The Wound Healing Foundation (WHF) is improving the quality of life for wound healing patients and their families through support of awareness, research and education.

One Team, One Goal -
Improving the quality of life for each wound healing patient

Laura K.S. Parnell, BS, MS Board Member: 2012 - Present
President: 2013 - Present
Precision Consulting
Clinical Research
Missouri City, TX
281-208-3037
Full Bio

Laura K.S. Parnell founded Precision Consulting in 1998 and specializes in wound healing and burn research. Laura designs research protocols, develops scientific niche products and provides scientific knowledge, medical writing and regulatory background based on the needs and budget of her clients. She has an international clientele and has worked extensively with industry representatives and clinicians on research investigations.

Laura's career in wound healing began in 1990 at Texas A&M University while doing research in microbiology and immunology during graduate school. In 1992, Laura joined the Wound Healing Foundation. She was appointed to the Membership Committee in 1998. In 2006, Laura was elected to the first of two 3-year terms on the Wound Healing Foundation Board of Directors, followed by a one year term as a member at large. In 2012, she was elected to the Wound Healing Foundation Board of Directors and became President of the Foundation in 2013. Under her leadership, the Foundation updated its mission and has strived to broaden its fundraising efforts benefiting researchers and patients through awareness, education and research. Her personal goal is to see wound healing and associated problems be solved in more innovative and creative ways.

When not working on wound healing problems and research, Laura enjoys working at her farm and ranch by tending to the livestock, honey bees, orchards and garden. She is actively involved in scouts and teaching Sunday school with her husband and two children. Laura is an avid reader and enjoys cooking.

Manuela Martins-Green, Ph.D. Board Member: 2016 - Present Vice-President Research: 2016 - Present University of California
Riverside, CA
Paul Y. Liu, M.D. Board Member: 2012 - Present
Secretary: 2014 - Present
Rhode Island Hospital/Alpert Med School of Brown University
Providence, RI
Full Bio

Paul grew up in Colorado, graduated from The Colorado College with a degree in mathematics, and then received a Marshall Fellowship for graduate studies at Oxford University, in the UK. He completed an Honors thesis in immunology, then went on to complete his MD at Harvard Medical School. A decade of surgical training followed, including a wound healing research fellowship in the lab of Elof Eriksson, and plastic surgery residency at the combined Harvard/Brigham/Children’s program. His first academic posting was at the University of Miami, where he was Chief of Plastic Surgery at the Miami VA, and the Director of Research for the Division of Plastic Surgery. He was then appointed as a senior staff surgeon at The Lahey Clinic, in Burlington, MA, where he established a multidisciplinary wound center. He then was selected as Chairman of Surgery for Roger Williams Medical Center in Providence, RI, and was also on staff at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Three years ago he assumed the position of Chief of the Department of Plastic Surgery for Lifespan (Rhode Island) and Clinical Professor of Surgery at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He is the program director of the oldest residency in Plastic Surgery in New England, and the Co-Director for the Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine. His NIH-funded lab has developed AAV-vectors for angiogenic genes in flaps and wounds, and more recently, he has assembled an international team of mathematicians and wound healing researchers to model the healing of diabetic wounds. He has been a member of the WHS since the 90’s, and co-chaired the Program Committee with Manuela Martins-Green for the 2008 meeting in San Diego, CA. He has chaired the Publications Committee of the WHS, which oversees publication of Wound Repair and Regeneration. He is currently the President of the Wound Healing Foundation.

Mary Crossland Board Member: 2002 - Present
Treasurer: 2004 - Present
Retreat Hospital Wound Healing Center
Richmond, VA
Full Bio

Mary is a native Virginian who is passionate about nursing and wound healing. She has been involved in the care of wound healing patients since the early 1980s and continues now as the director of HCA Virginia Wound Healing Network and the Clinical Director at the Institute for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery ay the HCA Retreat Hospital in Richmond. She is also heavily involved in many clinical research wound healing studies with her colleagues.

