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.

Registration is Now Open! 

*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 2022 Annual Wound Care Symposium is a joint providership 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 2022.

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 Ticket Pricing 

Online Pre-Registration

    • ACCWS member $350
    • Non-member $450
    • Student member $100


  • ACCWS member $450
  • non-member $550
  • Student member $125

Virtual Pricing

  • Free for members
  • $100 for non-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

Day 1 – Friday, September 8, 2023


Innovations and Advanced Techniques in Wound Care

7:55 – 8:00 Welcome. Opening Remarks. Richard Simman, MD & Kelly McFee, DNP


Session 1

8:00 – 8:30 Role of Technology in Wound Care, LWIR Thermography, TOT, etc. – Frank Aviles, PT

8:30 – 9:00 Avoidable vs. Unavoidable Pressure Ulcers / Injuries – Jill Michalak, DNP

9:00 – 9:30 Nutrition in Chronic Wounds – Naz Wahab, MD

9:30 – 9:45 Panel Discussion – Naz Wahab, MD

9:45 – 10:00 Coffee Break.


Session 2

10:00 – 10:30 ECM Replacement Role in Managing Burns & Wounds – Richard Simman, MD

10:30 – 11:00 CPTs and Diabetic Ulcers: When, What, and Why? – Stephanie Kastle, DPM

11:00 – 11:30 Role of HBO in Limb Salvage – Thomas Serena, MD

11:30 – 11:45 Panel Discussion – Richard Simman, MD

11:45 – 1:00 Lunch Break.


Session 3

1:00 – 1:30 Role of PT and Lymphedema Clinic – Wade Farrow, MD

1:30 – 2:00 Wound Centers and Compression Therapy – Fedor Lurie, MD

2:00 – 2:30 Role of Plastic Surgery in Lymphedema – Wei Chen, MD

2:30 – 2:45 Panel Discussion – Frank Aviles, PT

2:40 – 3:00 Coffee Break.


Session 4

3:00 – 3:30 Management of Malignant Wounds – Richard Simman, MD

3:30 – 4:00 Management of Lower Extremity Ulcers of Mixt Etiology, Arterial and Venous – Jihad Abbas, MD

4:00 – 4:30 Dermatology for Atypical Ulcers – E Mostow

4:30 – 4:45 Panel Discussion – Jean Archer, DPM

4:45 – 5:00 Closing Remarks and Adjournment – Kelly McFee, DNP



Day 2 – Saturday, September 9, 2023


An Introductory Course in Wound Care by ACCWS

7:55 – 8:00 Welcome. Opening Remarks. Windy Cole, DPM & Kelly McFee, DNP


Session 1

8:00 – 8:30 Anatomy of Skin & Stages of Wound Healing – Windy Cole, DPM

8:30 – 9:00 Wound Types & Making the Right Diagnosis – Kelly McFee, DNP

9:00 – 9:30 Wound Infection & Antibiotic Stewardship – Windy Cole, DPM

9:30 – 9:45 Wound Bed Prep – Naz Wahab, MD

9:45 – 10:00 Coffee Break.


Session 2

10:00-10:30 Chronic Venous Disease and Lymphedema – Jihad Abbas, MD

10:30-11:00 Compression – Wade Farrow, MD

11:00-11:30 Wound Care Dressings – Naz Wahab, MD

11:30 – 12:00 Panel Discussion – Jean Archer, DPM


12:00 – 1:00 Lunch Break. (Hands On Debridement & Compression Workshop – Optional Sponsored event).


Session 3:

1:00 – 1:30 Pressure Injury – Kelly McFee, DNP

1:30 – 2:00 Surgical Wounds – Lonnie Lassiter, MD, PhD

2:00 – 2:30 Atypical Ulcers –

2:30 – 2:45 Panel Discussion – Windy Cole, DPM

2:40 – 3:00 Coffee Break.


Session 4

3:00 – 3:30 Diabetic Ulcers – Lonnie Lassiter, MD, PhD

3:30 – 4:00 Offloading – Windy Cole, DPM

4:00 – 4:30 Nutrition – Tracy Winkley, PT

4:30 – 4:45 Panel Discussion – Wade Farrow, MD

4:45 – 5:00 Closing Remarks and Adjournment – Wade Farrow, MD & Kelly McFee, DNP

*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

Richard Simman


Education Chair



Kelly McFee





Frank Aviles



Jill Mikalach, DN

Hello, my name is Jill Michalak. I work as a nurse practitioner in the inpatient wound care setting at ProMedica Toledo Hospital. I also work in the outpatient ostomy clinic at this facility, assisting patients with new stomas and patients with peristomal and stomal challenges. I recently obtained my Doctorate in Nursing Practice at Lourdes University in Sylvania, Ohio.

Jill Michalak



Stephanie Kastel, DPM

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


CME Chair


Fedor Lurie, MD, PHD

Fedor Lurie



Lonnie Lassiter, MD, MBA

Lonnie Lassiter




Tracy Winkley





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



Wade Farrow, MD

Wade Farrow



Jihad Abbas, MD

Jihad Abbas



Eliot Mostow, MD

Eliot Mostow



Wei Chen

Wei Chen


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

How do I download the Whova Conference App?

For Full Directions, visit: https://whova.com/portal/aaswc1_202209/?source=download_page

Still have questions? Email us at info@accws.org

Still have questions? You can reach us by email, mail, and phone.
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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