- Chief Medical Officer, Intellicure
- Executive Director, U.S. Wound Registry
- Medical Director, St. Luke's Wound Clinic (The Woodlands, Texas)
- Co-editor, Today’s Wound Clinic
- Professor, Baylor College of Medicine
Dr. Fife is the Chief Medical Officer of Intellicure, a Texas based health information technology company which, since 2000 has provided a specialty specific electronic health record to wound and hyperbaric centers across the U.S. She is the Executive Director of the U.S. Wound Registry, a non-profit organization recognized by CMS as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) for MIPS reporting and the development of quality measures for wound care physicians. The USWR also provides data for comparative effectiveness studies in wound care and hyperbaric medicine. Dr. Fife is the Medical Director of the St. Luke's Wound Clinic in The Woodlands, Texas and a Professor of Geriatrics at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. She has edited 4 textbooks, has authored more than 100 peer reviewed journal articles, and is a popular speaker.
Why I'm Involved
I was the president of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society from 1998 to 2000. Two weeks after I took office as UHMS president, CMS reduced the physician payment for hyperbaric chamber supervision to zero and dropped the facility fee by 75%. I was completely clueless about what to do. I knew nothing about advocacy, nothing about the workings of CMS, and had no idea how to collaborate with other professional societies or organizations. It was a traumatic two years during which I was pretty much alone trying to figure all that out. That’s why, ten years ago when Marcia had the vision for the Alliance, I did not have to be convinced that it was needed. I knew that reimbursement pressures in our industry were gaining momentum and it was going to take all of our collective strength and organizational skill to respond to them. You can look at the formal comments which are posted on our Alliance website and see that the number of those comments has been increasing each year. The pace of change now is incredible. I cannot imagine how anyone in this industry could survive without the Alliance. I spent the first two decades of my career focused on becoming the best possible wound care clinician. It appears I will spend the last two decades focused on ensuring that the field of wound care exists at all. I am so grateful for the Alliance.