Mary has been a member of the Wound Healing Foundation since 1990 and a Board Member of the Wound Healing Foundation since 2002 and has actively served as the Foundation Treasurer for many years.

In her spare time, Mary likes to travel. Closer to home, she enjoys participating in triathlons and boot camp with the X-Team.

Elof Eriksson Board Member: 2016 - Present President-Elect: 2019 - Present Chief, Division of Plastic Surgery
Brigham & Women's Hospital
Boston, MA
Full Bio

Elof Eriksson was born in Sweden, and received his graduate medical and research training in Sweden. He then completed a general surgery residency at the University of Chicago, and a plastic surgery residency at the Medical College of Virginia. Subsequently he returned to Sweden and worked six months to complete his training and certification in surgery and plastic surgery, and then for two and a half years in academic plastic surgery in Gothenburg, Sweden. He then returned to the US to be the director of the Burn Center at Memorial Medical Center at SIU in Springfield, IL. Since 1986 he has been the Chief of Plastic Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. In 1997, he became the first Joseph E. Murray Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. His research interests have focused on wound repair since approximately 30 years, and he has more than 150 peer reviewed publications in this area. From 2002 to 2004, Dr. Eriksson served as the WHF president. Under his tenure, he initiated, raised the necessary funds, and helped oversee the Wound Healing Guidelines project.

Chris Fashek Board Member: 2020 - Present MedTech Solutions Group
San Antonio, Texas
Full Bio

Chris Fashek is an accomplished healthcare executive with a winning record of leading billion dollar global and start-up medical-device and pharmaceutical businesses.

An inspirational leader who creates a shared vision and actively contributes to ensure the achievement of goals and objectives. Known for developing highly productive/profitable leadership teams and corporate cultures.

Chris is the Chairman of the Board of MedTech Solutions Group (MTSG), a global Sales Management, Marketing and Clinical team managing a distribution network selling Medical Devices and MedSurg products.

Prior to MTSG, Chris was the CEO of Brain Sentinel, an Epilepsy business that was focused on the detection of seizures and delivering both, technical and clinical data driven reports to clinicians, who are diagnosing and treating patients.

Chris has played key roles in several wound care driven technologies including CEO of Atteris Healthcare, Vice Chairman of Rochal Industries, CEO of Spiracur, Inc., Chairman of the Board and Board Member of Systagenix and Vice Chairman, President and CEO of KCI USA.

He currently holds the position of Chairman of the Board at NanoVibronix, a board member at Silverlon, Rochal Industries, The World Craniofacial Foundation and the Fashek Family Foundation.

Chris is a subject matter expert in business development, marketing, sales, product development and positioning corporations for hyper-growth and sustainability. He holds his MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University and Bachelor of Arts in History from Upsala College

Geoff Gurtner Member of Record: 2013 - Present Stanford University School of Medicine
Stanford, CA
Full Bio

Dr. Geoffrey C. Gurtner is the Johnson and Johnson Professor of Surgery and Biomedical Engineering (by courtesy) and Materials Science (by courtesy) at Stanford University. Clinically, Dr. Gurtner is the Director of the Stanford Wound Center and the Stanford Program in Applied Regenerative Medicine (SARM). He is the author of over 280 peer-reviewed publications and is an Editor for two major textbooks in the field: Grabb & Smith's Plastic Surgery and Plastic Surgery. Dr. Gurtner was awarded the James Barrett Brown Award in both 2009 and 2010 and has been named "researcher of the year" by the ASPS, AAPS and numerous other professional organizations. Dr. Gurtner runs an NIH and DoD funded laboratory examining how physical stimuli (mechanical and chemical) alter the human response to injury. This has led to the development of new technologies for which Dr. Gurtner has received 20 issued patents and over 100 patent applications. Dr. Gurtner has founded several venture backed start-up companies, including Neodyne Biosciences (www.neodynebio.com) and Arresto Biosciences, acquired by Gilead (NASDAQ:GILD) in 2011. Dr. Gurtner was also a founding partner at Tautona Group (www.tautonagroup.com), an early stage life science fund that has created novel biomedical technologies that have been sold to industry leading companies, such as Allergan (NYSE:AGN), Novadaq (NASDAQ:NVDQ), and Acelity/KCI (San Antonio, TX).

