Planning Committee

Oscar M. Alvarez, PhD
Professor (Adjunct), Department of Surgery
Rutgers, New Jersey Medical School
Newark, NJ

Dr. Alvarez obtained a bachelors of science in Pre-Med and Chemistry from the University of Dayton, Ohio (1974).  He received his doctorate in Nutritional Biochemistry from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ in 1979.  He was an NIH Postdoctoral fellow and a Wound Healing Fellow at the Department of Dermatology, University of Miami School of Medicine from 1979-1982. Dr. Alvarez has been the recipient of more than 90 research grants and awards.  Among them, The National Institute of Health Training Award to study dermal-epidermal interactions during wound repair, U. S. Army Medical Research and Development Command Award to study epidermal migration in partial thickness wounds and National Institute of Health grant to study Emotional Stress and Wound Healing in Diabetics. 

Dr. Alvarez served as a member of the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, a panel for guideline development in the prevention and management of pressure ulcers.  Dr. Alvarez is the Founder and Chairman of FRAIL (for the recognition of the adult immobilized life).   FRAIL is a panel seeking solutions for skin related complications of adults with chronic illness.  Dr. Alvarez also served as a panel member of S.C.A.L.E. (an expert group to build a consensus proposal on Skin Changes at Life’s End.  Dr. Alvarez has held faculty positions with: The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; Cornell University Medical College; Rockefeller University and New York Medical College.  Dr. Alvarez is a founding editor of the journal WOUNDS, the managing editor of ePlasty, the first open access journal in plastic surgery.  He has authored over 200 peer- reviewed publications relating to wound care.  Dr. Alvarez has also been principal investigator in more than 60 major clinical trials.

Currently, Dr. Alvarez is Professor (by Courtesy) in the Department of Surgery at Rutgers, New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ.

Swathi Balaji, PhD
Assistant Professor
Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital
Houston, TX

Dr. Swathi Balaji is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital (BCM/TCH) in Houston, Texas. The research in her laboratory focuses on understanding the sequelae of fibrosis in response to dermal injuries in postnatal patients, with a particular emphasis on understanding 1) how individuals from broad patient demographics respond to similar injuries with significantly “heterogeneous” scarring patterns that lead to a spectrum of postnatal fibrotic outcomes, and 2) why scars persist once formed. She is currently studying the fibroblast energy metabolism and inter cellular signaling mechanisms that communicate and regulate the fibrogenic phenotype mediated via the secretion of extracellular vesicles also known as exosomes. Prior to joining BCM/TCH in 2015, Dr. Balaji received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering in 2010 from the University of Cincinnati, where she first gained interest in wound healing and tissue regeneration when she had the opportunity to work with Professors Daria Narmoneva, Ph.D. at the University of Cincinnati and Timothy Crombleholme, M.D. at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She then worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Dr. Sundeep Keswani’s Laboratory at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, where she studied the scarless wound healing mechanisms of the fetal regenerative responses.

Janice M. Beitz, PhD, RN, CS, CNOR, CWOCN-AP, CRNP, APNC, ANEF, FNAP, FAAN
Professor of Nursing and WOCNEP Director
School of Nursing-Camden
Rutgers University
Cherry Hill, NJ

Janice M. Beitz, PhD, RN, CS, CNOR, CWOCN-AP, CRNP, MAPWCA, ANEF, FNAP, FAAN, is Professor of Nursing, WOCNEP Director, School of Nursing-Camden, Rutgers University.  Dr. Beitz has over 40 years of nursing experience in acute, sub-acute, and outpatient care settings.  She is a graduate of the Germantown Hospital School of Nursing and La Salle, Villanova, and Temple Universities. She is board certified as an adult clinical specialist, as a nurse of the operating room, as an advanced practice wound, ostomy, continence nurse, and as an adult nurse practitioner.  She is the Director of the Rutgers University Camden Wound Ostomy Continence Nursing Education Program (WOCNEP). 

Her program of research has focused on the clinical practice and educational aspects of factors and issues affecting patient safety for wound and ostomy care. For education, her research targets social bullying in nursing academia, metacognition, and effective teaching/learning strategies. Dr. Beitz publishes prolifically and is on the editorial and manuscript reviewer boards of multiple wound care and educational journals. 

