Desert Foot 2012
Desert Foot Podiatric Conference
Desert Foot Speakers
John Alayon
Dr. Alayon grew up in San Antonio, TX and has a Bachelors degree from Texas A&M University in Biomedical Science and a Masters in Sport Medicine from the US Sports Academy. John graduated in 1998 from The Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine. He completed his residency training at UT Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas in 2001, where je was the Chief Resident for his final year. He is a Diplomate with the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and is both certified in Foot and Rearfoot Reconstruction/Ankle. Dr. Alayon works at the VAPSHCS - Seattle Division and is the Director of Podiatric Medical Education. He is married and has two boys and in early 2013 will be expecting a little girl
Michael Amendola
Michael F. Amendola is a Vascular Surgeon at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System in Richmond, Virginia. He holds the academic rank of Assistant Professor of Surgery. He is also a Vascular Surgeon at the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia. His interest focus on surgical education, dialysis access, and wound care.
Chuck Andersen
After Graduating from Utah State University, Charles Andersen, earned his medical degree at the University of Utah where he also completed an internship and one year of Surgical Training. He then entered the military where he completed his surgical residency at Madigan Army Medical Center and a Vascular Surgery fellowship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He remained in the military where his positions included program director in General Surgery and Chief of the Department of Surgery at Madigan Army Medical Center for 20 years. After retirement from the Army he remained at Madigan Army Medical Center as a Civilian Physician. He has spoken nationally and internationally on Vascular Surgery and Wound Care. He has 100 peer reviewed publications. Currently he is Chief of the Vascular/Endovascular/Limb preservation Service and Medical Director of the Wound Care Clinic at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma Washington.
Stephen Brigido
Dr. Brigido is faculty at the foot and ankle center at Coordinated Health. Coordinated Health is a large multi-specialty musculo-skeletal group in Bethlehem, Pa. He is the director of the fellowship for foot and ankle reconstruction at Coordinated Health and is teaching faculty at the St. Lukes hospital podiatric residency.
David Campbell
Associate Clinical Professor, Surgery, Harvard Medical School - University of Cambridge, School of Clinical Medicine, United Kingdom; 1973. Internship at Guy's Hospital in Surgery, United Kingdom; 1974; Residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Surgery, Boston, MA; 1977. Clinical Interests include Diabetic Limb Salvage; Carotid Endarterectomy; Abdominal Aneurysm; Peripheral Vascular DiseaseDiabetic Limb Salvage; Carotid Endarterectomy; Abdominal Aneurysm; Peripheral Vascular Disease
Giacomo Clerici
Giacomo Clerici MD Chief - Diabetic Foot Unit IRCCS Casa di Cura Multimedica Sesto San Giovanni (Milan) Italy
David Davidson
Chief of the Podiatry Section of the Department of Orthopedics of The Kaleida Health System, Medical Staff, Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine, Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo, NY, Clinical Associate Professor of Orthopedics, SUNY@Buffalo School of Medicine Staff, Sports Medicine Institute, SUNY@Buffalo. Dr. Davidson has been a member of a group podiatry practice in Buffalo, New York, since 1968, Podiatry Affiliates, PC.
Cornelius Davis
He attended Duke University Medical School as a Board of Governors Scholar where he performed research on the mechanical function of the heart with the Chairman of Medicine and chief of Cardiology, Dr. Joseph C. Greenfield, Jr. He was recruited to remain at Duke for his residency in Surgery by the chairman, Dr. David Sabiston (renowned surgical pioneer & first to perform a coronary bypass operation in the world). As part of his residency he conducted basic science research at Northwestern University as part of the Feinberg Cardiovascular Research Institute under the guidance of Dr. Robert Anderson and Dr. Francis Klocke (past president of American College of Cardiology). His research flourished and he joined the PhD. program in the division of Biomedical Engineering studying vascular dynamics. He completed his General Surgical training at Boston University and Cardiothoracic Surgery training at Albert Einstein University in New York City. An Advanced Aortic and Vascular Surgery Fellowship was then completed in Houston, Texas under the guidance of the internationally renowned surgeon, Hazim Safi, MD.
