International Affairs

Afsaneh Alavi (USA)

Chair

Dr. Alavi is a dermatologist at Mayo clinic in Rochester Minnesota. Dr. Alavi completed her residency in dermatology, a 2-year fellowship in Wound Healing and a Master’s of Science in Community Health at the University of Toronto.Her wound care journey started from IIWCC course in Toronto in 2004-2005. She served as the Director of the Wound Healing Fellowship at University of Toronto 2014-2020 and was running a sub-specialty HS and PG clinic in Toronto. She is currently a senior consultant and the medical director of clinical trial unit at department of dermatology at Mayo clinic in  Rochester , Minnesota, United states  . Her research interests include wound healing with focus on inflammatory wounds such as hidradenitis suppurativa, and pyoderma gangrenosum. Dr. Alavi has received multiple awards including the Practitioner of the Year Award from the Canadian Dermatology Association in 2017, and the Hidradenitis Suppurativa Award for HSF foundation in recognition of her work in HS (2019). She has been Principle Investigator on more than 50 clinical trials and has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals.

Safa Al Mustafa (UAE)

Co-Chair

CNO, SKMC

Dr. Safa Al Mustafa, the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) of Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC),  RN, Bachelor in Nursing from Southern Queensland university/ Australia, Master degree in Health Care Management Marymount University/USA, Doctor Business Administration Abu Dhabi University/UAE and an active ENA member

Dr. Safa has a total of 26 years of experience in the field of Nursing, and brings more than 22 years of progressive Nursing leadership experience to her position. She is responsible for developing the framework for the provision of safe, high quality, professional Nursing and Allied Health programs and practices that encourage outstanding customer service, employee engagement, improved quality outcomes, financial accountability and growth of services. She assumed the role of CNO in September 2014 as the FIRST Emirati national who took the position as a Chief Nursing and Allied Health Officer at SKMC, one of the largest tertiary healthcare facility in the UAE.

She is the Executive sponsor of SEHA Emirati Nursing, Midwifery, and Allied Health Committee and Abu Dhabi Nursing Committee,  a member of National Nursing Now Committee, one of the founder of SEHA IHSAN Award (the first Award at SEHA and UAE for Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health), IHSAN Steering Committee chair and SINMAC 2019 Scientific Committee chair,

Throughout Dr. Safa’s career, she has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Nursing Leadership Award from Cleveland Clinic-Ohio in 2016. She is also a recipient of “SKMC Caregiver” Award in 2015 & 2019 which highlights excellence in professional conduct.

Elizabeth Ayello (USA)

WUWHS Liaisons

Elizabeth A. Ayello, PhD, MS, BSN, ETN, RN, CWON, MAPWCA, FAAN is a board certified wound and ostomy nurse from New York USA, who is Internationally known as an educator, researcher, clinician, prolific author, editor, and mentor. Dr. Ayello is a Co-Editor in Chief for the journal Advances in Skin and Wound Care,  President of Ayello Harris and Associates Inc., President of the World Council of Enterostomal Therapists (WCET) 2018-2022, Faculty Emerita Excelsior College School of Nursing , Faculty at the International Interprofessional Wound Care Course (IIWCC) in Toronto and Abu Dhabi and Founder/Director of the WoundPedia Basic and Intermediate courses in Manila, the Philippines. A past president of the National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel and member of the MDRPI working group for the 2019 EPUAP NPIAP PPPIA Pressure Injury International Guideline, Dr. Ayello and has over 200 peer-reviewed journal articles, is co-author/co-editor of two wound care books - Wound Care Essentials Practice Principles 5th edition, Pocket Guide to Pressure Ulcers 4th edition,  as well as the WCET® International Ostomy Guideline 1st and 2nd editions, and the WCET® Pocket Guides on Ostomy Complications and Stoma Siting.

Sadanori Akita (Japan)

WUWHS Liaisons

Dr. Akita is a professor and chief of department of plastic surgery, wound repair and regeneration of Fukuoka University, school of medicine since 2016.