Dr. Beitz has taught nursing students at the baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral levels. At graduate levels, she has taught adult-gerontology NP courses, advanced nursing research, advanced pathophysiology, advanced pharmacology, wound-ostomy-continence nursing, evidence-based practice, epidemiology and biostatistics, and scholarly seminar III courses.  

Dr. Beitz received the WOC Nurse of Distinction and President’s Awards of the Northeast Region of the WOCN Society and, in April 2012, was awarded the Masters of Wound Care Award of the American Professional Wound Care Association. In October 2013, she was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. In 2014, she became a Rand Fellow at Rutgers University studying health problems of South Jersey. In 2015, she was inducted into the National League For Nursing Academy of Nursing Education Fellows. In 2019, she was inducted into the National Academies of Nursing Practice as an FNAP. 

Paul Bollyky, MD PhD
Assistant Professor
Stanford University
Stanford, CA

Paul Bollyky received his undergraduate degree at Columbia University, his D.Phil at the University of Oxford, and his M.D. at Harvard Medical School.   He completed his residency training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA and then his Fellowship Training in infectious Diseases and Immunology at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA.  Paul was appointed to the Stanford University Medical School faculty in 2013.  He has a longstanding interest in preventing autoimmune diseases. His research has focused on how immune responses are regulated in infected wounds.

Windy E. Cole, DPM
Director of Wound Care Research
Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine
Streetsboro, OH

Dr. Windy Cole is a native Ohioan. She graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Cincinnati. She is a 1999  honors graduate of  the Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine. Dr. Cole’s practice is located in Northeast Ohio where she serves as Medical Director of the Wound Care Center, University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center and Adjunct Professor and Director of Wound Care Research at Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine. She is a dedicated healthcare advocate with interests focused on medical education, diabetic foot care, wound care, limb salvage, clinical research and humanitarian efforts. Dr. Cole has published on these topics and is a sought-after speaker both nationally and internationally. She is currently a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of both Lower Extremity Review and Podiatry Today.

Jeffrey M. Davidson, MS, PhD
Professor Emeritus
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Past Editor-in-Chief, Wound Repair and Regeneration
Nashville, TN

Professor Jeffrey M. Davidson received his BS from Tufts, an MS and PhD from Stanford, and postdoctoral training at the University of Washington with the late Paul Bornstein. Prior to being recruited to the Department of Pathology, MIcrobiology and Immunology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (1986-) his previous professional positions were with Ronald G. Crystal as a Senior Staff Fellow at the NHLBI and an Assistant/Associate Professorship at the University of Utah, where he also received a Research Career Scientist appointment in the Department of Veterans Affairs (1981-2017). Dr Davidson held the prestigious Senior Research Career Scientist position from 1997 to 2017. Dr Davidson has published nearly 200 scientific articles (h-index:54) and more than 40 book chapters and reviews on connective tissue biochemistry and wound healing often with distinguished collaborators. His federally-funded research for the past 39 years has investigated the role of growth factors in age- and diabetes-related healing defects, gene therapy of wounds, biomaterial-tissue interactions, and signaling processes in wound repair. Dr Davidson has served on numerous public and private advisory panels, and throughout his career he has had an extensive series of scientific collaborations and consultancies with the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors. Dr Davidson was chair of the NIH Pathobiochemistry Study Section, and he has regularly served on NIH study sections. He is a past president of the Wound Healing Society and the American Society for Matrix Biology (ASMB). In the past, he has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, Wounds, Matrix Biology, and the International Wound Journal. Dr Davidson served as Editor in Chief of Wound Repair and Regeneration from 2015-20. He founded the Gordon Research Conference on Tissue Repair and Regeneration and co-founded the Innovations in Wound Healing meeting (Chair, 2015). He organized the Gordon Research Conference on Elastic Tissue, a Keystone Conference on wound healing, and the 2012 meeting of the ASMB. He currently a member of program committees for Innovations in Wound Healing and the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care. In 2020, Dr Davidson was awarded the title of Professor Emeritus.

