Reykjavik, Iceland, March 7-8, 2019

Northern Lights Wound Workshop

Speakers & Moderators

The following refers to the last Northern Lights Wound Workshop, which was held in Iceland on September 20-21, 2018.

You can find information on speakers and moderators from Kerecis on our Leadership page.

Keynote speaker:

Dr. John C. Lantis II


Dr. John Lantis is the Vice Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Mount Sinai West and St. Luke’s West Hospitals in New York City, where he is also the Chief of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, and the Director of Surgical Clinical Research. He holds the academic title of Professor of Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Dr. Lantis’ clinical practice spans the fields of Vascular/Endovascular Surgery, and lower extremity wound healing. He directs a clinical/basic science research program in the field of lower extremity wound healing and tissue repair and is published extensively. He is a founding member of the American Board of Wound Medicine and Surgery. In addition he currently sits on the editorial board of WOUNDS, and the Journal of Wound Care. While he is also a reviewer for half a dozen other journals. To date he is/or has been the principal investigator on more than 55 multi center and single center chronic wound and vascular surgery trials.

Dr. Bert J. Altmanshofer


Dr. Altmanshofer is a practicing podiatrist in Duncansville, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Ohio State University College of Medicine in 1985 and did his residency at Northwest General Hospital in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Sigridur A. Andersen,
Minister of Justice

Law Degree from University of Iceland

Born in 1971, Sigridur A. Andersen received her law degree from the University of Iceland in 1999. She worked as a lawyer for the Iceland Chamber of Commerce from 1999-2005, sat on the Judicial Council from 2004-2009, and worked as a District Court Attorney for Lex Law Offices from 2007-2015.

Sigridur A. Andersen has been a Member of Parliament for the Independence Party in the South Reykjavík Constituency since 2015 and has participated in several Parliamentary committees as an alternate MP. She has been Minister of Justice since 2017.

Dr. David G. Armstrong


Dr. Armstrong is Professor of Surgery at the University of Southern California. Dr. Armstrong holds a Masters of Science in Tissue Repair and Wound Healing from the University of Wales College of Medicine and a PhD from the University of Manchester College of Medicine, where he was appointed Visiting Professor of Medicine. He is founder and co-Director of the Southwestern Academic Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA).

Dr. Armstrong has produced more than 480 peer-reviewed research papers in dozens of scholarly medical journals as well as over 80 book chapters. He is co-Editor of the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) Clinical Care of the Diabetic Foot, now in its third edition.

Armstrong was appointed Deputy Director of Arizona’s Center for Accelerated Biomedical Innovation (ACABI) and co-founder of its “augmented human” initiative, which places him at the nexus of the merger of consumer electronics, wearables and medical devices.

Dr. Armstrong was selected as one of the first six International Wound Care Ambassadors and is the recipient of numerous awards and degrees by universities and international medical organizations including the inaugural Georgetown Distinguished Award for Diabetic Limb Salvage. In 2008, he was the 25th and youngest-ever member elected into the Podiatric Medicine Hall of Fame. He was the first surgeon to be appointed University Distinguished Outreach Professor at the University of Arizona. He was the first podiatric surgeon to become a member of the Society of Vascular Surgery and the first US podiatric surgeon named fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, Glasgow. He is the 2010 and youngest ever recipient of the ADA’s Roger Pecoraro Award, the highest award given in the field.

Dr. Armstrong is past Chair of Scientific Sessions for the ADA’s Foot Care Council, and a past member of the National Board of Directors of the American Diabetes Association as well as a former commissioner with the Illinois State Diabetes Commission. He sits on the Infectious Disease Society of America’s (IDSA) Diabetic Foot Infection Advisory Committee and is the US appointed delegate to the International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot (IWGDF). Dr. Armstrong is the founder and co-chair of the International Diabetic Foot Conference (DF-Con), the largest annual international symposium on the diabetic foot in the world.

Dr. Windy Cole


Dr. Cole is a native of Youngstown, Ohio. She completed her undergraduate degree in biology at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Cole obtained her podiatry degree from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in 1999 where she graduated with honors. She then completed her surgical residency training at University Hospitals Health System in Cleveland, Ohio. She is board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. She is an active member of the AAWC, APMA, OPMA and AAWC.