Margaret-Ann Halstead Member of Record: 2013 - Present Medline Industries
Northfield, IL
Full Bio

Margaret-Ann Halstead is currently Vice President, Health Economics & Market Access with Medline Industries, Inc. Previously, Ms. Halstead spent twenty years with KCI in various positions including sales, sales management and Health Economics and Reimbursement. Her knowledge and experience spans over 25 years in healthcare working with hospitals, physicians, wound healing centers, skilled nursing facilities and home health agencies regarding treatment and management of acute and chronic wounds. Ms. Halstead has owned and operated a Durable Medical Equipment Prosthetics Orthotics Supplies (DMEPOS) business in the Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. In the recent past Ms. Halstead has served on several boards including a Home Health Agency in Maryland. Ms. Halstead holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Baltimore and a certificate in Health Systems Management.

Robert G. Johnson, Jr., M.D. Ph.D. Member of Record: 2013 - Present Aeolian BioMed
Lafayette, CA
Full Bio

Dr. Johnson, a MD/PhD (Biochemistry and Biophysics) graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, received his clinical training at Massachusetts General Hospital. After completion of his fellowship, he joined the Howard Hughes Medical Institute as an Associate Investigator and appointed a faculty member at Harvard Medical School; subsequently he was recruited as an Associate Professor of Medicine and Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Physiology to Penn. Dr. Johnson joined Merck & Co. during the "most admired" years where he ran and expanded several basic science laboratories along with a pre-clinical whole animal group and was a member of a number of clinical project teams. Interested in biotech, Dr. Johnson joined Chiron as VP of Pharmacology and Pre-clinical Affairs and a standing member of the Clinical Development Committee. While at Chiron, he focused on identifying pipeline drug candidates, building pre-clinical development, and led several project teams before moving to the Corporate Development group to assist with licensing and M&A efforts. Dr. Johnson joined Kosan Biosciences as the VP in charge of pre-clinical, clinical, and corporate development when Kosan was a platform and pre-IPO company and helped build a strong portfolio of oncology drug candidates across Phase 1 to 3 clinical trials along with leading the significant licensing deals. After Kosan became a public company, Dr. Johnson advanced to Chief Medical Officer and ultimately CEO and a member of the Board of Directors. Dr. Johnson has a long standing interest in the challenge of identifying novel drug targets to aid in wound healing and in the similitudes between cancer and wound healing. He is currently a consultant for the biopharmaceutical industry with a particular interest in novel targets and delivery systems and in streamlining and restructuring the drug discovery and clinical development process. He is the father of two children attending college and lives with his wife and “Jeep” dog outside San Francisco.

Kris Kieswetter Board Member: 2018 - Present Acelity
San Antonio, Texas
Full Bio

Kris Kieswetter, PhD, MBA—Dr. Kieswetter currently serves as Senior Director, Research & Technology at Acelity, Inc. The Device Sciences organization she leads provides technical and scientific support to product development teams, develops novel concepts and performs technology scouting and assessments. During her twenty-plus year career she has been involved in both device and drug product development. Following a post-doctoral fellowship at the Center for the Bone-Biomaterial Interface at the University of Texas at San Antonio, Kieswetter joined OsteoBiologics, Inc., a start-up firm dedicated to the development of biodegradable implants for cartilage and bone repair. She returned to the medical device arena following two years developing topical wound care products at Healthpoint, Ltd. While at KCI she established the Research organization and has also been responsible for the organization tasked to not only capture and develop ideas, but also to assess and manage potential develop opportunities. She has participated in the development of multiple products in several divisions. In her unique leadership role for innovation and portfolio development, she has become a proponent of thoroughly understanding the related, yet often differing, needs of clinicians, patients, payors and internal customers on a global basis.