Vickie Driver, DPM, MS, FACFAS FAAWC
System Chief and Medical Director Wound Healing, Limb Preservation and Hyperbaric medicine, Research Director
INOVA Health System VA
Arlington, VA

Dr Vickie R. Driver is Board Certified with American Board of Podiatric Surgeons and is a Fellow at the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, licensed in VA, Ma and RI. Dr Driver has just accepted the position of System Wide Medical Director of the Wound Care and Hyperbaric Centers at INOVA Healthcare in the DC Metropolitan area. She has recently been selected as Fellow, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons-Glasgow, PM and Inaugural Fellow, Assoc for the Advancement of Wound Care, FAAWC. Dr Driver has just accepted the position as Chair for the Wound Care Collaborative Community, an important collaboration with the FDA and received a very important honor as receiving The Robert A. Warriner III, MD Memorial Award. Her career has a special emphasis on wound healing and limb preservation, and she is proud to be an outspoken ambassador for improving care to patients that face the burden of limb loss.

Suzie Ehmann, DPT, CWS, CLT-LANA
Clinical Specialist
Atrium Health Stanly
Albemarle, NC

Suzie Ehmann, PT DPT, CWS, CLT-LANA, is clinical specialist working at Atrium Health Stanly.   Over the last 15 years, she has dedicated her practice to the evaluation and comprehensive treatment of patients with lymphatic disorders and chronic non-healing wounds.  Dr. Ehmann has a focused interest on the science of compression and impact of edema management on functional ability and mobility.  She has spoken nationally and internationally on this topic.
Dr. Ehmann is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist through the Lymphology Association of North American; a Certified Wound Specialist through the American Board of Wound Management.  She is a proud member of the Lymphology Association of North America and the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care.  She has been a featured speaker at national and international conferences, such as the Symposium for Advance Wound Care, Wild On Wounds, National Lymphedema Network International Conference, European Wound Management Association, International Compression Club and numerous regional lymphedema and wound conferences.   In addition, she has authored several articles published in peer reviewed journals.

Emily Greenstein, ARPN, CNP, CWON-AP, FACCWS
Nurse Practitioner
Sanford Health
West Fargo, ND

Emily Greenstein 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 for the past 9 years. At Sanford she treats patients with acute and chronic wounds, serves as chair for the SVAT committee and is involved in many different research projects. She is the President-Elect for the North Central Region Chapter of the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Society. Emily has served as an expert reviewer for the WOCN Society, the Journal for WOCN, and Wounds Journal. Emily serves on the Board for the Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders and the Editorial Board for The Journal of Dermatology Nurses Association.

Heather L. Hettrick, PT, PhD, CWS, AWCC, CLT-LANA, CLWT, CORE
Professor
Department of Physical Therapy
Nova Southeastern University
Director of Wound Education, ILWTI
Davie, FL

Heather Hettrick is a Professor in the Physical Therapy Program at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale Florida.  

Dr. Heather Hettrick is a Professor in the Physical Therapy Program at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale Florida.  Dr. Hettrick has been a licensed physical therapist since 1995.  She received her PhD in physical therapy in 2003 and has dedicated her entire professional career to integumentary function and dysfunction, becoming a key opinion leader on integumentary function, repair and regeneration, as well as wound, lymphedema and burn management.  Dr. Hettrick’s diverse clinical background is complemented by experience in research, professional writing and publication, speaking on the national and international circuit, volunteering on professional board organizations, consulting, lobbying for legislative change on Capitol Hill, organizing humanitarian work in Haiti, and creating entrepreneurial endeavors focusing on experiential learning.  

She is a Certified Wound Specialist (CWS), Advanced Wound Care Certified (AWCC), Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT), and internationally dual certified in Lymphedema and Wound Care (CLWT).  She is LANA credentialed by the Lymphology Association of North America.  Dr. Hettrick is also a Comprehensive Oncology Rehabilitation Expert (CORE) and Experiential Learning Fellow.  She has attended over 90 continuing education courses, authored over 30 journal articles, published 6 book chapters, and presented over 200 professional programs and conference presentations on various integumentary related topics.  

Dr. Hettrick is a Past President of the American Board of Wound Management and is a past Board and Executive Committee member of the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care.  She is currently on the board of the World Alliance of Wound and Lymphedema Care, advisory board for the Why Wound Care Campaign and Editorial Board for Today’s Wound Clinic.  Additionally, she is on the planning committee for the American Vein and Lymphatic Society as well as Symposium on Advanced Wound Care, and Faculty/Director of Wound Education for the International Lymphedema and Wound Training Institute.

