2019 Conference Chairs
Charles Andersen, MDChief of Vascular-Endovascular-Limb Preservation Service and Medical Director of the Wound Care Clinic at Madigan Army Medical Center
Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Washington and the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences
After graduating from Utah State University, Charles Andersen, MD earned his medical degree at the University of Utah where he also completed an internship and a one year of Surgical Training. He then entered the military where he completed his surgical residency at Madigan Army Medical Center and a Vascular Surgery fellowship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He remained in the military where his positions included program director in General Surgery and Chief of the Department of Surgery at Madigan Army Medical Center for 20 years. After retirement from the Army, he remained at Madigan Army Medical Center as a Civilian Physician. He has spoken nationally and internationally on Vascular Surgery, Limb Preservation, and Wound Care. He has over 100 peer-reviewed publications. Currently, he is Chief of the Vascular/Endovascular/Limb Preservation Service and Medical Director of the Wound Care Clinic at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma Washington. He is a Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Washington and the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences.
Lawrence A Lavery, DPM, MPHProfessor and Director of Clinical Research
Department of Plastic Surgery
University of Texas
Southwestern Medical Center - Dallas, TX
Lawrence Lavery, DPM, MPH is a Professor in the Department of Plastic Surgery, as well as Director of Clinical Research in the Department of Plastic Surgery, at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas. His research group has published 208 peer reviewed papers and has received extramural funding from the VA, NIH, AHRQ, American Diabetes Association, and two American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.
Lee C Rogers, DPMMedical Director
Amputation Prevention Centers of America
White Plains, NY
Lee Rogers, DPM is the national medical director of the Amputation Prevention Centers of America, a division of RestorixHealth, Inc, which manages 130 specialized centers across the U.S. in 24 states. He is the past chair of the foot care council for the American Diabetes Association. Dr Rogers received the 2011 Rising Star Award from the American Podiatric Medical Association for outstanding national accomplishments and has been selected by Podiatry Management Magazine as one of the most influential podiatrists in America. Dr Rogers was selected as Educator of the Year from the California Podiatric Medical Association in 2012 and given the Master's Award from the American Professional Wound Care Association. Dr Rogers' work has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, US News & World Report and he's been a guest on ABC's The Doctors Show and featured on PBS's American Medical Journal and Al Jazeera International's The Cure.
Tomas Serena, MDVice President - American College of Hyperbaric Medicine
Founder & Medical Director, Penn North Centers For Advanced Wound Care, Erie, PA
Tomas E Serena, MD, FACS, FACHM, MAPWCA, CEO and Medical Director of The SerenaGroup, a family of the wound, hyperbaric and research companies, is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of The College of William and Mary and Penn State Medical School. He completed his residency in Surgery at The Milton S Hershey Medical Center with an additional year of training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Southern Illinois University. To date, he has opened and operates wound care centers across the United States and globally. Dr Serena has been the lead or Principal investigator in over 100 clinical trials, including gene therapy for critical limb ischemia, antimicrobial dressings, growth factors, topical and parenteral antibiotics, and CTP therapy. He founded the first wound healing cooperative research group that produced more than 12 manuscripts in 2016 alone. In 2011 he developed a diagnostic technique that now bears his name (The Serena Technique). He holds numerous patents on wound care devices and dressings. He is recognized internationally as an expert in the field of wound healing: He has more than 200 published papers and has given more than 1000 invited lectures throughout the world. He has published three medical textbooks and authored numerous book chapters. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Wound Healing Society and served two terms on the board of the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC) and is now the President. He has also been Vice-President of the American College of Hyperbaric Medicine and President of the American Professional Wound Care Association.
Anthony Tickner, DPMSaint Vincent Hospital/RestorixHealth Wound Care Center
Anthony Tickner, DPM 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 AACWS, APWCA, APWH, and the ADFS. Dr Tickner is a highly sought-after international wound care consultant and is the Medical Director of limb salvage and amputation prevention services at Associated Foot Specialists in Hudson, Massachusetts. Dr Tickner also serves on the board of directors for both the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC) as well as the Massachusetts Foot & Ankle Society. Dr Tickner is also on the ABPM committee for amputation prevention and is a faculty member of Present Podiatry.