He did his residency in plastic surgery at Nagasaki University Hospital. He received his PhD from the Graduate School of Nagasaki University specializing in plastic and reconstructive surgery.  He later did a research fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) under supervision of Shlomo Melmed MD on a cytokine expression and its regulation in vivo by using a transgenic animal model.  He serves as a general secretary of World Union of Wound Healing Societies, which will be held in Yokohama, September 2-6, 2012, http://wuwhs2012.com/ and will be president of the world union of wound healing societies, for the years of 2012 to 2016. He is the president of the World Union of Wound Healing Societies (WUWHS) from September, 2012 to September, 2016 and currently the president of the Asian Wound Care Association (AWCA). His research interests include: cytokines and stem cells in wound healing, difficult wound healing (radiation injury), regenerative tissue enhancement to HIV-drug related-wasting patients, reconstructive surgery, burn, craniofacial surgery and hemangioma/avascular malformations.

 He serves as an editorial board member of renowned journals such as ePlasty, Wound Repair and Regeneration, Advances in Wound Care, WOUNDS, Advances of Wound Care, International Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds, International Journal of Molecular Sciences, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery-Global Open and a regular reviewer in journals of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Lancet, Nature and Annals of Surgery and his review activities are 373 in total and 106 in last 12 months. Please refer to Publon at https://publons.com/dashboard/summary/.

His list of publications includes 88 peer-reviewed English original articles in web of science, 20 English overviews and 11 English-book chapters and 5 editorship of the books and his h-index is 24, kindly see at Scopus,  

https://www.scopus.com/authid/detail.uri?authorId=7103147238

Terry Swanson (Australia)

Supporting Society Coordinating Team

Terry Swanson completed her undergraduate nursing studies in the USA before immigrating to Australia in 1988.  She was endorsed in 2004 as one of the first Nurse Practitioners in her state and specialty of wound management in Australia.  Terry was admitted as a Fellow of the Australian Wound Management Association in 2010 for her significant contribution to wound management at a state, national and international level. She is the current Vice Chair of the International Wound Infection Institute (IWII) and chaired the development and publication of the 2016 IWII Consensus Document Update on Wound Infection. Terry served as the Chair of IWII from 2012 until 2015. 

Terry has published and presented on chronic wounds and wound infection nationally and internationally.  As co- editor and author, Terry led the team to publish the book Wound Management for the Advanced Practitioner in 2014.

Terry was the Scientific Chair of the 2018 Wounds Australia National Conference and has held positions of responsibility of various nursing and wound related boards locally, nationally and internationally.

Kimberly LeBlanc (Canada)

Supporting Society Coordinating Team

Kimberly LeBlanc is known globally as an innovative nurse leader. She is the current Academic Chair of the Association for Nurses Specialized in Wound Ostomy and Continence Care’s (NSWOCC) Wound Ostomy and Continence Institute (WOC Institute) and an Advanced Practice and Certified Wound Ostomy Continence nurse working with KDS Professional Consulting. She holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Nursing from Queen’s University. Kimberly is an Adjunct Professor with the University of Western Ontario Masters in Wound Care Program and an Affiliate Lecturer at McGill University. Kimberly is a past president and founding member of the International Skin Tear Advisory Panel and a board member of the International Surgical Wound Complication Advisory Panel.

Kimberly has lectured extensively on wound and ostomy care and is considered a global expert on wounds and ostomy issues in the aging population and has numerous publications and book chapters on wound and ostomy related topics.

In 2016, Kimberly was a World Union of Wound Healing Societies Educational Award of Excellence finalist and was awarded the Registered Nurses of Ontario Leadership Award in Nursing Education (Academic), and the prestigious Canadian Nurses Association Order of Merit for Nursing Education. In 2018 she was named as a finalist in the Journal of Wound Care clinical researcher of the year award and was awarded the NSWOCC Presidents award for her contribution to WOC nursing in Canada. In 2020, Kimberly was selected for induction as a Fellow for the prestigious Canadian Academy of Nursing’s, Fellowship of the Canadian Academy of Nursing (FCAN), ceremony to take place November 2020.

