WoundCon Summer 2021 Speakers

WoundCon brings you leading wound care educators and clinicians from around the world. View speakers for WoundCon Summer 2021 on July 16, below.

CONFERENCE CO-CHAIRS

Cathy Milne, APRN, MSN, ANP/ACNS-BC, CWOCN-AP

Connecticut Clinical Nursing Associates
Bristol, Connecticut

Dr. Jayesh Shah, MD, MHA

President, South Texas Wound Associates, PA;
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Family Medicine, UT
Health; Associate Professor, University of the Incarnate
Word Osteopathic School, San Antonio, Texas

SPEAKERS

Dr. Windy Cole, DPM

Director of Wound Research
Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine

Session: Improving Wound Debridement Through the Use of Advanced Wound Imaging Tools

1.00 CME Credits | 1.00 Contact Hours

Chronic wounds affect approximately 2-4 million people in the United States each year. Although there are many causes of delayed or stalled healing in wounds, biofilm and the presence of infection are common culprits. To restart healing, biofilm and bioburden must be removed from the wound bed.

Debridement is a commonly employed method of biofilm removal. Recent advances in wound imaging tools can allow for better visualization of the wound bed and more effective debridement, thus helping to establish a better microenvironment for healing.

Dr. Windy Cole 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 and honors graduate from the Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine. Dr. Cole has practiced in Northeast Ohio for 20 years. 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 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 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, and Lower Extremity Review. She is a wound care advocate on the forefront of technology-driven research. She sits on the advisory board of multiple emerging biotech companies and has been integral in collaborating on innovative research protocols in the space.

Janice Colwell, APRN, CWOCN, FAAN

Advanced Practice Nurse
University of Chicago Medicine
Department of General Surgery

Session: Troubleshooting Skin Issues With Ostomies

1.00 CME Credits | 1.00 Contact Hours

Peristomal issues are common in ostomy patients and can be painful and irritating for patients. Identifying peristomal issues early on will help in treatment and result in faster healing. Common peristomal skin complications include moisture-associated skin damage (MASD), fungal MASD, folliculitis, mechanical trauma, pyoderma gangrenosum, allergic reactions, and suture granuloma. 

Treating the underlying cause is the goal for full resolution of ostomy skin complications. The underlying cause can be related to factors including weight gain or loss, ostomy appliance fit, diet, etc. Utilizing a multidisciplinary team approach may help to identify other possible causes of peristomal skin issues.

Jan Colwell has practiced as a wound ostomy and continence nurse for 40 years. She is a past president of the Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society as well as Friends of Ostomates Worldwide USA, the ostomy section coeditor of the JWOCN, has multiple publications including the WOCN Ostomy Core Curriculum texts and multiple pee review journal articles. She practices at the University of Chicago Medicine in the outpatient ostomy clinic.

Ferne Elsass, MSN, RN, CPN, CWON

Clinical Practice and Education Specialist of Wound and Ostomy
Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughter, Norfolk, VA

Session: Wound Care in Special Populations: Pediatric Patients

1.00 CME Credits | 1.00 Contact Hours

The general principles of wound care are similar in pediatric patients and adults; however, current guidelines and evidence-based practices are generally geared more toward adults. There are limited studies on the pediatric population because of ethical concerns, and this has resulted in limitations to evidence-based care.

Wound care in pediatric populations should include a treatment regimen that manages pain and anxiety, considers neurodevelopmental status, and facilitates wound healing.

Ferne (Fern) Elsass (El-sass), from Children Hospital of The King’s Daughters in Norfolk, VA

Ferne is a board certified WOC Nurse specializing in the care of Pediatric patients. She has practiced at Children Hospital of The King’s Daughters in Norfolk, VA for over 20 years and is currently the Clinical Practice and Education Specialist for Wound and Ostomy. She currently serves as the Secretary for the Mid-Atlantic WOCN Society and the President of both the Hampton Road WOCN Society and the Coastal Virginia Society of Pediatric Nurses.

Ferne received her undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech University and then received her Nursing Diploma from Sentara School of Health Professions. She obtained her Master’s degree from Liberty University with a concentration in Nursing Education and completed the Wound and Ostomy program at Metropolitan University followed by Board Certification as Wound and Ostomy nurse and Pediatric nurse.

Ferne is a content expert on Pediatric Wound and Ostomy care and presents on both those topics locally and national and is an Associate Editor for WoundSource for pediatric content. She has published several articles and provided online video content on wound and ostomy care for the pediatric patient.

