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The ACCWS is dedicated to the advocacy, ongoing wound care education, and support of credentialed wound care providers of all disciplines.  Our members strive to improve the public’s health by practicing and encouraging evidence-based wound care management to promote healing.  The ACCWS exists to meet the educational needs of its members in order to allow them to provide their patients with the most up to date, evidence-based wound care.  Through quality educational offerings, the ACCWS provides the wound care community the tools, irrespective of their specific disciplines, to perform the best possible wound care. We are the organization which  provides Fellowship status to members.


    • Our last symposium in 2021 was held virtually via the WHOVA platform.
    • We did have attendees from almost every state in the continental US. We also had practitioners outside of the US, as well, including the Philippine’s and Romania.
    • We had a total of 513 attendees.
    • We had a pretty good mix of providers including DPM, MD, DO, Physician’s Assistants, Physical Therapists, Nurses, interns, students and more.
    • Types of facilities range from hospitals to in-home care providers to private practitioners and more.
    • We expect to increase our attendance in 2021 as the feedback form attendees and vendors alike was overwhelmingly positive including ease of use of the WHOVA platform.
    • Cost to attend:  free to members and $100.00 to non-members.  Non-members have the opportunity to join the College at a discount rate of $100.00 for the first year, giving them the added benefit membership privileges.

    • Digital Booth Content:  They can connect via messaging with attendees or via the community. They also have a separate chat right in their vendor booth page.


    Day 1 – Friday, September 16, 2022

    7:55 – 8:00 Welcome. Opening Remarks. Richard Simman, MD & Christine Miller, DPM, PhD

    Lymphedema Management
    8:00 – 8:20 Lymphedema vs. Lipedema. Fedor Lurie, MD, PhD
    8:20 – 8:40 Medical Management of Lymphedema. Mark Melin, MD
    8:40 – 9:00 Role of PT in Lymphedema. Frank Aviles, PT
    9:00 – 9:20 Surgical Management of Lymphedema. Richard Simman, MD
    9:20 – 9:40 Panel Discussion. Alisha Oropalo, MD
    9:40 – 10:00 Coffee Break.

    Multidisciplinary Approach to Diabetic Foot Osteomyelitis (DFO)
    10:00 – 10:20 The latest in antibiotic treatment of DFO (pros and cons). Carmen Isache, MD
    10:20 – 10:40 Surgical Options and Challenges of DFO. Kyle Mauk, DPM
    10:40 – 11:00 The Role of Physical Therapy in Limb Salvage. Tracy Winkley, PT
    11:00 – 11:20 HBO Treatment of DFO. Norman McCulloch, MD
    11:20 – 11:40 Panel Discussion. Christine Miller, DPM, PhD
    11:40 – 1:00 Lunch Break. Sponsor Presentations (optional event).

    Advanced Therapies and Reconstruction
    1:00 – 1:20 Topical HBO, does it work? Tom Serena, MD
    1:20 – 1:40 Updates on advanced therapies in wound care. John Lantis, MD
    1:40 – 2:00 Reconstructive ladder of the foot. Richard Simman, MD
    2:00 – 2:20 Which topical antibiotics and antimicrobial dressings to choose? Caitlyn Hollingshead, MD
    2:20 – 2:40 Panel Discussion. Naz Wahab, MD
    2:40 – 3:00 Coffee Break.

    Management of Enterocutaneous Fistula (ECF) and Nutrition
    3:00 – 3:20 Medical and Surgical Management of ECF. Felix Boecker, MD
    3:20 – 3:40 Nursing role in ECF management. Jill Mikalach, DN
    3:40 – 4:00 How to determine calories needs in wound care and the role of vitamins? Jenneffer Pulapaka, DPM
    4:00 – 4:20 Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT). Marvin Heyboer, MD
    4:20 – 4:40 Panel Discussion. Kelly McFee, DNP, FNP-C
    5:00 – 5:05 Closing Remarks and Adjournment. Christine Miller, DPM, PhD

    Day 2 – Saturday, September 17, 2022


    An Introductory Course in Wound Care by ACCWS

    7:45 – 8:00 Introduction / Welcome. Christine Miller, DPM, PhD
    8:00 – 8:30 Anatomy & Physiology of Skin. TBA
    8:30 – 9:00 Introduction to Wound Healing. Naz Wahab, MD
    9:00 – 10:00 Lower Extremity Wounds. Tracy Winkley, PT
    10:00 – 11:00 Pressure Ulcers. Kelly McFee, DNP FNP-C
    11:00 – 11:30 Nutrition and Wound Healing. Christine Miller, DPM, PhD
    11:30 – 12:00 Discussion Panel. Moderator: Christopher Winters, DPM
    12:00 – 12:15 Coffee Break.