Alton R. Johnson, Jr., DPM, CWSP
Clinical Associate Professor
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

Alton R. Johnson Jr., DPM is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan in the Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology and Diabetes-Podiatry. Founder and CEO of AJ Educational Empowerment.  Dr. Johnson received his Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from Barry University. During his time as an undergraduate at Barry U., Dr. Johnson completed a summer basic science research internship at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and a clinical epidemiology research internship at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. In 2012, he attended the Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine. In addition, as a podiatric medical student Dr. Johnson presented several research posters focused on geriatric fall secondary to foot deformities.

In 2016, Dr. Johnson went on to complete a three-year Podiatric Medicine & Surgery Residency at AHMC in Aventura, FL. Dr. Johnson was part of AHMC’s back-to-back to back ResEd Summit Midwest Residency Rumble 1st Place championship teams. Dr. Johnson has also managed to present multiple research projects at The Future of Regenerative Medicine Congress, ResEd Summit Midwest Conferences, SAWC and the ACFAS Conference. During his chief year of residency, Dr. Johnson was able to publish several peer-reviewed journal articles and participate in an international medical mission in Haiti. In 2019, Dr. Johnson was awarded the American Podiatric Medicine Association and Symposium of Advanced Wound Care Podiatrist Wound Care Scholarship at the SAWC Fall 2019 conference in Las Vegas, NV. In 2020, Dr. Johnson was bestowed the American Board of Wound Management Foundation Scholarship and selected as the only podiatric clinical investigator in the nation for the 2020 National Institutes of Health/National Medical Association Academic Medicine Fellows Program. In 2021, Dr. Johnson completed a two-year ACFAS Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Clinical Research Fellowship and two-year Clinical Research Post-Doctoral Clinical Research Certification at the University Pennsylvania-Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA. His research emphasis has been focused on gerontology, tropical and international medicine, regenerative medicine, wound care, diabetic limb preservation techniques, rare dermatological and bone pathologies, biomedical technology, and advanced durable medical equipment technology.

Martha R. Kelso, RN, LNC, HBOT
CEO
Wound Care Plus, LLC
Blues Springs, MO

Martha Kelso is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Wound Care Plus, LLC, the largest mobile wound care provider in the Midwest. 

With over 20 years’ experience in advanced wound care, Kelso is a visionary and entrepreneur in the field of mobile medicine.  “We identified a pressing need for access to high quality wound management across the entire continuum of care.” This is what motivated her to establish Wound Care Plus. Their skilled and caring wound specialists use innovative products and cutting-edge technology to treat individuals with wound or skin issues at almost any site of care. They pride themselves on bringing advanced wound care and clinical excellence, supported by evidenced-based medicine, to clients and caregivers alike.  

And they don’t stop at wound prevention and treatment. Kelso and her team have a relentless passion for education as a vehicle to elevate the art and science of wound healing. They have educated thousands of health care professionals and caregivers, not just on the practicalities of wound care, but also on federal regulations and national guidelines. “This pragmatic approach to wound care education paired with our holistic treatment methodology has positioned Wound Care Plus as an industry leader.” 

Kelso is a published author and a member of several national advisory boards.  She is frequently called upon as a legal expert witness and has been a featured speaker at more than 300 educational events. She is currently the Principal Investigator for a CMS funded Clinical Research study on the efficacy of Platelet Rich Plasma. Kelso is widely recognized as being a pioneer in the advanced wound care arena who works tirelessly to shape the future landscape of healthcare.

