Richard Simman, MD, FACS, FACCWS
Wound Care Program/Jobst Vascular Institue/ProMedica Health System – Co-Director – Toledo, OH
Dr. Simman is the founding president and chair of the American Board of Wound Medicine and Surgery, past president of the American College of Clinical Wound Specialists (ACCWS), current editor in chief of the journal of the college and sits on the editorial review board of the Annals of Plastic Surgery. President and Founding Chair of Simman Wound Care and Fellowships.org He is clinical Professor at the department of Pharmacology and Toxicology and Dermatology at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio, Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Toledo.
Co-Director of the Wound Care Program at Jobst Vascular Institute/ProMedica Health System, Toledo, Ohio.
His background includes training in General Surgery at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, Columbia University in New York, NY and a Plastic Surgery residency at Providence Hospital and Medical Centers in Southfield.. In addition, he completed a Burn Fellowship followed by a Research Fellowship at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
He has published over 110 peer-reviewed papers, abstracts, letters and book chapters.
Lee C. Ruotsi, MD, FACCWS, UHM
Following completion of Family Practice residency in 1988, Dr. Ruotsi entered a career in Family Practice and Emergency Medicine. In 2000 he became interested in wound care and hyperbaric medicine and devoted the subsequent years to training and program development in these disciplines.
Dr. Ruotsi presently devotes all of his clinical time to the practice of wound care with a special interest in hyperbaric medicine. He serves as the Medical Director of the Catholic Health Advanced Wound Healing Centers in Buffalo, NY, overseeing two large outpatient wound care and hyperbaric medicine centers as well as in-patient wound care services for the 4 hospital, 1200 bed system. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at The State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine. He lectures regularly to residents and medical students and has been instrumental in curriculum development for wound care training in the Family Practice, Internal Medicine and Podiatric residency programs. In addition to being board certified in both Family Practice and Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine, Dr. Ruotsi is a Certified Wound Specialist. He is committed to community education as well as regional limb preservation efforts as it relates to diabetes and PAD.
Sandra K. Rosenberg, MD, FAAPMR
Sandra K. Rosenberg, MD is a board-certified fellow of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPMR) and is certified in wound care by the American Board of Wound Medicine and Surgery (ABWMS). After graduating from Harvard College she attended the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis followed by residency at the Ohio State University under the tutelage of Dr. Ernest Johnson.
She was Medical Director of the Department of PMR at United Hospital in Saint Paul, Minnesota. In 1993, after her own diagnosis of breast cancer she became interested in lymphedema and started the Lymphedema Program at United Hospital. As the lymphatics are part of the vascular system, she developed expertise in the multiple etiologies of peripheral swelling and the often-concomitant chronic wound care.
Dr. Rosenberg is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. She serves as the Wound Fellowship Medical Director at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis under the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. Working in a multidisciplinary setting Dr. Rosenberg integrates physiatry techniques in edema control and wound care. She is a founding member and on the board of directors of American Board of Wound Medicine and Surgery. She was a founding member of the Dragon Diva breast cancer dragon racing team and the Minnesota Dragon Boat Club. She has been a reviewer for the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She has contributed to multiple medical publications and has lectured to local, national and international audiences.
Rummana Aslam, MD, FAAPMR
Rummana Aslam, MD, is the current Chief of Physical Medical and Rehabilitation at Yale School of Medicine. As a physiatrist (a specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation), she became interested in her field based on her concern for what happens to patients’ function and quality of life after a serious injury or disease.
Her goal, Dr. Aslam explains, is to help patients get back to the life they had before experiencing a severe illness, surgery, or trauma.
Dr. Aslam is a leading wound care physician and scientist recognized nationally and internationally. As medical director of Yale New Haven Health’s Lawrence + Memorial Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Dr. Aslam also helps patients with chronic wounds no matter what the underlying reason is and of all ages. These patients include diabetics who are at risk of amputation and people with leg ulcers, which can be caused by years of smoking or poor circulation.