Johlene Sander (South Africa)

Supporting Society Coordinating Team

Johlene Sander started her nursing career in 1989 at Volks Hospital (Cape Town) where she qualified as an Enrolled Nurse, then transferred to 2 Military Hospital and completed the Diploma in General Nursing to qualify as a Registered Nurse.

She continued her education by doing a Post-basic Diploma in Midwifery and a Postgraduate Diploma Nursing Administration at the University of Stellenbosch. After working as an Operational Nursing Manager in the Surgical Ward, she completed The Holistic Wound Management Course at University of Free State. She gained knowledge and experience of wound care by working in the private sector with wound care specialists during 2015/6.

After her return to 2 Military Hospital, she was appointed as The Wound Care Specialist and is currently providing wound care advice in the Surgical-, Maternity- and Orthopaedic Wards. She is consulted for wound care advice, in-service training while working hand-in-hand with representatives from the different companies to improve wound care in the hospital.

In 2016 to 2018 she was elected as the Chairperson of the Western Cape Regional Chapter of WHASA (Wound Healing Association of Western Africa). In October 2018 she facilitated the National Congress where she was elected as the National President. Her first duty as National President, was to sign the Memorandum of understanding as a “supporting society” for the 6th Congress of the World Union of Wound Healing Societies Abu Dhabi – UAE.

In 2019, WHASA hosted a National Congress and several international presenters; e.g. Hiske Smart and Madeleine Flannigan, were invited to present lectures on wound care. The

Since January 2019, when she commissioned the new wound care clinic at 2 Military Hospital, she is consulting patients in need of advanced wound care on a daily basis. She also performs duties as a military nurse (e.g. deployment to operational areas). She is currently working at 2 Military Hospital, Cape Town, where she just celebrated 30 years in the nursing profession.

In 2020, Johlene participated with a group of wound experts from WHASA, to submitted an article: “Management of non-healable and maintenance wounds: a systematic integrative review and referral pathway”, for publication in Advances in Skin & Wound Care Journal.

Karen Ousey (UK)

Supporting Society Coordinating Team

I am Professor of Skin Integrity at the University of Huddersfield, Yorkshire in the UK, Visiting Professor at both Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia and the Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin. Additionally, I am elected chair for the International Wound Infection Institute, Vice President of the International Surgical Wounds Complications Advisory Panel and Director (Europe) of the International Skin Tears Advisory Panel. Throughout my career I have maintained an active research interest in skin integrity and infection prevention both in clinical practice and academia that has culminated in the formation of the Institute of Skin Integrity and Infection Prevention (ISIaIP) for which I am Director. I have dedicated a significant amount of my time to developing and fostering strong international collaborative links with clinical practitioners, academia and industry. My specialist areas of interest include tissue viability, wound management, infection prevention and management of skin tears. The growing importance of Antimicrobial Resistance and Antimicrobial Stewardship has become a priority for all healthcare providers and as such I have facilitated and developed a module in conjunction with the European Wound Management Association and the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy hosted by Future Learn: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/antimicrobial-stewardship-in-wound-management

Dieter Mayer (Switzerland)

Scientific and Ethics Committee

Dieter Mayer, MD, FEBVS, FAPWCA, Assistant Professor of Vascular Surgery, completed his studies of medicine in Basel, Switzerland, in 1987. After various postgraduate engagements, in 1996, Doctor Mayer passed the Swiss board examination of general surgery. The certification by the European Board of Vascular Surgery followed in 2002. By specializing in Vascular Surgery, the long-grown interest in wound healing became the center of Doctor Mayer’s work. As Head of Wound Care of the University Hospital in Zurich, Switzerland, from 2001 to 2016, he established the first dedicated and truly interdisciplinary university wound clinic in Switzerland. Doctor Mayer regularly teaches students in vascular surgery and wound healing and is involved in major projects to support wound healing as a specialty of its own. He is Past Executive Director of the Swiss Association for Wound Care and executive board member of WUWHS 2022 in Abu Dhabi. In 2009 Doctor Mayer has become a fellow of the American Professional Wound Care Association. Since 2010 he has been a reviewer for the Cochrane Collaboration (Cochrane Wound Group). As Director of Vascular Surgery and Wound Care, Doctor Mayer cares for all aspects of vascular diseases and wounds at the University associated Cantonal Hospital of Fribourg, where he found a new challenge after his 16 years’ engagement at the University Hospital in Zurich. As a wound healer, Doctor Mayer networks throughout the world to support and make a difference in wound healing.

