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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 2020 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 17, 2021

    07:45 – 8:00 Welcome. Opening Remarks.  Richard Simman, MD, FACS, FACCWS & Karen Brown, BSN, RN, FACCWS.

    Basic Principles in Wound Healing

    7:55 – 8:00 Introduction of speakers. Barry Creighton DPM, CWS, FACCWS.
    8:00 – 8:30 Compression therapy: Unna Boots vs layered compression wraps. What, when and why?  Fedor Lurie, MD, PhD.  
    8:30 – 9:00 Stem cell and regenerative medicine in wound care. William Ennis, DO, MBA, FACOS.
    9:00 – 9:30 Aging vs pediatric skin, implications in wound healing. Mary Cheney, RN, CNP, CWS.
    9:30 – 9:45 Panel Discussion. Moderator: Barry Creighton DPM, CWS, FACCWS.
    9:45 – 9:55 Coffee Break.

    Advanced Therapies in Wound Care
    9:55 – 10:00 Introduction of speakers.  Don Mrdjenovich, DPM, FACCWS.
    10:00 – 10:30 Use of cutaneous stem cells in burns and wound care. RevovaCare – Roger Esteban Vives, PhD.
    10:30 – 11:00 Application of New Technologies in Wound Care. Naz Wahab, MD, FAPWCA, FACCWS.
    10:00 – 11:30 Connective Tissue Implants in treatment of  Foot Ulcers. Jean Archer-Colella, DPM, FAPWHc, FACCWS.
    11:30 – 11:45  Panel Discussion. Moderator: Don Mrdjenovich, DPM, ACCWS.
    11:45 – 12:55 Lunch Break & Sponsor Presentations

    Diabetic Foot Ulcer Management and Reconstruction
    12:55 – 1:00 Introduction of speakers. Chris Winters, DPM, CWS, FACCWS.
    1:00 – 1:30 Corrective and preventive diabetic foot surgery (tendon lengthening, bunions, hammer toes etc.) ProMedica Podiatry
    1:30 – 2:00 The use of Indocyanine Green Angiography in Diabetic Limb Salvage. Christine Miller, DPM, PhD, FACCWS.
    2:00 – 2:30 The Challenges of Charcot Reconstructive Surgery. Kyle Mauk, DPM, ABPM, AACFAS.
    2:30 – 2:45 Panel Discussion. Moderator: Chris Winters, DPM, CWS, FACCWS.
    2:45 – 2:55 Coffee Break. 

    Deep Tissue Injury, Wound Reconstruction (Or/and Malignant Wounds) 
    2:55 – 3:00 Introduction of speakers. Mikhail Novikov MD, FACCWS, CWSP & Monica Timko-Progar, RN, FACCWS.
    3:00 – 3:30 DTI early detection and treatment. Deanna Vargo, BSN, RN, FACCWS.
    3:30 – 4:00 Malignant wounds. Diagnosis and Management.  Richard Simman, MD, FACS, FACCWS.
    4:00 – 4:30 Management of COVID-19 Related Wounds. Kara Couch, NP, CRNP, FAAWC.
    4:30 – 4:45 Panel Discussion. Moderators: Mikhail Novikov MD, FACCWS, CWSP & Monica Timko-Progar, RN, FACCWS.
    4:45 – 5:00 Closing Remarks and Adjournment. Karen Brown, BSN, RN, FACCWS.


    Day 2 – Saturday, September 18, 2021


    An Introductory Course in Wound Care by ACCWS

    7:45 – 8:00 Introduction / Welcome. Karen Brown BSN, RN, FACCWS.
    8:00 – 8:30 Anatomy & Physiology of Skin. Mikhail Novikov MD, FACCWS, CWSP.
    8:30 – 9:00 Introduction to Wound Healing. , MD, FAPWCA, FACCWS.
    9:00 – 10:00 Lower Extremity Wounds. Kelly McFee, DNP, FNP-C, FACCWS.
    10:00 – 11:00 Pressure Ulcers. Mikhail Novikov,  MD, FACCWS, CWSP.
    11:00 – 11:30 Nutrition and Wound Healing. Monica Timko-Proga, RN, FACCWS.
    11:30 – 12:00 Discussion Panel. Moderator:  Barry Creighton DPM, CWS, FACCWS
    12:00 – 12:15 Coffee Break.
    12:15 – 1:00 Hands-on Compression wraps workshop by our sponsors (30 min).
                        Hands-on NPWT workshop by our sponsors  (30 min).
    1:00 – 2:00 Wound Bed Preparation. Jean Archer-Colella DPM, FAPWHc, FACCWS.
    2:00 – 3:00 Wound Dressing. Kelly McFee, DNP, FNP-C, FACCWS.
    3:00 – 4:00 Off Loading Principles and Practices of Diabetic Foot Wounds. Jenneffer Pulapaka, DPM, FACCWS.
    4:00 – 4:30 Discussion Panel. Moderator: Karen Brown, BSN, RN, FACCWS.
    4:30 – 5:00 Closing Remarks and Adjournment.