 

Elizabeth Faust, CRNP, CWOCN

Certified Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nurse
Tower Health, Leesport, PA

Session: COVID-19 and Skin Care Update: What Did We Learn?

1.00 CME Credits | 1.00 Contact Hours

COVID-19 quickly progressed to a pandemic causing a rapid shift in health care systems and in how we care for patients. Skin conditions have gained more attention in the past year, with effects on both frontline workers and patients diagnosed with COVID-19.

Frontline workers have endured personal protection equipment–induced skin injuries and hand hygiene–related dermatitis caused by longer hours and increased frequency of hand washing. COVID-19–related skin manifestations have been reported in patients of all ages. Knowledge of these conditions can help in early diagnosis, risk status assessment, and patient triage.

Liz Faust is a Nurse Practitioner and Wound, Ostomy, and Continence specialist at Tower Health System in West Reading, PA. She graduated from Gwynedd Mercy University with her MSN in Adult Nurse Practitioner in 2009. She is a Certified Skin and Wound Specialist (CSWS) and Certified Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nurse, Advanced Practice (CWOCN-AP). Her role currently is to serve a 7-hospital health system administratively and clinically for wound, ostomy and continence needs. Prior to this role, she has also served as in-patient WOCN specialist for a 700+-bed Level I Trauma Center, focusing care with the OR, ICU, Trauma and oncology units and served as a Nurse practitioner in an outpatient wound care center. She has a passion for education, particularly with NPWT and Pressure injury prevention and management. She has authored several articles on NPWT. She has lectured nationally, in addition to facilitating Bioskills labs across the country. She also serves as the Vice President of the American Professional Wound Care Association (APWCA), a board member for the American Board of Wound Healing (ABWH), and Treasurer of the local affiliate of the Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nurses Society (WOCN).

Robert S. Kirsner, M.D., PhD

Dr. Phillip Frost Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery,
Department of Public Health Sciences
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

Session: Dermatology for the Non-Dermatology Specialist

1.00 CME Credits | 1.00 Contact Hours

Health care providers and clinicians are challenged when it comes to certain dermatologic conditions. Dermatologists focus on health issues affecting the skin, hair, nails, and mucous membranes. Wound care specialists have a master level of knowledge in wound management. Many clinicians have little or no experience in patients with skin conditions.

It is important for clinicians to have a basic understanding of and familiarity with the general principles of common skin conditions, but they must also know when to seek further advice.

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. 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 recently elected as Vice President elect of the American Academy of Dermatology and is currently on the Board of Directors of the Wound Healing Society. 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.

Dr. Hollie Mangrum, PT DPT CWS

Director of Field Education
Healogics, Inc

The Top 10 Things a Non-Hyperbaric Clinician Needs to Know About HBO Therapy

1.00 CME Credits | 1.00 Contact Hours

Health care professionals should have a practical knowledge of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) to best help their patients. The health care team should educate patients on the risks and benefits of HBOT and on how to maintain safety during treatment, and the team should also provide coordinated care.

HBOT is an adjunct method for wound healing that uses 100% oxygen at pressures greater than atmospheric pressure. Clinicians should be familiar with approved indications as an overall management strategy in appropriate patients.

Hollie Smith Mangrum graduated from the University of Tennessee, Memphis in 1995 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy.  She has worked in the wound care field since 1995 in many settings and became a Certified Wound Specialist (CWS) through the ABWM in 2000.  She worked with West Tennessee Healthcare to open a Physical Therapy based Wound Center in May of 2000.  In 2006, the hospital converted PT-based Center to a Physician-based Center and Hollie was promoted to the Program Director.  Hollie was promoted in 2015 to Area Vice President with Healogics, Inc and then to Director of Field Education in 2019.  Hollie currently resides in Tennessee and graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2012.

Hollie’s passion is educating practicing health care professionals, leadership positions and students.  She has served as Adjunct Faculty for Belmont University, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Jackson State Community College and has served on planning panels for conferences as well as presenter.

She is actively involved in the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), American Board of Wound Management, and Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC).  She currently serves on the Board of Directors and Speakers Bureau for the AAWC.

In her spare time, Hollie enjoys family time, sporting activities, exercise, and a good book.

Dr. James McGuire DPM, LPT, LPed, FAPWHc

Professor Clinician Scholar
Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine

Session: Managing Diabetic Foot Infection: From Biofilm to Bone

1.00 CME Credits | 1.00 Contact Hours

Diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) are serious and challenging for patients and health care professionals. Treatment of DFUs can be labor intensive and expensive. The incidence of diabetic foot infections (DFIs) is high.

