About The Board

Founding Editorial Board Members


Caroline Fife, MD, FAAFP, CWS

Co-editor of Today’s Wound Clinic, Fife received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Texas A&M University College of Medicine. After a residency in family medicine at the University of Texas, Southwestern, she completed a two-year fellowship in undersea and hyperbaric medicine at Duke University, then joined the faculty of the University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, where she served on the faculty for 23 years, ending her academic career as a professor of medicine in the division of cardiology. She is subspecialty board certified in undersea and hyperbaric medicine through the American Board of Preventive Medicine and has been a certified wound specialist since 1998. Past and present board activities include the American Academy of Wound Management, the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care, and the American Professional Wound Care Association. She initiated the Memorial Hermann Center for Wound Healing, which is affiliated with the University of Texas, Houston, in 1990, and the Memorial Hermann Center for Lymphedema Therapy in 1998. She is a past president of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society and is co-editor of the books Wound Care Practice and Women and Pressure: Diving and Flying, both published by Best Publishing Company. She’s also the chief medical officer of Intellicure, a Texas-based software company, which since 2000 has provided a specialty-specific electronic medical record system to wound and hyperbaric centers across the US. She is the director of clinical research for the US Wound Registry, a nonprofit corporation that provides data for comparative effectiveness studies in wound care and hyperbaric medicine. She is currently the medical director of St. Luke's Wound Clinic, The Woodlands, TX.


Christopher A. Morrison, MD, FACHM, FCCWS

Morrison, a nationally recognized speaker and educator on the subjects of wound care and hyperbaric medicine, has devoted his full-time medical practice to the development of the specialty of wound care. He serves as a wound care and hyperbaric medicine physician, as well as medical director with numerous Florida hospitals.
Triple board certified: diplomate (American Board of Family Practice), diplomate (American Board of Preventive Medicine, subspecialty undersea and hyperbaric medicine), and diplomate (undersea and hyperbaric medicine, American Academy of Wound Management, certified wound specialist), Morrison has also been designated a fellow of the American Professional Wound Care Association.
As previous president and founder of Nautilus Health Care Group, Morrison now serves as executive medical director of Healogics Specialty Physicians, a nationally recognized physician group and leader in wound center management, hyperbaric medicine, wound care, dermatology community-outreach services, and healthcare provider education and training. He has also served as associate chief medical officer for Medical Multiplex Inc., providing comprehensive clinical and management solutions to hospitals and long-term care facilities. He’s the founding regional chapter president of the Save A Leg, Save A Life Foundation and has received the Jefferson Davis, MD, Memorial Award for Clinical Excellence in his specialty.
Additionally, Morrison serves as medical director for Wound Systems, Atlanta, GA, a leader in wound management medical equipment and support surface technology. The past-president of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society - Gulf Coast Chapter, Morrison received his bachelor’s of science degree from Indiana University in Bloomington and his MD degree from Indiana University School of Medicine — completing his residency and fellowship training in sports medicine at Bayfront Medical Center, St. Petersburg, FL, where he served as chief resident. He is a member of numerous medical organizations and serves on several professional panels dedicated to the development and furtherance of the subspecialty of wound care.


Kathleen D. Schaum, MS

As president and founder of her own consulting company, Kathleen D. Schaum & Associates Inc., Lake Worth, FL, Schaum assists wound care professionals in establishing their own businesses or in improving their existing businesses. As a service to the wound care industry, she provides cutting-edge coding, payment, and coverage knowledge through two wound care journals. The author of the Today's Wound Clinic column “Business Briefs,” she also pens “Payment Strategies,” a regular column that appears in Advances in Skin & Wound Care. She speaks at many national, regional, and local wound care meetings. She earned the Woman of the Year Award for 2011-12 by the National Association of Professional Women for her medical reimbursement work and dedication to the wound care industry.