    *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

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    Symposium Speakers



    Karen Brown, BSN, RN, FACCWS

    A M E D I S Y S

    Karen Brown holds a BS degree from Indiana Wesleyan University. She has over 30 years of nursing experience, with 16 years spent in burn and trauma care and 3 years in enterostomal therapy at Miami Valley Hospital Level I Trauma Center in Dayton, Ohio. In 2008 she shifted her focus to developing a comprehensive wound and ostomy care program in the home care arena, where she served as a Wound Care Program Manager at Kettering Network Home Care until 2014. She started Karen Brown Wound Consulting, LLC in 2015 serving part-time in the Home Care and Hospice arena. In 2017, she joined Sinclair Community College’s Adjunct Faculty as an Allied Health Clinical Instructor, Dayton, Ohio.

    In addition to clinical practice Karen has provided consultation services for research and development companies. Karen is a member of the Wound Ostomy Continence Nurses Society and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Wound Specialists (FACCWS). She became a Board-Certified Wound Specialist (CWS) in 2009. She served as Regional Director facilitating quarterly ACCWS College meetings from 2009 to 2017. She was part of the team that coordinated “The Annual ACCWS Advancing the Standards of Wound Care Symposiums” 2015-present. She has served on the ACCWS Board since January 2017 and is currently serving as Chairwoman of the Board.

    Karen has several posters and a publication to her credit and was awarded the Nursing Excellence in Performance Improvement at Miami Valley Hospital in 2002 and ACCWS Award for developing collaborat


    Karen Brown, BSN, RN, FACCWS



    Richard Simman, MD

    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


    Richard Simman, MD, FACS, FACCWS 

    Education Chair


    Barry Creighton, DPM

    Barry has over 19 years in business planning, strategy, marketing, sales, IT management, R&D, executive management, hospital / wound care operations, medical education, and podiatry practice. He has held positions in private practice, hospital-based wound care center administration, international medical device startup, established international medical device company, and the
    ACCWS BOD previously. He understands the flow of patient care and business needs from the patient, to the physician/ medical profession, to the medical facility, to the DME, to all aspects of medical device company administration.

    His areas of expertise include first and foremost creative idea generation and utilization, and also wound care, executive management, operations, financial reporting, business planning, distribution, marketing, sales, and IT management. Also, his wife is the clinical coordinator for a wound care center located Texas. Barry is fluent in English and Spanish.

    Barry has a proven track record of developing and implementing successful products. He is experienced creating software solutions for process standardization, increased efficiency, and improved patient care. Barry is considered by his colleagues as “someone with high moral standards in both his personal and professional life.” “He continually took on the most challenging tasks in developing new products and growing a new, struggling business into a successful enterprise doing business worldwide.” “He is never above being available to help employees succeed at their positions with helpful, constructive guidance.”


    Barry Creighton DPM, CWS, FACCWS

    Membership Chair 


    Fedor Lurie, MD

    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


    William J Ennis, DO, MBA, FACOS


    Dr. William Ennis is the chief of the Section of Wound Healing & Tissue Repair at UI Health. Dr. Ennis specializes in wound care, diabetic foot care, lower extremity wounds, pressure ulcers, apligraf therapy, and venous ulcers, and his current research interests include microcirculation, regenerative tissue mechanisms, and healing outcomes. Dr. Ennis serves as the President of the American College of Wound Healing and Tissue Repair, a nonprofit organization that brings wound care to the level of a formal medical specialty, and he founded the first wound healing and tissue repair fellowship in the United States. He is the Catherine and Francis Burzik Professor of Wound Healing and Tissue Repair in the University of Illinois College of Medicine.

    William J Ennis, DO, MBA, FACOS


    Mary Cheney, NP


    Mary Cheney, RN, CNP, CWS


    Don Mrdjenovich, DPM

    C E N T R A L   P A    P H Y S I C I A N S   G R O U P

    Dr. Mrdjenovich has lived and practiced in the Altoona Pennsylvania Area since 1991 where he resides with his two children. Donald E. Mrdjenovich, a graduate of University of Pittsburgh and the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, is a board certified wound specialist (CWS®) and in private practice, with Central PA Physicians Group. Dr. Mrdjenovich has participated in several clinical case studies and has authored several published manuscripts on wound medicine, as well as several position papers to Medicare/CMS concerning wound management and legislative issues. He has served as Assistant Chief Editor Podiatry, for the Journal of the American College of Clinical Wound Specialists.

    A Founding Fellow and Founding Director of the Board of the American College of Clinical Wound Specialist (ACCWS); he is a Past Chairman of the Board of Directors, and has served on several committees for the ACCWS Board since its inception. Dr. Mrdjenovich is also is a Past President of the American Board of Wound Management.

    Dr. Mrdjenovich mentors and speaks on many topics related to podiatry, diabetes and wound care medicine throughout Pennsylvania, nationally and internationally


    Don Mrdjenovich, DPM, FACCWS


    Roger Esteban Vives, PhD


    Among the world’s leading experts in the isolation of specific stem cells that are ideal for spraying onto burns and wounds, Dr. Roger Esteban-Vives research includes epidermal-dermal isolation of stem cells and investigations of post-spray dressings and their effect on freshly isolated keratinocytes.

