Our committee

The International Wound Infection Institute is administered by our executive committee and secretariat

The Institute has a formal management structure comprising an elected executive committee members, who uphold the aim and objectives of the Institute in a volunteer capacity

Professor Karen Ousey

Karen is chair of IWII and Professor and Director for the Institute of Skin Integrity and Infection Prevention at the University of Huddersfield, UK, Visiting Professor at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia and Academic editor of Wounds UK. She has published over 100 papers, authored book chapters and text books. View Karen’s full profile

Terry Swanson

Terry Swanson was admitted as a Fellow of AWMA in 2010 for her significant contribution to wound management at a state, national and international level. She is the current Vice Chair of the International Wound Infection Institute and chaired the development and publication of the 2016 IWII Consensus Document Update on Wound Infection.

Dr Gregory Schultz

Dr. Gregory Schultz is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director of the Institute for Wound Research at the University of Florida. 

Dr.Schultz has authored 400 scientific publications that have been cited over 17,000 times. He is the Principal Investigator or Coinvestigator on grant totaling over $35 million, and is an inventor on over 30 patents in the area of wound healing. 

Professor Paul Chadwick

Paul has recently commenced in a new role as the National Clinical Director for the College of Podiatry. His remit is to develop and implement the Clinical Leadership and Education agendas of the Organisation’s five-year strategic plan. In his short time at the College he has led the development of the Diabetes Commissioning Tool Kit.

Paul qualified in 1990 and gained an MSC (by research) in 2000. He completed a PhD in 2012 looking at the social construction of neuropathic pain.

Donna Angel

Donna Angel is a Nurse Practitioner in Wound Management at Royal Perth Hospital, Western Australia. She has held this position since 2006. She is a Board Member for the Australian Journal, Wound Practice and Research, and is currently the Book Editor. She is the past secretary for Wounds Australia, past president for Wounds Australia WA Branch and immediate past secretary for the IWII. Donna is member of the Australian and New Zealand Venous Leg Ulcer Advisory Panel. She also has a panel appointment with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. Donna’s main area of research is wound sampling techniques. She has several publications on wound management and vascular surgery.

Professor Val Edwards-Jones

Val is Emeritus Professor of Medical Microbiology at Manchester Metropolitan University, Visiting Professor of the Institute of Skin Integrity and Infection Prevention, Huddersfield University , Clinical Director at MelBec Microbiology Ltd, Lancashire; an independent microbiology company and Technical Director of Microsan Ltd, a company producing natural cleaning products using essential oils. A forty five year career in Microbiology, she has twenty years in the NHS and twenty one as an academic researcher.

Evan Call

Evan Call is Adjunct Faculty in the Microbiology Department at Weber State University in Ogden Utah and a research scientist working in support surfaces, medical devices and performance/ regulatory testing.  Evan is nearing completion of his fourth term on the Board of Directors of NPUAP where he has served as Chair or Co-Chair of the Research Committee, and Co-Chair of the Support Surfaces Standards Committee.

Dr Keryln Carville

Keryln is the current Chair IWII Evidence Committee and participated in the development of the Infection Consensus Document in 2008 and 2016. She was appointed a Fellow of the Australian Wound Management Association (now Wounds Australia) in 2006 and awarded Life Membership of the Australian Association of Stomal Therapy Nurses in 2015 for professional contributions to these clinical domains.

Dr Lindsay Kalan

Dr. Lindsay Kalan is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the School of Medicine and Public Health. She obtained her PhD in Biochemistry from McMaster University where she the studied evolution of antibiotic resistance in the environment and clinic.

Dr Nicola Waters

Dr. Nicola Waters is a Registered Nurse with wound-related experience in clinical practice, education, industry and research. Nicola is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC. She completed a Masters in Science in Wound Healing and Tissue Repair at Cardiff University and is currently an honorary tutor in the MSc. program. Nicola holds a PhD from the University of Calgary.

Dr David keast

David is a Fellow of the College of Family Physicians of Canada.   He is currently Medical Director of the Outpatient Chronic Wound Management Clinic at the Parkwood Institute, London, Clinical Adjunct Professor of Family Medicine, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University and Associate Scientist in the Parkwood Research Institute, part of the Lawson Health Research Institute.  David is a founding board member and Past President of the Canadian Association of Wound Care (now Wounds Canada), founding co-chair of the Canadian Lymphedema Framework and one of the founding members of the World Alliance for Wound and Lymphedema Care.

Emily Haesler

Emily is Adjunct Associate Professor with the Wound Management and Healing (WHAM) Node located at Curtin University, Australia. She works on wound-related research, evidence reviews and educational material for healthcare professionals, including those in in low resource countries. Emily also has extensive experience as a research methodologist in Australia and internationally. 

