2022 Faculty

2022 Faculty

Sarah Ahn, DPM

Paradise Valley Foot & Ankle
Phoenix, AZ

Sarah Ahn, DPM is a podiatrist at Paradise Valley Foot and Ankle and serves as one of the lead podiatric wound care specialists at HonorHealth John C. Lincoln Wound Care Center. She manages complex wound care cases across the Honor Health Care System, which is one of the largest medical care systems in the Phoenix metropolitan area. She completed her podiatric medicine and surgery residency at Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago with accreditation in reconstructive rearfoot and ankle surgery. She completed her doctorate in podiatric medicine from Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago. Throughout her education and career, Dr Ahn has been a leader in the profession, serving on various national organizations. During her involvement with the American Podiatric Medical Students’ Association House of Delegates, she was honored with the APMSA Leadership Award for her service to the organization. Dr Ahn also has a breadth of research interests, which she has presented at numerous conferences. She was awarded the Wound Care Podiatrist Scholarship by the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care for her contributions and research in wound care. In her free time, Dr Ahn enjoys spending time with her husband and toddler. She loves volunteering and engaging in her community.

Charles 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
Tacoma, WA

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.

Jaminelli Banks, DPM

Faculty, 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.


Prestige Medical Care
Phoenix, AZ

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.

Scott Brannan, MD

First Nations Limb Preservation Foundation & Modern Vascular
Residency: Yale University
Fellowship: Harvard Medical School, Vascular and Interventional Radiology
Phoenix, AZ

Scott Brannan, MD, nationally-recognized clinician, author and speaker, has performed close to 3,000 Lower Extremity Arterial Reconstructions for Limb Salvage. After his residency at Yale and his fellowship at Harvard (Vascular & Interventional Radiology), Dr Brannan dedicated his professional career to the treatment of PAD, specializing in CLI. He is one of few U.S. physicians who routinely perform infrapopliteal, inframalleolar, and digital arterial reconstruction procedures to eliminate patient amputations. Dr Brannan's mission is to reduce the rate of major amputation amongst frail and at-risk population, specifically within Native American Communities of the American Southwest, but he also has a large commercial population of patients that he serves in Maricopa County. Scott is an invited speaker and faculty member at numerous international, national and local vascular conferences educating colleagues about the latest advancements in PAD treatment and prevention. Dr Brannan's dedication to expanding the concept of multidisciplinary limb preservation teams informs his entire practice. Limb Preservation Teams are "Establishing a New Standard of Diabetic Vascular and Limb Preservation Care through Early Detection, Risk Factor Reduction and Aggressive Treatment. He is a faculty member of the CLI Global Society and Co-Founder of First Nations Limb Preservation Foundation. Dr Brannan is widely published in peer-reviewed journals. Boston Scientific chose Dr Brannan's practice as the only non-hospital site, in the U.S., to introduce the Eluvia Drug-Eluting Vascular Stent System. Dr Brannan practices at Modern Vascular in Mesa , Glendale and the Navajo Nation.

Christopher K Bromley, DPM, FACFAS

Delray 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.

Brandon M Brooks, DPM, MPH

Acting-Chief of Podiatry at the Columbia VA Health System in Columbia, SC

Brandon M Brooks, DPM, MPH, FACPM, FASPS, is a practicing podiatrist and podiatric surgeon-scientist at the Wm Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia, SC. Following the death of his sister from an opioid overdose, Dr. Brooks became increasingly interested in understanding opioid prescribing practice. Of note, he was the first clinician to demonstrate that clinically meaningful variation in postoperative opioid prescribing exists on a national scale among podiatric physicians and surgeons. He and his brother, Bradley M Brooks, DO, DABPN, were also the first to demonstrate that cognitive bias can impact opioid prescribing practice. Dr. Brooks is a graduate of Saint Leo University, the Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine, and the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.

Michelle Butterworth, DPM, FACFAS

Chief of the Medical Staff
Williamsburg Regional Hospital
Kingstree, SC

Michelle Butterworth, DPM, FACFAS received her BS in chemistry from St. Joseph’s University and her DPM from the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. She then completed a four-year surgical residency at the University of Pennsylvania Health Systems/Presbyterian Medical Center, in Philadelphia. She is currently employed by Williamsburg Regional Hospital, in Kingstree, South Carolina, where she is also Chief of the Medical Staff. She is a Past President of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and remains active in the College lecturing, reviewing Journal articles, and is currently a member of the Professional Relations Committee. She is involved with the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and has served on the Communications Committee, Online Study Guide Committee, Credential Committee, Cognitive Exam Committee, and Bylaws task force. She is currently a member of the Exam Blueprint Task Force. She is a Past President of the South Carolina Podiatric Medical Association and is the Chairman of the SC annual conference. She was active on the Legislative Committee where SC just gained ankle privileges. Dr Butterworth lectures nationally and has authored and edited manuscripts and textbooks. She is a member of the Podiatry Institute, currently residing as Treasurer, a member of the PICA Claims Committee, and serves on the Board of Directors for the American Academy of Foot and Ankle Osteosynthesis.

