There are two PHYSICIAN positions on the AAWC Board of Directors and both are open in the 2019 election.

Each nominee was asked to write a statement in response to the following:

The AAWC Board of Directors serves to advance the initiatives of the AAWC which are focused on the strategic plan consisting of the four pillars of education, public policy, research and infrastructure. Describe how your qualifications align with all four pillars and your plans to support the Board in its efforts to meet AAWC's strategic objectives...

Meet the three 2019 candidates...

Ali Bairos MD, CWSP, FACCWS
Member since 1999
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STATEMENT: 
If elected I commit to full involvement in all Association activities. I will dutifully assist in furthering the business of the organization, participate in the monthly meetings, and the work in between and most of all work to further the mission and value of the AAWC – spreading the practice of good wound care. Education: the distinguishing characteristic of the AAWC is the dedication to the multidisciplinary approach to wound care. Acknowledging this and that many wound care workers embark on their wound care journey with varying levels of expertise, we must provide educational opportunities that build towards a foundational wound care knowledge base. The importance of formal training, certification and mentorship opportunities must be emphasized. Public Policy: the AAWC plays an increasing role in representing the wound care community to other stakeholders. I will support the excellent and indispensable work done by the AAWC in helping CMS, the FDA and others understand the issues in keeping wound care an economically viable field. I will work with the AAWC Board in defining primary, pertinent issues for influencing and in developing a rapid response team to address proposed regulations in a timely manner. Research: most independent practices and institutions have neither the capabilities nor expertise to perform meaningful research; industry sponsors do. The primary goal of the AAWC in this arena must be to work with these sponsors and guide them towards research that might have a meaningful impact on day-to-day issues in wound care. Infrastructure: the new organizational structure of the AAWC should allow us to be more nimble in responding to issues affecting wound care. At the same time, we do not want to contribute to fragmentation in the wound care community and must seek to enhance relationships with other organizations, so that we can speak more powerfully with a united voice.

Jonathan Johnson MD, MBA, CWSP
Member since 2016
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STATEMENT: Based on the pillars, I would humbly like to contribute to the board... Education- I’d like to start a young provider wound care group including presentations during residency/fellowship didactics to introduce the field and dispel wound care practice misconceptions. Establish beach marks to promote an inter-discipline educational sessions to improve continuity of care and allow providers to learn from their colleagues. Wound Care needs a board certification designation our educational efforts should produce results that will allow our field to lobby the ABMS. Public Policy-I’ve participated as an industry expert in research, clinical leadership panels, legal consulting, and industry presentations. My practice is based in Washington DC. I'm licensed in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC. I'm very familiar with CMS regulations, research based NIH projects, and other wound care organizations, which are all based in a 1-2 mile radius of my corporate office. Most lobbying firms, and wound care industry corporations have connections in Washington DC. As a board member based in this power center I can provide a voice for the board as needed. Research-I has participated as an industry expert in research, clinical leadership panels, legal consulting, and industry presentations. I've worked with multiple research based organizations both private and academic. With five major educational organizations and research-based centers including NIH I can assist in establishing research protocols and opportunities for members. Infrastructure- Establishing organizational compliance and protocol is key for growth. Working on multiple boards through my career both clinical and non-clinical working with our members in the most important task. Educational Summits and International Practice Guidelines, tool kits, and data sets all work well when the board focuses on serving the organization's members. This includes constant interaction with our members for feedback and guidance.

Naz Wahab MD
Member since 2013
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STATEMENT: If Elected I will be an ambassador for the AAWC to propagate their mission for both scientific and clinical wound care education and research, It will be my responsibility to collaborate with other societies to further the practice of Wound Healing. I have been a board member for other wound care organizations in the past, and understand the immense need for an active interdisciplinary approach to collaborate with clinicians, politicians, scientists, educators, and industry. I am knowledgeable of the need for Political Action groups to help propagate and protect our profession. I have been involved with the Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders for several years. I have been an active participant for the AAWC for many years and have seen the positive evolution of the society due to its dedicated and knowledgeable leaders who have actively participated with key stakeholders to further the ideals of Wound Healing. I hope to offer the same leadership ability as a liaison for the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care.