Kieswetter is a member of the Society for Biomaterials, Orthopaedic Research Society, Tissue Engineering Society International and the Wound Healing Society and was recently inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. She has served on the board of advisors to the Department of Biomedical Engineering at University of Texas at San Antonio and as a member of the panel of judges for the Medical Design Excellence Awards. Her community and professional service include serving on the board of directors of the Antioch Community Transformation Network, Texas Public Radio, The Health Cell and the Wound Healing Society. She has received several patents, published in the fields of biomaterials, orthopaedics and wound healing and mentored two first place teams in the Free Trade Alliance’s International Business Plan competition. She holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Material Science and Engineering as well as Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University, a Master of Science and PhD from Case Western Reserve University and a MBA from the University of Texas (San Antonio).

Kris Kieswetter, PhD, MBA | Senior Director, Research & Technology | Acelity Inc. | 6203 Farinon Dr. | San Antonio, TX 78249 | Phone: 210-515-4232 | E-mail: kris.kieswetter@acelity.com | LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/kris-kieswetter/18/307/48 | Website: www.acelity.com

Tom Mustoe Board Member: 2019 - Present TLKM Plastic Surgery
Chicago, IL
Full Bio

Dr. Mustoe's research has focused on wound healing, looking both at mechanisms for impaired healing that result in chronic wounds, and in excessive healing that results in fibrosis and scarring. He has been funded continuously by the NIH since 1989, and has authored 158 peer- reviewed publications as well as multiple invited articles and book chapters. He has served on the Editorial Boards of Archives of Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Journal of the American College of Surgery, and Wound Repair and Regeneration.

He served as President of the Wound Healing Society and received their Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. He has also served as Scientific Program Chair for 3 years for the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgery, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He has been a Visiting Professor at multiple institutions, lecturing on techniques in facial, breast and abdominal cosmetic surgery, as well as conscious sedation, techniques to optimize scarring, and clinical applications of wound healing research. Dr. Mustoe uses this in-depth knowledge in his work as a plastic surgeon.

Jim Pinkham Board Member: 2019 - Present Boston Edison/Eversource
Norwell, MA
Full Bio

Jim Pinkham is a 38-year veteran of the utility industry as well as an active member and office-holder of several labor organizations.

Since 1981, he has been an underground cable splicer for Boston Edison/Eversource. For the past 10 years, he has served as President of the Plymouth/Bristol Central Labor Council, representing labor in 26 communities throughout Southeastern Massachusetts.

In conjunction with this role, he has also served as Director of the Pilgrim Foundation Council, a non-profit organization with a $5 million endowment which provides funding for municipal and worthwhile projects for the City of Brockton. Jim is also a member of the Executive Council of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO.

Jim’s experience also includes nine years as a Director for Members Plus Credit Union, and seven years as a Director for the South Shore Workforce Investment Board (2006-2012).

His political experience includes a term as Vice Chair of the Norwell Democratic Town Committee, and being on a transition team for the Massachusetts State Treasurer.

For 20 years, he served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Local 369, where he has been an active member for more than three decades.

Jim currently serves on the Board of Registrars for the Town of Norwell, where he resides.

Sashwati Roy Board Member: 2019 - Present Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis IN
Full Bio

Sashwati Roy, PhD is a tenured Professor in the Department of Surgery, Indiana University School of Medicine. She serves as the Director for Clinical Research at the Comprehensive Wound Center at the Indiana University Health Comprehensive Wound Center (IUH CWC), an NIH/NIDDK funded Center. She is an expert in inflammation and diabetic wounds. Her research interests include wound inflammation in T2DM, Innate immune cell function, role of miRNA in tissue repair processes. Dr. Roy has over 225 peer review publications. Her work has been cited over 15000 times. Dr. Roy’s research program is funded by multiple national level funding including National Institute of Health, USA and Department of Defense (DoD, USA). Dr. Roy is a permanent member for the Surgery Anesthesia Trauma Study Setion at NIH. She also routinely serves as adhoc reviewer for other multiple NIH, VA study sections, and international grant review panels including Ministry of Health Italy as well as for prestigious journals. She has served as committee chairs, secretary, and executive board member at the national Wound Healing Society, USA . She is a past President of WHS.”

