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William Marston, MD - Conference Director
Chief, Division of Vascular Surgery Professor, Department of Surgery, UNC Division of Vascular Surgery
Dr. Marston is currently the George Johnson Jr Distinguished Professor of Surgery and Chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.
Dr Marston is a graduate of Harvard University and received his medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He completed a general surgical residency and fellowship in vascular surgery at the University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill, NC. His research interests include the diagnosis and management of chronic venous insufficiency, the treatment of critical limb ischemia, and advanced therapies for healing chronic wounds. He has been a clinical investigator on over 50 clinical trials in the areas listed above, both on the local and national level and has experience in the design and conduct of clinical trials at all levels of the approval process. He currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Vascular Surgery and on the Executive Council of the American Venous Forum.
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Robert McLafferty, MD, MBA - Conference Director
Professor of Surgery Division of Vascular Surgery, Oregon Health & Science University
Professor of Surgery, Division of Vascular Surgery
Oregon Health & Science University

Robert B. McLafferty, MD did his undergraduate studies in Biology at Boston College. He then attended the University of Vermont, School of Medicine and from there went to Oregon Health and Sciences University to complete a residency in General Surgery and fellowship in Vascular Surgery. He joined the faculty in the Division of Vascular Surgery at Southern Illinois University in Springfield, Illinois where he participated in a robust academic surgery practice for 15 years. Currently he is a Professor of Surgery in the Division of Vascular Surgery at Oregon Health and Sciences University. He is a Past-President of the American Venous Forum, Vascular Disease Foundation, and the Society of Clinical Vascular Surgery.
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Desmond Bell, DPM, CWS - Speaker
Executive Director, The Save a Leg, Save a Life Foundation, First Coast Cardiovascular Institute, Jacksonville, FL
First Coast Cardiovascular Institute, Jacksonville, FL. Desmond Bell, DPM, CWS, is a graduate of Tulane University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He received his DPM degree from the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. His first year of residency was at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Philadelphia, which was the pivotal year in his career which led him to recognize the importance of wound care and limb preservation. An additional year of surgical training at Delaware Valley Medical Center and then a move to Florida in 1997 allowed him to further pursue his passion in wound care. He established a private practice that evolved into a freestanding wound center. Writing, lecturing, and immersion into the wound care community has allowed him to meet very many talented and kindred spirits who share the desire to continually improve outcomes and quality of life for patients.
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Jayer Chung, MD, MSc - Speaker
Assistant Professor, Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Dr. Jayer Chung came to Houston from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center where he was an Assistant Professor and most recently the Co-Medical Director at the University of Texas Southwestern Wound Center. During his time in Dallas, Dr. Chung also served as the Chief of Vascular Surgery at Parkland Memorial Hospital for 5 years prior to assuming the position at the University. He also received his Masters of Clinical Science from the Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences while in Dallas. He is re-locating with his wife, Ngoc My Nguyen Chung and two children. Dr. Chung completed his General Surgery training at the University of Colorado Health and Sciences Center, and his Vascular Surgery fellowship at Emory School of Medicine, where he was trained in the latest endovascular techniques as well as traditional open Vascular Surgery. Dr. Chung’s clinical interests include limb salvage, diabetic foot ulceration, carotid occlusive disease, thoracic and abdominal aortic aneurysmal disease, aortic graft infections, renovascular hypertension, mesenteric ischemia, venous and arterial thoracic outlet syndrome, and chronic deep venous thrombosis.
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Meredith Crary-Johanson, C. Ped - Speaker
Vice President, Crary Shoes, Portland, OR
The heritage of Crary Shoes dates back to 1932, when Charles Danner founded the Danner Shoe Mfg. Company in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.

In 1936, Charles Danner discovered that calked logging boots were making a hit in the Pacific Northwest, so that year he moved his family and the Danner business to Portland, Oregon.

By 1957, Danner had made a name for itself and was passed down from father to sons Bill and John Danner. Bill purchased his brother’s interest and became sole owner of the Danner Shoe Mfg. Company.