Dr. Cole has been in practice in Northeastern Ohio for 17 years. Her interest is in limb salvage and wound care. She is an Adjunct Professor and Director of Wound Care Research at Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine. She also serves as the Medical Director at University Hospitals Ahuja Wound Care Center. She has published on wound care modalities. She speaks nationally and internationally on limb preservation and wound care.

Dr. Dured Dardari

Dr. Dardari is the head of the diabetic foot unit at Centre Hospitalier Sud Francilien in Paris. He is also a member of the research center Cordeliers University Sorbonne Paris. Dr. Dardari is a specialist in endocrinology diabetology and has his doctorate in science from Sorbonne University.

Dr. John Starinski

Dr. Starinski graduated from Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine and completed his residency at the Tucson VAMC before entering private practice. Prior to Temple he received degrees in Education, Physical Geography/Chemistry and a graduate degree in Marine Science at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania. During his practice life Dr. Starinski took a 3-year research sabbatical at Albany Medical College in New York where he studied cell signaling and migration. During his sabbatical he also worked as an adjunct professor of Anatomy, Chemistry and Cell Science. After his sabbatical he worked as medical director for a wound and hyperbaric center in Pennsylvania and then left to work as director of a limb preservation program based with a plastic surgery group in eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey. During this time, he worked as a consultant for both Stryker and TEI biosciences and then transitioned to full time industry in medical affairs and medical education for TEI biosciences, TEI Medical and Integra Life Sciences before leaving to join Kerecis as medical education consultant.


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Dr. Sarah Abshier

Dr. Sarah Abshier is a podiatrist who practices out of Columbus Ohio. She has published on placental membrane grafts and advanced wound healing modalities. She practices at a wound care center locally as well as in private practice. Additionally she has served as an expert witness for the grafting industry in national patent lawsuits.

Locally she has served for the past 6 years on the board of trustees for the state of Ohio’s Foot and Ankle Medical Association. She is active in APMA and is a current member of the national coding committee, young physicians leadership panel, and various other working groups.

Ms. Elise Bobony

Ms. Bobony is a nurse specialized in the care and follow-up of diabetics. Since 2004, she worked at EVRY Hospital in the diabetology department headed by Dr. G. Charpentier. Previously, she had a 3 years experience as an independent nurse. Ms. Bobony has completed training in clinical research. Since 2016, she has been in charge of the diabetic foot care unit at CERITD, in close collaboration with Dr. D. Dardari.

Dr. Adam M. Bressler

Dr. Bressler got his medical degree at the Medical College of Georgia in 1998. He completed residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Duke University in 2002 and has been a fellow at Emory University in Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology since 2005.

In addition to maintaining a busy clinical practice in infectious diseases, Dr. Bressler also serves as the medical director for microbiology, infection prevention, and antibiotic stewardship for the hospital. As part of his practice, he staffs the wound care clinic affiliated with his hospital.

Dr. Pr. Guillaume Charpentier

Dr. Pr. Guillaume Charpentier is president of the “Centre d’ Etude et de Recherche pour l ’Intensification du Traitement du Diabète » (CERIDT), which is a non profit organisation devoted to clinical research on diabetes, he created with Dr S Franc, in 2006, in the frame of Evry Genopole
He is also president of Diabeloop SA, spin-off the CERITD.

He has been Head of the Department of Diabetes and Endocrinology at the Centre Hospitalier Sud Francilien in Corbeil, which is the reference hospital for the region south of Paris, France, since 1983 to 2014.

His academic and professional achievements includes a Doctorate in Medicine from Paris 5 University (1978), Chef de Clinique Assistant des Hôpitaux de Paris (1978-1982), Habilitation in Internal Medicine and Cardiology (1980) and certification as an Endocrinologist (1980), Diabetologist (1984), and Clinical Pharmacologist (1983).

Dr. Pr. Charpentier has been involved in 139 published papers in PubMe(indexed d).

He has been the editor of Diabète Education, the French Diabetes Education Study Group Journal, from 1990 to 2012.

He has been secretary general of the IDF world congress in Paris, august 2003.

He has been Vice-President of the French Diabetic Association from 1999 to 2006.

He has been member of the FSD board (Société Francophone du Diabète) and leads with Pr PY Benhamou the French Telemedicine and Innovative technologies study group.