Adytia Saharia Archivist Intern: 2017 - Present Missouri City, Texas
Full Bio

Aditya Saharia, a senior at Elkins High School, began Interning with the Wound Healing Foundation in 2017. His interest in health care began when he started volunteering with the Houston Methodist Surgery Department. Aditya Is an Eagle Scout, loves hiking, camping, and traveling. He plays cello, and has played for the Houston Youth Symphony. He is also a proficient tabla artist. Aditya’s goal is to become a trauma surgeon and serve his community.

Greg Schultz, Ph.D. Board Member: 2016 - Present University of Florida
Gainesville, FL
Full Bio

Dr. Schultz is Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Director of the Institute for Wound Research at the University of Florida. Dr. Schultz completed a PhD in Biochemistry from Oklahoma State University and Postdoctoral training in Cell Biology at Yale University. Dr. Schultz's research focuses on the molecular regulation of wound healing, with an emphasis on anti-scarring therapies and the roles of elevated proteases and bacterial biofilms in chronic wounds. Dr. Schultz has authored over 330 scientific publications that have been cited more than 15,000 times, is PI or Co-investigator on grants totaling over $35 million from NIH, DoD, and medical device/pharmaceutical companies, is an inventor on 28 patents and a co-founder of two biotech companies. He was recognized by TIME magazine as an Innovation Leader in 2006. He served as a member of the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel from 2007 to 2010, and served as President of the Wound Healing Society from 1999-2001 and was designated as a Silver Fellow of Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology in 2010.

Rica Tanaka, MD Board Member: 2017-Present Associate Professor Juntendo University School of Medicine
Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Tokyo, Japan
Full Bio

Rica Tanaka MD.,PhD is an associate professor at Juntendo University School of medicine specialized in wound healing, limb salvage, lower limb reconstruction, and regenerative therapy. Rica grew up in Los Angeles, California and moved to Japan for medical school. Since she was always interested in tissue regeneration or reconstruction, after finishing medical school, Rica decided to become a plastic and reconstructive surgeon and studied stem cell and regenerative medicine as a researcher. After becoming a plastic and reconstructive surgeon and facing patients receiving amputations with non-healing wounds, her work focused on saving these patients undergoing limited treatments for non-healing wounds. At the same time, she began to study diabetic vascular stem cells to investigate the cause of the disease entity. After receiving PhD in regenerative medicine, her first experience in clinical trial treating non-healing diabetic wounds with peripheral vascular stem cells had thought her the limitations of autologous stem cell therapy for diabetic patients (invasive technique and dysfunction of autologous stem cells). In order to overcome the limitations of present stem cell therapy for disease bearing patients, she established a world first stem cell therapy which can be done with only minimal amount of blood draw possessing cells with high tissue regenerative capacity restoring patient stem cell dysfunction. Presently, her clinical work is devoted to running the wound healing/limb salvage clinic at Juntendo University Hospital while establishing the new stem cell therapy for all non-healing wound patients hoping to have this treatment approved for reimbursement within the next 5 years.

Also, she is deeply involved in promoting and improving the field of wound healing in the Japan by undertaking the position of councilor for the Japanese society of wound healing society, Japanese society of plastic and reconstructive surgery, Japanese society of limb and foot salvage, Japanese society of Regenerative medicine. And director of Japanese society of foot care. As becoming a part of the WHF member and she will be sharing the field of wound healing in Japan to the world and visa versa. Since my long-standing interest is to establishing simple, minimal invasive, and cost effective stem cell therapy for non-healing wounds, I plan to investigate the proper use of stem cell therapy for non-healing wounds and provide appropriate information regarding stem cells therapy to wound patients and related societies during the term as a WHF member.

Alan Wells Board Member: 2020-Present University Pittsburgh
Pittsburg, PA
Full Bio

Dr. Alan Wells is the Thomas J. Gill III Professor of Pathology and the Executive Vice-Chairman of the Department of Pathology at the University of Pittsburgh. In addition, Wells is a Professor of Bioengineering and Computational Biology (secondary appointments) and a Staff Physician at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He also serves as the Medical Director for the UPMC System Clinical Laboratories.