Darwin Eton
An internationally known expert in vascular surgery, Darwin Eton, MD, has broad operative experience, especially in the most complex vascular procedures. Throughout his career, Dr. Eton has contributed to the rapid evolution of vascular care, using the newest, state-of-the-art technology while working to reduce risks and improve outcomes. Dr. Eton has a strong interest in limb salvage strategies for elderly and fragile patients with critical limb ischemia (insufficient blood supply to the extremities, particularly common in patients with diabetes). He is currently investigating a non-invasive, outpatient approach to treating this condition.
Cynthia Ann Fleck RN, BSN, MBA
Cynthia Fleck, ET/WOCN, CWS, CFCN, DNC is a board certified wound specialist and dermatology advanced practice nurse who has presented over 500 seminars and programs throughout the world. She has written 250 articles and chapters for various peer reviewed and clinical publications and texts. In addition, she writes for numerous industry publications and journals as well as serving on several editorial advisory boards. She served as the President and Chairman of the Board of the American Academy of Wound Management (AAWM) and Director of the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC). She is currently Diplomat of the American Professional Wound Care Association where she serves on the Medical Advisory Board, Director of the American College of Certified Wound Specialists and President of Cynthia Fleck and Associates, LLC.
Denise Freeman
0Jeffrey Frenchman
Jeffrey A. Frenchman, DPM is a staff podiatrist at the Atlanta VAMC since 2001. He is also the Director of Limb Preservation Atlanta VAMC. Dr. Frenchman is a Recipient of the Podiatric Medicine Academic Merit Scholarship and on the Dean’s List of Academic Achievement.
Robert Frykberg
Robert G. Frykberg, DPM, MPH, received his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from the California College of Podiatric Medicine in 1976 prior to completing his residency in podiatric surgery at the New England Deaconess Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston in 1978. In 1994 he received his Master of Public Health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health with a concentration in quantitative methods. Dr. Frykberg currently holds the position of Chief of the Podiatry section and Podiatric Residency Director at the Carl T. Hayden Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona and is an Adjunct Professor, Midwestern University Program in Podiatric Medicine.
Ian Gordon
Ian Gordon was an undergraduate at Yale (B.S. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry). After a year of immunology research at the Caltech he earned an M.D.,Ph.D. at the University of Southern California with a Ph.D. in Experimental Pathology. After residency at UC Irvine in General Surgery he remained on faculty in the Division of Vascular Surgery. He is the Chief of Vascular Surgery at the VALBHCS and Director of the UCI Medical Center Wound Clinic.
Scott Hirsh
Graduate of the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in 2000.  Completed surgical residency at Kern Hospital in 2002. Private practice in Mayfield Village, Ohio.  ABPS Board Certified.  Department of Podiatry/Surgery at Cleveland Clinic's Hillcrest and South Pointe Hospitals and University Hospital's Richmond Heights Medical Center.
Rick Isenberg
Richard A. Isenberg, MD serves as Vice President of Clinical & Regulatory Affairs at Regenesis Biomedical, Inc. (Scottsdale AZ), a regenerative medicine medical device company. Dr. Isenberg is a licensed Obstetrician/Gynecologist, with subspecialty in pelvic reconstructive surgery and uro-gynecology. Prior to entering industry, Dr. Isenberg served on the medical faculties of the University of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson University and directed a fellowship program in uro-gynecology. While in industry, Dr. Isenberg has held senior management positions at Johnson & Johnson (Ethicon, Inc), Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Ventana Medical Systems, and Regenesis Biomedical. In his various capacities, he has been responsible for regulatory affairs, clinical research, life science research, medical affairs, safety surveillance, medical/clinical due diligence, health technology assessment, and strategic marketing. Dr. Isenberg’s experience bridges medical devices, pharmaceuticals, in vitro diagnostics, imaging devices and combination products, and encompasses the full product lifecycle.
