The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes the lifetime work of an individual who has provided leadership or made significant discovery in the field of wound healing and furthered the advancement of wound care and research or done significant work as an advocate for research in the field of wound healing.

2022 Winner

Dr. Marjana Tomic-Canic, PhD wins WHS Lifetime Achievement Award
SAWC/WHS Phoenix AZ, April 8th, 2022
"We are honored to announce the Wound Healing Society 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Marjana Tomic-Canic, PhD.
The current President of the Wound Healing Society, Dr. Kenneth Liechty also stated that “Dr Tomic-Canic has been a perfect example of dedication to high caliber research that advanced wound care and is also a very active member in the Wound Healing Society for many years, serving on many of its committees. She also served as a member of the Executive Board and was the WHS President in 2016-2017."

"There is no greater honor than to be recognized by your peers and I am very humbled and truly grateful” Dr Tomic-Canic said accepting the award. "WHS has a tradition of engaging and caring for young researchers, which is how I joined. Being part of the WHS has been one of the highlights of my career. I am inspired by this award to continue to work together with my WHS colleagues on advancing patient care through new discoveries and wound science".

About the Recipient: Dr Tomic-Canic is internationally recognized scientist, inventor, and leader in a field of skin biology, with particular focus on understanding mechanisms that control tissue repair and regeneration. She has over 25 years of experience, has authored over 150 peer-reviewed research papers and has been continuously funded by the NIH for over two decades. Her work established the field of wound genomics that, by utilizing patients' samples, advanced understanding of pathophysiology of non-healing wounds. Dr Tomic-Canic completed her doctoral and postdoctoral training at the NYU School of Medicine and joined the faculty of NYU Departments of Dermatology and Microbiology where she remained until 2005. As a faculty of the Weill Cornell Medical College, she directed Tissue Repair Laboratory at the Tissue Engineering, Repair and Regeneration Program at the Hospital for Special Surgery prior to her recruitment to University of Miami in 2008. Dr Tomic-Canic is a Professor of Dermatology, Eaglstein Chair in Wound Healing and the Director of the Wound healing and Regenerative Medicine Research Program at the Dr Phillip Frost Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

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2020 Winner

Luisa DiPietro, DDS, PhD
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2018 Winner

Dr. William, Eaglstien, MS
Dr. William, Eaglstien, MS, 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner
Left to right: Drs. Tomic-Canic, Eaglstien and Eriksson


2016 Winner

Robert Diegelmann, PhD


2014 Winner

Elof Eriksson, MD, PhD


2012 Winner

Adrian Barbul, MD


2010 Winner

H. Paul Ehrlich, PhD


2004 Winner

Thomas A. Mustoe, MD


2000 Winner

I. Kelman Cohen, MD


1998 Winner

Martin C. Robson, MD


1997 Winner

Thomas K. Hunt, MD


1996 Winner

Guido Majno, MD


1995 Winner

Jerome Gross, MD


1994 Winner

Erie E. Peacock, Jr, MD


1992 Winner

Stanley Levinson, MD