Register for the Annual ACCWS Wound Care Symposium

Join us for an educational conference known for presenting cutting edge wound healing strategies. Attended by physicians, therapists and nurses who want to make a difference in patient outcomes.

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*Certain restrictions may apply. Qualified non-members will receive a free one year membership. Discount does not apply to current or past members of ACCWS.

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Let’s Advance Wound Care Together

The 2023 Annual Wound Care Symposium is a joint partnership activity with the William L. Goldfarb Foundation.

Join doctors, nurses, and therapists who are dedicated to improving wound care for patients and practitioners. We invite you to revisit the basics of wound care education and learn advanced techniques at the ACCWS Annual Symposium 2023.

Why Our Symposium?


Learn wound care techniques and protocols from some of the top wound medicine experts in the world today. Each speaker is eager to pass along their knowledge and open discussion to you. 


Many of the symposium sessions count toward wound care CME requirements for physicians. Earn credits in an area that can truly improve your patient care.


Enjoy access to publications, quarterly roundtable discussions, and other wound care education resources.


2023 Symposium Tickets for Current Members


2023 Symposium Tickets for Non – Members


2023 Symposium Tickets for Student Members

*Certain restrictions may apply. Qualified non-members will receive a free one year membership. Discount does not apply to current or past members of ACCWS. Current members attend FREE.

Why an ACCWS Membership?

By becoming a member you get exclusive access to advanced wound care resources and a community of wound experts.

Membership options:

Fellow  |  Associate  |  International  |  Student

ACCWS exists to meet the needs of clinical wound care specialists to allow them to provide exceptional care to their patients. The college’s members receive the latest, evidence-based techniques and advanced wound care education. Through quality educational offerings, ACCWS provides the wound expert community with the resources they need to perform the best care possible. 

2023 ACCWS Symposium Schedule

*Times are noted in Eastern Daylight Savings Time.

*Please note that our schedule is subject to change. Follow us on social media or check back at this page for updates.

2023 ACCWS Symposium Speakers

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Richard Simman, MD, FACS, FACCWS

Board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon. Dr. Simman is the founding president and chair of the American Board of Wound Medicine and Surgery ABWMS), past president of the American College of Clinical Wound Specialists (ACCWS), past editor in chief of the journal of the college and sits on the editorial board of the Annals of Plastic Surgery and the Journal of Wound Care (UK).


He is clinical Professor at the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences, Department of Surgery. He is the Co-Director of the Wound Care Program at Jobst Vascular Institute/ProMedica Health Network, Toledo, Ohio. His background includes training in General Surgery at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, Columbia University in New York, NY and a Plastic Surgery residency at Providence Hospital and Medical Centers in Southfield, Michigan. In addition, he completed a Burn Fellowship followed by a Wound Healing/Cultured Keratinocytes Research Fellowship at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

He has published over 150 peer-reviewed papers, abstracts, letters and book chapters.

Richard Simman


Education Chair



Kelly McFee, DNP is a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, Certified Wound Specialist and Advanced Practice Certified Wound Care Nurse who has been practicing Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine in Northwest Missouri. She received a BSN from Missouri Western State University, MSN from the University of Missouri – Kansas City, MHA from Colorado State University Global, and DNP from the University of South Alabama.


Kelly serves as the Director of Wound Care for Mosaic Life Care and practices wound care both in the acute care and outpatient settings. She is an active member of the American Professional Wound Care Association, Association of Advancement of Wound Care, and is a board member of the American College of Clinical Wound Specialists where she currently serves the college as the chair. Kelly is also a member of the PDSI task force, a joint endeavor with the NPIAP and EPUAP.