David M Barbara, MDGeneral Surgery and Wound Management
Genesis Healthcare System
David M Barbara is a general surgeon with over 30 years of clinical and teaching experience. His medical education included four years at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and a fifth year as a Pathology Fellow doing work in Surgical Pathology. He then spent six years in Minnesota in residency training that included General and Vascular Surgery, Trauma Surgery, and Critical Care. He served as the surgical director of the Oncology Institute of Lafayette, the Chief of Surgery at St Elizabeth Medical Center (also in Lafayette), and clinical faculty at the Indiana University School of Medicine. He re-located to central Ohio in 2003 where he currently has an active general surgery practice. In the last ten years, he has focused attention on the physiology and biochemistry of wound healing and has studied the role of dietary factors on the endothelium, nitric oxide production, vasodilatation, and healing.
Karen Lynn Bauer, BA, RN, NP-C, CWS, CHRNDirector of Wound Services
The University of Toledo
Karen Lynn Bauer, BA, RN, NP-C, CWS, CHRN completed her undergraduate coursework at The University of Toledo and obtained her Master’s degree in Nursing from The Ohio State University in 2006. She is currently working on her Doctorate of Nursing Practice at the University of Toledo, with a projected graduation date in 2017. She is certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner with over eight years of experience in wound management as a Nurse Practitioner in many settings. She is wound certified by the American Board of Wound Management and a Fellow of the American Association of Clinical Wound Specialists. She is currently the Director of Wound Services at The University of Toledo, in the Division of Vascular, Endovascular, and Wound Surgery.
Cheryl Carver, LPN, WCC, CWCA, CWCP, DAPWCA, FACCWS, CLTC,Clinical Specialist
Cheryl Carver, LPN, WCC, CWCA, CWCP, DAPWCA, FACCWS, CLTC, is currently working as a Clinical Specialist for American Medical Technologies in the North Bay area of California. Her experience includes 20 years in wound care and hyperbaric medicine. Cheryl has received many high reviews as a nationally recognized wound educator and has been invited to speak to interdisciplinary audiences all over the world. Cheryl single-handedly developed a comprehensive educational training manual for onboarding wound care physicians, as well as many other published white papers and articles. Cheryl is a clinical writer for the WoundSource Practice Accelerator Series featuring monthly white papers, eBooks, blog articles, and webinar events. She was the first LPN to be accepted into the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC) Speakers Bureau. Cheryl is also an active AAWC member and Ambassador, Diplomat (DAPWCA) with the American Professional Wound Care Association, and Fellow (FACCWS) of The American College of Clinical Wound Specialists. Cheryl enjoys traveling, writing, and is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Science degree in Communications w/emphasis on Journalism.
Windy Cole, DPMAdjunct Professor and Director of Wound Care Research
Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine
Windy Cole, DPM is an Adjunct Professor and Director of Wound Care Research at Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine. A native of Youngstown, Ohio, Dr Cole completed her undergraduate degree in biology at the University of Cincinnati, and her podiatry degree with honors from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. She then completed her surgical residency training at University Hospitals Health System in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr Cole is board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. She is an active member of the APMA, OPMA, and AAWC. Dr Cole has been in practice in Northeastern Ohio for 17 years. Her interest is in limb salvage and wound care, and she currently serves as Director of Wound Care Services for Cleveland Regency Hospitals and is the Medical Director at University Hospitals Ahuja Wound Care Center. Dr Cole has published on wound care modalities, and speaks nationally and internationally on limb preservation and wound care.
Renee Cordrey, PT, MSPT, MPH, CWS
Renee Cordrey, PT, MSPT, MPH, CWS, found her wound care passion while a physical therapy student. Since then she has become board certified in wound care and focused her career in that specialty. She has worked in acute care, long term care, in an outpatient wound clinic, and in academia, teaching at two Doctor of Physical Therapy programs. She has been very active within the wound care community throughout her career, currently serving her third term on the Board of Directors of the AAWC and various roles in the American Physical Therapy Association, the Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society, the American Academy of Wound Management, the Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders, and Health Volunteers Overseas. She was honored with the AAWC’s Distinguished Member award as well as special recognition for her work as editor of the Advancing the Practice website. She has over 70 presentations and publications on wound-related topics. After completing her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy she went on to earn a Masters in Public Health, concentrating in health promotion and health education and is completing her dissertation for her PhD, examining how stress influences venous ulcer healing.