Karen Kennedy-Evans, RN, APRN-BC, FNP
Wound Consultant
Foothills Rehabilitation Center
Tucson, AZ

Karen Lou Kennedy-Evans has been a nurse for 50 years, a Nurse Practitioner for 46 and has worked in Long Term Care for 45. In 1974 she became the very first Family Nurse Practitioner in Fort Wayne, Indiana. In 1983 while working at the Byron Health Center, a 500 bed long term care facility, she started one of the first Wound Care Teams in Long Term Care. During this time, she identified a particular phenomenon developing before death known as the “Kennedy Terminal Ulcer.” Karen served on the Board of Directors of the NPUPA, now known as the NPIAP, from 2012-2018 serving as secretary from 2016-2018. Karen has been on numerous founding boards such as the Association of Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC), For the Recognition of the Adult Immobilized Life (FRAIL) Skin Changes At Life’s End, (SCALE). Karen has published numerous articles, chapters and has lectured extensively. In 2016 Karen spoke at the French Wound Healing Society Annual Conference in Paris, France on the “Kennedy Terminal Ulcer.”

Paul J. Kim, DPM, MS, FACFAS
Professor, Medical Director, Wound Program
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, TX

Paul J. Kim is the Medical Director of the Wound Program at University of Texas Southwestern Clements University Hospital, Dallas, Texas.  He has the rank of Professor in the Department of Plastic Surgery and Orthopedic Surgery.  He is also a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.

Dr. Kim received his Bachelor of Arts degree, Magna Cum Laude, in Psychology and Biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1995 and his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in 2002 with multiple honors.  Dr. Kim completed a surgical foot and ankle residency program in 2005 from Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Virginia.  He also received a Master of Science Degree in Clinical Research Management from Arizona State University in 2012.

Dr. Kim has received both intramural and extramural research grants in the areas of wound care, Diabetic limb salvage, and tendon pathology.  He has chaired multiple committees related to research and Evidence Based Medicine and the Diabetic limb for various national and international organizations.  Dr. Kim is also a national and international speaker and has authored over 150 basic science, clinical manuscripts, and book chapters on various topics in foot and ankle medicine and surgery with a specific interest in the Diabetic Limb.

Robert S. Kirsner, MD, PhD, FAAD (SAWC Co-Chair)
Chairman and Harvey Blank Professor
Dr. Phillip Frost Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery
Director, University of Miami Hospital and Clinics Wound Center
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Miami, FL

Dr. Kirsner is Chairman and Harvey Blank Professor in the Dr. Phillip Frost Dermatology in the Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.  He is Chief of Dermatology at the University of Miami Hospital and Clinics and Jackson Memorial Hospital and directs the University of Miami Hospital Wound Center.  Dr. Kirsner received his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University, his medical degree from the University of Miami and a PhD in epidemiology from the University of Miami, after he completed his clinical training.  His clinical training included internal medicine, a clinical and research fellowship in wound healing and dermatology at the University of Miami.  His research interests include Wound Healing and Skin Cancer Epidemiology.  Dr. Kirsner serves on the editorial boards for a number of journals in dermatology and wound healing and serves in national leadership positions in both Wound Healing and Dermatology, including currently serving on the American Academy of Dermatology Board of Directors and Wound Healing Society Board of Directors.  In addition to career development awards, foundation, industry sponsored funding and CDC funding, he currently leads or is part of a number of NIH funded grants.  Independent of books, book chapters and abstracts, he has published over 550 articles.

John C. Lantis, II, MD
Chief and Professor of Surgery
Mount Sinai West Hospital and the Icahn School of Medicine
New York, NY

John C. Lantis II, MD, is currently the site Chief of Surgery at Mount Sinai West Hospital, in mid-town Manhattan where he practices as a senior vascular surgeon. Prior to this he served as Vice Chairman for operations, for the Department of Surgery at both Mount Sinai West and Mount Sinai Morningside since 2014, and the chief of Vascular and Endovascular surgery since 2007. He attained the academic rank of Professor of Surgery first at Columbia University in 2013, and subsequently in 2014 at the Icahn School of Medicine. In addition, as co-chair of the Cardiovascular and interventional radiology value analysis committee, he has sat on the corporate steering committee for value analysis since 2014.

He is a world leader in limb salvage and lower extremity wound healing, which includes a very large breath of knowledge in regard to cellular and tissue-based therapies and local and regional flap therapy. He has been a principal investigator on over 70 clinical trials; including having participated in most of the lower extremity stem cell therapy trials. He is frequently asked to speak internationally in regard to these subjects.

He is the Clinical Editor of WOUNDS and sits on the editorial boards of most of the major Wound journals. He is the past president of the New York Vascular Surgery Society, a founding member of the American Board of Wound Medicine and Surgery, and the Vascular Study Group of New York.

