Planning Committee

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Robert S. Kirsner, MD, PhD, FAAD (Co-Chair)
Chairman and Harvey Blank Professor
Dr. Phillip Frost Department of Dermatology & 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.

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Dot Weir, RN, CWON, CWS (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 has also authored or co-authored numerous book chapters and papers. 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 Guidelines Update Working Group
•    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

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

Dr. Cole is a native of Ohio. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Cincinnati and is a 1999 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 Hospital's Ahuja Medical Center, and Adjunct Faculty & 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.

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

Dr. Ehmann is a clinical specialist working at Atrium Health Stanly.  Over the last 17 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 focused interest on the science of compression and the 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; and 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 Advanced 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.

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Geoffrey C. Gurtner, MD, FACS
Johnson & Johnson Distinguished Professor of Surgery
Professor (by courtesy) of Bioengineering and Materials Science
Inaugural Vice Chairman of Surgery for Innovation
Stanford University School of Medicine
Stanford, CA

Professor and Inaugural Vice Chairman of Surgery for Innovation at Stanford, Dr. Gurtner is a magna cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College and an Alpha Omega Alpha graduate of the University of California-San Francisco School of Medicine. He completed a general surgery residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School program, a plastic surgery residency at the New York University School of Medicine, and received advanced training in microsurgery at the University of Texas-MD Anderson Cancer Center. He is currently double-boarded in surgery and plastic surgery. Dr. Gurtner is the Executive Director of the Stanford Advanced Wound Care Center and currently serves as Chair of the NIDDK Diabetic Foot Ulcer (DFU) Consortium. He is Co-Director of Hagey Laboratory for Pediatric Regenerative Medicine. In addition to maintaining an active surgical practice in aesthetic surgery, wound healing, and breast cancer reconstruction, Dr. Gurtner has received multiple National Institutes of Health R01 awards, Department of Defense grants, and numerous smaller awards from foundations and the private sector. He is the author of more than 296 peer-reviewed publications, an editor for the sixth edition of Grabb & Smith’s Plastic Surgery and the Yearbook of Plastic Surgery, received the James Barrett Brown Award from the American Association of Plastic Surgeons in both 2009 and 2010, and is a James IV traveling fellow for 2010. He is the President of the Wound Healing Society (WHS). Dr. Gurtner is also a member of the Stanford Biodesign Program, a joint venture between the Stanford Business and Medical Schools focusing on medical technology innovation. He holds multiple patents and patent applications in vascular medicine, wound healing, and aesthetic medicine; is active in the commercialization of new technologies for clinical practice; and has founded several venture-backed start-up companies in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Robert J. Klein, DPM, FACFAS, CWS
Robert J. Klein, DPM, FACFAS, CWS
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery
University of South Carolina School of Medicine - Greenville
Greenville, SC

Originally from Caldwell, New Jersey, Dr. 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 in Greenville, SC. 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 System - Upstate. He has more than 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. 

Kimberly LeBlanc, PhD, RN, NSWOC, WOCC(C)
Kimberly LeBlanc, PhD, RN, NSWOC, WOCC(C)
Chair, Wound Ostomy Continence Institute / Institut de l’Enseignement Pour Infirmières en Plaies, Stomies et Continence
Association of Nurses Specialized in Wound Ostomy Continence Canada
Advanced Practice Nurse, KDS Professional Consulting
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Dr. LeBlanc is the Academic Chair of the Wound Ostomy Continence Institute and a Certified Wound Ostomy and Continence (WOCC(C)) Nurse working with KDS Professional Consulting. She is an Adjunct Professor with the University of Western Ontario Masters in Wound Care Program and an Affiliate Faculty with the McGill University School of Nursing.

She completed her BScN from McGill University, Masters of Nursing from Athabasca University, and Doctorate of Philosophy in Nursing from Queen’s University. Dr. LeBlanc is also a graduate of the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Institute (formerly CAET) and the International Interdisciplinary Wound Care Course from the University of Toronto. She has more than 22 years of Wound, Ostomy and Continence nursing experience.

