadelphia. He is Adjunct Clinical Professor at Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in the Department of Surgery, he teaches Biomechanics, and MRI reading. Dr Troiano is a board certified in foot, rear foot, and reconstructive ankle surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. He is a fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. He holds staff and teaching appointments at the University of Pennsylvania Presbyterian Hospital, Temple University Hospital, Penn Wound Care Center, Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine, Abington Memorial Hospital and the Foot and Ankle Specialty Center. He takes foot and ankle trauma call at Temple University Hospital and Penn- Presbyterian Medical Center, is a director of the Penn Wound Care Center and is a nationally and internationally recognized lecturer. He has authored and co-authored several journals, articles, and chapters published in various peer reviewed journals and books.
Lucian G Vlad, MDClinical Assistant Professor, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Physician at Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medical Center at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
Lucian G Vlad, MD was born and raised in Romaniea and came to the United States in 2005. He received his medical degree at the University “Lucian Blaga” in Sibiu, Romania. and did his residency at Grand Rapids Medical Education & Research Center. Dr Vlad is board certified in family medicine. Dr Vlad is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC. He s also a full time physician at the Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medical Center at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
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.
Randall Wolcott, MD, CWSSouthwest Regional Wound Care Center
Adjunct Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Texas Tech University Heralth Sciences Center, School of Medicine
Randall Wolcott, MD, CWS received his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma. He is currently an Adjunct Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, School of Medicine in Lubbock, Texas. Dr Wolcott is the President, Randall D Wolcott, MD Professional Association.
Justin Zhou, MSCo-Founder and President
New York, NY
Justin Zhou, MS is Co-Founder and President of BLUEWAVE Technologies, the creator of the BLUEWAVE Disinfection System - which disinfects items with both hard and soft surfaces - without any water or detergents. Justin has more than 10 years’ experience in the technology industry and author of 17 patents. He earned his BS and MS in Materials Science & Engineering from the University of Florida.