In addition he is locally recognized for excellent outcomes in carotid surgery, and endovascular limb salvage. His practice also includes abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, vascular access for hemodialysis, complex head and neck reconstruction, major abdominal sarcoma resection, and advanced outpatient venous therapy.

Dr. Lantis leads the diabetic foot team, the amputation team and is his institution's principal consultant for the advanced wound care.

Jeffrey D. Lehrman, DPM, FASPS, MAPWCA, CPC
Podiatrist, A Step Ahead Foot & Ankle Center
Consultant, Lehrman Consulting, LLC
Fort Collins, CO

Dr. Lehrman, recently named one of America’s Most Influential Podiatrists, is in private practice Fort Collins, CO, is a Certified Professional Coder, and operates Lehrman Consulting, LLC.  He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery, Fellow of the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons, and is recognized as a “Master” by the American Professional Wound Care Association. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Podiatric Practice Management and an Expert Panelist on Codingline.  In his role as a Consultant to the APMA Health Policy and Practice Department, Dr. Lehrman serves as an advisor to the APMA Coding Committee and the APMA MACRA Task Force. Dr. Lehrman sits on the board of directors of both the American Professional Wound Care Association and the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons. He is an adjunct clinical professor at Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. Dr. Lehrman is also on the editorial advisory board of the journal WOUNDS and is a consulting editor for Podiatry Management magazine.

Hadar A. Lev-Tov, MD
Assistant Professor
Dr. Phillip Frost Department of Dermatology & Cutaneous Surgery
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Miami, FL

Dr. Hadar Lev-Tov is a Board certified dermatologist and full time faculty at the Dr. Phillip Frost Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the University of Miami. Dr. Lev-Tov has long standing interest in management and investigation of wounds. Dr. Lev-Tov's research is supported in part by NIH, Dermatology Foundation and industry.

Mary Litchford, PhD, RDN, LDN
President, CASE Software & Books
Past President, NPIAP
Greensboro, NC

Dr. Mary Litchford, PhD, RDN, LDN is President of CASE Software & Books, a professional and educational resource company. She is an internationally recognized speaker, author, and consultant to health care providers. She received her PhD in human nutrition from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.  Her professional career has included clinical practice, university teaching, and business consulting.  

She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics and served on the Academy’s Evidence Analysis Work Groups on wound care and hydration.  In 2018 she received the Academy’s Excellence in Practice Award for Consultation and Business Practice. She is the Past President of the National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel and serves as one of the NPUAP representatives on the International Clinical Practice Guidelines Governance Group.

Eric J. Lullove, DPM, CWSP, FACCWS, FAPWCA
Chief Medical Officer
West Boca Center for Wound Healing
Coconut Creek, FL

Dr. Lullove is in private practice in Coconut Creek, FL.  Dr. Lullove currently serves as Chief Medical Officer for the West Boca Center for Wound Healing.   His focus is on advanced wound healing and limb preservation with research and clinical interests in wound proteases, diabetic foot ulcers, venous leg ulcers and peripheral arterial disease.  He has specific experience in reconstructive lower extremity surgery; collagen replacement wound therapy and regenerative cell therapies.

He serves as adjunct clinical faculty at Northwest Medical Center and has received certifications from the American Board of Wound Management and the American Professional Wound Care Association with Added-Qualification in Physician Wound Management.  After receiving his degree in Psychology from Wayne State University, Dr. Lullove earned his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine in 2002.  Dr. Lullove has been a Fellow of the College of Certified Wound Specialists since 2007.

Dr. Lullove serves as a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Today’s Wound Clinic.  Dr. Lullove also serves the Alliance Of Wound Care Stakeholders as a Member-at-Large and as a member of the WHS CLI Global Society Committee.

Dr. Lullove has authored and co-authored articles regarding acellular dermal tissues, venous compression, wound Healing, advanced joint implant surgery and practice management.  He has lectured nationally and internationally on wound management topics and is active with Health Volunteers Overseas as well as Project Medishare in Haiti.