Wells holds an AB in Biochemistry from Brown University (1979) and received his doctorate (DMSc) in Tumor Biology from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1982. Returning to Providence, Rhode Island, he received his MD from Brown University in 1988. Following his studies, Wells completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Tumor Biology at the University of California in San Francisco, California, and a Residency in Laboratory Medicine at the University of California in San Diego, California. He has won numerous awards and has been recognized locally and nationally for his research, mentoring and clinical service, including being elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI) and American Association of University Pathologists (AAUP/Pluto Club).

Within his laboratory, Wells and his research team are aiming to gain a better understanding of how cells respond to their local environment. Ultimately, the importance of his research flows from the provision of reinforcing insights and novel avenues for exploration into the basic signaling pathways, as well as functioning of entire organisms. Currently, Wells is concentrating his research efforts towards gaining further knowledge of the conditions of dysregulated (tumor dissemination and chemoresistance of tumors) and orchestrated (wound healing and organogenesis) responses. These studies are performed in vitro, in animal models, validating in human specimens, and employing novel state-of-the-art all human microphysiological systems.

David Zamierowski Board Member: 2020-Present Kansas University Medical Center
Kansas City, KS
Full Bio

After graduation from medical school at Johns Hopkins in 1968, David Zamierowski trained in surgery at Pittsburgh, Vanderbilt and Mid-State Baptist in Nashville and was board-certified in general surgery. He trained in Plastic Surgery at Kansas University Medical Center and has stayed in Kansas City since, becoming board-certified and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. During 25 years in private practice, he founded the Wound Care Centers of Kansas City, where he did the work that ultimately resulted in multiple patents on medical devices for wound healing. He has the distinction of three of those patents going on to become commercially successful products: significant components of the V.A.C., the Prevena incisional dressing and SaFinger, a simulated finger for blood glucose testing for healthcare simulation. Since retirement in 2003, he has worked extensively in healthcare education, principally in simulation. And he has gone back to Kansas University Medical Center and currently is Adjunct Research Professor in the Department of Plastic Surgery where he has brought back a lab for pig-back wound healing research.

Past Presidents

  • 1999-2002 Kel Cohen
    Full Bio

    Dr. Cohen received a BS degree from Columbia University in 1959 and MD degree from The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 1963. He interned at The Mary Hitchcock Dartmouth Hospital in Hanover New Hampshire and then returned to UNC for training in General Surgery which he completed in 1968. There he was set on fire by the late Erle E Peacock Jr. who remains as one of the great fathers of wound healing. He then trained in Plastic Surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital from 1968-1970. From 1970-1972 he was a special fellow at the National Institutes of Health where George Martin, PhD mentored him as he sought to develop the skills to do research in the then infant field of wound healing. In 1972 he founded the Clinical Plastic Surgery program and develop a wound healing research laboratory at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. With his staff, they developed the first clinical wound-healing center in the USA.

    Dr Cohen was funded by the NIH throughout his entire academic career. He was a professor of Surgery and Chairman of Plastic Surgery for 3 decades. During this time, his team produced well over 100 articles on wound healing, edited a comprehensive text on the subject, wrote numerous book chapters and an award winning wound healing movie. He established Tissue Technologies Holding LLC in 2002 with federal funding for making and licensing FDA approved protease sequestering dressing. He served as Medical Director of Greystone Pharmaceuticals and performed contract research for that company until 2009 when Greystone ceased activity.

    In the late 1980s, Dr Cohen presented his wound healing colleagues with the idea for an American Wound Healing Foundation. The idea “caught on” and after several meetings, the WHS (Wound Healing Foundation) was born in 1989. During the organizational phase he asked his young associate Bob Diegelmann to help in the organizational process and with Bob, they ran the WHS from their office for the first 5 years of its existence. The WHF (Wound Healing Foundation) followed a few years later in 1999.

