Robert Kirsner MD, PhD: Presentation Highlights from ‘Healing the Unhealable Wound’

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An interview at the SDPA 2022 Conference on major talking points from Dr. Robert Kirsner’s presentation on wound care with dermatologists and physician associates.

During his interview with HCPLive, Robert Kirsner, MD, PhD, described several major talking points from his presentation on wound care given at the SDPA 20th Annual Fall Dermatology Conference.

Kirsner works as the Chairman and Harvey Blank Professor of the Dr. Phillip Frost Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Kirsner is also the director of the University of Miami Hospital Wound Center and Chief of Dermatology at the University of Miami Hospital.

This segment of Kirsner’s HCPLive interview involved a description of several of the major reasons for his belief in the value of this topic at the conference.

“Dermatologists actually create and treat the most wounds of any specialty every day.”

“We do biopsies, we do surgeries," he explained. "And as a consequence, we are often called upon to care for, for breaks in the skin. But whether you're a dermatologist who has gone through a formal residency program, or whether you're a physician's assistant to learning in a less homogeneous way, oftentimes, there's very little training about dealing with wounds, especially the more difficult or chronic wounds. So I thought this would be a good topic for the conference.”

He also described several of the major discussion points in his presentation entitled ‘Healing the Unhealable Wound.’

“Whether they're the common chronic wounds, the diabetic foot ulcer, which is the most common foot ulcer, the venous leg ulcer, which is the most common leg ulcer, or if it's more rare and uncommon dermatologic diseases that have that cause wounds,” he said. “Whether it's malignancy or inflammatory conditions like pyoderma gangrenosum, I'm going to give the audience a framework; how to think about them and how to deal with them. And then I'll go through the workup and evaluation of some of those common chronic wounds. And then eventually, I'll talk about the standard of care.”

To find out more about this presentation at SDPA 2022, view this interview segment above.