Kelly McFee





Frank is the Director of Lymphatic & Wound Healing Services at Hyperbaric Physicians of Georgia. He has over 32 years of wound care experience and serves in multiple roles as a physical therapist, wound & lymphedema specialist, hyperbaric technician, consultant, and educator overseeing wound care practices across the continuum of care. He serves on various organizational, editorial, and advisory boards promoting best practices and patient advocacy

Frank Aviles



Jill Mikalach, DN

Jill Michalak currently works within the ProMedica Health System in Toledo Ohio, as a wound and ostomy nurse practitioner managing wounds for the inpatient population, overseeing a busy outpatient ostomy clinic 2 days a week, and supervising patients participating in hyperbaric oxygen therapy. She graduated as a diploma RN in 1993, and from the University of Cincinnati with her master’s degree then from Lourdes University with her Doctorate in Nursing practice. She has participated in publication of 3 articles on management of stomal and peristomal complications, unusual cases in hyperbaric oxygen therapy and a case study on thrombotic vasculopathy. She enjoys running, reading, and spending time with her family.

Jill Michalak



Stephanie Kastel, DPM

Dr. Stephanie Kastel grew up in Petersburg, Michigan. Dr. Kastel received her Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Michigan University, where she graduated Cum Laude with Highest Honors in 2010. She graduated in 2014 from Kent State University College of Podiatric medicine. Dr. Kastel completed her surgical residency at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio where she had extensive training in wound care, rearfoot and forefoot trauma and reconstructive surgery. She currently practices in Toledo, Ohio with the ProMedica Physicians Group. She actively practices wound care at the ProMedica Physicians Jobst Vascular Wound Care Center in Toledo, Ohio. She has specific interests in the diabetic foot including limb salvage and reconstruction of complex deformities.

Stephanie Kastel



Tom Serena, MD

Dr. Thomas E. Serena MD FACS FACHM MAPWCA, Founder and Medical Director of The SerenaGroup®, a family of wound, hyperbaric and research companies, is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of The College of William and Mary and Penn State Medical School.

He completed his residency in Surgery at The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and maintains board certification in Surgery.

To date he has opened and operates advanced wound care centers across the United Sates and globally. Dr. Serena has been the lead or Principal investigator in over 100 clinical trials, including diagnostics, antimicrobial dressings, growth factors, topical and parenteral antibiotics and CTP therapy. He founded the first wound healing cooperative research group conducting clinical trials world-wide. In 2011 he developed a diagnostic technique that now bears his name (The Serena Technique©). He is one of the world’s leading experts in infection diagnostics. He holds numerous patents on wound care devices and dressings.

He is recognized internationally as an expert in the field of wound healing: He has more than 250 published papers and has given more than 2000 invited lectures throughout the world. He has a book on wound diagnostics coming out in 2022. He has authored

numerous book chapters. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Wound Healing Society and served two terms on the board of the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC) and is a Past-President. He has also been Vice-President of the American College of Hyperbaric Medicine and President of the American Professional Wound Care Association. Presently, he is Vice-President of the International Surgical Wound Complication Advisory Board (ISWCAP).

Dr. Serena has done extensive medical relief work with Health Volunteers Overseas and served as chairman of the AAWC Global Volunteers/HVO Steering Committee until 2016. Outside of wound healing, he consulted for the government of Rwanda on AIDS prevention research.

Tom Serena



Naz Wahab, MD

Naz Wahab MD is a Board-Certified Family Practitioner and a Fellow of the American Professional Wound Care Association who has been practicing Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine for over 10 years in the Las Vegas Valley.


Dr. Wahab solely practices wound care and hyperbaric medicine across the spectrum of clinical practice and research in wound healing. She is an active member of American Professional Wound Care Association, Association of Advancement of Wound Care, and European Wound Management Association. She is a board member of the American College of Clinical Wound Specialists. Dr. Wahab is the outpatient Medical Director of the Mountain view Wound Care and

Hyperbaric Center as well as the Inpatient Medical Director for Dignity Hospitals in Las Vegas, Nevada.


Her educational and research mission has also led to publications in wound care research. She has traveled throughout the world educating herself and others on wound healing techniques, strategies, and technologies. Some of her teaching experience includes being a guest speaker at the Gulf Diabetic Foot Conference in Muscat, Oman and part of The UCSD School of Medicine’s speakers’ bureau for the Geriatrics Interprofessional Symposium on wound care. More recently she has gone to Haiti to help develop a wound care program for Hope for Haiti’s

Diabetic Centers. She is currently the Director of Clinical Research and Adjunct Associate Professor of Specialty Medicine and develops wound care educational programs for continuing education for physicians and other allied health professionals.