Mariam Botros (Canada)

Scientific and Ethics Committee

Mariam is a clinician, educator and health leader. 

As CEO of Wounds Canada, Mariam is responsible for both the strategic direction and day-to-day operations of the organization. She is a chiropodist and diabetes educator and completed a Master’s in Educational Leadership degree. Mariam has also published, developed and lectured in multiple programs both nationally and internationally in the area of diabetic foot complications and amputation prevention. Through her different roles as an executive director, health-care practitioner and educator, researcher and faculty member for many well-recognized organizations, Mariam has extensive practical and professional experience. As a health leader Mariam is collaborative, creative,  empathetic and persistent.

Keith Harding (UK)

Scientific and Ethics Committee

CBE FRCGP FRCP FRCS FLSW
Medical Director

Professor Harding has had a longstanding interest in wound healing. He was appointed as the first Director of the Wound Healing Research Unit in 1991. From September 2013 to December 2018 he was Dean of Clinical Innovation at Cardiff University and in 2014 was appointed as Medical Director of the Welsh Wound Innovation Centre. His clinical practice is exclusively focused on treating patients with wound healing problems with a wide range of aetiologies. He holds external professorial appointments at universities in the UK, Australia and Singapore. He has authored over 350 publications in the field of wound healing and has written a number of chapters and books in this area. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Wound Journal. He was awarded the CBE in the New Year Honours list in January 2013 for Services to Medicine and Health Care. In 2013 he was awarded £4.2 million to set up the Welsh Wound Innovation Initiative part of which has enabled the setting up of the first Wound Healing Centre in the World. In 2014 he was awarded The Learned Society of Wales Fellowship. In 2018 he, with others, was awarded a £24 million European grant to establish a Clinical Innovation ecosystem across South Wales. In 2018 he was appointed as a Senior Clinical Research Director at the A Star Institute in Singapore and is part of a SG$28 million wound programme grant.

Kylie Sandy Hodgetts (Australia)

Scientific and Ethics Committee

Director Skin Integrity Research Institute (SKINRI), UWA
Senior Research Fellow, School of Biomedical Sciences, Burn Injury Research Unit, University of Western Australia
Founder and President, International Surgical Wound Complications Advisory Panel (ISWCAP) (global NFP)
Australian National Lead, Australian Health Research Alliance Wound Initiative (Federal Gov); surgical wound complications advisory panel
Past Chair, Board Wounds Australia (2017-2019) (NFP)
Inaugural Deputy Chair, Board Wounds Australia (2016-2017)
International Committee Board Member, World Union of Wound Healing Societies (2015-present)
Council Member European Wound Management (EWMA) (2015-2018)
Board Member EWMA Cooperating Organisations (2015-2018)
Board Member, Institute of Skin Infection and Prevention, University of Huddersfield
Honorary Senior Lecturer, Cardiff University

Dr Sandy-Hodgetts is a Senior Research Fellow, Clinical trialist and Chief Investigator of a programme of research into early identification and prevention of surgical wound complications. Dr Sandy-Hodgetts research programme is multi-centred and is conducted across national and international healthcare settings. The programme of research conducted at the Skin Integrity Research Institute (SKINRI) comprises Phase I-IV clinical trials with bedside translation and validation of research findings. She has recently founded the International Surgical Wound Complications Advisory Panel (ISWCAP), a global not for profit organisation to raise awareness of the early identification and prevention of surgical wound complications around the globe. As the founder of ISWACP, she has established a panel of directors that span the Asia-Pacific Rim, Australasia, Canada, Europe, UK, India, Africa and the US to drive change in research and clinical practice in surgical wound healing.
Dr Sandy-Hodgetts co-chaired the WUWHS International Consensus document; surgical wound dehiscence improving prevention and outcomes, launched in 2017, as a result of her doctoral research. She has since co-authored two other consensus documents in the surgical wound healing field and has participated as invited expert reviewer for over 4 international clinical guidelines. She has over 20 peer-reviewed publications as first author and is an editorial board member for the Journal of Wound Care and is a regular peer reviewer for BMJ Open, JWC, IWJ.
Dr Sandy-Hodgetts was recognised for her contribution to the field of wound healing research in 2018 as the recipient of the Journal of Wound Care Best Clinical Research 2018 Award, an international peer reviewed award as well as second placing for Innovation in Surgical Site Infection 2019. More recently, she has lead the development of the ISWCAP Best Practice Statement on early identification and prevention of surgical wound complications, launched in March 2020 and currently being translated into Spanish and Portuguese.

