Richard Simman, MD, FACS, FACCWS

Wound Care Program/Jobst Vascular Institue/ProMedica Health System – Co-Director – Toldeo, OH

Board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon

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 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 (PM&R). After graduating cum laude from Harvard College she attended the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis followed by residency at the Ohio State University. Upon completing residency she became the Medical Director of the Department of PM&R at United Hospital in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

In 1993, after her own diagnosis of breast cancer, she became interested in the care of patients with lymphedema and started the Lymphedema Program at United Hospital. As the lymphatics are part of the vascular system, she engaged in the care of other forms of swelling, including venous stasis, dependent edema, PAD and the often concomitant chronic wound care. She moved to an outpatient wound care clinic. This is now the HealthEast Vascular Center. Working in this multidisciplinary setting, she integrates PM&R techniques in wound care. She incorporates exercise, pain control, range of motion, offloading, gait mechanics, orthotics and prosthetics, compression garments and pump use, along with lymphatic/swelling therapeutic control techniques to not only heal wounds, but also to increase overall function and decrease the risk of recurrent ulceration. She has been practicing wound care for over 10 years.

She is now the Medical Advisor for the HealthEast Lymphedema Program and is on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Women Physicians and the Dragon Divas, a competitive dragon boat racing team for breast cancer survivors, serving as their Medical Advisor. She has been a reviewer for the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She is an instructor in the HealthEast Family Practice Residency Program. She has contributed to multiple medical publications and lectures regularly to medical residents, medical staff and public groups.

Rummana Aslam, MD, FAAPMR

Rummana Aslam, MD is the Chief of the Division of Wound Care at Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC), New Jersey. She initiated a new wound center and wound division at HUMC in 2013 and under her leadership it has grown into an academic division of excellence, providing outcome based clinical care, comprehensive wound education and conducting cutting edge research. In 2013 she created and established a 1-2 year fellowship program in wound healing which provides education and training in the full spectrum of care of patients with complex non healing wounds seen in a university hospital setting. She is the program director of the fellowship. She is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and is a clinical assistant professor in the department of PM&R at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.

Dr. Aslam began a distinguished career in wound healing after attending residencies in surgery (3 years) and PM&R (3 years) followed by extensive fellowships in Academic training in Trauma and Burns at the University of California San Francisco and in Surgical Critical Care at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore. During that time Dr. Aslam served as an expert panel member for the National Institute of Health participating in writing the guidelines for the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers, venous ulcers and arterial ulcers which were published in the December 2006 and April 2008 issues of the Wound Repair and Regeneration journal. She has published widely in peer reviewed journals and has been an invited guest speaker nationally and internationally. Dr Aslam’s research focuses on the biochemistry of wound inflammation and role of oxygen in wound healing and she is currently the principal investigator in multiple research trials. She has mentored more than 300 doctors and has logged thousands of hours teaching residents, medical students and nursing students an extensive curriculum in wound healing.

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.

Marvin Heyboer III, MD, FACEP, FACCWS, UHM

Dr. Heyboer graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He completed residency in Emergency Medicine with Michigan State University at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Michigan and completed a fellowship in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He is board certified in both Emergency Medicine and Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine.

Dr. Heyboer has been practicing hyperbaric medicine and wound care as an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Division of Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Care at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY since 2009. He is Medical Director of Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Care and also Director of the Fellowship in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine.

Dr. Heyboer is actively involved in clinical research in the areas of hyperbaric medicine and wound care. He has presented his research at multiple national conferences. He is published in national journals including Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Journal and Annals of Emergency Medicine.

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.