6th Annual Comprehensive Wound Care Symposium: A Multidisciplinary Perspective

September 12-14, 2019

Wound Care Symposium 2019

Intent and Objectives

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:

Highlight advantages around strategies for using a multi-disciplinary team approach 
Implement advanced technologies that can optimize wound healing
Investigate critical elements associated with proper management of complex wound types, including atypical wounds
Compare and contrast various tactics for navigating reimbursement
Expand current knowledge of the pathophysiology of hyperbaric oxygen therapy and how it helps certain indicated patients to heal
Describe associated morbidities and mortality related to diabetic foot ulcers
Examine the impact of stem cells and regenerative medicine in nonhealing wounds
Identify methods of management for vascular insufficiency
Understand the negative effects smoking poses on wound healing 
Recognize non-opioid pain management approaches for the wound patient
Realize the role nutrition management plays in healing chronic wounds

Wound Symposium Agenda

View event agenda here

Program Highlights

This CME/CEU conference will feature didactic sessions from industry leading experts.

  • The Future of Wound Healing: Scientific Advances That Can Change Your Practice
    Alan Wells, MD, DMSc  
  • Pressure Ulcers: Strategies for Prevention, Diagnosis, and Management
    Gayle Gordillo, MD, FACS
  • Lymphedema Diagnosis and Management 
    Heather Hettrick, PT, PhD, CWS, CLT-LANA, CLWT
  • Malnutrition and Micronutrient Deficiencies: Who’s at Risk and for What?
    Mary Litchford, PhD, RDN, LDN
  • Wound Care Business and Reimbursement Strategies 
    Kathleen Schaum, MS

Additional topics will cover the latest updates on diabetic foot ulcers, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, atypical and typical chronic wounds, pain management, vascular insufficiency, identifying and treating infections, effects of smoking, caring for the caregiver, and much more.

Course Directors

J. Peter Rubin, MD, 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

Who Should Attend

This course is intended for all physicians, nurses, physical therapists, podiatrists, advanced practice providers, and other clinicians involved in wound care. 

Continuing Education Credit

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 14.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other health care professionals are awarded 1.4 continuing education units (CEUs),which are equal to 14.7 contact hours.

Attendees can earn up to 14.7 CECH for this seminar. UPMC Mercy is approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education as a sponsor of continuing education in podiatric medicine.

Application for physical therapy credits has been submitted and is pending approval.

Application for CPEUs has been submitted to the Commission on Dietetic Registration and is 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
The McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine
Wound Healing Society


Registration now available here. Please scroll through the courses listed and click the link for, "6th Annual Comprehensive Wound Care Symposium: A Multidisciplinary Perspective".

For questions, please contact Alex Catalano at catalanoa@upmc.edu.

Hotel Accommodations

To book a hotel room at a discounted rate, make your reservation here.

More Information

For more information about the UPMC Wound Research Alliance, please contact:

Patsy Simon, BS, RN, CCRC, CCRA, ACRP-PM 
Director, Operations
UPMC Wound Research Alliance (WRA) 
University of Pittsburgh, Department of Plastic Surgery
6B Scaife Hall, Room 664
3550 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261