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ETSU to host major conference on wound healing

Monday, February 02, 2009JOHNSON CITY –The latest evidence-based practice guidelines in the treatment of acute and chronic wounds, which negatively affect the mortality and morbidity of millions of individuals annually, will be the theme of “Wound Care 2009: On the Cutting Edge,” a one-day conference hosted by East Tennessee State University’s College of Nursing and James H. Quillen College of Medicine.

The program will be held Saturday, March 7, from 7:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m. at The Millennium Centre. The conference will address a variety of wound healing conditions, including diabetic foot ulcers, venous ulcers, orthopaedic trauma wounds, pressure ulcers, osteomyelitis and the open abdomen.

Dr. Mona Baharestani, who is recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on wound healing, is directing the conference and will serve as one of the keynote speakers. She is an associate professor in ETSU’s College of Nursing, a wound healing researcher in ETSU’s Center for Nursing Research, and a wound care specialist at the Quillen Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC).

An ETSU graduate, she is on the boards of directors for several prestigious organizations, including the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, American Academy of Wound Management and Association for the Advancement of Wound Care. She has delivered more than 730 presentations at national and international meetings and has published widely.

Joining Baharestani as presenters are: Dr. Robert Snyder, Wound Care Center at University Hospital, Tamarac, Fla., and Wound Healing Center at Northwest Medical Center, Margate, Fla.; Dr. Terry Treadwell, medical director, Institute for Advanced Wound Care and director of Wound Care Services, Baptist Medical Center, Montgomery, Ala.; Dr. Robert Harris, chair, Department of Orthopaedic Trauma and medical director of Orthopaedic Trauma, Wellmont-Holston Valley Medical Center; Dr. Julie Dunn, ETSU associate professor of Surgery and medical director of Trauma Services, Johnson City Medical Center; and Dr. Ahmed Zaza, chief of Nuclear Medicine, Quillen VAMC.

The ETSU Quillen College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Office of Continuing Medical Education designates this educational activity for a maximum of 5.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of participation in the activity.

The conference is open to all health care providers, administrators, public and allied health practitioners, risk managers, discharge planners, resident physicians, students, and anyone else with an interest in the topic of wound care. Last fall, approximately 300 health care practitioners attended a similar wound healing conference hosted by ETSU that specifically addressed the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of pressure ulcers.

Due to the anticipated number of interested individuals, early registration is encouraged. For more information, to register, or to request special accommodations, contact (423) 439-8027 or visit

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