R. Gary Sibbald (Canada)

Education Committee

Dr. R. Gary Sibbald BSc, MD FRCPC (Med, Derm), MACP, FAAD, MEd, FAPWCA, D.Sc. (Hons)

Dr Sibbald is a dermatologist and internist with a special interest in wound care and education. He is a professor of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Toronto and an international wound care key opinion leader (educator, clinician and clinical researcher).  

Dr Sibbald is co-founder of the Canadian Association of Wound Care (1995), chairperson (1995-2000) and was the former Director of the Wound Healing Clinic, Women’s College Hospital (1994-2009). He is also a previous president of the World Union of Wound Healing Societies (2008 – 2012). In 1999 he co-developed the International Interprofessional Wound Care Course and has been the director for 40 courses worldwide.

Professor Sibbald received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal in 2013 and Honorary Doctor of Science from Excelsior College in 2014. Investigator, Institute for Better Health at Trillium Health Partners.

Currently he is the project ECHO lead (2018) for Ontario Skin and Wound to develop interprofessional teams for all 14 Ontario Local Integrated Health Networks.

He has over 200 publications and is co-editor and chapter author of the Chronic Wound Care 5 textbook. Currently he is the Co-editor in chief of Advances in Skin & Wound Care.

Hiske Smart (Bahrain)

Education Committee

Hiske Smart is a clinical nurse specialist working in the Kingdom of Bahrain at the King Hamad University Hospital. She is responsible for hospital wide skin injury prevention and managing the ambulatory Wound care and Hyperbaric oxygen therapy unit.  She completed her nursing studies in South Africa to Master’s degree level, where after she specialized in advanced wound care with a Postgraduate Diploma in Wound Healing and Tissue Repair at the University of Cardiff (UK) in 1999 followed by the International Interprofessional Wound Care course at the University of Toronto (Canada) in 2008.  

She received the Campbell MacFarlane award from the South African Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Association in 2010 for her role in combining hyperbaric oxygen therapy into the interprofessional clinical wound care domain. She also received the University of the Free State (RSA) Alumni award in 2014 for advancing the field of nursing on an international level. A life time achievement award from WHASA was awarded in 2018 for her work in advancing wound care in Southern Africa.  

She is teaching faculty for the International Interprofessional Wound Care Course in Toronto and Abu Dhabi and the mother of two awesome daughters, Jansie and Sally Anne, the biggest gift of her life.

Salvacion Cruz (UAE)

Education Committee

Salvacion Cruz is currently working as a Wound Care Nurse at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City since 2005. She is past Vice President of Filipino Nurses Association in the Emirates (FNAE). She is the Facilitator of the International Interprofessional Wound Care Course (IIWCC) Abu Dhabi from 2012 up to present. She is a member of International Interprofessional Wound care Group (IIWCG). She is a member of the SEHA Wound Care Advisory Group. She presented as speaker from several wound care conferences, symposiums, in-services and education training.  She was co-author some published articles in Wounds International and WCET.

She completed her masters for Clinical Skin Integrity and Wound Management at University of Hertfordshire in UK. In 2009, Salvacion has completed the International Interprofessional Wound Care Course from University of Toronto-KSA. She received the Best Clinical Nurse Award from the Executive Nursing leadership for Outpatient Department, Medical Area and for Wound Care. She has been active member and secretary of the Shared Governance in the Outpatient Department from 2006 to June 2010.

