Dr. Heather Barnhart


Director of Wound Education for ILWTI.

Dr. Barnhart is the Director of Clinical Affairs for Koya Medical. Previously, she was a Professor in the Physical Therapy Program at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale Florida. Dr. Barnhart has been a licensed physical therapist since 1995.  She received her PhD in physical therapy in 2003 and has dedicated her entire professional career to integumentary function and dysfunction, becoming a key opinion leader on integumentary function, repair and regeneration, as well as wound, lymphedema and burn management.  Dr. Barnhart’s diverse clinical background is complemented by experience in research, professional writing and publication, speaking on the national and international circuit, volunteering on professional board organizations, consulting, lobbying for legislative change on Capitol Hill, organizing humanitarian work in Haiti, and creating entrepreneurial endeavors and medical devices for wound management. 

She is a Certified Wound Specialist (CWS), Advanced Wound Care Certified (AWCC), Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT), and internationally dual certified in Lymphedema and Wound Care (CLWT).  She is LANA credentialed by the Lymphology Association of North America and is an Experiential Learning Fellow. She has attended over 90 continuing education courses, authored over 30 journal articles, published 6 book chapters, and presented over 200 professional programs and conference presentations on various integumentary related topics. Dr. Barnhart is a Past President of the American Board of Wound Management and is a past Board and Executive Committee member of the Association for the Advancement of Wound
Care. She is currently on the board of the World Alliance of Wound and Lymphedema Care, advisory board for the Why Wound Care Campaign and Editorial Board for Today’s Wound Clinic. Additionally, she served on the planning committees for the American Vein and Lymphatic Society (ALVS) as well as Symposium on Advanced Wound Care (SAWC). She remains Faculty/Director of Wound Education for the International Lymphedema and Wound Training Institute (ILWTI). She is co-chair for the Space Forum at ALVS and is actively involved in research encompassing space medicine, sea turtles, and forensic applications to wound management among other areas of interest.

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