She has initiated and developed a new 12 month non ACGME accredited Wound Medicine Fellowship Program at Yale School of Medicine in 2021. She is the Wound Medicine Fellow Director
Within PM&R, she is board-certified in brain injury medicine, which means she helps patients with TBIs, including concussions. “Often, these patients have multiple traumas, are treated in the hospital, and return home. However, they continue to suffer from the long-term effects of the brain injury, which affects their normal, day-to-day functioning,” Dr. Aslam explains. “For example, you can have someone who looks and talks fine, but when it comes to higher-level functioning, her brain is still healing and isn’t at that pre-injury level. She needs a physiatrist who specializes in brain medicine to guide her long-term recovery and get her to where she was in her personal and professional life.”
“I want to help patients improve function. They may have to live with a chronic wound for a long time. Instead of ending up disabled and staying home, my job is to keep them working and healthy and fit while they are healing,” she says. “Overall, with all of my patients, my goal is to improve their function so they can feel and be well, and enjoy healthy, productive lives.”
John Lantis, MD, FACS
Dr. John Lantis attended Albany Medical College where he graduated Cum Laude, and was elected Alpha. He completed his general surgery residency at Tufts/New England Medical Center and his vascular surgery fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Since 2004 he has been the Director of Clinical Research, Department of Surgery at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, where in 2007 he was named Chief of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery.
Dr. Lantis currently serves both roles in the Department of Surgery, where he is a Senior Attending Surgeon as well as being an Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery at Columbia University. In addition to an extensive lower limb practice, his clinical practice includes: endovascular and open limb salvage, with a multi-disciplinary approach to wound closure and limb preservation, carotid artery surgery, endovascular abdominal and thoracic aneurysm repair. He has a strong interest in the pathophysiology of lower limb ulceration chronic venous disease and its minimally invasive treatment. He is published in such journals as: Journal of Vascular Surgery, WOUNDS, Diabetes Care and Annals of Vascular Surgery. He currently sits on the editorial board of WOUNDS, and is a reviewer for Annals of Vascular Surgery. He has been the principal investigator on more than 30 multi-center and single center chronic wound trials which have se explored the roles of treatments for wound closure; including negative pressure wound therapy, growth factors, and skin substitutes. Dr. Lantis lectures extensively nationally and internationally on the role of the active agents in the treatment of chronic wound and the importance of the management of bioburden in limb salvage.
Joseph A. Caprini, MD, MS, FACS, RVT
Joseph A. Caprini, M.D., is Clinical Professor of Surgery at the Pritzker School of Medicine, The University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, and also holds the Louis W. Biegler Chair of Surgery at NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston, Illinois.
Dr. Caprini earned his B.S. in biology at Villanova University in Villanova, Pennsylvania, his M.S. at Northwestern University, and his M.D. at Hahnemann Medical College (now known as Drexel University College of Medicine) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He completed his internship in medicine at Evanston Hospital and his residency in general surgery at Northwestern University Medical School. He fulfilled a fellowship in surgical hematology at Northwestern University Medical School (now known as the Feinberg School of Medicine) and was Professor of Surgery there from 1996 to July 1, 2009. He also held professorship at the Robert McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, from 1999 until 2009.
Dr. Caprini has authored or co-authored more than 365 articles, book chapters and abstracts and has presented more than 1485 lectures and 90 exhibits on the study and treatment of venous thromboembolism, venous insufficiency, and related topics. His articles are published in Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis, Archives of Internal Medicine, Journal of Arthroplasty, and Journal of Vascular Surgery to name a few. He serves on the editorial board or as a reviewer for Journal of Vascular Surgery, European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, Phlebology, and Journal of Blood Coagulation and Fibrinolysis, among others. He is a member of many societies, including the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis and the American Venous Forum, where he served as President 2009-2010. He is also a member of the Society for Vascular Surgery, where he is a Distinguished Fellow. He is a Founding Member and the first Honorary Fellow of the European Venous Forum, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the American Society of Hematology, and a founding member and Trustee of the International Surgical Thrombosis Forum. Dr. Caprini has received numerous honors and awards, among which are the Schweppe Foundation Career Development Award and the Coon Fellowship.
