Diabetes Expert Joins National Healing Medical Advisory Board

BOCA RATON, Fla. (April 13, 2011) – Internationally renowned British physician, diabetes specialist, researcher and educator Dr. Andrew J.M. Boulton, M.D., MRCP, FRCP, DSc(Hon) has joined the medical advisory board of Boca Raton, Fla.-based National Healing Corporation to serve as a resource for the company’s wound healing centers, which account for approximately 30 percent of the nation’s managed and outsourced wound healing centers.

A resident of Manchester, United Kingdom, Dr. Boulton is a pioneer in the field of diabetes with more than 30 years of active clinical research in diabetic foot ulceration and neuropathy. He has authored more than 350 papers and eight books on the subject of diabetes and its complications and is co-editor of the major clinical text The Foot in Diabetes, now in its fourth edition.

Among his numerous honors, Boulton is the recipient of the first International Award for diabetic foot research in 1995 and received the Pecoraro Lectureship of the American Diabetes Association Council on Diabetic Foot Care in 1996.

Dr. Boulton currently holds posts in the United Kingdom as a professor of medicine at the University of Manchester and as a consultant physician for the Manchester Royal Infirmary. In the U.S., he also is a visiting professor of medicine in the division of endocrinology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and serves on the advisory board for the University of Miami Wound Healing Centre Research Translation (UN-CORT).

NHC CEO James E. Patrick made the announcement saying, “Andrew will be a tremendous asset to the Medical Advisory Board, especially as National Healing Corporation furthers its commitment to clinical excellence with its partner hospitals and to cost-effective wound care. The guidance provided by the board helps to ensure our client hospitals around the nation offer state-of-the-art wound healing to their communities.”

Chronic wounds are a global healthcare issue. National Healing leadership recently participated in the first international wound symposium to take place in China while a group of surgeons from China received training at the National Healing Institute.

The Joint Commission has awarded NHC the Disease-Specific Care Certification for wound care and the NHC Medical Advisory Board reviews the company’s centers’ clinical activities including patient treatments and outcomes, continuity of care and staff training. Additional responsibilities include assisting and advising on research projects and reviewing educational materials and articles intended for publication.

Boulton joins the board led by Robert S. Kirsner, M.D., Ph.D., with members Scott Covington, M.D., F.A.C.S., C.H.W.S.; John Leonard Gwin Jr., M.D.; Lawrence A. Lavery, D.P.M, M.P.H.; Jack E. Lighton, D.O., F.A.C.O.S., C.W.S., F.C.C.W.S.; Stephen R. Thom, M.D., Ph.D., U.H.M.; and Paul L. Vaughn, M.D., F.A.C.S.

NHC wound healing centers offer hospital-based outpatient wound care and specialized treatments including hyperbaric oxygen therapy, bio-engineered skin substitutes, biological and biosynthetic dressings and growth factor therapies.

Founded in 1996, NHC is at the forefront of wound care research and participates in clinical trials and multi-center studies for the effectiveness of new therapies and products. As an official partner of the Wound Healing Research Program at The Ohio State University in Columbus, NHC assisted in the creation of the world’s largest database of tissue samples providing the most complete catalog of healing and non-healing responses across a wide variety of wound types and patient conditions.

For more information, please visit nationalhealing.com.

About National Healing Corporation
Founded in 1996 and headquartered in Boca Raton, Fla., National Healing Corporation provides management services and the latest technology and expertise in wound healing to its client hospitals to establish quality wound healing programs. The Joint Commission has awarded National Healing Disease-Specific Care Certification for wound care. Committed to health care compliance and best practice medicine, National Healing emphasizes these priorities in its extensive clinical and business training programs. The privately-held company accounts for approximately 30 percent of all managed and outsourced outpatient wound centers in the United States. For more information, please visit http://www.nationalhealing.com.