Diabetic foot infections (DFIs) are among the most common complications of DFUs and are frequent causes of hospitalizations, morbidity, and increased risk for lower extremity amputation.

Dr. James McGuire is the director of the Leonard S. Abrams Center for Advanced Wound Healing and a Professor Clinician Scholar in the Departments of Podiatric Medicine and Biomechanics at the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia.

Dr. McGuire is a board-certified podiatrist and wound care specialist. His DPM degree is from the former Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine, now part of Temple University. He completed a residency in podiatric surgery at the Maryland Podiatry Residency Program in Baltimore. A fellow and founding member of the American Professional Wound Care Association, and the Academy for Physicians in Wound Healing, he also serves on the board of the Council for Medical Education and Testing. Dr. McGuire is also a licensed physical therapist and pedorthist, and is certified in wound care by the Council for Medical Education and Testing. He is also board certified by both the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and the American Board of Podiatric Medicine.

Dr. McGuire left 10 years of private practice in Rutland, Vermont, to become a member of the Temple University faculty in 1992. He has more than 30 years of experience in wound management, 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 in the areas of wound healing, diabetic foot management, off-loading, and biomechanics of the at-risk foot.

Cathy Milne, APRN, MSN, ANP/ACNS-BC, CWOCN-AP

Connecticut Clinical Nursing Associates
Bristol, Connecticut

Session: Non-Cytotoxic Wound Cleansers – Is There Anything Better Than Saline?

1.00 CME Credits | 1.00 Contact Hours

Clinicians have a long list to choose from when selecting a wound cleansing agent. Many of these agents are claimed to be able to remove foreign bodies and debris from the wound bed surface; however, there are many cytotoxic agents that are harmful to wound tissue and slow down the healing process.

Non-cytotoxic wound cleansers help manage bacteria levels and are safe to tissues in the wound bed. Effective wound cleansers should be non-cytotoxic and should cleanse, moisten, and facilitate the debridement of foreign bodies, debris, and microorganisms.

Cathy Milne is an Advanced Practice Nurse managing patients across the continuum. She conducts clinical research, lectures nationally and internationally, and is a clinical support team member at WoundReference.com. She recently served as a Nurse Board Member of the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care and has Clinical Professor responsibilities at the Yale School of Nursing.

Dr. Laurie Rappl, PT, DPT, CWS

Physical Therapist
Spinal Cord Injured at T-12 in 1980

Session: Wounds in Persons with Spinal Cord Injury — Patient and Clinical Perspectives

1.00 CME Credits | 1.00 Contact Hours

Pressure injuries represent a significant burden to patients and clinicians. Patient adherence to prevention and management interventions can be a difficult challenge. Helping patients to understand the necessity of prevention and management strategies can result in better outcomes.

Health care professionals should make it a point to understand their patients’ perspective and experiences to help them have realistic expectations for healing. Patients’ daily activities, lifestyle considerations, and involvement in decision making around pressure injury care are vital aspects that should be included in the plan of care and discussed with the patient.

Laurie M. Rappl, PT, DPT, CWS is a physical therapist, a certified wound care specialist and a T-12 paraplegic.
Laurie combines clinical and life experiences as a physical therapist since 1979, a T-12 spinal cord injury since 1980, a clinical sciences liaison industry clinician in since 1996, and a certified wound specialist since 1999. Her unique perspective includes research, peer-reviewed publications, education, consultant to industry and providers, and personal experience with multiple Stage IV pressure injuries on her right ischium. Since 1986 she have been an invited speaker at regional, national, and international meetings, including keynote addresses, full day conferences, and platform presentations. She has participated in numerous research projects as a subject, a researcher, and a monitor and authored book chapters for wound healing textbooks, and numerous peer-reviewed journal articles.

Laurie takes the knowledge gained professionally and through her lived experience to develop better practices in wound care, improve communication and competence in patients and clinicians, and enhance product development and efficacy for manufacturers. Laurie is passionate about improving communication between and competence in persons with SCI and wounds and their caregivers – both health professional and lay – to improve care and healing for these very difficult to manage wounds.

Julie Rivera MSN, RN, NPD-BC, CWOCN

Lenox Hill Hospital

Session: Negative Pressure Wound Therapy: Optimizing Healing Across the Continuum

1.00 CME Credits | 1.00 Contact Hours

Negative pressure wound therapy NPWT) is an advanced wound care treatment modality that has been shown to assist in wound healing for various hard-to-heal wound types. The ability of NPWT to manage wounds, reduce exudate, and promote new tissue and perfusion facilitates optimized healing across the continuum. 