 Salvacion has completed her BS Nursing Degree from University of the City of Manila (Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila) in April 2001 where she received an award of excellence for community nursing. She obtained her license from the Philippine Regulatory Board as Registered Nurse in June 2001. She has worked in Medical-Surgical ward and Emergency Department at the Lung Center of the Philippines.

Harikrishna K.R. Nair (Malaysia)

Education Committee

PROFESSOR DR. HARIKRISHNA K.R.NAIR S.I.S KMN
MD, FRCPI FCWCS OSH(NIOSH),OHD(DOH),CMIA(MAL) ,CHM(USA)
ESWT(Austria, Germany) FMSWCP, ICW (Germany)
PG in Wound Healing and Tissue Repair (Cardiff, UK)
CHAIRMAN WOUNDS MALAYSIA,
Head, Wound Care Unit , Dept. of Internal Medicine , Kuala Lumpur Hospital, Malaysia
Chairman, ASEAN Wound Council
National Advisor Primary Health, Ministry of Health Malaysia
Adjunct Professor, Dept of Surgery, Institute of Medical Sciences, Banares Hindu University, INDIA
Professor, Institute of Health Management, Austria
Associate Professor of Research, Perdana University, Malaysia
Chairman, Pressure Injury Prevention Committee, Kuala Lumpur Hospital
Founding President, Malaysian Society of Wound Care Professionals,
Vice President of the Asian Wound Care Association AWCA
Member of the Board of the International Biotherapy Society,
President Elect of the Asia Pacific Association on Diabetic Limb Problems
Member of the National Technical Committee on Wound Care MOH
Editor in Chief, Wounds Asia Journal and the JWC Silk Road Supplement
Board member of the Journal of Wound Care UK,
Member of the EWMA International Partner Organisation Board,
Faculty member of the National Diabetic Institute (NADI) and Chairman DCOM
Country Representative of D-Foot International
One of the recipients of the WHO DR.LEE JON WOK MEMORIAL award 2018

Bharat Kotru (India)

Education Committee

Bharat Kotru is a Podiatrist, Wound Care Specialist and Head of Department of Podiatry and Wound care at Max Hospital. He has done his Podiatry from Uk. He pursued International Interprofessional wound care course (IIWCC) University of Toronto (Canada) in 2015 at the end of course he was awarded with IIWCC best Selective award on ‘’Effect of intensive Education and selfcare on wound healing trajectory”. He has done MSc Clinical Skin integrity and wound Management from University of Hertfordshire (UK). He has Done Diabetic Foot Foundation Course from Michener, Ontario. He has completed his PhD on diabetes and its complications, he also attained training at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences in Department of Podiatry on Diabetic foot, He is presently faculty of IIWCC, University of Toronto and Faculty for Project ‘’TAAC’’ Ethiopia besides this he attained various International and National certificate courses on Diabetic foot and Diabetes. He has got various publications in National and International journals. He is first Podiatrist in Punjab region to convert his practice to Biomechanics and Orthotic therapy. He worked on research Project of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) in collaboration with WHO on “Hypertension & Diabetes.

He works in collaboration with other healthcare professionals to bring the highest level of assessment, management and treatment of lower limb pathology and develop the cost effective orthotic and offloading devices along with foot Examination tools for developing countries.

Camila Fronzo (UK)

Journal of Wound Care

Camila Fronzo is Editor at the Latin American edition of the Journal of Wound Care (JWC LATAM) and Head of Projects (PRINCE2 certification) at MA Healthcare, the publisher of JWC. Before joining JWC, she was Content Editor at Whizz Education, an online platform for online learning. She has written for the Financial Times, La Nación and El Cronista Comercial newspapers. From 2011–2014, she was a staff reporter for Apertura magazine in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her expertise derives from combining skills in journalism and project management, with an international perspective on current affairs. 