    Previously, at the McGowan Institute of Regenerative Medicine (University of Pittsburgh), Roger worked extensively with skin stem cells, their spray application to burns, and investigation of the impact that commercially-available wound dressings have on such cells.

    Dr. Esteban-Vives received his bachelor in molecular biology at the University Autonoma of Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain). He worked as a molecular biologist from 2001 through 2003 at IRTA in Cabrils, Spain.

    In 2003 he joined the pharmaceutical company, Oryzon Genomics in Barcelona, Spain, and was instrumental in developing a new technology to induce and detect mutations in organisms via high-throughput molecular detection systems. From this work, he received his Ph.D. in biotechnology from the University of Barcelona.

    Dr. Esteban-Vives is published in various scientific journals and lectures at national and international scientific conferences around the world. He is also an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Acute Disease, and serves as a scientific reviewer for a myriad of scientific journals.



    Roger Esteban Vives, PhD


    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, MD, FAPWCA, FACCWS

    Board Member


    Jean Archer-Colella DPM

    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-Colella DPM, FAPWHc, FACCWS

    Media Chair


    Christopher Winters, DPM

    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, DPM, CWS, FACCWS

    Immediate Past Chair


    Christine Miller, DPM, PhD

    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, DPM, PhD, FACCWS

    Chair Elect


    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 DPM, ABPM, AACFAS


    Mikhail Novikov, MD


    Dr. Novikov’s medical background includes very prestigious medical school in Eastern Europe, surgical training at both premier Russian Surgery Centers and Harvard teaching hospitals in Boston. Dr. Novikov has been in practice of chronic wound care, skin care and minor surgery since 2009. His most recent experience includes leadership position at Baystate Medical Center Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Program where he also served as a faculty for geriatric fellowship. Dr. Novikov is currently in private practice that involves all aspects of outpatient/post-acute care for chronic wounds and various skin conditions.

    Truly committed to their patients, Dr. Novikov and his associates help patients wherever they are. Dr. Novikov is currently on staff at a large volume, advanced wound center, as well as offering services at our state-of-the-art office in Worcester, and asmaller office in his hometown Northboro is designated for more urgent/same day visits.

    Dr. Novikov greatly looks forward to continuing his career as physician leader in wound care and minor surgery for various skin conditions. His practice continues to grow exponentially delivering superior quality services across healthcare continuum. Dr. Novikov is one of very few physicians practicing wound care and minor surgery full-time. He constantly monitors his group’s clinical outcomes. Dr. Novikov’s healing rates are consistently 10% higher compared to other providers.

    Dr. Novikov and his associates keep themselves up-to-date by attending national level conferences and other educational events on a regular basis. Their continuing medical education hours are well above the required minimum


    Mikhail Novikov, MD, FACCWS, CWSP


    Deanna Vargo, RN


    Deanna is a CWOCN working with wounds for over 30 years, working between acute care and outpatient.

    Her professional interest emphasized regulatory, reimbursement, and evidence-based measures.

    Her current work is with Long-Wave Infrared Thermography (LWIT), supporting the prevention of Pressure Injury/ Deep Tissue Pressure Injury (DTPI) and advanced documentation through thermography.


    Deanna Vargo, BSN, RN, FACCWS


    Kara Couch, NP


    Ms. Couch graduated with her Master of Science in Nursing (FNP) from Georgetown University in 2002.  Currently she works as the Director of Wound Care Services at the George Washington University Hospital in Washington DC.    She is an Associate Research Professor of Surgery at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences at George Washington University.  Her primary wound interests are in amputee care, wound infection and venous ulcers.

    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 Wound Management and Prevention, Today’s Wound Clinic and WoundSource 2020.   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 of the SciMAC in 2019.


    Kara S. Couch, MS, CRNP, FAAWC


    Monica Timko-Progar, RN

    A M E D I S Y S

    Monica Timko-Progar has been in the Home Health Care industry since 1985. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh she has served in a variety of roles and positions in home health and hospice care starting as a field clinician. In 1993 she completed advanced training as a Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nurse. Since that time she has practiced in her area of expertise providing consultative services and education until functioning as the Corporate Director of Wound Care Practice for Amedisys Home Health and Hospice Care. She received her Certified Wound Care Specialist credentials in 2008 and is a Fellow of the American College of Certified Wound Specialists.

    She is active in her regional affiliate of the Wound, Ostomy, and Continence society, the American Board of Wound Management and is currently appointed as a board member for the American College of Clinical Wound Specialists. Monica is the author of several wound and ostomy articles as a subject matter expert and has had poster presentations at both the Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN) and the Symposium for the Advancement of Wound Care (SAWC) conferences. She was a guest speaker at the WOCN annual
    conference in Nashville TN in June 2014.

    Monica and her team were recently award the Clinical Practice Manuscript award by the Journal of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing for their quality improvement project entitled; “Implementation of an Evidenced Based Content Validation Standardized Ostomy Algorithm Toll in Home Health Care”


    Monica Timko-Progar, RN, FACCWS




    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, DNP, FNP-C, FACCWS



    Jenneffer Pulapaka, DPM

    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, DPM, FACCWS



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