Officers

Kenneth Liechty, MD, President (2022-2023)
Kenneth Liechty, MD
President (2022-2023)

Dr. Kenneth Liechty's research has been focused primarily in the field of wound healing, the response to injury, and regenerative medicine, with an emphasis on elucidating the mechanisms involved in the regenerative response to injury in the fetus, the role of inflammation and oxidative stress in tissue repair, and the correction of abnormal healing in the adult. Dr. Liechty’s research team has pioneered the role of dysregulated microRNAs in the diabetic wound healing impairment, and the mechanisms of the correction of this wound healing impairment with stem cell and gene therapy. The Liechty research team is developing novel treatment paradigms using small molecule therapeutics including the microRNA conjugated nanoparticles, as well as stem cells and gene therapy strategies to promote healing and tissue regeneration in multiple tissues by modulating the inflammatory response, angiogenesis, the composition of the extracellular matrix, macrophage polarization, and progenitor cell content. Dr. Liechty’s research team has also developed and published the first report of mammalian cardiac regeneration in a large animal model following in utero myocardial infarction and has contributed significantly to the understanding of regenerative healing in the heart, skin and tendon, and the correction of impaired healing in diabetics. The goal of Dr Liechty’s research approach in regenerative medicine is to restore normal tissue architecture and function and to prevent the complications of impaired healing or scar formation after injury.

Traci Wilgus, PhD, President-Elect (2022-2023)
Assistant Professor
The Ohio State University
Pathology
1645 Neil Avenue
129 Hamilton Hall
Columbus, OH 43210
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Traci Wilgus, PhD, President-Elect (2022-2023)

Dr. Wilgus is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology at The Ohio State University. She earned her Ph.D. from Ohio State and completed post-doctoral training at Loyola University Medical Center. She was a junior faculty member at University of Illinois-Chicago before accepting a tenure-track position at Ohio State in 2008. Her lab studies the role of inflammation and angiogenesis in wound healing and skin carcinogenesis, with a special interest in understanding mechanisms of scarless healing in fetal skin. Dr. Wilgus frequently serves as a reviewer for manuscripts and grants in the area of wound healing and is a member of the editorial boards for Wound Management and Prevention, Advances in Wound Care, and Journal of Investigative Dermatology.

Dr. Wilgus joined the Wound Healing Society as a graduate student in 2000 and has served the WHS in various capacities over the last decade. She has served on the Website Committee (2008-2011) and Awards Committee (2011-2014), and has been a member of the Program Committee since 2010. She was Co-Chair of the WHS annual scientific meeting in 2015, served on the Board of Directors from 2013-2016, and was Secretary from 2016-2019.

Sundeep Keswani, Vice-President (2022-2023) Sundeep Keswani, Vice-President (2022-2023)

Dr. Keswani completed his General Surgery Residency training at Louisiana State University in his hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana, then went on to complete his Pediatric Surgery Fellowship at St. Louis Children’s Hospital at the Washington University School of Medicine. He also completed a Research Fellowship and Fetal Surgery Fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He then began his career at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital before moving to Texas Children’s Hospital and the Baylor College of Medicine in 2015. Dr. Keswani is currently the Chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery and a member of the Texas Children’s Fetal Center. His clinical interests are in fetal diagnosis and therapy, ECMO, congenital diaphragmatic hernia, and management of congenital lung malformations.

Dr. Keswani is the Clayton Endowed Chair and Director of Surgical Research and has been continuously funded by the NIH since 2010. He runs a 12,000 sq. ft. multidisciplinary laboratory that investigates the human response to injury and the interaction of inflammation and extracellular matrix to develop regenerative therapies. Dr. Keswani has mentored over 60 postdoctoral fellows, residents, medical students, and undergraduates in his lab, which includes being the primary mentor for two K08 awardees. He has published over 120 peer reviewed articles.

Currently, he is a Governor of the American College of Surgeons and the current Vice President of the Wound Healing Society. He is also a member of the Association for Academic Surgery, the Society of the University of Surgeons, and the American Surgical Association. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Pediatrics. He maintains certification by the American Board of Surgery in General and Pediatric Surgery.

Alan Wells, MD DMSc, Immediate Past President
Alan Wells, MD DMSc
Immediate Past President

Dr. Alan Wells is the Thomas J. Gill III Professor of Pathology and the Executive Vice-Chairman of the Department of Pathology at the University of Pittsburgh. In addition, Wells is a Professor of Bioengineering and Computational Biology (secondary appointments) and a Staff Physician at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He also serves as the Medical Director for the UPMC System Clinical Laboratories.

