2015 NPUAP Biennial Conference Faculty Bios

Sharon Baranoski, MSN, RN, FAAN, CWOCN, DAPWCA

Sharon Baranoski MSN, RN, FAAN, CWOCN, DAPWCA is a Mastered prepared Advanced Practice Nurse, who is Board Certified in wound care.  She is internationally recognized as an author, speaker, and consultant. She is President of Wound Care Dynamics, Inc. a nurse consultant service.  She has co-authored three editions of the textbook, Wound Care Essential: Practice Principles; and many articles, & book chapters related to various wound care topics.

Sharon has served as the Director of the Annual Clinical Symposium on Skin & Wound Care hosted by Lippincott, William and Wilkins for 29 years.  She is an alumnus of the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Board, & the American Professional Wound Care Association.   She is a Fellow in the prestigious American Academy of Nursing.


Joyce M. Black, PhD, RN, CWCN, FAAN

Joyce M. Black, PhD, RN is an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska.  She teaches junior and senior level nursing students in medical-surgical and intensive care nursing. Dr. Black also teaches advanced pathophysiology and supervises research activities of graduate students. Her current funded research is in the area of pressure ulcers, deep tissue injury and intertriginous dermatitis. Dr. Black has had years of clinical experience as a medical surgical nurse at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Rochester Minnesota, affiliated with the Mayo Clinic. Her clinical practice has been in orthopedics, critical care, burn care, respiratory diseases, wound care and plastic surgery. She is a certified wound care nurse. Dr. Black is also a Fellow with the American Academy of Nursing, inducted for her work in pressure ulcers. She is a Past President of the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel.  Dr. Black served as the co-chair of the task force to define deep tissue injury and the chair of the current task force to update the definitions of the stages of pressure ulcers.


David Brienza, PhD

Dr. Brienza is Professor in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences with additional professorial appointment in the Dept. of Bioengineering and the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine. Dr. Brienza established and directs the Tissue Integrity Management Lab at Pitt, which is dedicated to pressure ulcer research including clinical trials, preclinical studies on physiological responses to mechanical and heat loading, and development of new technology. Over the past 23 years, his research has been continuously funded through grants from NIH, NIDRR, and other private foundation, industry and VA sources. The majority of this work has been focused on pressure ulcer prevention. Dr. Brienza has been an active member of the pressure ulcer community. He was first elected to the Board of the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) in 2001 and has since served for 4 terms on the Board of Directors. He is a Fellow of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (AIMBE) and the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Association of North America (RESNA). Dr. Brienza serves on the Editorial Board of Advances in Skin and Wound Care.


Evan W. Call, MS, CSM-RNM

Evan is an Adjunct Faculty Member in the Department of Microbiology at Weber State University in Ogden Utah, and an Alumnus of the  Board of Directors of NPUAP.  He is involved in the Support Surface Standards Committee, as well as drafting wheelchair cushion testing standards.  He also serves as the Lab Director of a support surface, wheelchair cushion and medical device testing laboratory in Centerville Ut.  Evan continues to be active in testing, research and speaking at conferences and training events.  Current research topics include wound dressings, support surface life span, alternative heat and water measurement methods for support surfaces, cushioning performance of support surfaces.


Janet Cuddigan, PhD, RN, CWCN, FAAN

Dr. Cuddigan is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Nursing where she teaches undergraduate students in critical care nursing and graduate students in quality improvement and outcomes research.

She has extensive experience in developing and implementing evidence-based guidelines.  She served as the Panel Manager for the AHCPR Pressure Ulcer Guidelines published in 1992 and 1994.  She was a Co-Chair of the NPUAP-EPUAP Guideline Development Group and the Editor-in-Chief of the 2009 International Pressure Ulcer Guideline.  Dr. Cuddigan served as the Interim Methodologist for the International Guideline Development Group between 2009 and 2012, updating literature review and analysis in preparation for the 2014 International Guideline revision.  She served as a member of the NPUAP-EPUAP-PPPIA Guideline Development Group that recently released the 2014 International Pressure Ulcer Guideline.

Dr. Cuddigan is a former NPUAP Board Member and Officer, serving as Treasurer and Vice-President. She received the NPUAP Kosiak Award in 2011.