Naz Wahab


CME Chair


Fedor Lurie, MD, PHD

Dr. Lurie started his career as an academic vascular surgeon in 1980. He served as the faculty at the Urals Medical Academy, University of California Davis, and the University of Hawaii. He currently is the Associate Director of the Jobst Vascular Institute and Adjunct Research Professor at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. Dr. Lurie’s main clinical and research interests are venous and lymphatic diseases, venous physiology, and clinical imaging. He serves as the Director of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine, Director of the Vein Center Accreditation Board of the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission, and member of the Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee.


Dr. Lurie is the Past President of the American venous forum, and the American venous forum Foundation, member of several committees of the Society for Vascular Surgery, an Honorary Member of the European venous Forum, and several vascular Surgery societies. He served as the principle investigator on eighteen multi-center clinical trials, published more than 200 original papers, multiple invited commentaries and review articles, and 19 book chapters. He is also an accomplished speaker with more than 300 presentations nationally and internationally.

Fedor Lurie



Lonnie Lassiter, MD, MBA

Lonnie W. Lassiter M.D., M.B.A. FACCWS has a medical doctorate from Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and a Master of Business Administration from the Yale School of Management at Yale University. With over 22 years of experience in total patient management, wound care and hyperbarics, Dr. Lassiter has personally performed tens of thousands of wound procedures and hyperbaric oxygen treatments. He currently is the attending physician at Wound Care Specialists P.A. in Forest City, NC and is an active provider of advanced wound care treatments and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

Lonnie Lassiter




Tracy Winkley has a Bachelor of Science degree from Louisiana Tech University and Master of Physical Therapy degree from University of Texas Southwest Medical Center. She has over 20 years of experience in wound care to patients of all ages across multiple practice settings. Tracy earned her Certified Wound Specialist credential from the American Board of Wound Management in 2011. In 2015, she became a Certified Lymphedema Therapist in order to provide more comprehensive treatment for her patients.


Tracy has developed and expanded The Wound Healing Center at Beauregard Health System and is currently both practitioner and Clinic Coordinator in the center. She is a member of the American Professional Wound Care Association and American College of Clinical Wound Specialists, currently serving on the Board of Directors for the College.


Tracy is a proponent of wound education, providing classes and presentations for national conferences and continuing education courses, as well as clinical internships to both nursing and physical therapy students. Additionally, she regularly does presentations and social media awareness campaigns within the community to increase public awareness of wound care and management.

Tracy Winkley





Dr.  Jean Archer is a staff podiatrist at University of Rochester-Noyes Hospital.  With a focus on podiatric medicine, foot surgery, foot trauma, and wound care, she brings her wealth of knowledge and experience to her patients. Dr. Archer completed her undergraduate education at New York University and earned her degree from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine in 1996. She furthered her training with residency programs at Catholic Medical Center and Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in Queens, New York. 


Dr. Archer holds  board certifications from the American Board of Podiatric Medicine and the  American Board of Wound Management. She is a certified wound specialist and has received additional certification in amputation prevention from the American Board of Podiatric Medicine. . Additionally, she is a Fellow  of   the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons( ASPS)  and the American College of Clinical Wound Specialists(ACCWS) . She serves as the media chair for ACCWS and Secretary for ASPS both for 2 years.


Aside from her expertise in podiatry and wound care, Dr. Archer is also actively involved in clinical trials and research, and has authored several papers.  

Jean Archer


Media Chair


Windy Cole, DPM

Dr. Windy Cole is a native Ohioan. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Cincinnati where she graduated summa cum laude. She is also an honors graduate from the Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine. Dr. Cole has practiced in Northeast Ohio for over 20 years. She is and adjunct professor and Director of Wound Care Research at Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine. Dr Cole also serves as the National Director of Professional Development and Clinical Education for Woundtech. She is board certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and the American Board of Wound Management. She has been a dedicated wound care advocate for two decades with interests focused on medical education, diabetic foot care, wound care, limb salvage, & clinical research. Her passion to help others has led her participate in humanitarian efforts including a medical mission to Jordan in 2018 to aid the large Syrian refugee population seeking asylum from civil war. Dr. Cole has published numerous peer-reviewed and industry articles on these topics and is a sought-after speaker both nationally and internationally.

