Gregory is Board Certified in Surgery and Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine. He is certified in Wound Care by the American Board of Wound Healing. He is a Fellow of the American Professional Wound Care Association with the Distinction of Masters, MAPWCA. He is an Assistant Professor of Surgery with Central Michigan School of Medicine. He is the President of the American Board of Wound Healing and Past President of the AAWC. He has published on a
variety of Wound and Hyperbaric Medicine topics.
MS, CRNP, CWCN-AP
Ms. Couch graduated with her Master of Science in Nursing (FNP) from Georgetown University in 2002. Since 2004, she has been credentialed as a Certified Wound Specialist by the American Board of Wound Management. She became a Certified Wound Care Nurse-Advanced Practice by the Wound Ostomy Continence Nurses Board in August 2018. Her primary wound interests are in amputee care, wound infection and venous ulcers.
Currently she works as an NP in the Wound Healing and Limb Preservation Center at George Washington University Hospital. In 2018, Kara became the director of inpatient wound care at George Washington University Hospital. She is an assistant research professor of surgery at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences at George Washington University and Clinical Associate at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.
Ms. Couch is the current nurse board member of the Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders and the Secretary of the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC). She is an editorial board member of Ostomy-Wound Management, Today’s Wound Clinic and WoundSource 2019. Kara is the liaison for the American Association of Nurse Practitioners to the Alliance. In 2017, she was voted onto the Scientific and Medical Advisory Committee of the Amputee Coalition. She became Chair in 2019.
During her tenure as a board member of AAWC, she has continued her work as co-chair of the Guidelines Task Force, member of the Education committee and the Public Policy Task Force. She also has been working on the annual Pressure Ulcer Summit and the Pressure Ulcer Description Tool as a steering committee member.
Teaching residents, medical, nursing and physical therapy students is one of her passions. Kara lectures nationally on various wound topics and is also the primary author or co-author on numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles.
PhD, MS, RN, CWOCN
MD, PhD, FACS
Dr. Lisa Gould, Associate Medical Director and Director of Research at South Shore Hospital Center for Wound Healing, Weymouth, MA, earned her MD, PhD in the Medical Scholars Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has been practicing plastic and reconstructive surgery with an emphasis on difficult wound problems since 1999. She is an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology at University of South Florida and Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Brown University. Dr. Gould brings her passion for research and education in wound care to her clinical practice and to the national organizations that she serves, including the Wound Healing Society, the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care and the American College of Surgeons. A past president of the Wound Healing Society, she has served on the executive board for more than 10 years and is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award. She is currently on the Board of Directors for the Association for Advanced Wound Care and the Wound Healing Society.
Jeffrey M. Levine
MD, AGSF, CMD, CWS-P
Dr. Levine is a practicing physician in New York City. He is Associate Professor of Geriatric Medicine and Palliative care at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine, is a Certified Medical Director and Certified Wound-care Specialist Physician. Starting off as a fellowship trained geriatrician, he developed wound care expertise in the entire continuum of outpatient, hospital settings, and the PALTC environment. He has been actively involved in educational efforts promoting wound care skills among primary care practitioners. Dr. Levine’s is an alumnus of the National Pressure Injury Panel (NPIAP), and speaks widely and writes on the topic of wound care in older patients. His publications include the wound care chapter in the Geriatric Review Syllabus published by the American Geriatrics Society, and co-authored a book, Pocket Guide to Pressure Ulcers, published by the New Jersey Hospital Association, that is currently the wound guide of choice in many PALTC facilities across America.
BSc, MD, M.Ed., D.SC(Hon), FRCPC (Med)(Derm), FAAD, MAPWCA, JM
Dr Sibbald is a dermatologist and internist with a special interest in wound care and education. He is a professor of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Toronto and an international wound care key opinion leader (educator, clinician and clinical researcher).
Dr Sibbald is co-founder of the Canadian Association of Wound Care and was the former Director of the Wound Healing Clinic, Women’s College Hospital (1994-2009). He is also a previous president of the World Union of Wound Healing Societies (2012 – 2016). In 1999 he co-developed the International Interprofessional Wound Care Course and has been the director for 33 courses worldwide.
He has over 200 publications and is co-editor and chapter author of the Chronic Wound Care 5 textbook. Currently he is the Co-editor in chief of Advances in Skin & Wound Care.
Professor Sibbald received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal in 2013 and Honorary Doctor of Science from Excelsior College in 2014.
Investigator, Institute for Better Health at Trillium Health Partners.
He his the project ECHO lead for Ontario Skin and Wound to develop interprofessional teams for all 14 Ontario Local Integrated Health Networks.
Mary Beth Welesko
MS, APRN-CNP, FNP-BC, GNP-BC, ACHPN, WCC
Susan M. Scott
MSN, RN, WOC Nurse
Susan "Suzy" Scott, MSN, RN, WOC Nurse currently serves as Medical Educator with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), College of Medicine, Office of Graduate Medical Education, and Clinical Instructor in the College of Nursing in Memphis, TN. Suzy is a notable pressure injury expert, researcher and author from the Veterans Health Administration. Suzy has developed and disseminated the Scott Triggers® a concurrent trigger tool to identify at-risk individuals for pressure injury in surgery; www.scotttriggers.com. Suzy was recognized as an "Edge Runner" by the American Academy of Nurses for the "Perioperative Pressure Ulcer Prevention Program" (PPUPP). She currently serves as the Lead Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurse (WOC) Consultant for AORN’s Syntegrity Positioning/Pressure Injury Prevention Documentation Project and a contributor to AORN's Perioperative Pressure Injury Prevention Toolkit.
PT, DPT, NCS, ATP
Karen Whitesell, PT, DPT has over 30 years of experience in physical therapy specializing in adult neurological rehabilitation. Her focus has been to provide expert seating and mobility rehab to promote optimal positioning, mobility, and function for adults requiring complex rehabilitation equipment. She has created and managed many seating clinics in various settings, and has lectured and mentored many health care professionals in the area of seating and mobility. She currently manages the George Washington University Hospital Outpatient Neurologic Clinic located in Washington, DC. She received her training at the Medical College of Virginia-Virginia Commonwealth University and her doctorate at A.T.Still University in Arizona. She is honored to again be a part of the AAWC PrU Summit.
DNP, APRN, CWOCN
BSN, RN, CWON
ARNP, MSN, BCNP/CS, CWOCN-AP
Professor Stephen Sprigle
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