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Head-to-Toe Wound Healing: Discussing the Role of Mental Health


Dr. Maria Goddard is a board-certified wound care specialist in the Midwest. She received training in general surgery at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and completed fellowship training in burn surgery at both the University of Tennessee-Memphis and the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City. She is board certified in wound care by both the American Board of Wound Management and the American Board of Wound Healing. She is an instructor for Advanced Burn Life Support and a member of the Global Health Committee of the American Burn Association. Dr. Goddard also currently serves on both the Communication and Education Steering Committees of the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care. In 2021, she joined the WoundSource Editorial Advisory Board. She has practiced in multiple settings, including long-term care, and her wide training, research, and clinical experiences provide a unique perspective of wound management. Her mission is to bridge the gaps that exist between care settings related to differences in regulations and resource availability. Her interests include burn care, geriatrics, global health, telemedicine, and education. 

1.00 CME Credits | 1.00 Contact Hours

Wound care clinicians are well aware of the adage “heal the whole patient, not just the hole in the patient” as guide to successful practice. Traditionally, this focus has considered only physiological comorbid conditions such as diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular disease. However, it is clear and has been supported by research studies that psychological factors and social determinants of health play a role in wound healing and patient outcomes.