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The Reconstruction Ladder: The Skin Substitute Rung


Dr. Paul J. Kim is the Medical Director of the Wound Program at University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, Texas. He has the rank of Professor in the Departments of Plastic Surgery and Orthopedic Surgery. He is also a fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Dr. Kim received his bachelor of arts degree, magna cum laude, in psychology and biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1995 and his doctor of podiatric medicine degree from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in 2002 with multiple honors. Dr. Kim completed a surgical foot and ankle residency program in 2005 from Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Virginia. He also received a master of science degree in clinical research management from Arizona State University in 2012. Dr. Kim has received both intramural and extramural research grants in the areas of wound care, diabetic limb salvage, and tendon pathology. He has chaired multiple committees related to research and evidence-based medicine and the diabetic limb for various national and international organizations. Dr. Kim is also a national and international speaker and has written over 175 basic science publications, clinical manuscripts, and book chapters on various topics in foot and ankle medicine and surgery with a specific interest in the diabetic Limb. 

1.00 CME Credits | 1.00 Contact Hours

The reconstruction ladder is the guiding principle for wound reconstruction with the aim of restoring form and function to patients. It is meant to represent the spectrum of closure options available for wounds beginning with the simplest, most effective technique possible. Advanced therapies, such as skin substitutes, offer additional “rungs” on the reconstructive ladder to foster a more holistic patient-based approach with improved outcomes and cost efficiencies. This session will explore the evolution of the reconstructive ladder and highlight the role of skin substitutes in harnessing a more effective and holistic care model of wound reconstruction.