He created with CERITD, the diabetes telemedicine system “Diabeo”, and leads the French artificial pancreas program “Diabeloop”.

Dr. Monara Dini

Dr. Monara Dini, D.P.M., received her B.A. in Molecular & Cellular Biology from UC Berkeley in 2003, and went on to graduate from the California College of Podiatric Medicine in 2008 with a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree. She then completed a three-year residency in podiatric surgery at St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco. Dr. Dini has served as the Chief of Podiatry in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery from 2011-2018. She served as an Assistant Clinical Professor at the California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt University from 2011-2018. Dr. Dini, continues her role as Assistant Clinical Professor at ZSFG/UCSF in the Department of Orthopedics and specializes in treating lower extremity wounds in patients at high risk of amputation, forefoot reconstruction and sports medicine. As of 2018 she serves as Assistant Professor at the California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt University as well as taking on the role of Chief of Podiatry at St Mary’s Medical Center. Dr. Dini also plays an integral role as a treating physician at the Center for Limb Preservation at UCSF in the Department of Vascular Surgery.

Dr. Robert G. Frykberg

Robert G. Frykberg, DPM, MPH has recently retired from the Phoenix VA Medical Center after 15 years of dedicated service to our Veterans. He holds the academic rank of Professor, University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix and Adjunct Professor, Midwestern University Program in Podiatric Medicine. During his time at the VA he grew the Podiatry Program from approximately 14,000 patient visits per year to almost 25,000 outpatient encounters and over 400 operative procedures annually, with 12 full time and part time podiatrists. The associated Residency Program also grew from a two year program of six residents to a fully approved 3 year Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Program, training 12 residents each year and more than 50 students from around the nation. His research and writing interests have included all facets of lower extremity disorders, but specifically focused on diabetic foot ulcers, infections, Charcot foot, and Wound care. The author of nearly 100 peer reviewed publications, he has also been the Editor of two textbooks: The High Risk Foot in Diabetes Mellitus (1991) and the Diabetic Charcot Foot (2010). His expertise in the Diabetic Foot translated into hundreds of speaking invitations nationally and internationally with numerous lecture engagements in China, India, Russia, South America, the UK, Vietnam, Japan, Indonesia, Italy, and all across Europe.

A graduate of the California College of Podiatric Medicine in 1976, Dr Frykberg went on to complete his residency training at the New England Deaconess Hospital in Boston. He served as the President of the Massachusetts Podiatric Medical Society and a Member of the Board of Registration in Podiatry. From 1992 to 1994 he attended the Harvard School of Public Health and graduated with a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in quantitative methods. After 21 years of private practice he accepted the position as Clinical Dean of the Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery prior to moving to Phoenix in 2003. He is the former Chair of the Foot Care Council of the American Diabetes Association and a Past President of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Dr. Frykberg was also the 2011 recipient of the prestigious Roger Pecoraro Award from the Foot Care Council of the American Diabetes Association.

Dr. Frykberg is the Chairman and Founder of the Annual Desert Foot High Risk Conference and has worked closely with Present eLearning to develop this and other national educational programs where he serves as a co-chairman for the Superbones and Residency Summit Conferences.

Dr. John F. Glenn

Dr. Glenn attended Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA graduating in 1974.

He completed residencies in general surgery and cardio-thoracic surgery in the Philadelphia area and in Pittsburg. He then entered private practice in 1981 in Pittsburg, PA. In 1988 he relocated to Dover, Delaware to be closer to his family and joined the staff at Bayhealth Medical Center practicing general, vascular and thoracic surgery. In 2012 he was appointed as Medical Director of the Wound Care Center at Bayhealth Medical Center, a position he still holds.