She is a feature writer for Podiatry Management and Today’s Wound Clinic as well as a contributing writer for Podiatry Today. She is an Editorial Board member of Wound Management and Prevention, Podiatry Today, The Foot Journal and Lower Extremity Review. She is also the Podiatry Section Editor for the ePlasty Journal. She is a wound care advocate on the forefront of wound research and was the 2020 World Union of Wound Healing Silver Medal Award recipient for her work in Technology-driven Research. She sits on the advisory board of multiple emerging biotech companies and has been integral in collaborating on innovative research protocols in the space.

Windy Cole


Back to Basics Co-Chair


Wade Farrow, MD

Wade Farrow is a Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Physician with decades of clinical expertise in wound care and lymphedema. Dr. Farrow graduated with a BS in Electrical Engineering from Univ of Tennessee, and Medical Doctorate from Emory University. He completed two years surgery residency at UT Southwestern. Dr. Farrow is an internationally recognized lecturer on compression, lymphedema, and wound care. Dr. Farrow has served as a clinical associate professor at Texas A&M and served on the National Lymphedema Network board for over a decade, including two years as Chairman of the Board. Dr. Farrow practiced for over a decade in College Station, TX. He now resides in Charlotte, NC and does locum tenens. Dr. Farrow has unique full cycle medtech success with invention of the FarrowWrap, and holds 14 patents. Dr. Farrow has now started XSONX, which uses an innovative Vibrational Analgesia Debridement Technology (VADT) to scrub and debride wounds with less mess and less hassle. Dr. Farrow enjoys tennis, skiing, guitar, and piano in his free time.

Wade Farrow




Jihad Abbas, MD

Jihad Abbas



Lorie Gottwald, MD

Lorie Gottwald, MD serves as the Chief of the Division of Dermatology, a position she has enjoyed for over 20 years. She is actively engaged in the education of medical students, physician assistant students and resident physicians through The University of Toledo Medical Center. Her areas of interest include medical Dermatology and effective teaching within the medical community.


A native of Michigan, Dr. Gottwald attended Bowling Green State University as an undergraduate, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude after two years of study. She was accepted to the Medical College of Ohio, and graduated Alpha Omega Alpha. She pursued an internship at the Medical College of Ohio, and completed Internal Medicine training there. Her Dermatology Residency was completed at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where she was honored to serve as Chief Resident in her final year. 


Dr. Gottwald has had varied research interests throughout her career. She has participated in clinical trials for biological drugs for psoriasis and hidradenitis suppurativa, and has been actively engaged in research for inflammatory dermatoses. 


She has been dedicated to education, and has earned the Golden Apple Teaching Award twice for her excellence in medical student education, as well as receiving the University of Toledo Community Alumnus Award for the College of Medicine and honored for such. She was awarded the Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching in the Department of Medicine in 2020 and was also given the Outstanding Advisor Award in 2020 for the entire University of Toledo Campus.


Dr. Gottwald has also been very engaged in community education and outreach. She has been an active member of the Ohio Dermatological Association, serving as president on two separate occasions; she is the former Chair and current member of the Program Planning Committee, resulting in a well-received, highly attended annual state educational meeting. She is the founder and President of the Western Lake Erie Dermatological Society, offering regional education on pertinent literature in the field.


In her spare time, she enjoys working with animal rescue and was able to complete a sabbatical in veterinary dermatology. She serves as a consultant for The Toledo Zoo, and continues to work with local veterinarians to advance dermatologic care. She enjoys antiquing, supporting the Great Lakes Humane Society and visiting the beautiful lakes around Michigan, on which she has grown up. Her French background has allowed her to travel to this country on many occasions, and has enhanced her love of French history, cuisine and wine.

