Chief Medical Officer of Advanced Oxygen Therapy Inc. (AOTI), Dr. Matthew Garoufalis is a Co-Chair of the Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders and past President of both the American Podiatric Medical Association and the International Federation of Podiatrists. He is recognized as a Key Opinion Leader on the diabetic foot, lower extremity wound care, limb salvage, podiatric medicine, and surgery. He earned his DPM from the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago and completed a surgical residency at the Westside VA Medical Center in Chicago. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and American Board of Podiatric Medicine and is a Fellow of the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons and the American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine. He is also a Certified Wound Specialist by the American Board of Wound Management. He has authored many articles and has lectured extensively on a variety of topics pertinent to wound care, podiatric medicine and surgery, and practice management.

Why I'm Involved

I am involved with the Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders because this is the only organization that can nimbly assimilate and respond to both private insurers and to CMS when it comes to defending and advocating for wound care providers - regardless of medical specialty. No other organization has the political will, the contacts, and know-how behind the scenes to affect positive change than the Alliance. This is the strongest political think tank on behalf of wound care providers and the products and devices that they must use to heal wounds and save lives. If it were not for the Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders, we would not have a strong advocacy presence and unified voice. Without these, we’d be relegated to using primitive techniques in wound healing - and thousands, or even tens of thousands, of limbs and lives would be lost every year. The Alliance makes it a priority to educate the policy makers as wound care evolves, advances and changes.
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