Wells holds an AB in Biochemistry from Brown University (1979) and received his doctorate (DMSc) in Tumor Biology from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1982. Returning to Providence, Rhode Island, he received his MD from Brown University in 1988. Following his studies, Wells completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Tumor Biology at the University of California in San Francisco, California, and a Residency in Laboratory Medicine at the University of California in San Diego, California. He has won numerous awards and has been recognized locally and nationally for his research, mentoring and clinical service, including being elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI) and American Association of University Pathologists (AAUP/Pluto Club).

Within his laboratory, Wells and his research team are aiming to gain a better understanding of how cells respond to their local environment. Ultimately, the importance of his research flows from the provision of reinforcing insights and novel avenues for exploration into the basic signaling pathways, as well as functioning of entire organisms. Currently, Wells is concentrating his research efforts towards gaining further knowledge of the conditions of dysregulated (tumor dissemination and chemoresistance of tumors) and orchestrated (wound healing and organogenesis) responses. These studies are performed in vitro, in animal models, validating in human specimens, and employing novel state-of-the-art all human microphysiological systems.

Praveen Arany Secretary (2019-2023)

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Herbert B. Slade, MD, Treasurer (2018-2026)
Herbert B. Slade, MD
Managing Director
Chisholm Clinical Research Services
2436 Medford Court West
Fort Worth, TX 76109
(817) 226-8760
Treasurer (2018-2026)

Dr. Slade is a dual board-certified subspecialist in pediatrics and clinical immunology with more than 25 years of industry-based experience in clinical research. After holding academic appointments at the University of Michigan and Cornell University Medical Center, he was recruited from academia to work with Dr. Jonas Salk on an HIV therapeutic vaccine joint venture, taking the position of Director of AIDS and Immunology at Rhône-Poulenc Rorer.

From there Dr. Slade went on to join 3M Pharmaceuticals as Chief Medical Officer. During his twelve years at 3M, Dr. Slade oversaw the development and licensure of multiple products, including a groundbreaking new class of immune response modifiers for viral infections and cancer. When 3M sold its pharma business, Dr. Slade joined DFB Pharmaceuticals in Fort Worth, TX, where he served as Chief Medical Officer for Healthpoint Biotherapeutics. Smith & Nephew plc acquired Healthpoint in 2012, bringing Dr. Slade into the realm of medical devices in the role of CMO and Sr.VP of Research & Development for the wound care division through the end of 2016.

Dr. Slade earned his undergraduate degree in biology from Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., followed by his medical degree from State University of New York (SUNY) Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, N.Y.

 

Board Members

Brian Eliceiri Brian Eliceiri (2019-2023)

Brian Eliceiri, PhD was the co-chair for the Annual WHS meeting held in San Diego 2017, and is currently a Board member for the WHS. He received his B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, a PhD from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, post-doctoral training at the Scripps Research Institute in San Diego, and is a Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of California San Diego. His research is focused on mechanisms regulating immune homeostasis, with specific interests in the biogenesis of exosomes mediating immune cell crosstalk and trafficking of immune cells from the blood. Using physiological models of inflammation and cancer, he has developed genetic and pharmacological approaches to define specific mechanisms regulating the recruitment activation of immune cells in response to acute and chronic injury. Through inter-disciplinary collaborations, his lab has developed tools for the study of unique human genes and engineered animal models for the study of inflammation with a focus on exosomes and their regulation of innate-adaptive immune cell crosstalk that can translate from experimental models into the clinic.

Timothy King Timothy King (2019-2023)

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  Lisa Gould (2019-2023)

Dr. Lisa Gould earned her MD, PhD in the Medical Scholars Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has been practicing plastic and reconstructive surgery with an emphasis on difficult wound problems since 1999. She is an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology at University of South Florida and Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Brown University. Dr. Gould brings her passion for research and education in wound care to her clinical practice at South Shore Hospital and the South Shore Health Center for Wound Healing in Weymouth, Massachusetts and to the national organizations that she serves, including the Wound Healing Society, the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care and the American College of Surgeons. A past president of the Wound Healing Society, she has served on the executive board for more than 10 years and is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award. She currently serves on both the Education and Government Relations Committees. As Vice-Chair of the Wound Care Collaborative Community her goal is to bring a broad base of wound care stakeholders together to speak with one voice for the good of our patients.