Valerie Sullivan, PT, MS, CWS

A physical therapist and a board-certified wound specialist through the American Academy of Wound Management, Sullivan is also the clinical manager of advanced wound care services and hyperbaric medicine at Capital Regional Medical Center, Tallahassee, FL. A clinician and educator in wound management for nearly 20 years, she has lectured and presented on local, regional, and national levels as well as been published on wound care, physical therapy, and care for the underinsured. As a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and its Section on Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management, she also serves as the section’s practice committee chairperson. She has been an active member of the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care for 15 years, serving on the Quality of Care Task Force. She was one of the recipients of the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care’s Distinguished Member Awards in 2012. She is also a member of multiple clinical advisory boards and is on the board of directors for the Save A Leg, Save A Life Foundation.


Dot Weir RN, CWON, CWS

The clinical coordinator at Osceola Regional Medical Center, Kissimmee, FL, Weir has held the offices of treasurer and president of the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care, and is a member of the Wound Healing Society, the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society, and the Florida Association of Enterostomal Therapists. Co-chair of the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care, she is also co-editor of Today’s Wound Clinic; is on the faculty of the Wound Certification Prep Course; is co-chair of Present Wounds, an educational platform designed for nurses and physical therapists; is a consultant and speaker for several manufacturers; and is a frequent speaker on all aspects of wound healing. Her clinical experience includes acute care, long-term care, and home care. She spent seven years in industry, where she learned the business of healthcare and traveled the country, meeting wound healing thought leaders, researchers, teachers, and providers of evidence. Weir’s dear friend and colleague Karen Durigan presented her with her first opportunity to manage an outpatient center — responsibilities that have brought the kind of fulfillment that she said will carry her until retirement and have offered her the chance to assist the facility in opening an outpatient wound clinic. She still can recall the most pivotal day of her career, reflecting back to fall 1979, when her nursing director sought volunteers to attend a three-day ostomy school taught by nurse Anita Kotheimer. Attending the seminar set the stage for her involvement in what she calls a richly rewarding specialty where she learns something every day.

Editorial Board Members


Andrew J. Applewhite, MD, CWS, UHM

A native of Texas, Applewhite graduated from Plano Senior High School and received his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1991. He attended the University of Texas Medical School in Houston, where he received his doctorate of medicine in July 1996 and went on to complete his family medicine residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Conroe in July 1999. He became interested in wounds and hyperbarics while working there with Dr. Robert Wariner. After residency, Applewhite moved to Chicago to practice family medicine in the northwestern suburbs. He became involved in the local community by serving as the team physician for three area high school football teams and teaching prenatal classes to expectant parents. In 2003 he returned to Dallas, where he devoted full-time practice to the specialty of wound care and hyperbaric medicine, and was named medical director and helped launch the Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center at Methodist Hospital of Dallas. He accepted the position of medical director at Baylor University Medical Center’s Comprehensive Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center in Dallas in November 2008. He has lectured nationwide and internationally on hyperbaric oxygen therapy and comprehensive wound care while continuing his involvement in the local community by conducting lectures and educational events for students and fellow medical practitioners. A diplomate of the American Academy of Family Physicians, a diplomate of the American Academy of Wound Management, and a certified wound specialist, Applewhite is board certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine with a subspecialty in undersea and hyperbaric medicine. He can be contacted via email at andrew.applewhite@baylorhealth.com.


Leah Amir, MS, MHA

A scientific advisor to Med Tech Transfer, a Boston-based biotech company, Amir uses her clinical research experience to demonstrate the improved patient outcomes delivered to patients from wound care teams across all patient-care settings. At the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care in 2008 she presented with William O. Ennis, DO, MBA, on a strategy to engage hospital leadership to recognize the importance of wound care as a subspecialty. Since that time she has used her experience to design cost-effective clinical trials to meet the needs of FDA approval and to provide key information to aid insurance coverage and payment decisions. Over the years she has obtained new codes as needed to improve upon MS-DRG patient identification, ICD-9-CM diagnosis and procedure codes, and Current Procedural Terminology codes used by physicians and their medical staffs. Since 2005, Leah has published on the importance of outcome measures and the need to improve the practice of wound care worldwide by applying scientific rigor to clinical trials. She is currently developing a wound care expert system and is engaged in new product development. While with Mallinckrodt Medical she designed the new technology-developed process to achieve proof of concept validation metrics along the way to increase the likelihood of commercialization success. Her expertise in process improvement has led to the successful integration of new products into patient treatment protocols while generating a positive return on investment for medical manufacturers and healthcare providers.