    12:15 – 1:00 Informational Practice Building Sessions

    Practice Building Sessions are offered to enhance the educational experience and increase one’s knowledge of practical applications or use of devices or products. These sessions are non-accredited, and no CME/CE credits are offered at these programs.

    • Informational Session A: Compression wrap workshop (30 min).
    • Informational Session B: NPWT Application Training (30 min).

    1:00 – 1:45 Wound Bed Preparation. Jean Archer, DPM
    1:45 – 2:45 Wound Dressing. Kelly McFee, DNP FNP-C
    2:45 – 3:30 Offloading Principals and Practices of Diabetic Foot Wounds. Lonnie Lassiter, MD, MBA
    3:30 – 4:00 Lymphedema Management. TBA
    4:00 – 4:30 Discussion Panel. Moderator: Christine Miller, DPM, PhD
    4:30 – 4:45 Closing Remarks and Adjournment. Christine Miller, DPM, PhD

    *Times are noted in Eastern Daylight Savings Time.

    *Please note that our schedule is subject to change. Follow us on social media or check back at this page for updates.



    September 17-18, 2021 | 8am-5pm

    Learn More About Our Exceptional Speakers

    Symposium Speakers



    Christine Miller, DPM, PhD, CWSP, FACCWS

    U N I V E R S I T Y   O F   F L O R I D A   C O L L E G E   O F   M E D I C I N E

    Christine Miller DPM, PhD is a certified wound specialist by the American Board of Wound Management and is the Chair Elect of the Board of Directors for the American College of Clinical Wound Specialists. She currently serves as both the Co-Director of the Limb Salvage Program and Medical Director of the Orthopaedic Ambulatory Care Center Clinic at the University of Florida, College of Medicine-Jacksonville. The research aspect of wound healing is of great interest, and she participates in clinical trials.

    Dr. Miller completed a Post-Doctoral Clinical Fellowship in Patient Safety and is a Coaching Fellow for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) in the Leadership and Organizing for Change program. She formerly served as Chair of the Medicine Department at Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine and taught lower extremity radiology.


    Christine Miller






    Kelly McFee, DNP is a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, Certified Wound Specialist and Advanced Practice Certified Wound Care Nurse who has been practicing Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine in Northwest Missouri. She received a BSN from Missouri Western State University, MSN from the University of Missouri – Kansas City, and DNP from the University of South Alabama. 

    Kelly serves as the Director of Wound Care for Mosaic Life Care and practices wound care both in the acute care and outpatient settings. She is an active member of the American Professional Wound Care Association, Association of Advancement of Wound Care, and is currently a part of the PDSI task force for the National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel. She is a board member of the American College of Clinical Wound Specialists and currently services the college as secretary. 

    Kelly has presented several posters at national conferences and has lectured at various conferences and webinars. She also serves as a reviewer for multiple scientific journals.


    Kelly McFee


    Chair Elect


    Richard Simman, MD, FACS, FACCWS

    WR I G H T  S T A T E  U N I V E R S I T Y

    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), past 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, CoDirector 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, Michigan. In addition, he completed a Burn Fellowship followed by a Wound Healing and cultured keratinocytes Research Fellowship at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

    He has published over 120 peer-reviewed papers, abstracts, letters and book chapters.


    Richard Simman


    Education Chair


    Naz Wahab, MD

    WO U N D  C A R E   E X P E R T S

    Naz Wahab MD is a Board-Certified Family Practitioner and a Fellow of the American Professional Wound Care Association who has been practicing Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine for over 10 years in the Las Vegas Valley.