Mary Anne R. Obst, BSN, RN, CCRN, CWON
Complex Abdomen Specialist
Regions Hospital, Department of Surgery
St. Paul, MN

A native of Minnesota, Maryanne graduated as a nurse in 1987.  She has extensive experience in ICU nursing and also spent many years as a flight nurse.

Maryanne’s experience at Regions Hospital includes staff nurse on the Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Trauma Nurse Clinician, Neurosurgical Nurse Clinician, and FCCS(Fundamentals of Critical Care Support) coordinator.   Maryanne helped establish clinical research efforts for the Department of Surgery and has coordinated multiple research studies.
 
Maryanne and her team have established the Complex Abdominal Reconstruction Service (CARS) at Regions Hospital.  The CARS team has developed novel and structured approaches for managing complex abdominal wounds and enteric fistulae.  The CARS team focuses on the best possible patient outcomes and a good quality of life on the “journey to  surgical repair”.   The CARS team currently services over two hundred patients with all aspects of patient care; nutrition, conditioning, surgery and wound care.

Lee C. Ruotsi, MD, ABWMS, CWS-P, UHM
Medical Director
Saratoga Hospital Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine
Saratoga Springs, NY

Dr. Ruotsi is the Medical Director of the Saratoga Hospital Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine in Saratoga Springs, NY.   In this role he is responsible for outpatient wound care services as well as inpatient wound care consultative services.   He is board certified in Wound Care by the American Board of Wound Medicine and Surgery, is certified as a Wound Specialist (CWS-P) by the American Board of Wound Management, and is board certified in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine by the American Board of Preventive Medicine. He is additionally certified as a Diving Medical Officer (DMO) by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and is on the Board of Directors of the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP). Dr. Ruotsi is a Founding Diplomate and sits on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Wound Medicine and Surgery and is Co-Chair of the Wound Care Summit for the AMP Amputation Prevention Symposium. He sat on the Board of Directors of the American College of Clinical Wound Specialists and was Chair of its Education Committee from 2013 through 2015.  He is a member of the CLI Global Wound Care Board, the Wound Healing Society (WHS), is a faculty member of the Wound Certification Prep Course, and lectures nationally as well as internationally on topics related to wound care and hyperbaric medicine. Dr. Ruotsi lives in Gansevoort, NY, enjoys boating, flying, fishing, bicycling, skiing, and keeping up with the lives of his three adult children.

Susie Seaman, NP, MSN, CWOCN
Nurse Practitioner
Susie Seaman Wound Care Consulting
San Diego, CA

Susie Seaman is a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and a Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurse. She holds a Master's degree in Nursing from San Diego State University, and a Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate from the University of California, San Diego. She has been a Certified Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurse for 30 years, practicing in the home health care arena for eight years before moving to the outpatient clinic setting 22 years ago. Ms. Seaman founded the Sharp Grossmont Hospital Wound Healing Center in La Mesa, California in 1998, which at one point was the busiest wound clinic in San Diego County. She left there in 2006 to open a wound clinic for Sharp Rees-Stealy, a 550 physician multi-specialty medical group with offices throughout San Diego. She left the wound clinic environment in January 2019 to work for Infectious Disease Consultants in La Jolla, California. In this setting, she oversaw antibiotic therapy for patients with skin and soft tissue infections, osteomyelitis, and other challenging infections. She left there in August 2020. Ms. Seaman has been a principal investigator on several research projects involving wound and ostomy care. Her Master’s thesis examined Braden Scale scores and the incidence of pressure ulcers in the home hospice setting. Ms. Seaman speaks nationally on a variety of topics, including chronic wound care, wound assessment, lower extremity wounds, topical therapy for wounds, and use of advanced technologies.  She has also authored numerous articles and book chapters on both wound and ostomy care. She has a special interest in the treatment of lower extremity ulcers and the diagnosis and treatment of atypical wounds.

Todd P. Shaffett, DNP, FNP, CWS, FACCWS, DAPWCA
President
MedCentris
Covington, LA

Todd P. Shaffett, DNP, FNP, CWS, FACCWS, DAPWCA serves as the President of MedCentris. Mr. Shaffett earned his Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Southeastern Louisiana University. He earned his MSN degree from the University of South Alabama and has been a Family Nurse Practitioner for more than 15 years. He is a Certified Wound Specialist®, a Fellow of the College of Clinical Wound Specialists®, a Diplomat of the American Professional Wound Care Association® and has been involved in wound care and Wound Medicine for more than 20 years. Mr. Shaffett's expertise is in strategic modeling for advanced wound care programs across the healthcare continuum that achieve the greatest outcomes while providing the most cost effective methods of delivery of care. He is an advocate and supporter for the advancement of training and education for nurse practitioners within Wound Medicine.