Practical knowledge of principles, indications, contraindications, and specific device instructions for NPWT will ensure better outcomes across the continuum. Utilizing a multidisciplinary team-based approach, combined with patient and staff education about NPWT, will support patients through their transition across care settings.

Julie Rivera is a Certified Wound Ostomy Continence nurse at Lenox Hill hospital in New York City. Her nursing practice settings have also included ambulatory care and homecare. She is also certified in Nursing Professional Development and has served as an adjunct nursing instructor. She is a published author and has presented and collaborated in poster presentations at numerous national and international conferences.

Dr. Marco Romanelli

Full Professor
Department of Dermatology
University of Pisa

Session: Atypical Wounds: Atypical Dermatologic Conditions

1.00 CME Credits | 1.00 Contact Hours

Atypical dermatologic conditions consist of various skin conditions that are seen infrequently, including rashes, benign lesions, cysts, and tumors. These conditions are skin manifestations that can demonstrate local invasion and/or metastatic potential. Health care professionals should have practical knowledge of general principles in the identification and management of atypical conditions of the skin.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, atypical dermatologic conditions have been observed, with various clinical presentations. Researchers are continuing to develop a better understanding of these unique skin manifestations.

Dr Romanelli is full professor of dermatology and chairman of the Division of Dermatology, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy.

Dr Romanelli is a graduate of the University of Pisa and received his MD and PhD in experimental dermatology from the medical faculty. He completed his residency in dermatology in Pisa and a fellowship at the Wound Healing Research Center, University of Miami, FL, USA.

Subsequently, he specialized in medical hydrology. Since 2000 Dr Romanelli has been a member of the Medical Faculty of the University of Pisa and adjunct associate professor at Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
Dr Romanelli is currently past-president of the World Union of Wound Healing Societies WUWHS. He is also a member of the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP). He is also leader of the WOUND HEALING Task Force at the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology EADV. At national and international levels, Dr Romanelli has served as member and chair of multiple grant review panels and on the editorial advisory boards of multiple journals.

Dr Romanelli has extensive clinical experience of managing patients with leg ulceration. He is responsible for the Wound Healing Research Unit inside the Santa Chiara Hospital at the University of Pisa. In 2006 he coordinated the European Pressure Ulcers prevalence project in Italy, which has put together data from over 25 national hospitals.

Dr Romanelli’s research activities include the development of biomaterials to be used on acute and chronic wounds, the implementation of different scaffolds for tissue engineering, and the elaboration of a prototype to noninvasively assess acute and chronic wounds.

Chandan K Sen, PhD, FACN, FACSM

Session: The Role of Inflammation and Oxygen Free Radicals in Wound Healing

1.00 CME Credits | 1.00 Contact Hours

The defensive immune response that is communicated by the host against foreign pathogens is inflammation. Inflammation occurs after injury and produces reactive oxygen species resulting from the high degree of phagocytosis. As wound healing occurs and progresses, cell proliferation and migrations begin in response to the redox signaling of reactive oxygen species.

Chronic inflammation produces an abundance of oxygen free radicals, thereby creating an increase in inflammation. This vicious cycle can cause further damage in other systems in the body. Oxygen free radicals are known to be involved in the development of the systemic inflammatory response syndrome.

Dr. Chandan K. Sen is a Distinguished Professor, J. Stanley Battersby Chair and Professor of Surgery, and Director of the Indiana Center for Regenerative Medicine and Engineering (ICRME). At IU, he serves as Associate Vice President of Research. At the IU School of Medicine, he serves as Associate Dean of Research. At Indiana University Health, Dr. Sen is the Executive Director of the Comprehensive Wound Center. Dr. Sen is recognized as a Lilly INCITE scholar. Dr. Sen is the Indiana PI for the six center NIH sponsored Diabetic Foot Consortium.

After completing his Master of Science in Human Physiology from the University of Calcutta, Dr. Sen received his PhD in Physiology from the University of Eastern Finland. Dr. Sen trained as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California at Berkeley’s Molecular and Cell Biology department. His first faculty appointment was in the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. In 2000, Dr. Sen moved to The Ohio State University where he was tenured John H & Mildred C Lumley Professor of Surgery, Executive Director of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Wound Center and Director of the Ohio State University’s Center for Regenerative Medicine & Cell Based Therapies.