Giacomo Clerici, MD

Diabetic Foot Surgeon
Member of the Board of the International Diabetic Foot Surgeon Association - ADFS
Amputation Prevention Centre
San Carlo Hospital
Paderno Dugnano
Milan, Italy

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, CWSP

Director of Wound Care Research
Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine
Kent, OH

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.

Don Curtis, DPM, FACFAS

Assistant Professor
Midwestern University
Glendale, AZ
Associate Professor
Arizona College of Podiatric Medicine
Glendale, AZ

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.

Lewis Freed, DPM

Phoenix, AZ

Lewis Freed, DPM specializes in ankle arthroscopy and minimal invasive tendon repair and practices in Mesa, Arizona. He received his doctorate in podiatric medicine from Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine. Dr Freed did his residency in Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Surgery, Foot & Ankle Trauma, Diabetic and Insensitive Limbs and Pediatric Foot Disorders. Dr Freed is a board-certified Foot and Ankle Surgery Diplomate by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery.

Kayla Frost, PhD

Medical Science Liaison
Jacksonville, Florida

Kayla Frost, PhD graduated from Texas Tech University with a doctorate in Medical Microbiology and Immunology. Her research focused on wound healing and how topical antimicrobials impacted wound healing. In addition, she examined how bacterial infection interacts with the host immune response within a wound. Dr Frost is currently a medical science liaison wityh NEXT SCIENCE.

Robert G Frykberg, DPM, MPH, MAPWCA, FRSM, FFPM(Glasg)

Honorary Professor of Podiatric Medicine
University of Galway
Adjunct Professor
Midwestern University
Phoenix, AZ

Robert G Frykberg, DPM, MPH, MAPWCA, FRSM, FFPM(Glasg), 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 Glasg, FRSM

Professional Foot Care Specialists, PC
Chicago, IL

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.

Ron Guberman, DPM

Director of Podiatric Medical Education
Co-Chief, Podiatry Division, Dept of Surgery
Wyckoff Heights Medical Center
Brooklyn, NY

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.

Cathy Harmon, DNP, MSN Nrg Ed, FNP-BC, CWOCN

Wound and Ostomy Outpatient Clinic Provider
Lake City VA Medical Center
Lake City, FL

Cathy Harmon, DNP, MSN, FNP Nrg Ed, FNP-BC, CWOCN 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. She serves the Veteran population as a memorial to her dad, a combat wounded WWII Veteran. Dr Harmon 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 Harmon 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. Harmon 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 and has published articles in the peer-reviewed journals Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing (JWOCN) and Ostomy Wound Management as well as several WoundSource blogs. Prior to coming to the VA, Dr Harmon’s nursing career included Acute Care, Pediatrics, Long-Term Care, Home Health Care and as Associate Professor in Nursing. Dr Harmon resides in North Florida with her husband, John, and dog, Vader. She enjoys running, martial arts, gardening, going to the beach and Tampa Bay Lightning hockey.

Evelyn Heigh-Rosen, DPM

Clinical Faculty & Assistant Professor
Arizona College of Podiatric Medicine, Midwestern University
Phoenix, AZ
Associate, American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
Diplomate, American Board of Podiatric Medicine Diplomate, American Board of Wound Management

Evelyn Heigh-Rosen, DPM is an Arizona native and received her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology at Arizona State University. She received her Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from the Arizona College of Podiatric Medicine at Midwestern University. Dr Heigh-Rosen completed a comprehensive foot/ankle medical and surgical residency at the Northwell Health Hospital System in Long Island, NY, and went on to continue her training with a fellowship at the UCLA-affiliated podiatry program in Los Angeles. Dr Heigh-Rosen is board-certified by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine as well as the American Board of Wound Management. She is board-qualified by the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Dr Heigh-Rosen joined the Midwestern University faculty in March of 2022, after 3.5 years of practicing with a large multispecialty group in Phoenix, AZ. Dr Heigh-Rosen has a special interest in both treating and researching dermatologic conditions of the lower extremity. Dr Heigh-Rosen has contributed to the medical literature to improve the care of patients with lower extremity disorders and has presented at national podiatric medical meetings in the wound care arena.