Warren Joseph
Dr. Warren S. Joseph is a podiatric and infectious diseases attending at Roxborough Memorial Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. He is also a nationally recognized specialist in the treatment of lower extremity infectious diseases. He received his podiatric degree, magna cum laude, from W.M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago. Dr Joseph completed his postgraduate training in podiatric medicine/surgery at St. Joseph’s Hospital, and a fellowship in infectious diseases at Hahnemann University School of Medicine, both in Philadelphia. Dr Joseph is a fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and sits on the IDSA Diabetic Foot Infection Guidelines Committee. He is also certified by the American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics and Primary Podiatric Medicine, and currently serves as Editor of the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association. Dr Joseph lectures extensively and his presentations have focused on the treatment of bacterial and fungal infections of the lower extremity. He has authored a number of papers and book chapters in the field of lower extremity infections and is the author of the Handbook of Lower Extremity Infections, now in its third edition.
Michael Kerzner
Howard Kimmel
Dr. Howard Kimmel holds a BA in Chemistry from the University of South Florida, a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, and an MBA in Healthcare from Cleveland State University. Dr. Kimmel is board certified by the American Board of Podiatric surgery. He is the residency director for podiatric surgery and assistant chief of podiatry at the Louis Stokes Department of Veterans Affairs.He is a clinical senior instructor in the Department of Surgery at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine , Cleveland Ohio.
Guido LaPorta
Guido LaPorta is Chief of Foot and Ankle Surgery and Director of Podiatric Medical Education of the Community Medical Center in Scranton, PA. Director, Podiatric Medical Education of Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital, Binghamton, NY
Larry Lavery DPM, MPH
Dr. Lawrence Lavery is a professor in the department of surgery at Scott and White Hospital and Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine. He is the past chair of the American Diabetes Association Foot Care Council and the American Public Health Association Foot Section. He serves on the editorial board for Diabetes Care. He has received extramural grant funding from the National Institute of Health, Veteran Administration, American Diabetes Association, American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, American Podiatric Medical Association and industry. He has more than 140 peer reviewed publications.
Will Li
William W. Li is President, Medical Director, and Co-founder of the Angiogenesis Foundation. Will trained in the lab of Dr. Judah Folkman, pioneer of the angiogenesis field, and has been actively engaged in angiogenesis research and clinical development for 22 years. Under Will’s leadership, the Foundation has developed a unique social enterprise model based on international collaborations with leading medical academic centers, biopharmaceutical companies, and government agencies, including the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, and the Food and Drug Administration. As President, Will has testified and presented before congressional and other government panels on the impact of angiogenesis in healthcare, and lectures widely on angiogenesis-related topics in front of clinical, government, and industry audiences. He is involved in national and international efforts to advance the applications of angiogenesis-based therapeutics across diverse medical fields, including oncology/hematology, cardiology, ophthalmology, vascular surgery, dermatology, and wound care. He has been published in Science, The New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, and other leading peer-reviewed medical journals. Will received his A.B. with honors from Harvard College, and his M.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pennsylvania. He completed his internship, residency, and fellowship training in General Internal Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Will has held appointments on the clinical faculties of Harvard Medical School, Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, and is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School. He is an Honorary Fellow of the American College of Wound Care Specialists, and has served as advisor and consultant to leading global public and private companies.
John Moffett
Aksone Nouvong
Prior to coming to Western University in 2009 as the founding Chair of the Department of Podiatric Medicine, Surgery, and Biomechanics, Dr. Nouvong was the Chief of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery at the DVA Greater Los Angeles (DVA-GLA) and the Residency Director for the DVA-GLA and Olive View-UCLA. She continues to be actively involved with the residency program, now as the Assistant Residency Director, and is involved with students from other colleges of podiatric medicine, as the Externship Director. In 2010, she accepted the position as the Assistant Dean for Clinical Affairs at Western University’s College of Podiatric Medicine.  In 2011, she received the “Star Award” from the Los Angeles County Podiatric Medical Society for her contribution to the profession.  She has served on many local hospital committees and national committees.  She is currently the Division One President for the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeon, Division Presidents Council. 