    Most of Dr. Cohen's time is now devoted to his consulting company Bio-Ideas Inc. , helping the organizational challenges of American medical students at the ELAM medical school in Cuba, developing “The Wound Healing Coalition” and finally having the time to read and play. Most important to him is time with his wife, Gayle, and their wonderful kids and grandchildren. He is grateful for the support and advice all his family has given him over the years.

  • 2002-2004 Elof Eriksson
    Full Bio

    Elof Eriksson was born in Sweden, and received his graduate medical and research training in Sweden. He then completed a general surgery residency at the University of Chicago, and a plastic surgery residency at the Medical College of Virginia. Subsequently he returned to Sweden and worked six months to complete his training and certification in surgery and plastic surgery, and then for two and a half years in academic plastic surgery in Gothenburg, Sweden. He then returned to the US to be the director of the Burn Center at Memorial Medical Center at SIU in Springfield, IL. Since 1986 he has been the Chief of Plastic Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. In 1997, he became the first Joseph E. Murray Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. His research interests have focused on wound repair since approximately 30 years, and he has more than 150 peer reviewed publications in this area. Dr. Eriksson initiated, raised the necessary funds, and helped oversee the Wound Healing Guidelines project.

  • 2004-2007 Warren Garner
  • 2007-2009 Peter Sheehan
    Full Bio

    Dr. Peter Sheehan, past president of the WHF and an internationally-respected and pioneering force in the field of diabetes, died suddenly May 16th during a medical trip to Jamaica. He was 60 years old.

    A 1972 graduate of Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft and SUNY-Downstate School of Medicine, Dr. Sheehan completed a fellowship in Endocrinology at the Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven before going into private practice, where he focused on the treatment and care of patients of diabetes.

    After serving as director of the Diabetes Treatment Center at Staten Island University Hospital, he created and become medical director of the Diabetes Foot and Ankle Center at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases, a clinic providing comprehensive care for diabetes sufferers and treatment of foot ulcers before amputation becomes a necessity. In addition to wound care, the clinic works with patients to tame obesity through diet and exercise. Dr. Sheehan believed weight loss to be as important as blood sugar control in treating diabetes.

    After leaving the Center, Dr. Sheehan became a senior faculty member at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, was appointed to the Board of Directors of the American Diabetes Association and served as president of the ADA’s New York City Board.

    More recently, Dr. Sheehan founded Sheehan Health Management, a consulting firm developing health management systems such as a world-class diabetes clinical program at Sanford Health USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

  • 2009-2013 Annette Wysocki
    Full Bio

    Dr. Annette Wysocki became motivated to become a wound healing researcher after working on a general surgery and burn unit at the University of Virginia Medical Center. She received her PhD from the University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas where she studied the effects of noise stress on wound healing. Subsequently she moved to UT-Southwestern in Dallas, Texas where she completed her first postdoc in the laboratory of Dr. Fred Grinnell where she discovered that fibronectin is degraded in chronic venous leg ulcers. She was the first to report that matrix metalloproteinases are active and overexpressed in these wounds. She accepted her first faculty position at New York University Medical Center in the Department of Dermatology as an Assistant Professor. Next, she became the first Scientific Director of the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She built the first laboratory based research program at NINR (NIH) and conducted studies at the NIH Clinical Center. At the NIH she started the Summer Genetics Institute, one of the most successful programs ever launched by the NINR. She has published and presented the findings of her research nationally and internationally and has educated generations of nursing and medical students about wound healing.

    She was one of the original members of the Board of Directors of the Wound Healing Foundation from its inception in 1999. This included an early organization meeting in the Florida Keys and a press briefing in New York City sponsored by Smith and Nephew and the support of 3M. She developed and implemented guidelines for the award of the 3M Fellowship and was the Chair of the Awards Committee for a number of years. She then became the Treasurer of the Foundation and was on the Finance Committee. She became President of the Foundation in 2009. Among her major contributions was the successful development and launch of the campaign to raise funds for the Thomas K. Hunt Endowed Lecture, the first endowed lecture created by the Wound Healing Foundation.