Warren S Joseph, DPM, FIDSA

Adjunct Clinical Professor
Arizona College of Podiatric Medicine at Midwestern University
Glendale, AZ Editor - Journal of the APMA

Warren S Joseph, DPM, FIDSA is a specialist in the treatment of lower extremity infectious diseases. He received his podiatric degree, magna cum laude, from W.M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago. Dr Joseph completed his postgraduate training in podiatric medicine/surgery at St. Joseph’s Hospital, and a fellowship in infectious diseases at Hahnemann University School of Medicine, both in Philadelphia. He is currently an Adjunct Clinical Professor at the Arizona College of Podiatric Medicine at Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ. Dr Joseph is a fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and sits on the IDSA Diabetic Foot Infection Guidelines Committee. He is also certified by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine, and currently serves as Editor of the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association. Dr Joseph lectures extensively and his presentations have focused on the treatment of bacterial and fungal infections of the lower extremity. He has authored close to 100 publications in the field of lower extremity infections and is the author of the Handbook of Lower Extremity Infections, now in its third edition.

Robert J Klein, DPM, FACFAS, CWS

Chair, Division of Wound Care
Prisma Health Systems - Upstate
Greenville, SC

Originally from Caldwell, New Jersey, Dr Robert Klein, completed podiatric and surgical training in Chicago at Dr William Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. He holds an undergraduate degree from Florida Atlantic University in Chemistry. Dr Klein continued his education as the Chief Resident at Michigan Health Center in Detroit. He sustained lifelong learning taking post graduate courses at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio and is currently completing a Strategic Healthcare Leadership program at Cornell. Dr Klein is a Diplomate of both the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and American Board of Wound Management. Dr Klein practices wound care and limb preservation full time. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine (USCSOM) – Greenville, and serves as the Chair, Division of Wound Care for Prisma Health Systems - Upstate. He has over 27 years of experience treating difficult to heal wounds. Dr Klein demonstrates a strong passion and commitment to wound care, hard to heal wounds of the foot and ankle, and reconstructive surgery of the foot and ankle. Dr. Klein has presented multiple scientific abstracts and posters and serves as a peer Reviewer on the Editorial Staff of Wounds: A Compendium of Clinical Research and Practice, as well as appearing on national television more than once. In his spare time, he volunteers for the United State Naval Academy counseling and mentoring USNA Candidates while educating academic advisors in USNA career opportunities.

Jonathan Labovitz, DPM, FACFAS, CHCQM

Dean and Professor
Western University of Health Sciences
College of Podiatric Medicine
Pomona, CA

Jonathan Labovitz, DPM, FACFAS, CHCQM, is the Dean and Professor, College of Podiatric Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences College of Podiatric Medicine. He Is board certified in Foot and Reconstructive Rearfoot and Ankle Surgery by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. He is also board certified in Healthcare Quality and Management by the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians. Dr Labovitz graduated from Cornell University majoring in nutritional biochemistry. He earned a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine followed by a three-year residency in foot and ankle surgery at Botsford General Hospital in Michigan. Dr Labovitz then completed an AO fellowship in orthopedic trauma surgery in Graz, Austria and advanced Ilizarov training in Russia. In addition, Dr Labovitz was a visiting scholar in health policy and management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health under the mentorship of Gerald Kominski, PhD. Dr Labovitz is the Chair of the Western Foot & Ankle Conference and he serves on several committees for professional organizations, including the Council on Podiatric Medical Education accreditation committee. He also serves as a consultant to several public and privately-held medical device and pharmaceutical companies. Dr Labovitz is a past president of the Los Angeles County Podiatric Medical Society and past chair of the Treasure Hunt Seminar. He has also been a consultant for the California Board of Podiatric Medicine from 2000-2011 and served on the American Diabetes Association, Los Angeles Chapter Community Leadership Board from 2010-2018 and served as President from 2013-2014.

Daniel A Ladizinsky, MD

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Office
Corvallis, Oregon

Daniel Ladizinsky MD has 30+ years surgical experience, boarded in General Surgery, Plastic Surgery and Surgery of the Hand. Serial Entrepreneur, researcher and inventor. Current CEO of SUTUREGARD Medical. His mission is to improve outcomes on surgical patients.

Lawrence A Lavery, DPM, MPH

Professor 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.