Desmond Bell, DPM, CWS

A co-founder and executive director of the Save A Leg, Save A Life Foundation, Bell is a board-certified wound specialist (American Board of Wound Management) and a fellow of the American College of Certified Wound Specialists. He presently serves on the board of directors of the American Academy of Wound Management and is the founder of the Limb Salvage Institute and Wound Care on Wheels LLC, a service that provides wound care to patients in hospital and long-term care settings. He serves on the board of directors for the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care and the Barbara Bates-Jensen Wound Reach Foundation, is on the communications committee for the Jacksonville (FL) Chapter of the American Diabetes Association, and is on the conference planning committee for the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care. Bell is also a member of the Wound Healing Society and the Vascular Disease Foundation/P.A.D. Coalition. A graduate of Tulane University and Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine, Bell served his residency training programs at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Philadelphia and Delaware Valley Medical Center in Langhorne, PA. While at the VA, he received a commendation in part for his role in wound care. He served as chief podiatric surgical resident and was actively involved in the wound care center at Delaware Valley. A frequent lecturer and author on the subject of wound care, peripheral arterial disease, and diabetes, Bell is also a regular contributor to Today's Wound Clinic’s sister publication Podiatry Today. One who’s worked in private practice in Jacksonville, FL, since 1997, Bell is also on staff at Memorial Hospital of Jacksonville, St. Luke’s Hospital, St. Vincent’s HealthCare, and Specialty Hospital of Jacksonville, where he served on the medical executive committee, is active in the wound management program, and earned the First Humanitarian Award in 2009. A member of the speaker's bureau for Organogenesis Inc. and Cordis Corp., Bell also serves as a consultant with ev3, Advanced BioHealing, Cook Medical, and Healiance.


Donna J. Cartwright, MPA, RHIA, CCS, RAC, FAHIMA

The senior director of strategic reimbursement services with Integra LifeSciences Corp., Plainsboro, NJ, Cartwright holds a bachelor of science degree in health records administration form York College of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in public administration with a health services administration concentration from Kean College of New Jersey. A registered health information administrator and certified coding specialist with the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), she is certified as an ICD-10 trainer by AHIMA and has been designated a fellow of the American Health Information Management Association. In addition, she obtained her certification in regulatory affairs in 2001. Prior to her career at Integra, she held health Information management roles, including director of health information management, director positions for two healthcare consulting firms, and many coding management positions. She was a founding member of AHIMA’s Society for Clinical Coding and has been a past president and distinguished member of New Jersey’s Health Information Management Association. An active member of the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care as well as the American Burn Association, she brings three decades of healthcare coding, reimbursement, and management experience to the industry. She has given numerous presentations on coding and reimbursement issues over the years.


Moira Hayes, MHA, RRT, CHT

The vice president of operations with HyperbaRXs LLC, Atlanta, GA, Hayes has been working exclusively within the wound care and hyperbaric industry since 1992. She held a series of executive positions with outsourced wound care and hyperbaric management companies prior to starting her own consulting firm in 2007. She joined the HyperbaRXs team in July 2009 and leads the consulting service line for the company. She holds a baccalaureate degree in biology from Northeastern University and a master of health system administration from the University of Houston. A registered respiratory therapist and a certified hyperbaric technologist, she can be reached for questions or consultation at mhayes@hyperbarxs.com or 713-301-5707.


