Department of Family and Social Medicine

Wound Care Service

Founded in 2009, the Wound Healing Program is a growing division providing clinical services to patients reduce suffering, minimize wound-related complications, and heal patients with chronic wounds. Our division has built innovative clinical operational designs created to meet the special needs of our patient population, including elderly, chronically ill, and disabled patients. The Wound Healing Program's clinical services include consultations for hospitalized patients; continuity of care at our ambulatory center; and nursing home consultations.

The division's extensive educational endeavors aim to improve clinical wound healing services at Montefiore/Einstein and beyond, by teaching clinicians who work in a variety of care settings how to appropriately manage chronic wounds and how to collaborate with wound healing specialists in their patients' care. The Wound Healing Program provides a core rotation for geriatric fellows, as well as for family medicine residents, internal medicine residents, and medical students during their geriatrics rotations. In addition, a four-week elective preceptorship in wound healing is offered to both medical students and residents. Lectures and workshops on topics in wound healing are offered throughout the year to clinical staff at Montefiore Medical Center.

Our research agenda is driven by academic clinicians who seek to elucidate better ways to address the patient needs that we observe in clinical practice. Ongoing research activities include investigations in psychosocial barriers to accessing care for wound patients; infectious complications of pressure-ulcer-related osteomyelitis; and effective approaches to wound healing education in medical training.

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