Neal M Lonky, MD, MPH

Founder and CEO
Anaheim, CA

Neal Lonky MD, MPH is the founder and CEO of Histologics LLC, a medical device company that is dedicated to the diagnosis and effective treatment of tissue-based disease with a “compassionate” approach. He is Clinical Professor of Ob/Gyn at University of California, Irvine and still practices Gynecology part-time. Dr. Lonky received his BA from SUNY Buffalo, MD from SUNY Stony Brook, Internship and Residency from Harbor UCLA in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Public Health degree in Health Policy and Management from UCLA. He is a former elected Director of the Southern California (Kaiser) Permanente Medical Group, multi-awarded Researcher, and recipient of Exceptional Contribution Alumni awards from both SUNY Stony Brook and the UCLA School of Public Health. As the multi-patented inventor of Histologics’ core platform technology, the Kylon® medical fabric, Dr. Lonky has envisioned and Histologics accomplished the transformation of cervical/vaginal biopsy becoming a 21st century minimally invasive brush biopsy/tissue trap gentle experience vs the feared metal cutting tool biopsy of the early 20th century.; known as high quality “Compassionate Colposcopy®” (histologics.com). The award-winning Kylon® device technology has moved into the wound care field not only evidence-based for wound biopsy (histology and biofilm diagnosis), but also as a compassionate versatile wound debridement practice technology that wound care providers across the spectrum of expertise, from non-debridement trained caregivers providing “wound hygiene” to advanced wound care “surgical” providers in podiatry, nursing, and medicine will find of value. This is “Compassionate Debridement at your Fingertips®” (histologicswc.com).

Ran Ma

Co-founder, CEO
Siren Care
San Francisco, California

Ran Ma is a biomedical engineer from Johns Hopkins. At the department of Plastic Surgery at Northwestern University she worked on a biomask to regenerate the human face for war veterans and burn victims. There she learned about diabetic foot ulcers and the devastating impact they have on people’s lives. Ran is CEO and Co-Founder of Siren.

Lars Oddsson

CTO and Director (Co-Inventor and Co-Founder)
Eden Prairie, MN

Lars Oddsson, PhD has over 30 years of medical research and technology development experience. Adjunct Professor, U of MN Medical School’s Division of Rehabilitation Science, on faculty at the Technological Leadership Institute, College of Science and Engineering, U of MN, and Visiting Professor at the Recanati School for Community Health Professions, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. Co-investigator at NASA’s Johnson Space Center on development of sensorimotor countermeasures to long-term space flight, and Senior Fellow of The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He held previous academic appointments at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, Boston University, MIT and Harvard Medical School. In 2007, Dr Oddsson was recruited from Boston University to establish the Sister Kenny Research Center at the Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, Allina Health. He has a background in neuroscience, engineering, rehabilitation sciences and technology development, has served as principal investigator on federal grants, including from the VHA, the DoD and private foundations and has authored numerous research articles in the area of balance function and gait.

Thomas Serena, MD, FACS, FACHM, MAPWCA

CEO and Medical Director of the SerenaGroup
Cambridge, MA

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.

Robert G Smith, DPM, MSc, RPh, FNAP

Studying Opioid Harm, Inc (501.3c Non-profit Organization)
Ormond Beach, FL

Robert Smith, DPM, MSc, RPh, FNAP, received his BS degree in Pharmacy from the University of Florida in 1983. He then received his DPM degree from the College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery at Des Moines University in 1999. He completed a PPMR at Hu Hu Kam Memorial Hospital in Sacaton, AZ in 2000. Dr Smith obtained his certification in Pedorthics from BCP in 2001. He completed postgraduate training with the College of Medicine at the University of Wales, Cardiff, Wales, and UK in wound care and tissue repair. He received his Master of Science degree from the College of Medicine at the University of Wales, UK in 2006. Dr Smith’s research centers on Infection Prevalence, Infection Control and Wound Care. He is a consultant to the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners. He is a contributing editor and reviewer to JAPMA in the areas of Podiatric Clinical Pharmacology. He has authored over 100 refereed journal articles for the disciplines of Pharmacy, Podiatry, and Wound Care. He has lectured for APMA, FPMA, IPMS, and PFA. He has operated his sole practice: “Shoe Sting Podiatry”. He is the Founder and President of Studying Opioid Harm, Inc a non-profit educational company to build and develop tools to educate and mitigate the harm from opioids. Dr Smith is the chairman of the Podiatric Academy for the National Academy of Practice since 2020.


Nurse Practitioner/Wound Healing Coordinator/Professor of Translational Science
Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin
Menomonee Falls, WI

Laura Swoboda DNP, APRN, FNP-C, FNP-BC, CWOCN-AP is a Professor of Translational Science, Nurse Practitioner, and Wound Healing Coordinator at the Froedtert & the Medical College o Wisconsin, where she advocates for nurse prctitioners and nurse participation in research. She completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at University of Wisconsin Milwaukee (UWM). Dr Swoboda is a faculty member of the Clinical & Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin where she serves as principal investigator for quality improvement, evidence-based practice, and research projects in chronic wound care. She further participates in the research process in serving as a peer reviewer for scientific journals. Dr Swoboda is on the National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel's Prophylactic Dressing Standards Initiative Task Force, a member of the editorial board for the Wound Care Learning Network and Wound Management and Prevention, and on the board of directors for the WOCNCB and the AAWC.

Terry Treadwell, MD, FACS

Medical Director
Institute for Advanced Wound Care
Montgomery, AL

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.