Conference Chairs


Harold Schoenhaus, DPM

Surgical Editor for PRESENT e-Learning
Penn-Presbyterian Medical Center
Philadelphia, PA

Harold Schoenhaus, DPM is a board certified foot, rearfoot, and reconstructive ankle surgeon by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. He is a past president and current fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. He holds staff appointments and operating privileges at the University of Pennsylvania Presbyterian Hospital and Chestnut Hill hospital. Dr Schoenhaus’ research and clinical interests are in the area of biomechanics, pathomechanics and reconstructive surgery, including joint replacement surgery and pediatric podiatric surgery. Moreover, Dr Schoenhaus is the surgical editor for PRESENT e-Learning Systems, an online medical education and networking resource dedicated to improving the knowledge and skills of healthcare professionals throughout the world. He is a nationally recognized lecturer and pioneer in the field of lower extremity pathomechanics and reconstructive surgery. Dr Schoenhaus has authored several landmark articles in peer-reviewed journals and books. In 2015 Dr Schoenhaus was the recipient of the Gallery of Success Award from the Temple University.


Stanley R Kalish, DPM

Senior Staff Surgeon
Dekalb Medical Center
Atlanta, GA

Stanley Kalish, DPM is the Founder and Chairman of the Superbones Conferences. He is a well known author, and inventor of the TLS drain, the Kalish Osteotomy for Hallux Valgus correction. Dr Kalish is the winner of the 2003 Podiatry Management Lifetime Achievement Award. He three children and five grandchildren. Dr Kalish practices in Atlanta, Georgia and Nassau, Bahamas where he is a surgical consultant. He is a consultant to several U.S. orthopedic and pharmaceutical companies.


Robert Frykberg, DPM, MPH

PRESENT Editor - Diabetic Limb Salvage
Residency Director
Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center
Phoenix, AZ

Robert G Frykberg, DPM, MPH, received his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from the California College of Podiatric Medicine in 1976 prior to completing his residency in podiatric surgery at the New England Deaconess Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston in 1978. In 1994 he received his Master of Public Health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health with a concentration in quantitative methods. He was an attending physician at the Deaconess Hospital for 21 years prior to accepting a position as the Dean for Clinical Affairs in the College of Podiatric Medicine at Des Moines University in 1999. Dr Frykberg currently holds the position of Chief of the Podiatry section and Podiatric Residency Director at the Carl T Hayden Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona and is an Adjunct Professor, Midwestern University Program in Podiatric Medicine. Dr. Frykberg's practice is devoted primarily to patients with high-risk foot problems. His research and writing interests are in diabetic foot ulcers and disorders, venous leg ulcers, and the Charcot foot. He has written numerous peer-reviewed articles and text chapters and has edited several textbooks on diabetic foot disorders. 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.


Lee C Rogers, DPM

Medical Director
Amputation Prevention Centers of America
White Plains, NY

Lee Rogers, DPM is the national medical director of the Amputation Prevention Centers of America, a division of RestorixHealth, Inc, which manages 130 specialized centers across the U.S. in 24 states. He is the past chair of the foot care council for the American Diabetes Association. Dr Rogers received the 2011 Rising Star Award from the American Podiatric Medical Association for outstanding national accomplishments and has been selected by Podiatry Management Magazine as one of the most influential podiatrists in America. Dr Rogers was selected as Educator of the Year from the California Podiatric Medical Association in 2012 and given the Master's Award from the American Professional Wound Care Association. Dr Rogers' work has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, US News & World Report and he's been a guest on ABC's The Doctors Show and featured on PBS's American Medical Journal and Al Jazeera International's The Cure.


Lowell Weil, Jr, DPM, MBA

CEO, Weil Foot & Ankle Institute Partner, Foot & Ankle Business Innovations

Lowell Weil, Jr, DPM, MBA, is the CEO of the world renowned Chicago based Weil Foot & Ankle Institute where he also served as the Fellowship Director from 2000 - 2017. He previously was the Co-Editor of Foot and Ankle Specialist, the only combined orthopedic and podiatric peer reviewed journal. Dr Weil, Jr has pioneered such surgeries as the dorsal approach plantar plate repair and has authored over 50 papers and text book chapters. He is a well known speaker having lectured in 26 States, 5 Continents and 16 Countries. He is the Founding Partner of Foot and Ankle Business Innovations that since 2014 has helped physicians improve their patient care, health of their practice and quality of life.


Nancy Collins, PhD, RDN, LD, NWCC, FAND,

Nancy Collins, PhD, RDN, LD, NWCC, FAND, is a wound care certified registered and licensed dietitian based in Las Vegas, NV. She has more than 25 years of practitioner experience in food service management, clinical nutrition, and consulting to health care institutions. In addition, Dr Collins is nationally known as a medico-legal expert dealing with the issues of malnutrition and wound healing in patients and has served as an expert witness in more than 450 legal matters. Dr Collins is a frequent speaker at medical education symposia and a prolific author. She has published extensively in both Advances in Skin and Wound Care and Ostomy Wound Management. Dr. Collins also is a frequent blogger for the Wound Care Education Institute. In addition, she is the founder of www.Nutrition411.com, an online resource for health care professionals, which offers more than 3000 free, customizable resources on a variety of nutrition and health topics. Dr Collins has a long history of professional service and currently is a representative to the Alliance on Wound Care Stakeholders and the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel.