Chandan Sen Chandan Sen (2021-2024)

Dr. Chandan K. Sen is a Distinguished University Professor at Indiana University. He holds the J. Stanley Battersby Chair and serves as Professor of Surgery. He is an Associate Vice President of Research For IU. At Indiana University Health, Dr. Sen is the Founding Executive Director of the Comprehensive Wound Center. He is the Indiana PI for the NIH diabetic foot consortium. Dr. Sen directs the Indiana Center for Regenerative Medicine and Engineering (ICRME). At the IU School of Medicine, he serves as Associate Dean of Research. Dr. Sen is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the WHS Journal Advances in Wound Care. After completing his Masters of Science in Human Physiology from the University of Calcutta, Dr. Sen received his PhD in Physiology from the University of Eastern Finland. Dr. Sen trained as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California at Berkeley's Molecular and Cell Biology department. His first faculty appointment was in the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. In 2000, Dr. Sen moved to The Ohio State University where he was tenured John H & Mildred C Lumley Professor of Surgery, Founding Executive Director of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Wound Center and Director of the Ohio State University's Center for Regenerative Medicine & Cell Based Therapies. Dr. Sen has published over 350 peer reviewed publications and a dozen books which are currently cited over 38000 times in the literature. He has a current H-index of 100.

Susan Volk Susan Volk (2021-2024)

Susan Volk VMD, PhD, DACVS is a tenured Associate Professor of Small Animal Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Volk earned both degrees in the Veterinary Medical Scientist Training Program and did her surgical residency at UPenn before assuming a faculty position in 2007. She has developed a research program focused on understanding dynamic reciprocity between cells and their surrounding extracellular matrix in both regenerative and tumor microenvironments. This NIH, private foundation, and industry sponsored research has basic and translational components, including clinical trials in veterinary patients. Dr. Volk also maintains an active clinical practice and teaches veterinary students, residents and graduate students.

Since joining WHS in 2005, Dr. Volk has participated in the annual meeting as a presenter, moderator, and/or judge and has served on the WHS Board of Directors (2013-2016), as well as the Awards Committee and the Program Committees. She is currently the Chair of the International and Sister Society Relations Committee. She also serves as a board member of the North American Veterinary Regenerative Medicine Association.

Rummana Aslam Rummana Aslam (2022-2025)

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William Marston William Marston (2022-2025)

Dr. Marston is currently the George Johnson Jr Distinguished Professor of Surgery at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.

Dr Marston is a graduate of Harvard University and received his medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He completed a general surgical residency and fellowship in vascular surgery at the University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill, NC. His research interests include the diagnosis and management of chronic venous insufficiency, the treatment of critical limb ischemia, and advanced therapies for healing chronic wounds. He has been a clinical investigator on over 50 clinical trials in the areas listed above, both on the local and national level and has experience in the design and conduct of clinical trials at all levels of the approval process. He currently serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Vascular Surgery: Venous and Lymphatic Disorders and Wound Repair and Regeneration. He recently completed his term as President of the Southern Association for Vascular Surgery and is the current President of the American Venous Forum.

Kyle Quinn Kyle Quinn (2022-2025)

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Irena Pastar Irena Pastar (2022-2025)

Irena Pastar, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Dr. Phillip Frost Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Pastar received doctoral degree in molecular microbiology at the University of Belgrade, followed by postdoctoral trainings at The Rockefeller University and Cornell University Weill Medical College, Hospital for Special Surgery. She was an Assistant Professor at the New York University School of Medicine before joining the University of Miami faculty in 2011. Dr. Pastar’s research focuses on mechanisms of cutaneous response to wound microbiome, mechanism od novel antimicrobial therapies and molecular pathology of chronic wounds. She also has multiple editorial responsibilities, including serving on editorial board of the Wound Repair and Regeneration Journal and serves as a reviewer for grants in the field of wound healing and infection.

Since joining WHS in 2007, Dr. Pastar served the WHS in various capacities, as a moderator and speaker in multiple sessions WHS Annual Meeting, moderator and a speaker at the Meet the Mentors Session, an abstract reviewer, and Chair of the Awards Committee.

 

Members at Large

  Robert Kirsner, MD (2022-2024)

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Representing Wound Healing Society Foundation on the Board of Directors

Laura K.S. Parnell Laura K.S. Parnell Ex-Officio
Founder & President
Precision Consulting
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Missouri City, TX 77459
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281-208-8193 fax

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