Jill Eysaman-Walker, DO, CWSP, MS
Advanced Wound Healing Centers and the Center for Wound Healing – Medical Director – Buffalo, NY
Dr. Jill Eysaman-Walker completed her Family Medicine residency at Sisters of Charity Hospital in Buffalo, NY. She went on to be the inaugural fellow in the Catholic Health Wound Care Fellowship. This fellowship is the first of its kind in the state of New York. Dr. Eysaman-Walker currently serves as medical director at the Advanced Wound Healing Centers and the Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine in Buffalo, NY. She is the program director of the Catholic Health Wound Care Fellowship Program. In addition to her ABWMS certification, she is certified as a Wound Specialist (CWS-P) and holds a board certification in Family Medicine through the American Osteopathic Board of Family Practitioners (AOBFP). She is a clinical adjunctive faculty for the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine as well as the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is an instructor and preceptor for medical, nursing and physical therapy students as well as residents and fellows in the family medicine, podiatry and vascular surgery programs in the Catholic Health System. She has written a series of articles detailing her experiences as a Wound Care Fellow that were published in Today’s Wound Clinic. Dr. Eysaman-Walker lives in Tonawanda, NY with her husband, two small children and beloved Rottweiler, Moose. She enjoys skiing, reading and spending time with her family.
Sharon Henry, MD, FACS
R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center – Trauma Surgeon – Baltimore, Maryland
Dr. Sharon Henry is the Anne Scalea Professor of Trauma Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, is a trauma surgeon at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.
Dr. Henry came to the University of Maryland School Of Medicine and the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in1997, where she is currently an attending trauma surgeon/intensivist and director of the Center’s Division of Wound Healing and Metabolism.
Dr. Henry received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1981 at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. She then returned to Maryland to attend medical school and received her medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1985. Her residency training was at State University of New York’s Health Science Center at Brooklyn where she began her academic career after completing a critical care fellowship at the University of Minnesota.
After joining the faculty at the R A Cowley shock trauma center, in addition to her duties and interests in injury care she was named the chief of the division of wound healing and metabolism service. Dr. Henry has been active in the Maryland Committee on Trauma serving as chair from 2004-2010. She served on the ACS central COT and was chair of the ATLS subcommittee 2013-2018. She is currently the ATLS global program chair. She was on the board of managers of the AAST from 2017-2021 and was a part of the senior visiting surgeon program in 2009 to Landstuhl Germany. She is also a member of the federal Trauma critical care team and serves on the Disaster committee of the AAST.
University of Maryland – Professor of Trauma Surgery – College Park, Maryland
J. Neal Sharpe, MD, FACS
Norton Brownsboro Wound Center – Medical Director – Louisville, KY
Jeffrey Neal Sharpe, MD, FACS, Founder of JNS Wound Services and a Founding Diplomate and Fellow of the American Board of Wound Medicine and Surgery. He received his undergraduate degree (magna cum laude) from Murray State University. He attended medical school at the University of Louisville School of Medicine and completed his training in General Surgery at the University of Louisville in the Department of Surgery. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery. Currently a Staff Surgeon at Norton Brownsboro Hospital and Medical Director of the Norton Brownsboro Wound Treatment Center, Louisville KY.
Caitlyn Hollingshead, MD, CMQ, AAHIVS
The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences
Caitlyn Hollingshead, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences with a professional interest in the intersection of wound care and infectious diseases. Dr. Hollingshead began her education at Miami University, obtaining a degree in microbiology in 2010. She received her medical degree from the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine in 2016. Her postgraduate training was completed at The University of Toledo, where she completed her residency in internal medicine and fellowship in infectious diseases. During her final year, she served as the chief fellow.
She is board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases and received accreditations from the American College of Medical Quality and the American Academy of HIV Medicine. She sees infectious disease wound patients in the Wound Care Program at Jobst Vascular Institute/ProMedica Health System, Toledo, OH, in person and via telemedicine. Her roles at The University of Toledo include Director of Telemedicine for the Infectious Diseases division and co-director of the Department of Medicine quality committee. She also contributes as an administrative editor-in-chief for infectious diseases at StatPearls Publishing.