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Founding College Board Members

William J. Ennis, DO, MBA, FACOS
President, American College of Wound Healing and Tissue Repair
Professor of Clinical Surgery
Catherine and Francis Burzik Professor and Chief of the Section of Wound Healing and Tissue Repair
University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System

After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Dr. Ennis earned his medical degree from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed residencies, and is board certified in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Family Medicine and Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine. He subsequently received an MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management in Chicago. Dr. Ennis has been practicing wound care for 24 years and is currently the Catherine and Francis Burzik Professor of Wound Healing and Tissue Repair and Chief of the Section of Wound Healing and Tissue Repair at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He founded and is director of the first Wound Healing and Tissue Repair Fellowship in the United States, also at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Ennis is a founding board member and President of the American College of Wound Healing and Tissue Repair, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization that has a mission of bringing wound care to the level of a formal medical specialty.

Dr. Ennis has published over 100 articles, abstracts and book chapters, and has lectured throughout the world on wound care and vascular diseases. Current research interests include microcirculation, healing outcomes, health economics, and regenerative tissue mechanisms.


William W. Li, MD
President, The Angiogenesis Foundation
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Dartmouth Medical School

Dr. William W. Li is President, Medical Director, and co-founder of the Angiogenesis Foundation, a nonprofit organization that is re-conceptualizing global disease fighting. A protege of medical pioneer Dr. Judah Folkman, Dr. Li has been engaged in research focused on angiogenesis (new blood vessel growth) and its practical applications in wound and tissue repair, cancer, ophthalmology, cardiovascular diseases, and other pathologies for the past 2 decades. A major part of Dr. Li's work focuses on translating science to practical interventions that improve health outcomes for individuals and populations using angiogenesis-based therapies. Under his leadership, the Angiogenesis Foundation has developed a unique social enterprise model based on creating national and international collaborations with academia, government, professional and advocacy associations, and industry. Based on this model, the Foundation has played a central role in bringing about modern treatments for nine different cancers, chronic wounds, and skin diseases.

Dr. Li received his AB with honors in Biochemistry from Harvard College, and his MD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pennsylvania. He completed his residency training and clinical fellowship in General Internal Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Dr. Li has served on faculties of Harvard Medical School, Tufts University, and Dartmouth Medical School. His work has been published in Science, The New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, and other leading peer-reviewed medical journals.


Martin Borhani, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery
Surgery Residency Program Director
Theodore and Joanna Drugas Endowed Chair in Vascular Surgery
Chief, Division of Vascular Surgery
University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System

Martin Borhani, MD, is a member of the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System as an Associate Professor of Surgery and Chief, Division of Vascular Surgery. In December 2010, he became the recipient of the Theodore and Joanna Drugas Endowed Chair in Vascular Surgery. Dr. Borhani completed his General Surgery residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1999, following which he completed his Vascular Surgical Fellowship training at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO.

Dr. Borhani is board certified in General Surgery and Vascular Surgery and has extensive experience in all aspects of vascular and endovascular interventions. Dr. Borhani has developed a beneficial and multidisciplinary relationship with the Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic Surgery and manages the Noninvasive Vascular Laboratory at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System.

Board Members

Amelia Bartholomew, MD, MPH, FACS
Chief, Translational Research
Professor, Departments of Surgery and Bioengineering
University of Illinois at Chicago

Barbara Bates-Jensen, RN, PhD
Associate Professor
UCLA School of Nursing & David Geffen School of Medicine

Catherine Burzik
Former President and CEO of KCI

Geoffrey Gurtner, MD, FACS
Professor and Associate Chairman of Surgery
Stanford University School of Medicine

Thomas O'Donnell, MD
Vascular Surgeon
Tufts Medical Center

Alexander Stojadinovic, MD, FACS
COL (Ret) US Army Medical Corps
Professor of Surgery and Medicine USU
Bon Secours Cancer Institute Medical Director