Dr. Sen’s primary areas of research interest include tissue injury, repair, regeneration and infection. His group has pioneered the Tissue Nanotransfection (TNT) technology in regenerative medicine. TNT received the 2018 Edison Awards for Innovation. Dr. Sen’s work has also led to electroceutical management of tissue infection. In 2016, this technology received the Frost & Sullivan award for new product innovation. Dr. Sen has published over 325 peer reviewed publications and a dozen books which are currently cited over 36000 times in the literature. He has a current H-index of 99.

Dr. Thomas Serena, MD, FACS

Founder & Medical Director
SerenaGroup®

Session: The Nuts and Bolts of Cellular and Tissue-Based Products

1.00 CME Credits | 1.00 Contact Hours

 

Cellular and/or tissue-based products (CTPs) in wound care include an ever-expanding scope of technologies on the market, including the CTPs formerly known as “skin substitutes” and autologous homologous delivery systems.

Evidence suggests that the use of CTPs accelerates healing in patients with chronic and complex wounds when compared with standard wound care.

Dr. Thomas Serena, the Founder and Medical Director of The SerenaGroup®, a family of wound, hyperbaric and research companies, is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of The College of William and Mary and Penn State Medical School. He is one of the world’s leading experts in infection diagnostics. Dr. Serena holds numerous patents on wound care devices and dressings and is recognized internationally as an expert in the field of wound healing. Dr. Serena has more than 200 published papers and has given more than 1,000 invited lectures throughout the world and has published two medical textbooks and authored numerous book chapters. He is 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. Dr. Serena has also been Vice-President of the American College of Hyperbaric Medicine and President of the American Professional Wound Care Association.

 

Dr. Robert Snyder, DPM, MSc, MBA, CWSP

Dean, Professor & Director Clinical Research
Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine

Session: The Utilization of an Autologous Blood Clot Tissue Matrix in the Treatment of Chronic Wounds in Patients with Diabetes

1.00 CME Credits | 1.00 Contact Hours

Autologous blood clot tissue creates a protective setting for the body to utilize its own mechanisms to enhance and support wound healing in an organized manner as the healing cascade advances. The in vitro blood clot tissue is derived from the patient’s whole blood, where it assists in the wound healing process naturally.

Research shows how autologous blood clots help stimulate healing and facilitate the movement of critical substrates while lowering bioburden and fostering angiogenesis. This process is rapid, and autologous blood clot tissue is applied in wounds of various etiologies such as venous leg ulcers, pressure injuries, and diabetic foot ulcers.

Dr. Robert Snyder is Interim Dean, Professor and Director of Clinical Research and Fellowship Director 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 Visiting Professor. To constantly expand his knowledge and stay current in all aspects of healthcare, he has completed 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 as the Associate Editor or JAPMA and on the editorial advisory boards of Ostomy Wound Management, Wounds and as a periodic reviewer for the Lancet and NEJM. He has been a Principal Investigator on more than 65 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.

Dr. Naz Wahab MD FAAFP FAWPCA

Wound Care Experts Owner
Las Vegas, Nevada

Session: Newer Techniques of Non-Invasive Vascular Assessment That You Can Use in the Clinic

1.00 CME Credits | 1.00 Contact Hours

Patients with chronic lower limb wounds need a thorough vascular assessment for treatment and management of underlying conditions. This is also a critical step to predict healing, screen for arterial disease, determine revascularization, predict benefit of adjunct therapies such as hyperbaric oxygen therapy, and assess the risk of amputation.

Non-invasive vascular assessment methods that can be performed in the clinic setting are limited. Evaluating microcirculation and macrocirculation is warranted in patients with lower extremity wounds. Patients with diabetes have more complex vascular anatomy and wider disease distribution, and performing newer techniques of non-invasive vascular assessment during clinic visits is of great benefit.

Dr. Wahab serves as the medical director for the Mountain View Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center in Las Vegas and the medical director of inpatient wound care for Dignity Health hospitals. She is an active member of many wound care and hyperbaric organizations, including Board member and Treasurer of Association for the Advancement of Wound Care, Board Member of The American College of Clinical Wound Specialist. She is a member of European Wound Management Association, and Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society. Currently, she is an active committee member on the Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders and participates in multiple educational committees for wound healing.
Dr. Wahab is passionate about research. She is the lead clinical investigator for an international biotech company. She is part of three medical advisory boards for advanced wound care products. She is also adjunct faculty member at the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Touro University Nevada in Henderson, Nevada, and develops wound care programs for continuing education for physicians and other allied health professionals.
Dr. Wahab utilizes a research-oriented, multi-disciplinary approach to foster a personalized environment for her patients. She is always integrating new, proven research and technological advancements in her patient-centered wound therapy programs.

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