    Dr. Wahab solely practices wound care and hyperbaric medicine across the spectrum of clinical practice and research in wound healing. She is an active member of American Professional Wound Care Association, Association of Advancement of Wound Care, and European Wound Management Association. She is a board member of the American College of Clinical Wound Specialists. Dr. Wahab is the outpatient Medical Director of the Mountain view Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center as well as the Inpatient Medical Director for Dignity Hospitals in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    Her educational and research mission has also led to publications in wound care research. She has traveled throughout the world educating herself and others on wound healing techniques, strategies, and technologies. Some of her teaching experience includes being a guest speaker at the Gulf Diabetic Foot Conference in Muscat, Oman and part of The UCSD School of Medicine’s speakers’ bureau for the Geriatrics Interprofessional Symposium on wound care. More recently she has gone to Haiti to help develop a wound care program for  Hope for Haiti’s Diabetic Centers. She is currently the Director of Clinical Research and Adjunct Associate Professor of Specialty Medicine and develops wound care educational programs for continuing education for physicians and other allied health professionals


    Naz Wahab


    CME Chair


    Jean Archer-Colella DPM, AASPS, FACCWS, FACPM

    UR Medicine | Noyes Health

    Jean Archer-Colella DPM is a Board-Certified Podiatrist and has been practicing Podiatric Medicine, Foot Surgery, and Wound Care for over a decade in New York.

     She currently practices at Noyes Hospital/the University of Rochester Medicine in Dansville, NY. She provides this care to her patients in both outpatient, inpatient, and emergency room settings. Prior to this, she practiced at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center and North well Health care system in Queens, NY as a Podiatry Attending, active in the residency program training program.

     She is Board Certified by the American College of Podiatric Medicine and the American Board of Wound Management. She is a Fellow of the American College of Podiatric Medicine and the American College of Clinical Wound Specialists. She serves as a board member of the American College of Clinical Wound Specialists and an Associate of the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons.

     She currently participates in research projects and has authored several papers.


    Jean Archer


    Media Chair


    Tracy Winkley, MPT, CWS, CLT, FACCWS, DAPWCA

    Tracy Winkley has a Bachelor of Science degree from Louisiana Tech University and Master of Physical Therapy degree from University of Texas Southwest Medical Center. She has over 20 years of experience in wound care to patients of all ages across multiple practice settings. In 2015, she became a Certified Lymphedema Therapist in order to provide more comprehensive treatment for her patients. Tracy has developed and expanded The Wound Healing Center at Beauregard Health System and is currently both practitioner and Clinic Coordinator in the center.  She is a member of the American Professional Wound Care Association and American College of Clinical Wound Specialists.

    Tracy is a proponent of wound education, providing classes and presentations as well as clinical internships to both nursing and physical therapy students.  Additionally, she regularly does presentations and social media awareness campaigns within the community to increase public awareness of wound care and management.


    Tracy Winkley




    Fedor Lurie, MD, PHD

    J O B S T  V A S C U L A R  I N S T I T U T E

    Experienced physician executive with a demonstrated history of working in the academic, private and community based medical practice, non-profit research and educational organizations, and at the leadership level of National and International professional societies. Skilled in Health care Policy, Vascular, Clinical Research, Medical Education, Medical Devices, and Strategic Planning. Strong business development professional with a PhD focused in Cardio-vascular physiology and bioengineering.


    Fedor Lurie

    MD, PhD


    Jenneffer Pulapaka, DPM, FACCWS

    Dr. Jenneffer Pulapaka opened her practice in 2005, DeLand Foot and Leg Center (DFALC), where she currently sees patients. DFALC was the first female podiatric surgeon’s office in a community where less than 10% of the surgeons were women.

    Patients want and need healthy, affordable options for fresh vegetables and fruits. There are simple ways to help. One way was by building a free community garden for patients at DFALC- Plant to Plate Patient Garden. Another way is with a physiciandriven RX: Veggies & Fruits Patient Program.