Dr. LeBlanc is the past president of the International Skin Tear Advisory Panel, an international expert reviewer for the Joanna Briggs Institute in Australia, and a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Advances in Skin and Wound Care. She is a sought after speaker, frequently lectures nationally and internationally on wound and ostomy care, and is considered a global expert on wounds in the aging population. She has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. Her current area of research interest is skin health in the frail elderly. She was as awarded the 2018 Nurses Specialized in Wound Ostomy Continence Canada Association President’s Award and the 2016 Canadian Nurses Association Award of Merit for her contributions to WOC nursing in Canada.

Hadar A. Lev-Tov, MD, MAS
Hadar A. Lev-Tov, MD, MAS
Assistant Professor
Dr. Phillip Frost Department of Dermatology and 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.

Frank Aviles, PT, CWS, FACCWS, CLT-LANA, ALM, AWCC, DAPWCA
Frank Aviles, PT, CWS, FACCWS, CLT-LANA, ALM, AWCC, DAPWCA
Wound Care Clinical Coordinator
Natchitoches Regional Medical Center
Natchitoches, LA

Frank is currently the Wound Care Clinical Coordinator at Natchitoches Regional Medical Center (NRMC), overseeing and assisting with wound care practices across the continuum of care.  He has more than 30 years of wound care experience and has multiple roles as a physical therapist, wound and lymphedema specialist, hyperbaric technician, consultant, and educator.

Frank is also involved with Louisiana Extended Care Hospital Natchitoches, LHC group, the Academy of Lymphatic Studies, Cane River Therapy Services, industry, Virtual Wound Rounds, and Wound Healing Roundtables.

He has been an American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) member since 1990, is a board certified wound specialist, a fellow of the American College of Certified Wound Specialists, a certified lymphedema therapist, advanced wound care certified, currently serves as the practice chair for the Special Interest Group section of the Academy of Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management Section of the APTA, is on the Why Wound Care Advisory Board for HMP Global, is on the editorial board for Today’s Wound Clinic, is a Today’s Wound Clinic – “Let’s Be Frank” columnist, is a board member for Community Healthcare Education Network (CHEN), is on the board of directors for the American Professional Wound Care Association (APWCA), advisory board member for Wound Source, education committee member for the American College of Certified Wound Specialist (ACCWS) , and a board member for the Save a Leg Save a Life Foundation (SALSAL).
 

Lee C. Ruotsi, MD, ABWMS, CWS-P, UHM
Lee C. Ruotsi, MD, ABWMS, CWS-P, UHM
Medical Director
Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine
Saratoga Hospital
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 Injury Advisory Panel (NPIAP). 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, CWS
Susie Seaman, NP, MSN, CWOCN, CWS
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. She left there in 2006 to open a wound clinic for Sharp Rees-Stealy, a 550 physician multi-specialty medical group in San Diego. She left there in January 2019 to work for Infectious Disease Consultants in La Jolla, California, where she oversaw antibiotic therapy for patients with skin and soft tissue infections, osteomyelitis, and other challenging infections. She left there in August 2020 to work in her consulting business. 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.

George Pliagas, MD, FACS, FRCSC
George Pliagas, MD, FACS, FRCSC
Vascular Surgeon
ACV Centers
Las Vegas, NV

Dr. Pliagas is a board-certified general vascular surgeon. His vascular interests include hybrid techniques to facilitate peripheral revascularizations and endovascular treatment strategies for critical limb ischemia and pedal access.  His three decades of expertise extends across the field of endovascular abdominal aneurysm repair to peripheral endovascular experience, which stems back to 1992 . His first endovascular aneurysm repair was performed in 1999.

Dr. Pliagas earned his medical degree at University of Patras, Greece, and he completed his  general surgery and vascular surgery training at University of Western Ontario, Canada. In 1989, he completed an additional year of vascular training at UWO. 

Throughout his career Dr. Pliagas, has trained fellow colleagues and industry partners and served as course director and faculty member for many institutions in the United States and Europe. He has served as principal investigator for  clinical trials and has authored  publications. In addition, he has presented his work at national and international symposia including VIVA, the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care where he helps organize the peripheral vascular program, AMP,  and the European Endovascular & Interventional Cardiology Conference, and he served as a course co-director  for the 2nd Interventional Cardiology Skills Enhancement.