Michelle Deppisch, PT, CWS, FACCWS

Michelle Deppisch is a senior wound care clinician for the Sentara Health System.   She has worked for the past 33 years as a physical therapist in variety of care settings from home health care to acute care.  The past 20 years of her practice has been focused in both inpatient and outpatient wound care. She has developed and implemented multidisciplinary pressure ulcer prevention and treatment programs for long-term care, long-term acute care and acute care settings.  Michelle has provided education and training to both medical residents/students, nurses and physical therapists.  She has served as a Director of Rehabilitation Services in various healthcare settings.  Michelle is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, Association for the Advancement of Wound Care, American College of Clinical Wound Specialists and the American Board of Wound Management.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, Co-Chair for Research Committee and the Task Forces for the PUSH Tool Revision and Marketing.


Laura E. Edsberg, PhD

Dr. Laura Edsberg is director of the Natural & Health Sciences Research Center and the Center for Wound Healing Research at Daemen College in Amherst, New York, as well as an associate professor in the natural sciences department.  Dr. Edsberg is a past- President of the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel.  She received her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and her master’s and doctoral degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo.  She has written numerous articles and chapters about the microstructural and mechanical properties of pressure ulcer tissue, as well as the proteome of the chronic wound bed.  She is an internationally recognized expert in the field. Dr. Edsberg’s research is focused on the proteome of healing and non-healing wounds.  Currently her research group is working to identify biomarkers associated with healing in wounds.


Aimee Garcia, MD, CWS, FACCWS

Dr. Aimee Garcia is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Geriatrics Section at Baylor College of Medicine and the Program Director for the Geriatric Medicine and Clinical Wound Care Fellowship Programs at Baylor College of Medicine.  She is the Medical Director for the Wound Clinic and Consult Service at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center.   Dr. Garcia is the immediate Past  President of the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, and Past-Chair of the Public Policy Committee.  She is also Past Chair of the American College of Certified Wound Care Specialists.  Dr. Garcia is currently serving on the Board of Director’s of St. Dominic Village Nursing Facility.


Margaret T. Goldberg, MSN, RN, CWOCN

Margaret has been an active Wound Ostomy and Continence Nursing Society (WOCN) member for over 30 years, she is a past president of the WOCN Society. She has been a Board Member of the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel and is currently their immediate Past President. Margaret has co-authored a text book wound management, another on urinary and fecal diversions and has authored many articles and chapters on wound and ostomy care. Her most current publications are about moisture related skin damage and unavoidable pressure ulcers. Margaret is currently a wound care specialist at an outpatient wound center in Delray Beach, Florida.


Sarah Holden-Mount, PT, CWS, FACCWS

Ms. Holden-Mount is a licensed physical therapist, with over 15 years of wound care experience.  She has concentrated in the field of wound care since graduation from Northeastern University.  Her clinical practice has included settings in acute, sub-acute, out-patient, wound care clinics, and long-term care.  Ms. Holden-Mount holds Diplomat status as a Certified Wound Care Specialist with the American Academy of Wound Management and she is a Fellow in the College of Certified Wound Specialists.

Ms. Holden-Mount is currently the Vice President of Business Development for American Medical Technologies.    As Vice President, Ms. Holden-Mount works closely with other Executives of The Company to provide direction and leadership to the staff ensuring that American Medical Technologies is the provider of choice for educating on the safe and effective use of wound care products.  She is responsible for the growth, development, and operational and business strategies for AMT and her team.

Ms. Holden-Mount has been an adjunct faculty at Northeastern University, assisting with developing and lecturing the wound care curriculum.  She has also been a guest speaker for various organizations focusing on the area

of wound care and management.  Ms. Holden-Mount sits on the Panel of the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP), as well she has recently been elected to sit on the Board of Directors for NPUAP.


 Karen Lou Kennedy-Evans, RN, FNP, APRN-BC

Karen Kennedy-Evans has been a Family Nurse Practitioner for over 41 years.  While working at a 500 bed long term care facility, in 1983 she started one of the first skin and wound teams in a long term care setting. While working at that facility the original research was conducted on the Kennedy Terminal Ulcer.  Karen is a co-author of one of the first chapters ever in a text book entitled: Skin Care of the Bariatric Patient.


Diane Langemo, PhD, RN, FAAN

Dr. Diane Langemo is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of North Dakota College of Nursing where she taught graduate and undergraduate students. UND awarded her with an Outstanding Teaching and Outstanding Research Award and she is a former ND Nurse of the Year. She is on the Editorial Board of Advances in Skin & Wound Care, the Journal of Wound Care, and the Journal of Palliative Nursing and serves as a consultant. She has published over 100 articles and book chapters on wound care.