David Davidson, DPMStaff Physician
Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine
Degraff Memorial Hospital
Buffalo, New York
David Davidson, DPM is Chief of the Podiatry Section of the Department of Orthopedics of the Kaleida Health System. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Orthopedics, SUNY@Buffalo School of Medicine. Dr Davidson is a founding partner of a group podiatry practice in Buffalo, New York which is now a Department in a multidisciplinary medical group, Buffalo Medical Group. He was Past President of the Western Division of the New York State Podiatric Medical Society, Western Division of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, National American College of Foot Orthopedics and American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine. Dr Davidson is Board Certified in American Board of Podiatric Surgery Board Certified, American Board of Podiatric Orthopedists and Primary Podiatric Medicine
Emily Greenstein, APRN, CNP, CWON, FACCWS
Emily Greenstein, APRN, CNP, CWON, FACCWS 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 an active member of the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care and currently serves as co-chair for the Research and Membership Committees. She serves as a blogger for WoundSource and currently serves as the Media Chair 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.
Warren S Joseph, DPMRoxborough Memorial Hospital
Editor - Journal of the APMA
Warren S Joseph, DPM is a podiatric and infectious disease attending at Roxborough Memorial Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. He is a specialist in the treatment of lower extremity infectious diseases. Dr Joseph received his podiatric degree, magna cum laude, from WM Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago. Dr Joseph completed his postgraduate training in podiatric medicine/surgery at St Joseph's Hospital, and a fellowship in infectious diseases at Hahnemann University School of Medicine, both in Philadelphia. Dr Joseph is a fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and sits on the IDSA Diabetic Foot Infection Guidelines Committee. He is also certified by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine, and currently serves as Editor of the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association. Dr Joseph lectures extensively and his presentations have focused on the treatment of bacterial and fungal infections of the lower extremity. He has authored a number of papers and book chapters in the field of lower extremity infections and is the author of the Handbook of Lower Extremity Infections, now in its third edition
Melayne Martin, BSN, RN, CWOCNWound Program Manager
Parkland Health & Hospital System
Melayne Martin, BSN, RN, CWOCN is a graduate of Emory University Wound Ostomy Continence Nursing Education Program with more than 20 years in practice as a certified WOC Nurse. She is currently the Wound Program Manager at Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas, Texas, where it is her privilege to lead a dedicated team that serves patients in acute care, outpatient clinics, and Jail Health. In 2010, Melayne was recognized as Leader of the Year for her hospital system, and in 2015, she was again recognized as a Dallas Fort Worth Great 100 Nurse. A love of all things WOC nursing has led Melayne to multiple national presentations and publications, as well as most recently to a position on the Wound Ostomy Continence Nursing Certification Board where she serves as the liaison to the Professional Growth Program (PGP) committee.