Lorie Gottwald



Michael Cooper

Dr. Michael Cooper grew up in a small town in Arkansas, and moved to New York City when he was 13 years old. He graduated from New York University with a degree in biology, and from Cornell University Medical College. He became interested in burns, wounds, and plastic surgery during his internship Honolulu, Hawaii. His general surgery residence was at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center in New York City, and he completed fellowships in Burns and Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at New York Hospital. Dr. Cooper performed cosmetic surgery in Manhattan and Brooklyn, and was the associate director of the burn unit in Staten Island, New York from 1998-2008. For the past 15 years, he has been the director of the burn unit. The burn unit is a 10 bed intensive care unit, and both adults and pediatric patients are treated. In addition to thermal injuries, electrical injuries, and inhalation injuries, large wounds are also treated in the burn unit, including over 600 operative procedures a year. The causes include Steven Johnson Syndrome, TENS, hidradenitis, necrotizing fasciitis, and lymphedema. He also teaches students and residents who rotate on the burn unit, and lectures on burns and wounds. He has performed burn reconstruction in Colombia and Ecuador, South America, and recently treated a pediatric patient from Guyana, South America with extensive thermal burns. The burn unit recently launched a pilot program called TeleBurn, which allows real time visual evaluation of patients with thermal injuries and access to their medical records for documentation.

Michael Cooper


ACCWS Symposium Testimonials

What was the most valuable feature of the ACCWS syposium?


“Getting the perspective of multiple experts with different training backgrounds in order to develop new personal protocols for wound management. “

"All the speakers were excellent and giving talks on pertinent areas of wound care."

"I liked the innovative information for my practice. Very organized"

"The overall comprehensive review was excellent! The clinical emphasis was appreciated. Great speakers, great content."

"Lots of great new information and opportunity to review old."

The lecture topics were very applicable to everyday practices and I gained info that I could apply in my practice.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Virtual Symposium?

You will be able to enjoy the same educational experience online as our live annual symposium over two days. Our expert speakers will lead sessions in real time followed by a live Q&A.

Can I get credit for attending?

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards and requirements for approval of providers of continuing education in podiatric medicine through a joint provider agreement between the William L. Goldfarb Foundation and ACCWS. The William L. Goldfarb Foundation is approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education as a provider of continuing education in podiatric medicine. The William L. Goldfarb Foundation has approved this activity for a maximum of 14.0 continuing education contact hours.

What does my ticket include?

In addition to CME credits and access to our virtual conference, non-members receive a 1 year memebrship to ACCWS with ticket purchase! (Existing members can attend free!)

Any perks for students?

Why yes! All students receive FREE admission to our symposium. Simply email verification/proof to info@accws.org 

How should I prepare?
  1. Ensure you have access to a computer with a WIFI connection. We will simply provide a link to access the virtual conference.
  2. Before the date, take note of which day(s) you’d like to attend and jot down their times.
  3. Be ready to interact and ask questions of your session leaders.
What if I miss something?

A big benefit of our virtual conference is that each day will be recorded and you will have access to the content after the event. So, if you pay for the full conference now and are not able to attend day-of, you can still acess the material later.

What will wound care specialists learn during the syposium?

At the conclusion of the Symposium, wound care specialists will be able to:

  • Conduct all wound care management that will contribute to qualify patient care.
  • Gain familiarization with a simplified approach to wound care to help standardize wound care.
  • Demonstrate multidisciplinary (Team) approach to wound care.

*This conference is intended for podiatric physicians and other wound care medical professionals. No prerequisite levels of skill, knowledge, or experience required of learners.

Who should attend?

This conference is intended for podiatric physicians and other wound care medical professionals. No prerequisite levels of skill, knowledge, or experience required of learners

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What is the cancellation policy for the event?

Cancellation Policy:
If you wish to cancel your registration,
you will receive a refund less a $25
administration fee within 7-10 business
days if cancelled prior to August 25 th .
Cancellations after August 25 th will be
accepted, but no refunds will be given.

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