Robert S. Kirsner (USA)

Ad hoc working group

Dr. Phillip Frost Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, Department of Public Health Sciences. University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Dr. Kirsner is Chairman and the endowed Harvey Blank Professor in the Dr. Phillip Frost Dermatology in the Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.  He is Chief of Dermatology at the University of Miami Hospital and Clinics and Jackson Memorial Hospital and directs the University of Miami Hospital Wound Center.  Dr. Kirsner received his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University, his medical degree from the University of Miami and a PhD in epidemiology from the University of Miami, after he completed his clinical training.  His clinical training included internal medicine, a clinical and research fellowship in wound healing and dermatology at the University of Miami.  His research interests include Wound Healing and Skin Cancer Epidemiology.  Dr. Kirsner serves on the editorial boards for a number of journals in dermatology and wound healing and serves in national leadership positions in both Wound Healing and Dermatology, including currently serving on the American Academy of Dermatology Board of Directors and the Wound Healing Society Board of Directors.  In addition to career development awards, foundation, industry sponsored funding and CDC funding, he currently leads or is part of a number of NIH funded grants.  Independent of books, book chapters and abstracts, he has published over 550 articles.

Vera Santos (South America)

Ad hoc working group

Full Professor at School of Nursing/University of São Paulo
Certified Enterostomal Therapy Nurse - WOCN (TiSOBEST Emerit)
Member of WCET® Education Committee
Chair of SOBEST® International Relationships Department
Chair of COMLHEI Scientific Committee - Investigation
Latin America Regional Director of International Skin Tear Advisory Panel – ISTAP
Member of WUWHS Continental Board – South America

Suhail Chughtai (UK)

Ad hoc working group

Dr SUHAIL CHUGHTAI  FRCS

QUALIFICATIONS
Fellowship in Surgery, Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons, Glasgow
Microsoft Certified Specialist (USA)
Certified in e-Health - Sydney University, Australia
Fellow of Faclty of Forensic and Legal Medicine, UK

In progress:
Masters in e-Health Management & Telemedicine - University of Rome, Italy
Certification in Computer Science - Harvard Medical School, USA

PROFESSIONALS ROLES
Orthopaedic Surgeon & Medico.legal Examiner, Harley Street, London 
International Telehealth Expert, Telemedicine Software Designer/Instructor
Lead Faculty of Health Informatics & Telehealth, Univ of Health Sciences, Pakistan

Founding Chairman:
Medical City Online, London, UK (Telehealth Software and Consulting Firm)
M L Professionals, London, UK (Business Award Winning Medico Legal Examination Firm)

Director Digital Health & Telemedicine for:

  • Association of Pak Physicians & Surgeons UK
  • Conservative Friends of NHS UK
  • Adam Global Healthcare Division, UAE

Chairman: Pan Arab Telemedicine & Artificial Intelligence Conference 2019, UAE
International Ambassador: Patientory Association, Atlanta, USA (Healthcare Blockchain Firm)

AWARDS & RECOGNITION
Awards & Recognition for Setting up Telemedicine Helpline in Fight against Covid19 Pandemic

  • Foreign Minister Honours, by Govt of Pakistan
  • Governor Punjab Honours, Pakistan
  • British Pakistani Foundation, UK
  • Association of Pakistani Physician & Surgeons, UK
  • University of Health Sciences, Pakistan
  • Ravians Society, GC University, Pakistan
  • Alumni Allama Iqbal Medical College, UK

Changing Lives of People through Telemedicine - By World Peace & Prosperity Foundation, UK
Commonwealth Award for Innovative Software for Telemedicine and Online Education
Innovation in Telemedicine Software - By APPNA (USA)
White Swan Award - For Creation of Digital TVapex for multi-cultural harmony in UK

Helen Yifter (Ethiopia)

Ad hoc working group

Dr. Helen Yifter Bitew is an Assistant Professor of Medicine working at Addis Ababa University, College Health Sciences as an Internist and Endocrinologist since 2011. Since September 2017, Dr Helen is working as Director for Academic affairs of the College of Health Sciences at Addis Ababa University.

She completed the International Interprofessional Wound Care Course in 2014, and is the lead person in the establishment of foot care services at the Diabetes center at Tikur Anbessa Hospital with the support of University of Toronto.

She is Board member of the Ethiopian Diabetes Association and Ex-Executive member of the Ethiopian Medical association and Ex-executive member of the Ethiopian society of Internal Medicine.  

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