Dot Weir

Dot has been a registered nurse for 42 years; 38 of those dedicated to the practice of wound andostomy care. She has practiced in acute care, home care and long term care, spent 7 years in industry,and has practiced in outpatient care since 2001. She has been Board Certified by the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Certification Board since 1985 (CWON) and The American Board of Wound Management since 2004 (CWS).

Geoff Sussman

Associate Professor Geoff Sussman holds a position in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Monash University, and is the Associate Professor of Wound Care in the Monash Institute for Health and Clinical Education. He is a wound consultant at the Wound Clinic Austin Hospital. He has been a faculty member at St Anne’s College Oxford University and the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Auckland University.  He has been involved in wound management for over 30 years in clinical research and clinical practice and teaching and has over 100 publications including 27 book chapters. He is Chairman of Wounds Australia, an executive board member of The International Wound Infection Institute and is the president of The Asia Pacific Association for Diabetic Limb Problems. He was an executive board member of the Australasian Wound and Tissue Repair Society. He was the inaugural Secretary of the World Union of Wound Healing Societies. He is an associate editor of the International Wound Journal, a member of the editorial board of Wound Practice and Research, Chronic Wound Care Management and Research journal and is a member of the advisory committee for Post Graduate Wound Care education at Monash University. He was awarded an OAM in the Queens birthday Honours in 2006 for his work in wound care as a researcher, educator and clinician. He was recognised at the 2008 World Wound Healing Congress in Toronto with a life time achievement award for his work in wound management.

Professor Steven PercivaL

Steven is CEO of the 5D Health Protection Group, a leading independent contract research organisation (CRO) involved in the research and innovation of antibiofilm and antimicrobial agents and microbiology/biofilm testing, Director of the Centre of Excellence in Biofilm Science and a Professor (honorary) at the University of Liverpool. Over the last 28 years, Steven has held senior microbiology positions in the NHS, the Centres for Disease Control (CDC) and senior academic and Vice President positions in R&D in numerous medical device and woundcare companies. He has invented and commercialised many medical devices, including wound dressings, which have made a significant impact on patient outcomes. He holds a PhD in biofilms and microbiology from the University of Leeds, and two MScs in Medical Microbiology and Health Sciences from the University of Manchester. He has written over 450 scientific publications and conference abstracts and edited/authored eight textbooks on biofilms, microbiology, public health and infection control. He has been awarded over £15million of grant funding for his research into biofilms, medical devices, diagnostics and antimicrobial development. He also sits on many international advisory boards linked to infection prevention and control, including the new national biofilm innovation centre.

Professor Thomas Bjarnsholt, DMSc & Ph.D

Department of Immunology and Microbiology, Costerton Biofilm Centre, University of Copenhagen, Denmark and Department of Clinical Microbiology, Copenhagen University Hospital, Denmark Prof Bjarnsholt is a global expert in the role of biofilms in chronic infections, with over 180 peer reviewed publications in the biofilm field including the ESCMID guidelines for biofilm treatment and Consensus guidelines for the identification and treatment of biofilms in chronic nonhealing wounds published in WRR.  His research focuses on biofilm formation and the role of bacterial biofilm in chronic infections, both in vitro, animal models and ex vivo material from chronic infections. Bjarnsholt is interested as to how bacteria initiate biofilms in the human body and why the immune defense seems to fail both in the initial infection and later in the chronic infection.  His research also seeks to develop tools and methods to enable fast diagnosis of these infections, for better treatment and possible prevention. For this, Bjarnsholt works in close collaboration with clinicians at most of the major hospitals in Denmark.

Trish (Patricia) Idensohn

Master of Science (Clinical Skin Integrity and Wound Management) (University of Hertfordshire); International Interdisciplinary Wound Care Course (IIWCC); (University of Toronto) Registered Nurse (RN), Registered Midwife (RM); Director for Africa International Skin Tear Advisory Panel (ISTAP) and Chair of ISTAP Marketing and Communications; Part time lecturer University of Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa – Post Graduate Wound Care Certification Course; Honorary Tutor Cardiff University, Wales, UK – Masters in Wound Healing and Tissue Repair; Wound Nurse Specialist in private practice; Wound specialist educator in the Asian, Middle Eastern and African regions; Specialist consultant for clinical practice, medical funders and corporates.

Owner of CliniCare wounds+stoma, providing specialized wound and stoma management in the clinic, home and hospital environment and owner of CliniCare mom+baby – in Ballito and Umhlanga, Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa.

Past National and Regional President and current member of Society of Private Nurse Practitioners South Africa (SPNP); Member of Wound Healing Association of Southern Africa (WHASA); Founder of KwaZulu Natal Regional Stoma Support Group South Africa

Trish is passionate about providing holistic patient care, and whilst constantly and consistently improving patient care, empowers multidisciplinary health care practitioners to “be the change” in improving patient care within an interdisciplinary team!