His commitment and passion for limb salvage  and his ongoing interest in the development of endovascular and hybrid techniques to battle critical limb threatened ischemia has led Dr. Pliagas  to join Advanced Cardiac and Vascular Centers for Amputation Prevention founded in Grand Rapids Michigan by Dr. J. Mustapha and Dr. F. Saab .
 

Catherine T. Milne, MSN, APRN, CWOCN-AP
Catherine T. Milne, MSN, APRN, CWOCN-AP
Advanced Practice Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nurse
Connecticut Clinical Nursing Associates
Bristol, CT

Cathy is an Advanced Practice WOC Nurse providing care to patients across the continuum in acute care, long-term care, home health, and outpatient settings. Employed by Connecticut Clinical Nursing Associates, she also provides consulting to organizations wishing to improve wound outcomes, conducts clinical research, lectures nationally and internationally, is the Co-Editor of the text Wound, Ostomy, Continence Secrets as well as the 3rd Edition of the Wound Care Certification Study Guide. Cathy provides clinical support to WoundReference.com, currently serves as the Co-chair of the Post-Acute Care Symposium, and is a Clinical Instructor at the Yale School of Nursing.

Martiza Molina, RDN
Martiza Molina, RDN
USC Department of Surgery Outpatient Clinical Registered Dietitian
Keck Medicine of USC
Southgate, CA

Maritza is a driven Registered Dietitian who is determined to prevent, cure, and improve nutrition-related diseases through evidence-based nutrition practice guidelines. Maritza has years of experience working with an array of populations in different clinical sectors that range from acute care settings, specialty outpatient settings, and community nutrition. She has also developed and directed outpatient programs and owns her own private practice.  

Maritza currently works as a full-time RD for Keck Medicine of the USC Outpatient General Surgery Department. Maritza was granted the opportunity to create for an outpatient nutrition program for Keck Medicine of USC Outpatient General Surgery Department and has successfully built a structural foundation, spearheaded, and directed the program as it continues to grow and evolve. Her nutrition clinic serves the following specialties and pursuits: General Surgery, Upper GI, Thoracic, The Southwestern Academic Limb Salvage Alliance+Flow and Toe, Colorectal and Plastics. 

She provides Advance Nutrition Education for following specialty situatons including butnot limited to: Esophagectomy, Gastrectomy, RYN+GB, Fundoplication, Gastroparesis, Colectomy, other GI-related disease, EN and TPN/PPN management, pre-surgery optimization, and post-surgery nutrition management.

Since 2018, Maritza has worked as an Acute and Critical Care Clinical Registered Dietitian for all of Avanti Hospitals in Los Angeles, CA. In addition, Maritza also has her own outpatient private practice, Silver Spoon Elite Nutrition, founded in 2015, where she specializes in Sports Nutrition, preventing/managing nutrition-related diseases, and weight management. 

Maritza’s past professional experience also includes creating and directing a nutrition program for White Memorial Community Health Center (WMCHC). She created bilingual pediatric nutrition classes and nutrition handouts for patients and families and provided one-on-one medical nutrition therapy for preventive nutrition and acute or chronic conditions.

Over the last year, Maritza has been fortunate to co-author an expert consensus and guidance book, Nutrition Interventions in Adults with Diabetic Foot Ulcers, written alongside her MD colleagues in 2021. She has also been a speaker for the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care for Spring 2021 where she spoke about “Targeted Nutrition Therapy to Support Wound Healing” and for Fall 2021 where she expanded on the importance of nutrition in wound care “Nutrition: Heart of Healthcare and Wound Care”.

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Jeanine Maguire, MPT, CWS
VP, Skin Integrity & Wound Management
Genesis Healthcare
Quakertown, PA

Jeanine is a PT and CWS who serves as the VP for Skin Integrity, Wound Management at Genesis HealthCare. In that role, Jeanine collaborates with the interdisciplinary team within SNF/LTC/ALF facilities across the United States to provide education, mentoring, and consultation. As a proponent of evidence-based patient-centered care, she leads an interdisciplinary national skin council in the review and synthesis of research and guidelines in order to to update policies and provide live and webinar education. As a recognized innovative professional, Jeanine is committed to influencing and supporting the emerging paradigm of compassion in healthcare. Jeanine currently serves on the educational council for AHCA and is a recognized leader and speaker for best practices in wound management.