    Jenneffer Pulapaka



    Norman McCulloch, MD, MBA, UHM, CWSP, FACCWS, FAPWCA

    Bio Coming Soon


    Norman McCulloch



    Caitlyn Hollingshead, MD, CMQ

    Caitlyn Hollingshead, MD, CMQ, AAHIVS currently serves as Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at The University of Toledo. She received her degree in microbiology at Miami University in 2010 and her medical degree from the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine in Sint Maarten in 2016. She did her internal medicine residency and fellowship in infectious diseases at The University of Toledo, serving as chief fellow her last year. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious diseases. Additionally, she holds a board certification in medical quality from the American College of Medical Quality, as well as the HIV specialist designation from the American Academy of HIV Medicine. She is passionate about ID wound care. Her research interests revolve around quality improvement in infectious diseases, wound care, telemedicine, and social determinants of health. She sees ID wound care patients at The Toledo Hospital in Toledo, OH.


    Caitlyn Hollingshead

    MD, CMQ


    Kyle Mauk, DPM

    U N I V E R S I T Y   O F   F L O R I D A   C O L L E G E   O F   M E D I C I N E

    Kyle Mauk DPM, ABPM, AACFAS is an Assistant Program Director for the Foot & Ankle Surgery Residency at the University of Florida Health System.

    He is also an Assistant Professor at the University of Florida, College of Medicine-Jacksonville with special interest in Charcot reconstruction for limb preservation.

    Kyle Mauk



    Carmen Isache, MD

    Bio Coming Soon

    Carmen Isache



    Felix Boecker, MD, FACS

    Bio Coming Soon


    Felix Boecker

    MD, FACS


    Alisha Oropallo, MD

    Alisha Oropallo, MD FACS FSVS FABWMS in an Associate Professor of Surgery, Barbara and Donald Zucker School of Medicine, Hofstra/Northwell; Associate Professor of Feinstein Institutes of Medical Research and Medical Director of the Comprehensive Wound Healing Center and Hyperbarics, Northwell Health. Her major clinical interests are in the use of translational and clinical research in vascular surgery and wound care. She is involved with numerous speaking presentations and co-authored peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. She resides on the Editorial board of several journals. She also serves on Executive board of several national organizations. Her current work involves research for improvement in patient outcomes and quality of care.


    Alisha Oropallo



    Tom Serena, MD

    Bio Coming Soon

    Tom Serena



    Mark Melin, MD, FACS, RPVI

    Bio Coming Soon

    Mark Melin



    Lonnie Lassiter, MD, MBA

    Bio Coming Soon

    Lonnie Lassiter

    MD, MBA



    Bio Coming Soon


    Frank Aviles



    John Lantis, MD

    Dr. John Lantis is the Vice Chairman and Professor Surgery at Mount Sinai West and Morningside Hospitals / Icahn School of Medicine in New York City. He is also the Chief of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery and directs their wound care research

    program. He is the past president of the New York Vascular Society, and a founding member of the Vascular Study Group of Greater New York and the American Board of Wound Medicine and Surgery.

    Dr. Lantis is an active vascular surgeon treating all facets of vascular disease with the full array of open and endovascular techniques. He serves and has served on the steering committee of many national and international wound healing and limb salvage trials. He is on the editorial boards of numerous peer reviewed journals and to date he is/or has been the principal investigator on more than 70 multi center and single center chronic wound and vascular surgery trials.

    John Lantis



    Christopher Winters, DPM, CWS, FACCWS

    A M E R I C A N   H E A L T H   N E TWO R K

    Christopher L. Winters, DPM, CWS-P has been involved in wound care since beginning his practice of podiatry in 1999 in Indianapolis. A graduate of Indiana University in Bloomington he majored in Spanish and chemistry. He then graduated from the Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago. He then completed a residency in podiatric medicine and surgery at Jesse Brown VA medical center in Chicago.

    He is a partner in the group American Health Network based in Indianapolis, IN. He has worked at the wound center at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis since 2005. He has authored several articles and research projects on wound care with an interest in wound matrices. He has lectured locally, nationally and internationally in the field of wound care.

    He has been active in teaching since 2006 and has served as the residency director of the podiatric medicine and surgery residency at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis since 2010. He became the Chairman of the Board of the ACCWS in 2018., and is currently serving on the board as the immediate past chair.


    Christopher Winters



    Jill Mikalach, DN

    Bio Coming Soon

    Jill Michalak, CNP


    Nirmala Abraham, MD

    Bio Coming Soon

    Nirmala Abraham, MD


    Windy Cole, DPM

    Bio Coming Soon

    Windy Cole, DPM


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