8th Annual Comprehensive Wound Care Symposium

September 11, 2021

Wound Care Symposium

This year’s program will be a free virtual conference. 

Please click on the Register button along the right-hand navigation to be directed to the Centers for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences (CCEHS) website for additional information, including program agenda, and conference registration. 


This conference is designed to provide state-of-the-art information and best practice guidelines in the treatment of acute and chronic wounds. Both medical and surgical management strategies to optimize wound healing will be addressed.

Who Should Attend

This course is intended for physicians, nurses, physical therapists, podiatrists, advanced practice providers, and all clinicians involved in wound healing or wound care issues. Course material will benefit both novice and experienced clinicians.


The goal of this symposium is to provide a comprehensive overview on the treatment of wound care-related issues and innovations in the field.

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the impact of proper management for healing of diabetic foot ulcers
  • Assess disparities in chronic wound care and limb salvage
  • Describe current methods for lymphedema treatment 
  • Increase awareness of skin failure in patients with COVID-19
  • Discuss approaches for treating hematomas and trauma wounds
  • Review techniques to offload the diabetic foot wound in a low resource environment
  • Examine proper evaluation and treatment goals for venous insufficiency wounds 
  • Identify strategies to combat peristomal skin complications
  • Recognize common pitfalls in negative pressure wound therapy application
  • Understand the impact of smoking marijuana and the use of vaping on patients undergoing hyperbaric oxygen therapy
  • Increase awareness around the process of quality improvement as it relates to the continuum of care

Program Highlights 

  • State-of-the-art talk on diabetic foot ulcers
  • Skin failure in relation to COVID-19
  • Latest updates on lymphedema care
  • Wound care disparities
  • Key principles for hematomas and trauma wounds
  • Optimizing the care continuum
  • Evaluation and management of vascular wounds
  • Hot topics: ostomies, negative pressure wound therapy, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy

Full detailed agenda available on the CCEHS website. Click the Register button at the top of this page and then select the Program Tab to view the schedule.  

Course Directors

J. Peter Rubin, MD, MBA, FACS
Director, UPMC Wound Healing Services
UPMC Endowed Professor and Chair of Plastic Surgery
Member, Steering Committee for the NIH/NIDDK Diabetic Foot Ulcer Research Consortium

Elizabeth Shumaker, MSN, RN
Sr. Director of Operations, UPMC Wound Healing Services

Planning Committee

Brian Connor, BA, MA*
Constance Greco, MS, BSN, RN, WCC, DWC*
Edward I. Harrison, MBA*
Lori O’Shea, BSN, RN, WCC*
Patsy Simon, BS, RN, CCRC, CCRA, ACRP-PM^
Stephanie Talhelm, BA, MSAS, MAL*
Cecelia Zamarripa, PhD, MSN, RN, CWON+

         * UPMC Wound Healing Services
         ^ UPMC Wound Research Alliance (WRA)
         + UPMC Presbyterian Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nursing Department 

Continuing Education Credit

In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the health care team.

Physician (CME)

The University of Pittsburgh designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing (CNE)

The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is 5.5 contact hours.

Other Health Care Professionals

Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.

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 UPMC Mercy and UPMC Wound Healing Services. UPMC Mercy is approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education as a provider of continuing education in podiatric medicine. UPMC Mercy has approved this activity for a maximum of 5.25 continuing education contact hours.

Physical therapy credits have been submitted and are pending approval.

Presented By

UPMC Wound Healing Services
UPMC Mercy and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine 
Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences
UPMC Wound Research Alliance (WRA)
The McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine 

More Information

To learn more about this conference, please contact Brian Connor at connorbt2@upmc.edu or Jodi Boory at booryjl@upmc.edu.

For more information on the UPMC Wound Research Alliance (WRA), please contact Patsy Simon at simopa@upmc.edu