Anthony Tickner, DPM, FACCWS, FRCFS
Medical Director
Saint Vincent Hospital
Holden, MA

Anthony Tickner, DPM, FACCWS, FRCFS is a board-certified wound care surgeon trained at Saint Vincent Hospital, UMass Medical Center and Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. In addition to holding an advanced certificate of qualification in limb salvage through the ABPM, he is also fellowed by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, the AACWS, APWCA, APWH and the ADFS. Dr Tickner is a highly sought-after international wound care consultant and is the Medical Director of both the Saint Vincent Hospital Wound Healing Center in Worcester, MA and limb salvage and amputation prevention services at Associated Foot Specialists in Hudson, Massachusetts. Dr Tickner also serves on the Executive Board of the Massachusetts Foot & Ankle Society. Dr Tickner is also on the ABPM committee for amputation prevention and has published numerous works in the fields of podiatric surgery, reconstruction and limb salvage.

Dot Weir, RN, CWON, CWS (SAWC Co-Chair)
Clinical Staff
Saratoga Hospital Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine
Saratoga Springs, NY

Dot has been a registered nurse since 1976 and began her practice of ostomy and wound management in 1980.  She has practiced in acute care, home care and long-term care, spent 7 years in industry, and has practiced in outpatient care since 2001. She has been Board Certified by the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Certification Board since 1985 and The American Board of Wound Management since 2004. She practices at the Saratoga Hospital Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Current Activities:
• Co-Chair of the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care
• Co-Director of the Wound Track for AMP, the Amputation Prevention Symposium. 
• Faculty of the Wound Certification Prep Course (since 2004)
• Member and Secretary of the Board of the International Wound Infection Institute and serving on the Slough Project sub-committee
• Chair of the Practicing Clinician Panel for “Why Wound Care”
• Member of the International Planning Committee for the 2020 World Union of Wound Healing Societies conference to be held in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
• Member the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society
• Member of the World Council of Enterostomal Therapy, 
• Member Wound Healing Society
• Founding Editor and continues on Editorial Board of the Today’s Wound Clinic journal
• On speaker’s bureau and Medical Advisory Boards for several wound manufacturers
• National and International lecturer on all aspects of Wound Management

Alan Wells, MD, DMSc
Executive Vice-Chair
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

Dr. Alan Wells is Executive Vice-Chair and Thomas J. Gill III Professor of the Department of Pathology, and a Professor of Bioengineering and Computational & Systems Biology, and is the Medical Director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Clinical Laboratories, and a Staff Pathologist at the VA Medical Center. He is a member of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, the Center for Vascular Repair and Regeneration, the Center for Systems Biology and the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute.

Dr. Wells holds an A.B. in Biochemistry from Brown University (1979) and received his D.M.Sc. in Tumor Biology from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1982. Returning to Providence, Rhode Island, he received his M.D. from Brown University in 1988. Following his studies, Dr. Wells completed a postdoctoral Fellowship in Tumor Biology at the University of California in San Francisco, California, and a Residency in Laboratory Medicine at the University of California in San Diego, California. He has over 250 scholarly publications that have been cited over 20,000 times. He is the vice president of the Wound Healing Society. In addition, he has consulted extensively to industry and is currently acting as the Chief Scientific Advisor for Ocugenix.

Within his laboratory, Dr. Wells and his research team are aiming to gain a better understanding of cells respond to their local environment. Due to the widespread implications of such research, Dr. Wells has been featured in several publications. Ultimately, the importance of his research flows from the provision of reinforcing insights and novel avenues for exploration into the basic signaling pathways, as well as functioning of entire organisms. Currently, Dr. Wells is concentrating his research efforts towards gaining further knowledge of the conditions of dysregulated (tumor dissemination and chemoresistance of tumors) and orchestrated (wound healing and organogenesis) responses.