Vickie R. Driver, MS, DPM, FACFAS; Division Chief, Podiatric Surgery, Department of Surgery; Director, Research Fellowship Program, Department of Surgery; Director, Clinical Research Limb Preservation and Tissue Repair; President Association of Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC); Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Brown University Providence RI. Dr Vickie R. Driver is the Chief of Podiatric Surgery at the VA New England Health Care Division, Providence RI. She has also assumed a leadership role in the Wound Healing-Limb Preservation Service at Rhode Island Hospital- a 800 bed Brown teaching institution. Her responsibilities also include Director of Limb Preservation and Wound healing Research. Dr. Driver has proudly served for 5 years on the Board of Directors for The Advancement of Wound Care Association (AAWC). She now holds the distinguished honor of being President for this national organization. Dr. Driver has a distinguished career in the field of podiatric medicine and surgery, with a special emphasis on limb preservation and wound healing. She is nationally and internationally regarded as a premiere clinician, surgeon, researcher and educator. As a dedicated researcher, Dr. Driver has served as an investigator for more than 60 important multi-center randomized clinical trials, as well as developed and supervised multiple research fellowship training programs. She has served and chaired multiple executive committees for large national and international pivotal clinical trials. She has a keen interest and understanding of trial design and execution, especially with novel therapies that would benefit those at risk for limb loss. Dr. Driver is credited with the development and directorship of multiple major multidisciplinary Limb Preservation- Wound Healing Centers of Excellence, including Military/VA, Hospital and University based programs. She has co-authored over 100 publications and abstracts and is quoted in all levels of medicine that pertain to preserving limbs in the high-risk patient. Dr. Driver is board certified in foot surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and is a Fellow at the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. She serves on multiple national and international government and private committees that focus on preventing limb loss and improving wound healing in the high-risk population, including NIH and the DOD. She is considered an outspoken ambassador and patient advocate for lower extremity limb preservation and amputation prevention in the high-risk diabetic patient. Dr. Driver is currently conducting Clinical Research in the areas of Limb Preservation, Tissue Repair and Regeneration. Her current clinical work includes Autologous Stem Cell, Viral Vector & Gene Therapy, as well as, Tissue Substitutes. Her bench projects investigate microbiological and biochemical understanding of tissue repair and regeneration through wound fluid analysis and tissue biopsies. Her projects are in areas of inflammatory markers, proteins, growth factors, nitric oxide, matrix metalloproteinase, stem cells, gene therapy and microbial bio-film. She is also conducting two Health Economic and Socio Economic studies that focus on both the burden of illness and disparities in health care.
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