Jeffrey M. Levine, MD

Dr. Levine is a board certified internist and geriatrician with over thirty years of experience in wound care in hospitals, nursing homes and home care environments.  He is Associate Professor of Medicine and Geriatrics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and has a hospital basted wound care practice at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan.  He recieved his fellowship training in geriatrics at the Mount Siani Medical Center where he spent much of his career on the clinical faculty.  Dr. Levine’s professional focus is improving the quality of care delivered to elderly persons, particularly regarding wound care, and has published numerous articles on this topic.   He is a new member of the NPUAP and looks forward to contributing to this great organization.


Mary Litchford, PhD, RDN, LDN

Dr. Mary Litchford, PHD, RDN, LDN, is an acclaimed speaker, professional reference books author, medical-legal expert, and results-oriented consultant to businesses and health care providers. She received her PhD in human nutrition from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.  Her professional career has included clinical practice in public health, acute care, and long term care, university teaching and business consulting.  She is president of CASE Software & Books, a professional and educational resource company.

Cutting edge, action-oriented presentations are her trademark. A leader in writing advanced level CE courses that challenge participants to sharpen their clinical skills and advance their professional expertise.  Areas of expertise include nutrition and pressure ulcers, malnutrition, nutrition-focused physical assessment, laboratory assessment of nutritional status, integration of nutrition preventions to promote wellness in 0lder adults, nutritional-related anemias, and hydration management.


Lynn Carpenter Moore, RD, LD (Moderator)

Lynn Moore, RD, LD has worked as a consultant registered dietitian nutritionist for over 30 years. She is owner and CEO of Nutrition Systems Consulting, a firm providing nutrition and food service consulting services for long-term care, assisted living, corrections, child nutrition programs and small hospitals.  She supervises a team of more than twenty-five registered dietitian nutritionists, all of whom routinely implement nutrition protocols as part of the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers in their patient populations.

Lynn is an active member and supporter of both the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Mississippi Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, having served each organization in numerous positions. She has received Missisippi’s Outstanding Dietitian award.  As a member of the Dietitians in Health Care Communities Practice Group, she has been editor of The Consultant Dietitian, has served two terms as Area 3 Coordinator, and has been selected as Distinguished Member for Area 3.

Lynn served as the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Alliance Representative to the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel for six years before joining the NPUAP Board of Directors in 2012.  Lynn is a frequent speaker on nutrition topics.


Laurie Rappl, PT, DPT, CWS

Laurie Rappl completed her Bachelor’s in Physical Therapy in 1979 and her doctorate in 2010 from the College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, Minnesota.  She is also a Certified Wound Specialist through the American Board of Wound Management. She sustained a spinal cord injury in 1980, and has the unique perspective of both personal and clinical experience dealing with pressure ulcers and seating problems. Since 1989, Laurie has published journal articles and book chapters on clinical and personal perspectives of wound care, has presented at local, national, and international conferences on topics related to wound management.   Her personal experience involves a recurrent pressure ulcer on her right Ischium, including osteomyelitis and flap surgery.  Laurie estimates she has been on bedrest or limited mobility for a total of 3 years over the past 30 and has probably tried every wound therapy ever devised. She hates the term “noncompliant” and has a great respect for the difficult and frustrating position the patient, the caregiver, and the clinician are in when dealing with a chronic wound.


Gregory Schultz, PhD

Dr. Schultz is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director of the Institute for Wound Research at the University of Florida.  Dr. Schultz completed a PhD in Biochemistry from Oklahoma State University and Postdoctoral training in Cell Biology at Yale University.  Dr. Schultz’s research focuses on the molecular regulation of wound healing and identifying the molecular imbalances that lead to chronic wounds, with an emphasis on bacterial biofilms and proteases.  Dr. Schultz has authored over 300 scientific publications that have been cited more than 7,000 times, is PI or Co-investigator on grants totaling over $35 million, is an inventor on 22 patents and a co-founder of two biotech companies. He was recognized by TIME magazine as an Innovation Leader in 2006 and is a consultant for multiple pharmaceutical and device companies. He served as a member of the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel from 2007 to 2010, and as President of the Wound Healing Society from 1999-2001.