Bill Danner adopted Bill Crary, founder of Crary Shoes, when he was the age of three. As a young boy, Bill Crary began working in the Danner Boot factory and by the time he was a young man, he assumed the position of production manager. In 1978, Bill Crary made the decision to go out on his own and sell boots directly to the public.

For years he had observed that a high percentage of people shopping for footwear had to compromise on fit, and therefore, on comfort. As a result, it became his objective then, as it continues to be now, to cater to that discriminating segment of the population who respect their feet and the need to treat them accordingly.

In 2004, Meredith Crary joined the team at Crary Shoes in order to preserve this shoemaking heritage for yet another generation. In 2006, Meredith received her Pedorthics Certification. Bill and Meredith work side-by-side bringing the experience of a master shoemaker combined with Pedorthics in order to give the very best care to everyone who steps through the doors of Crary Shoes.

“We are confident as we step into the future with generations of experience and the latest in digital technology, the custom shoemaking craft will not perish; it will prosper!” Meredith Crary-Johanson, C. Ped
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Maribel Henao, DPM - Speaker
Medical Science Liaison, Organogenesis
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Howard Kashefsky, DPM - Speaker
Associate Professor of Surgery; Director, Podiatry Services, UNC Wound Healing and Podiatry UNC Hospitals Heart and Vascular Center at Meadowmont, Chapel Hill,NC
Dr. Kashefsky works in Chapel Hill, NC and specializes in Podiatric Medicine.
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Blair Keagy, MD - Speaker
Professor of Vascular Surgery, University Of North Carolina Wound Healing & Podiatry Center
Dr. Keagy works in Chapel Hill, NC and specializes in General Practice. Dr. Keagy is affiliated with Chatham Hospital, North Carolina Memorial Hospital and Rex Hospital.
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Thom Rooke, MD - Speaker
Cardiovascular Disease and Vascular Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Fellow - Cardiovascular Medicine
Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Resident - Internal Medicine
Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Internship - Department of Physiology and Biophysics
Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
BS - Physiology
University of Michigan
Primary Appointment
Cardiovascular Diseases
Academic rank
Professor of Medicine
Medical writing — fact and fiction
Peripheral vascular medicine
Sclerotherapy for varicose veins
Swollen limbs
The art of the medical lecture
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Eric Schraibman, CWCA - Speaker
National Wound Care Sales Manager, mediUSA
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Kelli Sluss, MPAS, PA-C - Speaker
Physician Assistant specialist, UNC Division of Vascular Surgery
Follow-up care is provided for patients with diabetic, venous stasis and, arterial lower extremity ulcers. I conduct independent clinics several days per week, supervising the nursing staff in comprehensive management of each new and return patient. Provide preventive care as well as patient education for management their comorbid conditions. Initiate referrals for our hyperbaric therapy which is a key feature of the clinic. I assist in database management for quality assurance of each patient’s care. The database allows each provider to continually assess the progress of each patient’s leg ulcer and vascular status per protocol, so as to change provided care accordingly. The staff meets monthly for quality assurance meetings to continually monitor and assess goals for the clinic. I am a sub-investigator for multiple randomized, control research studies, providing the clinical management and follow-up per each protocol.
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Jaime Wise, MD - Speaker
Regional Medical Director, Healogics Specialty Physicians, Jacksonville, FL
I am a native of Florida and graduated from the University of Miami School of Medicine in 2004. I attended residency in Family Medicine at Carolinas Medical Center-Union in Monroe, North Carolina. I actually started my wound care career during my residency and have worked in a wound clinic since graduating in 2008. My passion is reaching patients in every aspect of care, this includes developing and running a busy inpatient consult service in addition to seeing nursing home and outpatient clinic patients. I also work as a Regional Medical Director with Healogics Specialty Physicians. My duties include providing training and mentorship to new hire physicians and acting as one of the physician leaders in the company. Additional things: My clinic is located in Lancaster, SC. I live outside of Charlotte, NC. I have 2 children, both girls, ages 2 and 12
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