Aaron Rossi, MDCEO
PAL Health Technologies
Dr Rossi graduated from Elmhurst College in 2006 and received his medical degree from the University of Sint Eustatius School of Medicine in 2012. While still in medical school, Dr Rossi discovered his passion and unique aptitude for the business management of private medical practice. Since graduating from medical school Dr Rossi has served in multiple capacities across the healthcare continuum allowing him to expand his knowledge and develop a diverse skillset which he applies as CEO of PAL Health Technologies. Driven by his passion to help private practice physicians navigate the ever-changing healthcare landscape, Dr Rossi has developed a proven model for private practice management. He developed his model as he grew a single provider practice into a robust multi-specialty group, quadrupling the practice’s revenue in less than five years. Following that endeavor, Dr Rossi honed his model while serving as the CEO for an ENT practice in Central Illinois, as well as the podiatry practice he shares with his business partner. In 2018, Dr Rossi and his business partner Gerald Paul, DPM, purchased and re-opened PAL Health Technologies, expanding the organization’s product and service offerings to include our new Practice Management, Revenue Cycle Management and IT service lines, almost completing Dr Rossi’s vision of providing holistic business support and consulting to private practice physicians. He then in June 2019 launched Reditus Laboratories (full-service Pathology lab), which he built off the strong PAL Foundation. Even though Dr Rossi’s primary focus is using his talents as CEO for several healthcare-based organizations in Central Illinois, including PAL Health Technologies and Reditus Laboratories, he continues to assist his business partner with his podiatry practice assisting in surgery as well. He also continues to provide care to patients through his other practice SoundChioce, which he employs a doctor of Audiology. Dr Rossi believes staying in touch with direct patient care allows him to better serve PAL’s practice partners as he understands the challenges private practice physicians experience every day. His main goal that provides his drive is to keep doctors autonomous!
Jill Trelease, DNP(c), FNP-BC, CWON, CFCN,Program Director Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine
Inpatient Wound and Ostomy Care Consultant
Jill Trelease, DNP(c), FNP-BC, CWON, CFCN, is a wound, ostomy and foot certified Family Nurse Practitioner with more than 15 years of nursing experience in wound and ostomy care. She is currently the Program Director for RestorixHealth’s award-winning Center for Wound Healing at Morton Hospital in Taunton, Massachusetts. She is active in the wound care community, having presented at multiple national conferences and currently serving as the President of the Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing Certification Board, where she has also held positions as a Foot Care Liaison and Financial Officer. She was accepted as a Peer Reviewer for the journal Advances in Skin and Wound Care 2019, and since 2013, has published several articles of her own in the Journal of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing. After receiving her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Rhode Island, Jill received her Certificate in Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Care from Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Massachusetts in 2004. She received her master’s degree from the University of Rhode Island’s Family Nurse Practitioner program in 2014 and is currently enrolled in the university’s Doctorate of Nursing Practice program with an anticipated graduation date of late 2019.
Kelly Tyrrell, BSN, RN, CWCNWound Care Clinical Specialist
U.S. Subsidiary, Medical Markets Center 3M Medical Solutions Division
Kelly Tyrrell, BSN, RN, CWCN is a board-certified Wound Nurse with eight years of experience. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Arizona State University and completed her Wound Nurse coursework from Emory University in Atlanta. Her nursing experience includes a Complex Intervention Medical Unit that specialized in extensive wound care prior to accepting a position with the Acute Care Wound Team full time. In her current role with 3M, she educates clinicians with evidence-based practice skin and wound care through product training and continuing education programs.
Dane K Wukich, MDProfessor and Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Dane K Wukich, MD, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at UT Southwestern, where he holds the Dr Charles F Gregory Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery. He is also the Medical Director of Orthopaedic Surgery at UT Southwestern University Hospitals. Dr Wukich received his undergraduate education from Carnegie-Mellon University and earned his medical degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He completed his general surgery residency and orthopaedic surgery residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, followed by a fellowship in foot and ankle surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. As an Army Medical Corps officer, Dr Wukich served as chief of orthopaedic surgery in Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield. He achieved the rank of Major with the U.S. Army, receiving several Army Commendation Medals and an Army Achievement Medal. Dr Wukich also received the Southwest Asia Services Medal and the National Defense Service Ribbon. Dr Wukich is a nationally renowned foot and ankle specialist, educator, lecturer, and researcher. He has written more than 100 papers and given invited lectures around the globe. He serves as a peer reviewer for 11 journals and is the author or co-author of several book chapters dealing with foot and ankle problems in athletes and patients with diabetes. His research interest includes the complications of circular external fixation in patients with diabetes, foot and ankle problems in post-transplant patients, and treatment of spastic deformities of the foot and ankle in patients with traumatic brain injury and/or stroke. He remains actively involved in the education of orthopaedic surgery not only around the world but also here at UT Southwestern with orthopaedic residents. Dr Wukich is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, the American Orthopaedic Association, and the American Diabetes Association.