Aamir Siddiqui, MD, FACS (Moderator)

Dr. Aamir Siddiqui was raised in the Chicago area
Undergraduate BA English from Johns Hopkins University
MD from Northwestern University
General Surgery Northwestern University
2 years wound healing research Northwestern University
Plastic Surgery fellowship University of Minnesota
Hand Surgery fellowship Kleinert Institute Louisville KY
Division Head, Plastic Surgery Henry Ford Hospital since 2007
Assistant Professor of Surgery Wayne State School of Medicine
Board certified Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery
Board of Director; National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel
Committee Chairman within, Wound Healing Society, National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, AMA Physician Consortium on Performance Improvement, American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Membership Fellow American College of Surgery, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Association of Hand Surgery, Wound Healing Society, American Medical Association, Association of Plastic Surgery Chairmen, American Association of Plastic Surgery
Manuscript reviewer/ section editor; Annals of Plastic Surgery, Hand Journal, Journal of Hand and Microsurgery, Wound Repair and Regeneration, Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, International Scholarly Research Network  Orthopedics .
Involved in clinical and outcomes research.
Author of over 30 original research, review articles, chapters and invited communications
Participant in industry sponsored and federal grant research.
Married with 3 children lives in Grosse Pointe Michigan.


Mary Sieggreen, MSN, CNS, NP, CVN

Mary Sieggreen is a Nurse Practitioner at the Detroit Medical Center, and a Clinical Associate Professor of Nursing at Wayne State University in Detroit. She is the Chairperson for the Detroit Medical Center Pressure Ulcer Committee. She coauthored a book on pressure ulcers which is in it’s third edition. She has written multiple textbook chapters and articles on vascular and wound topics. She authored core curriculum chapters on arterial and venous ulcers for the Society for Vascular Nursing and for the American College of Phlebology. She presented vascular and wound care topics nationally and internationally. She was instrumental in creating the Standards for the Society for Vascular Nursing  and served on the Expert Content Panel for the Cardiac/Vascular Certification Examination.

Mary is the current President of the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel.


Joyce K. Stechmiller, PhD, ACNP-BC, FAAN

Dr. Joyce Stechmiller completed her Bachelors and Masters work in Nursing at the University of Maryland.  She received her PhD at the University of Florida where she is Chair of the Department of Biobehavioral  Nursing Science and Associate Professor.  She is a certified nurse practitioner in acute care by the ANCC.

Dr. Stechmiller is a national expert in wound care based on her translational research, work with national organizations to develop evidence based guidelines and consults with industry in the development of wound care therapies.   With a well-developed program of research focusing on chronic wound healing,   nutrition and immune function and health outcomes among older adults—Dr. Stechmiller’s research has been funded by NINR, Veterans Administration and Industry.   To ensure evidence based practice for the prevention of pressure ulcers, she chaired a task force of the international Wound Healing Society to develop “Prevention guidelines for Pressure Ulcers,” published in Wound Repair and Regeneration.  As a member of a national interdisciplinary task force of the American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN), she co-authored evidence based practice, “Standards for specialized nutrition for adult residents of long term care facilities,” published in Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition.  Dr. Stechmiller holds a Board position on the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Council and was a NPUAP representative of the 2014 Global Pressure Ulcer Prevention and treatment Guidelines.


Arthur B. Stone, DPM (Moderator)

Dr. Stone is a practicing podiatrist serving multiple nursing and assisted living facilities in the Greenville/Spartanburg South Carolina area.  In addition through MedNexus, Inc. Dr. Stone provides consulting services “Connecting Business with Healthcare.”

Dr. Stone received his D.P.M degree from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in 1966 and practiced podiatry in Pennsylvania before moving to South Carolina in 1994.  MedNexus, Inc. is Dr. Stone’s consulting business where he has provided services to companies like ConvaTec, Organogenesis, Hill-Rom and Diversifie Clinical Services to name a few.  One highlight that should be mentioned is Dr. Stone’s election to the B.O.D. of the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel.

Dr. Stone serves on several Advisory Boards and has numerous published articles, publications and various educational presentations.


Karin Zachow, MD, CWS

Karin Zachow MD, CWS is Board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, Wound Care and Spinal Cord Injury.  She is the director of the Multidisciplinary Wound Care Clinic which she established more than 25 years ago at the Miami VAMC.  In addition, she provides inpatient and outpatient primary care and wound care for veterans participating in the SCI program.