Cathy Thomas Hess, BSN, RN, CWOCN

Hess, vice president and chief clinical officer of Net Health Systems Inc., Pittsburgh, PA, has gained expertise in various acute care, long-term care, subacute care facilities, home-health agencies, and outpatient wound care department settings. With more than 25 years of experience in wound care, she's been engaged to share her command of knowledge in the industry with manufacturers (including biotechnology firms), product suppliers, insurers, law firms, and governmental agencies. She is the author of The Clinical Wound Manager™ Manual Series and Clinical Guide to Skin and Wound Care – Seventh Edition (also translated into Italian and Portuguese) and is creator of the Wound Care Strategies (WCS) Documentation System and TPS EMR. A member of the editorial advisory board for Advances in Skin and Wound Care (authoring the monthly "Practice Points" column), Hess is also an expert witness for the US Office of the Inspector General as well as past board member and marketing chair for the Wound, Continence, and Ostomy Certification Board. One who’s appeared in several educational videos, she’s also authored more than 100 journal articles and is a sought after national and international speaker. In 2002, she was cited as one of the “Best 50 Women in Business” by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. Prior to joining Net Health, Hess founded and served as president of Wound Care Strategies, a wound care solutions and services company. She’s a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Nursing and the Harrisburg Hospital School of Enterostomal Therapy.


Harriet Jones, MD, BSN, FAPWCA

A 1998 graduate of the University of Mississippi (MS) School of Medicine, Jones completed an internal medicine residency and infectious diseases fellowship at the University of MS Hospitals and Clinics. Prior to becoming a physician, she worked as a registered nurse (1985, BSN; University of Southern Mississippi), working primarily in general and orthopedic surgeries as well as infusion therapies. After completion of her medical training, she joined the infectious diseases division at the medical center as an assistant professor and began the outpatient antimicrobial service. During this time, her clinical practice was devoted to the management and treatment of postoperative infections and chronic wounds. In 2005, with the opening of the Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center at River Oaks in Flowood, MS, she joined the clinic as medical director and full-time sole physician. In 2008, she founded the wound management group and continued her collaboration as a physician with other licensed healthcare providers. In August 2010, her group became affiliated with Mississippi Baptist Medical Center’s wound clinic, where Jones continued clinical practice while becoming more involved in public speaking to various advance provider groups in MS that emphasized the appropriate use of systemic antimicrobial agents. In April 2011, she returned to the University of MS Medical Center as an associate professor of medicine and has continued her full-time clinical practice in wound management. She’s also expanding her academic involvement with other academic programs at the university. Board certified in internal medicine, she received physician certification as a physician wound specialist in September 2010, and holds current memberships in the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care, American College of Physicians, State Medical Association of MS, and American Professional Wound Care Association. She frequently speaks at local, regional, and national meetings on the principles of wound management and the appropriate use of systemic antimicrobial agents when treating infections in acute and chronic wounds. She has also authored and co-authored several published articles.


Robert S. Kirsner, MD, PhD

A tenured professor, vice chairman and endowed Stiefel Laboratories chair in dermatology in the department of dermatology and cutaneous surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Kirsner currently serves as director of the University of Miami Hospital Wound Center and chief of dermatology at the University of Miami Hospital. He received his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University (1984), his medical degree from the University of Miami (1988), and his doctorate in epidemiology from the University of Miami (2004). He completed a fellowship in wound healing (1992) and his residency (1995) in dermatology at the University of Miami. With research interests in wound healing and skin cancer epidemiology, Kirsner serves on the editorial boards for a number of journals in dermatology (including the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, Archives of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery) and wound healing, and is currently chair of the American Academy of Dermatology’s Council on Education and Maintenance of Certification and a trustee for the Dermatology Foundation. A recently retired board member of the Wound Healing Society, Kirsner is past president of the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care and the Florida Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery. In addition to career development awards and industry-sponsored funding, he is a recipient of research funding from the National Institutes of Health, American Cancer Society, and CDC. Independent of books, book chapters, and abstracts, he has published more than 300 articles.


Trisha Markowitz, MSN, MBA-HCM, RN, CWCN, DAPWCA

A registered nurse with nearly 20 years of experience in wound care and hyperbaric medicine, Markowitz serves as the vice president of clinical operations with Wound Care Advantage, Sierra Madre, CA. Her work in various roles has led to extensive experience in the development of policy, education programs, and competency as well as clinical quality oversight and regulatory requirement maintenance for a national network of outpatient wound clinics. Markowitz holds a master’s degree in business and in nursing from the University of Phoenix. An active member of the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care and diplomat of the American Professional Wound Care Association, she is also certified as a wound care nurse through the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certification Board. Markowitz speaks locally and nationally on various topics related to wound care, is published, provides consultative services to the industry, and is a legal consultant and expert witness in the field of wound care. She is passionate about providing quality wound care and educating healthcare professionals. She can be reached for questions or consultation at gutzy01@aol.com or 602-449-9845.