Jeffrey Cusack, DPM

Jeffrey Cusack, DPM is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopedics & Pediatrics, New York College of Podiatric Medicine. He received his BS degree in Chemistry at the University of Miami, Florida. Dr Cusack is passionate about biomechanics; when he sees a foot problem " whether callus or bunion or something else" he thinks about what the cause could be from a biomechanical point of view. Why is the callus or bunion located where it is? The mechanics of the foot determine the location.

Robert Eckles, DPM, MPH

Robert Eckles, DPM, MPH is Dean for Clinical Education since 2006 at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine. As Dean for Graduate Medical Education he is director of the College PMSR/RRA program, and is responsible for College-run continuing education programs for licensed DPMs.

Georgina Gethin, PhD, MS

Senior Lecturer

Georgina Gethin, PhD, MSc Clinical Research, RGN, PG Dip Wound Healing, Dip Anatomy, Dip Applied Physiology, FFNMRCSI - Dr Georgina Gethin was appointed Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, National University of Ireland, Galway in 2013 and as Head of School in October 2016. She holds a PhD and fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and has an extensive background in wound management as a clinical nurse specialist, clinical consultancy, member of the diabetic foot team in NUI Galway, lead researcher on the development of the first national wound care guidelines in Ireland and national framework for procurement of wound care products. She lectures at undergraduate and post-graduate level on wound healing and tissue repair and research methods. Georgina is supervisor and examiner for MSc and PhD research programmes. Georgina is a council member of the European Wound Management Association, in addition to being a member of the Cochrane wounds group. Her specialist areas of interest are in epidemiology of wounds, wound bed assessment incorporating wound pH and temperature, palliative wound care and the use of honey in wound healing. This is supported through a commitment to evidence-based practice as evidenced by being on the editorial board of 3 journals, and extensive publications in peer-reviewed journals. She is collaborating with colleagues in the UK, Switzerland and Italy on research projects including development of guidelines for palliative wound care.

Kevin Jules, DPM

Professor and Chairman of Surgery

Kevin Jules, DPM is a graduate of the New York College of Podiatric Medicine. Dr Jules completed a comprehensive Podiatric Surgical residency and then became part of the surgical faculty at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine. Dr Jules is a professor in the department of surgery and has been the chairman of the surgical department since 1995. Dr Jules is an active participant in the post-graduate Podiatric surgical residency programs at Metropolitan Hospital in Manhattan and SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn. Dr Jules is Board certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and a fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Dr Jules has lectured nationally and internationally on numerous aspects of foot surgery. Dr Jules has practiced in the Brooklyn Heights area since 1988 and has been providing comprehensive Podiatric Surgical and Medical care at the highest level.

Jeffrey Lehrman, DPM, FASPS, MAPWCA,

Jeffrey Lehrman, DPM, is in private practice just outside Philadelphia and is the Medical Director at the Crozer Wound Healing Center. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery, Fellow of the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons, and is recognized as a “Master” by the American Professional Wound Care Association. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Podiatric Practice Management, serves on the APMA Coding Committee and the APMA MACRA Task Force, and is an Expert Panelist on Codingline. He sits on the board of directors of both the American Professional Wound Care Association and the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons. Dr Lehrman is an adjunct clinical professor at Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine and trains surgical residents and medical students at his hospital system. Dr Lehrman is also on the editorial advisory board of the journal WOUNDS and is a consulting editor for Podiatry Management magazine.

Caroline McIntosh, MS, PhD


Caroline McIntosh, PhD, Msc is Chair of the Discipline of Podiatric Medicine, at NUI Galway and programme director for the BSc Podiatric Medicine programme, the MPhil Podiatric Medicine research degree and the PhD Podiatric Medicine programme. Prior to this role, Professor McIntosh was a senior lecturer at the University of Huddersfield, UK, and before that she was employed as a senior podiatrist for an NHS Trust in North Yorkshire, UK. Professor McIntosh has a specialist interest in tissue viability and diabetic foot disease and she holds an honorary contract as a Diabetes Specialist Podiatrist in University College Hospital Galway. She has published a number of peer-reviewed papers in the field of tissue viability, particularly on the diabetic foot, and has presented at national and international conferences. Professor McIntosh has co-edited the text “Lower Extremity Wounds”, and undertook her PhD in the need to build and disseminate evidence-based wound care. She has acted as co-applicant and Principal Investigator (PI) for a number of clinical trials including two randomised controlled trials of topical therapies for wounds. Prof. McIntosh was PI for a large multi-centre randomised controlled trial in conjunction with York’s Trials Unit (The EverT Study- Effective Verrucae Treatments). She was a co-applicant on a successful grant for Health Technology Appraisal funding (£1,107,109) for a randomised trial of a multifaceted podiatry intervention for falls prevention. Prof. McIntosh was also a co-applicant for Health Research Board funding (€250,000) for a study entitled “Improving Sensory Function of Participants with Diabetes using Imperceptible Electrical Noise Stimulation”. Professor McIntosh was Chairperson of the Western Branch of the Wound Management Association of Ireland (WMAI) from 2009-2015 and President of WMAI from 2013-2015. She also holds a position as the professional representative for the podiatry profession on the council of CORU- regulating Health and Social Care Professions Council, sits on the Research and Development Committee and the Professoriate of the College of Podiatry, London, UK.