Jeffrey Robbins DPM
Director, Podiatry Service VACO
Jeffrey M. Robbins, DPM is the Director of the Veterans Health Administration Headquarters Podiatry Services and Chief of the Podiatry Section at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center.  He is a graduate of the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, Cleveland Ohio where he also holds the faculty stature of Professor of Podiatric Medicine.  In addition he is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He is board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics and Primary Podiatric Medicine and the American Board of Podiatric Public Health, and is a fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine.
Lee Rogers
Dr. Lee Rogers is the co-director of the Amputation Prevention Center at Valley Presbyterian Hospital.  He is the immediate past-chair of the Foot Care Council of the American Diabetes Association.  He also happens to be a candidate for US Congress in California's 25th district.
Pamela Scarborough
Dr. Scarborough clinical career spans over 30 years having practiced in a variety of setting including acute, out-patient, home health and long-term care. Her clinical experience has included tradtional physial therapy, orthopetics and sports medicine, cardiac rehabilitation, and wound care. Pamela holds an active licensed as a physical therapist in the state of Texas and is certified by two nationally accredited boards, the National Certification Board of Diabetes Educators, where she has held the credential of Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) since 1997, and the American Board of Wound Management where she has held the Certified Wound Specialist (CWS) credential since the year 2000. In addition, Dr. Scarborough is certified by the Geriatric Section of the American Physical Therapy Association as a Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults (CEEAA). She is on the board of directors for the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care where she currently serves as the liaison to the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP), and has served on numerous symposium planning panels and association boards over her extensive career. When not traveling she enjoys a quite nature-filled life in the Texas Hill Country.
Harold Schoenhaus
Past president of American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Professor at Temple Univ School of Podiatric Medicine. Attending Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Surgical Editor for Present e-learning
Jack Schuberth
Chief, Foot and Ankle Surgery, Department of Orthopedic Surgery - Kaiser Hospital, San Francisco, CA
Gregg Schultz
Dr. Schultz is a UF Research Foundation Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director of the Institute for Wound Research at the University of Florida. He has published over 300 research papers, chapters, and review articles on molecular regulation of normal wound healing and the molecular imbalances that lead to failure of wounds to heal. He served as the Chair of the Wound Bed Preparation Board, as a member of the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, and as President of the Wound Healing Society from 1999-2001. He was the lead author of the review article entitled “Dynamic Reciprocity in the Wound Microenvironment” that was published in Wound Repair and Regeneration in 2011, which is the focus of his presentation.
Tom Serena
Dr. Thomas E. Serena MD FACS FACHM FAPWCA, Founder and Medical Director of The Serena Group™, 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 is recognized internationally as an expert in the field of wound healing: He has 100 published papers and has given more than 300 invited lectures throughout the world. He consults for numerous wound care industrial partners in the development of new products for the wound care space.
0Akhil K. Seth
0Ross Talarico
Paul van Bemmelen
Paul van Bemmelen graduated from Leiden Medical School in the Netherlands. During his surgical residency he received a PhD from the University of Amsterdam. He completed Fellowships in open and endovascular surgery at the University of Washington, Seattle and at Southern Illinois University. At that time, he received a patent for the first arterial-assist device. After working at University of New York at Stony Brook and the VA Medical Center, he became Professor at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Dot Weir
Dot Weir has been a registered nurse for 34 years, and has spent 30 of those years dedicated to the practice of ostomy and wound care. She received her nursing degree in 1976, and in 1980 received her Enterostomal Therapy (now Wound, Ostomy and Continence) training from Harrisburg Hospital in Harrisburg, PA. Dot has maintained her board certification in ostomy and wound care through the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Certification Board (CWCN, COCN) since then, and completed her board certification from the American Academy of Wound Management (CWS) in 2004.
Bruce Werber
Dr. Werber is a past president of the American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons, and of the Rhode Island Podiatric Medical Association. After over 25 years of practicing in Rhode Island, he relocated to the Valley in 2006.

Dr. Werber earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University in his native New York, and received his doctorate from the California College of Podiatric Medicine. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery  and a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine.
Tom Wolvos