Dr. Catherine Hoyt

Dr. Catherine Hoyt is a podiatrist and program director at Robert Wood Johnson Center for Wound Healing. Dr. Hoyt received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from the College of Staten Island, as well as a diploma from St. Vincent School of Nursing where she received the St. Vincent’s Hospital Louis and Rachel Rudin Foundation Scholarship for Nursing for two consecutive years on her way to become a Registered Nurse. She gained 10 years of Emergency Room experience as a Charge Nurse before receiving her Doctorate from New York College of Podiatric Medicine. During her podiatry education, she received the Jonathan Robertozzi Memorial Award. Dr. Hoyt completed 3 years of Medical and Surgical residency training from Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth, NJ where she was chief resident. During her training, she also gained extensive experience in wound care and limb salvage at Trinitas Wound Center allowing her to become certified in Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. She is Board Qualified in foot surgery for the American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgery and the American Board of Podiatric Medicine. Dr. Hoyt has published numerous journal articles on Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. She currently serves on the Medical Advisory Board for Robert Wood Johnson Fitness & Wellness Center as well as the Robert Wood Johnson Limb Preservation Program.

Dr. Bjarki M. Karlsson

Dr. Karlsson is an orthopedic surgeon at SAK (Akureyri Hospital). He’s a member of the Icelandic Medical Association and the Icelandic Orthopaedic Society. Dr. Karlson’s practice consists of general orthopedic surgery, mainly trauma, spine, hip and knee surgery and interventional spinal injections.

Dr. Mar Kristjansson

Dr. Kristjansson is trained in Reykjavik Iceland. He did his Medical Internship at University of Connecticut and Fellowship at Boston University Medical Center. He is double boarded in IM and ID. Currently he is Chief of Infectious Diseases at The National University Hospital in Reykjavik.

Dr. Michael J. Lacqua

Dr. Lacqua is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon in New York City and board certified by the American Board of Wound Management. He serves as the Chief of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the Medical Director for the Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Therapy at Richmond University Medical Center. He is an active member of the American Professional Wound Care Association and the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care. He is a member of the Peer Review Panel for “Advances in Skin and Wound Care: Journal for Prevention and Healing and consults for the Gerson Lehrman Group in NYC on wound care issues.

Dr. Robert K. Lee

Dr. Robert K. Lee is a board-certified podiatric surgeon from Los Angeles, CA. He is the current Chief of Podiatric Surgery at the Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and the President of the Los Angeles Podiatric Medical Association.

Dr. Lee also treats patients at the UCLA Center for Wound Healing and Limb Preservation.

He is a graduate of California College of Podiatric Medicine in San Francisco. He continued his training at a three year surgical residency in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery at the INOVA Fairfax Hospital in Northern Virginia before completing his training with a Lower Extremity Diabetic Limb Salvage Fellowship at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington D.C.

Dr. Pierre-Noël Lirsac

After his PhD in biological engineering, Pierre-Noël Lirsac, successively led research teams in biotechnology and radiobiology at the French atomic Energy Commission (CEA). From 2002 to 2006 he was head of the “Pharmacy-Health and Biotechnology office at the Ministry of Industry and as such member of the pharma and med dev pricing committee. At the end of 2006 he joined the CEA as Deputy Director of the “Technologies for Health” to develop innovation and business and startup creation. in March 2010 He joined the LFB, a Pharma company to create and manage as president and CEO, CELLforCURE, its cell and gene therapy subsidiary. Pierre-Noël Lirsac joined CERITD in July 2017 as General Manager.

Kepeng Lu, PAC

Kepeng Lu is born and raised in China. He started college as a music major at Northwest Normal University in Lanzhou, China. By 3rd year at college in China, he had an opportunity to go America and study at Missouri State University as a voice performance major on a full scholarship. He finished his Bachelor degree in music performance and continued on his masters’ study in vocal pedagogy and MBA at Missouri State University. He moved to Las Vegas after he finished my degrees and started my own restaurant business in 2003.

Kepeng Lu’s dream of pursuing medical field pushed him into medical study after 6 years of business. He obtained his Master degree in physician assistant studies from Touro University Nevada in 2015. He’s a Physician Assistant specializing in wound care and primary care at Ming-Wei Wu Inc., a position held March 2016.

Dr. Gina M Painter

Dr. Painter is double boarded by American Board of Podiatric Medicine and American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. She has a Certificate of Added Qualification in Wound Care and Amputation Prevention and serves as the President of American Board of Podiatric Medicine. Dr. Painer is employed by Benefis Health System in Great Falls, Montana. Her practice consists of general podiatric medicine and surgery with a focus on diabetic limb salvage and vascular disease.