Timothy O'Brien, MB BCh BAO, PhD,

Dean of the College of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences

Prof Tim O’Brien is a clinician scientist and practicing endocrinologist with an interest in the treatment of diabetic complications using stem cell and gene therapy. He is Director of REMEDI, the Centre for Cell Manufacturing Ireland and Dean of the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Science at NUI Galway. He is the Principal Investigator on a clinical trial of MSCs in critical limb ischemia and coordinates two EU consortia, REDDSTAR and NEPHSTROM, which include clinical trials exploring the use of MSCs in diabetic complications.

Douglas H Richie, Jr, DPM

Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Biomechanics
at the California School of Podiatric Medicine
Clinical Associate Professor of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
Western University of Health Sciences
Past President, American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine

Douglas Richie, Jr, DPM, received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Zoology from California State University, Long Beach in 1976. He received his Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine from the California College of Podiatric Medicine in 1980 and completed a post-graduate residency program in foot and ankle surgery at Western Medical Center in California in 1981. Dr Richie is certified in Foot and Ankle Surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine. Currently, Dr.Richie has faculty appointments at the California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt University as well as the School of Podiatric Medicine at Western University. He is the past Chairman of the Podiatric Medical Education Committee at the California School of Podiatric Medicine. Dr Richie has authored over 50 original articles published in respected medical journals and medical trade magazines. He has been an invited speaker at over 100 medical symposiums throughout the United States as well as the United Kingdom, Canada, Spain, Italy, and Australia. Dr Richie's past accomplishments include serving as a Board member and Past President of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine for 7 years and also serving as Section Editor (Sports Medicine) for the Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery for 10 years.

Kyle W Sundblad, DPM

Kyle Sundblad, DPM joined Macomb Foot, Ankle and Wound Care in August of 2003. He attended Michigan State University where he graduated with Cum Laude Honors. He received his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree in 2001 from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. Dr Sundblad completed a two-year residency program in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery at Kern Hospital and Medical Center in Warren, Michigan in 2003. During his residency he received special training in diabetic foot care, limb salvage and diabetic wound care. Dr Sundblad is board certified by The American Board of Podiatric Surgery in Foot Surgery and Reconstructive Rearfoot and Ankle Surgery. He is a fellow of The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, The American Society of Podiatric Surgeons and The American Professional Wound Care Association. He is a member of the American Academy of Podiatric Practice Management, the American Podiatric Medical Association and the Michigan Podiatric Medical Association. He is a board representative of the Southeast Division of the Michigan Podiatric Medical Association. Dr Sundblad is an active staff member at St. John Macomb/Oakland Hospitals, McLaren Macomb Hospital, Henry Ford Macomb Hospital and Michigan Surgical Hospital where he also holds position as Chief of the Podiatry Section. He is the Residency Director and Director of Podiatric Medical Education of the three-year surgical training program for the Kern Residency at Michigan Surgical Hospital. Dr Sundblad has been appointed to the Adjunct Clinical Faculty at Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine and the New York College of Podiatric Medicine. He has been appointed as Lecturer in the Department of Podiatric Surgery and Applied Biomechanics at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.

Wael Ahmed Tawfick, MB BCh, MRCSI,

Vascular Surgeon

Wael Tawfick, MB.BCH, MRCSI has a special interest in wound management of leg ulcers. He has conducted a few studies on the use of oxygen in the management of ulcers and is currently conducting an RCT on the use of negative pressure in the management of venous ulcers. He also has a particular interest in the role of tibial vessel revascularization in the healing of foot ulcers.

Michael J Trepal, DPM

Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dean and Professor
Department of Surgery
New York College of Podiatric Medicine
New York, NY

Michael Trepal, DPM is a Professor of Surgery at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine and serves as the Vice President for Academic Affairs. In addition he is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at New York Medical College and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at SUNY Downstate. Dr. Trepal serves as Residency Director for the SUNY Downstate Podiatry Residency. He has published multiple scientific articles and has contributed to many textbooks.