Pamela Scarborough, PT, DPT, MS, CDE, CWS

Scarborough is a physical therapist with more than 30 years of experience as a clinician, team leader, and professional educator. Her clinical practice has included the settings of acute and long-term care, outpatient services, and home health. In addition to holding a license to practice physical therapy in the state of Texas, she is board certified as a diabetes educator and wound care specialist. She is currently the director of public policy and education for American Medical Technologies Inc., a national company specializing in wound care education, services, and products for the long-term care industry. An educator and speaker who’s well-known and highly sought after, she frequently presents at national symposiums and state conferences on the topics of wound management and diabetes care and complications, has published numerous articles and monographs, and has contributed to book publications on topics related to wound care and diabetes management. Currently on the board of the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care, where she serves as the liaison to the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, she enjoys a quiet, nature-filled life in the Texas Hill Country when not traveling.


Susie Seaman, NP, MSN, CWOCN

A board-certified family nurse practitioner and a wound, ostomy, and continence nurse, Seaman practiced in the home healthcare arena for eight years before moving to the outpatient clinic setting in 1998. At that time, she founded the Sharp Grossmont Hospital Wound Healing Center, La Mesa, CA, which at one point was the busiest hospital-based wound clinic in San Diego County. She left there in 2006 to open a wound clinic for Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group, a 420-physician, multispecialty medical group with offices throughout San Diego. She has a special interest in the treatment of lower-extremity ulcers and the diagnosis and treatment of atypical wounds. Her master's thesis examined Braden Scale scores and the incidence of pressure ulcers in the home hospice setting. She can be reached at susie.seaman@sharp.com.


Tere Sigler, PT, CWS, CLT-LANA

A physical therapist for nearly 30 years, Sigler has worked in a range of settings, including acute care, outpatient care, long-term care, and home health. She has been focused on wound care since 1991. In 1999 she established the Archbold Center for Wound Management at Archbold Memorial Hospital, Thomasville GA, where she’s the clinical director. In 2007 the center expanded to include Hyperbaric Medicine. An active member of the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care, Sigler earned her CWS through the American Academy of Wound Management in 2000. She has also served on advisory boards and participated in focus groups for several companies in the wound care industries, and began lymphedema management in 1996 after completing training in manual lymph drainage through the Vodder School in Walchsee, Austria. She passed the board exam to become certified as a lymphedema therapist through the Lymphology Association of North America in 2002.


Pamela G. Unger, PT, CWS, FCCWS

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in physical therapy, Unger has spent three decades specializing in wound care and wound center management. Her clinical experience involves acute, long-term, outpatient, and subacute care. She created and established one of the premier multidisciplinary outpatient wound care clinics in the US and is the vice president of medical affairs and education at Celleration Inc., Eden Prairie, MN. She has published more than 25 articles and textbook chapters, and has presented more than 200 times to healthcare professionals regarding the use of low-frequency ultrasound and electrical stimulation for wound healing, the multidisciplinary approach to wound care, and multiple reimbursement issues related to wound care. She’s the recipient of multiple service awards and lectureships from the American Physical Therapy Association and the Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association.


Randall Wolcott, MD, CWS

Founder of Southwest Regional Wound Care Center, Lubbock, TX, a facility that specializes in biofilm-based wound care, Wolcott is a certified wound specialist by the Academy of Wound Management who has more than 10 years of wound care experience. One who has presented at many wound care conferences nationwide, he is passionate about healing wounds and educating healthcare professionals on how to do so. His wound center offers many disciplines in wound care, including debridement, venous procedures, hyperbaric oxygen treatment, IV therapy, and skins grafts.

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