SAWC Co-Chairs

SAWC Co-Chair Robert S. Kirsner, MD, PHD, FAAD
Robert S. Kirsner, MD, PHD, FAAD
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, Florida

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.

SAWC Co-Chair Dot Weir, RN, CWON, CWS
Dot Weir, RN, CWON, CWS
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