Dr. Thea P. Price

Thea P. Price, MD, is a general and acute care surgeon, surgical intensivist, traumatologist and wound care physician. She has particular clinical interests in acute and chronic wounds, minimally invasive surgery for complex biliary disorders, hernias, foregut disorders and diverticulitis. She has extensive experience with advanced wound care modalities and treatments. Her research interests include basic science where she runs an animal lab specializing in wounds, heterotopic ossification and biomineralization. She also has clinical research interests in intensive care protocols and practices to improve delivery of care, diet modulation to improve health and operative outcomes, wound care, and local and global health. She has completed global health missions in South Africa and Nepal.

Dr. Allen Raphael

Dr. Raphael attended the University of Richmond and completed his B.S. in Biology at Kennesaw State University. He received his doctorate at Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. He is the founder and director of the Atlanta Limb preservation and reconstructive surgical fellowship.

Dr. Raphael completed a three-year surgical residency at the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Decatur, GA. His training focused on advanced diabetic limb salvage, medical and surgical management of the foot and ankle, as well as tissue grafting and negative pressure wound therapy. Dr Raphael has published multiple studies on use of human fetal tissues in tissue regeneration and is a key opinion leader for several wound care companies. His abstract presented at the 2015 Symposium for Advancement of Wound Care (SAWC) was awarded third place for his novel surgical techniques using cryopreserved umbilical cord for treatment of chronic ulcers.

Dr. Raphael has lectured internationally on advances in diabetic limb salvage and is committed to providing compassionate and comprehensive care to all patients. He is a native of Atlanta and a second-generation physician.

Dr. Payam Rafat

Dr. Payam Rafat graduated from The New York College of Podiatric Medicine and completed five years of residency training before opening his private practice in New York. He is an attending podiatrist at Montefiore Mount Vernon Hospital where he is a member of the teaching faculty assisting in the training of podiatric surgical residents.

He has a special interest in wound care and limb salvage and is a member of the Wound Care Panel at the Beale Wound Treatment and Hyperbaric Center.
Dr. Rafat is certified in Clinical Hyperbaric Medicine, Diagnostic Ultrasound, Endoscopic Plantar Fasciotomy, and is a board certified Pedorthist and Orthotic Fitter. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Multiple Specialties in Podiatry and is Board Certified in the Prevention and Treatment of Diabetic Foot Wounds and in Diabetic Foot Wear, a Diplomat of the American Board of Podiatric Medicine with Certificate of Added Qualification in Amputation Prevention and Wound Care, and is an Associate member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.

He has served as a member of the New York Marathon medical team, presented numerous scientific posters at various national and international conferences, participated in numerous international medical missions, and has lectured locally, nationally, and internationally.

Ms. Elham Shakerian

Elham Shakerian is a registered nurse who is a 2015 graduate of El Centro College from which she received her Associate Degree of Nursing. Currently, she is working at a Rehabilitation Hospital where she has the opportunity to care for numerous patients with open wounds. One of her duties involves the assessment of various venous, diabetic and pressure wounds. As a member of the wound care team, she assists with the application of negative pressure wound therapy dressings, and of various other wound dressings. She is highly motivated and takes great pride in her work providing patient education regarding blood sugar control, wound management and provides guidance on wound prevention.

Aside from her work, she is expanding her nursing education pursuing the bachelor’s degree of nursing and is eager to establish a carrier as a wound care nurse in the near future.

Dr. Michael Subik

Dr Michael Subik is director of Resident Training at St Marys General, Founder and Director of the North Jersey Reconstructive Foot and Ankle Fellowship, and Medical Director of the Advances wound healing center at St Marys. He has 6 months of experience with Kerecis in the OR and wound care center.

Dr. Daniel J. Tucker

Dr. Tucker is an experienced, board-certified foot and ankle surgeon, and a Fellow of the American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons. He received his medical degree from The New York College of Podiatric Medicine, graduating magna cum laude, and completed an extensive 3-year residency in traumatic and reconstructive foot and ankle surgery at Hoboken University Medical Center in New Jersey. He served as chief resident during his final year of training.

Dr. Tucker specializes in all facets of foot and ankle reconstructive surgery including sports medicine, revision foot and ankle surgery, arthroscopy and treatment of osteochondral lesions of the talus, arthritis surgery and the treatment of lower extremity complications from diabetes and limb savage.