Round Table Discussion – The Role of Physical Therapy in Wound Care

Join ACCWS + APTA for our Quarterly Roundtable
January 27, 2022 | 7 P.M. EASTERN TIME

The American College of Clinical Wound Specialists (ACCWS), education committee will be holding quarterly online live educational forums. During these one hour live events, challenging clinical cases will be presented and discussed with the audience.



Dr. Melissa Johnson, PT, DPT, CWS

Dr. Melissa Johnson, PT, DPT, CWS has over 21 years of experience in all settings of practice performing wound management specifically acute care and outpatient physical therapy since 2000. Since 2006 she has worked for Piedmont Healthcare as the Director of Wound Care and Hyperbaric Services  for various hospitals within the system.   Dr Johnson sits on multiple system leadership committees that enhance quality and standardization within the Piedmont System.  She is a Certified Wound Specialists through the American Board of Wound Management since 2004.

She has held various leadership positions within the ACEWM and Wound Management Special Interest Group of the American Physical Therapy Association advocating for wound care practice. She is currently the Chair for the Wound Management Special Interest group for the Academy of Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management for APTA. Over the past 10 years she participated on the task force for the development of a clinical specialty of wound management approved by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists in 2019. She has been an adjunct professor at Nova Southeastern University since 2009.  Currently is a member of the Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders and Federal Affairs Liaison for the ACEWM where she is an advocate for wound care practice.

Cooper Wardell, DPT, CWS

Cooper Wardell is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, Clinical Faculty of the Division of Biokinesiology & Physical Therapy of USC, and a Certified Wound Specialist with the American Board of Wound Management.  His primary area of practice is inpatient wound care, and also treats outpatients at Keck Medical Center.  Cooper’s primary areas of interest are surgical wound healing, complex abdominal wounds involving ECF, and novel applications of Negative Pressure Wound Therapy.