    She was also one of the earliest members of the Wound Healing Foundation and attended meetings held in Tarpon Springs Florida that eventually gave rise to the founding of the Wound Healing Foundation. She has also served on the Board of Directors and Program Committee of the Wound Healing Foundation.

WHF Wounded Warrior Athlete InitiativeWHF Board of Directors Lisa Gould, Laura K. S. Parnell, Paul Y. Liu and Bob Diegelmann with Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Shaak (center) as part of the WHF Wounded Warrior Athlete Initiative. Photo Courtesy of HMP Communications.

Past Board Members and Volunteers

    • 1999-2000 David Davenport
      Organizing Attorney
    • 1999-2000 Bob Diegelmann
      Secretary
    • 1999-2002 Elof Eriksson
      Board member
    • 1999-2005 Peter Metcalf
      Board member
    • 1999-2005 Tom Mustoe
      Board member
    • 1999-2008 Bobby Anderson III
      Board member
    • 2000-2001 Greg Schultz
      Board member
    • 2000-2001 Inge Thulin
      Board member
    • 2000-2001 George Trutza
      Board member
    • 2000-2001 Tom Tarca
      Board member
    • 2000-2006 Warrren L. Rottmann
      Secretary
    • 2000-2006 Pete DeBusk
      Board member
    • 2000-2006 Tom Hunt
      Board member
    • 2004-2006 Jeff Davidson
      Board member
    • 2005-2007 Diane Cooper
      Board member
    • 2001-2003 Warren Garner
      Treasurer
    • 2001-2004 Annette Wysocki
      Award Chair
    • 2001-2004 Phil Croxford
      Board member
    • 2001-2004 Lillian Nanney
      Board member
    • 2001-2006 David Steed
      Board member
    • 2002-2005 Kel Cohen
      Board member
    • 2002-2005 Jerry Parrott
      Board member
    • 2002-2007 Joseph V. Boykin, Jr
      Board member
    • 2003-2004 Annette Wysocki
      Treasurer
    • 2003-2005 Marty Robson
      Board member
    • 2003-2005 Louis Argenta
      Board member
    • 2003-2005 Vince Falanga
      Board member
    • 2004-2006 John P Heggers
      Award Chair
    • 2004-2008 Elof Eriksson
      Board member
    • 2005-2007 Peter Sheehan
      Board member
    • 2005-2008 David G. Armstrong
      Board member
    • 2005-2008 Patricia Burns
      Board member
    • 2005-2008 Michael Steadman
      Board member
    • 2005-2008 Adrian Barbul
      Board member
    • 2006 Pete DeBusk
      Distinguished Service Award
    • 2006-2008 Bill Tawill
      Board member
    • 2006-2012 Mary Crossland
      Secretary
    • 2007-2009 Allen Holloway
      Board member
    • 2008-2010 Pat Hebda
      Board member
    • 2009-2011 Luisa DiPietro
      Board member
    • 2010-2012 Harriet Hopf
      Board member
    • 2011-2013 Bob Diegelmann
      Board member
    • 2012-2014 David Davenport
      Board member
    • 2014 Warren Rottmann
      Presidential Commendation of Exceptional Service
    • 2013-2015 Lisa Gould
      Board Member
    • 2014-2016 Andrew Baird
      Board Member
    • 2013-2016 Robert G. Johnson, Jr.
      Board Member
    • 2013-2016 Paul J. McVety
      Board member
    • 2013-2016 Siddarth Satish
      Archivist Intern
    • 2013-2016 Marjana Tomic-Canic
      Board Member
    • 2012-2018 Komel Grover
      Board Member
    • 2016-2018 Komel Grover
      VP Operations
    • 2006-2018 H. Paul Ehrlich
      Awards Chair
    • 2009-2018 H. Paul Ehrlich
      Board Member
    • 2015-2018 Bryan Gamble
      Board Member
    • 2016-2018 Ardeshir Bayat
      Board member