New to the OWM Editorial Board for 2018

Although our niche in medicine may be small, OWM covers a spectrum of care management and prevention issues. Likewise, our Board members have diverse backgrounds and professional and personal interests. We are fortunate to have input from so many interesting people. Meet our newest members.


Michelle Barakat Johnson, PhD(c), MN, BSN, RN
Michelle is District Lead Pressure Injury Prevention and Management Clinical Nurse Consultant at Sydney Local Health District, Patient Safety and Quality Unit (Camperdown, Australia). She joined our Board for the opportunity to “reflect on someone else’s work and provide thoughtful feedback based on my experience and knowledge and interact with other Board members and researchers in the field.”


Phillip Botham, MSN, RN, CWON, LNC
Phillip is a nationally recognized Certified Wound and Ostomy Nurse (WOCN) with more than 30 years of experience in the field of nursing. Most recently, he led a team of 8 WOCN clinicians and 10 vascular access insertion nurses at a 750+ bed academic medical center in the southeastern United States. He taught the specialty practice of wound and ostomy care to nursing and medical students and practicing clinicians. 
He considers himself a subject matter expert in practice standard setting, program development, monitoring of best practices, and compliance with regulatory requirements related to wound and ostomy care. He is the owner and lead consultant of Botham Consulting Services, LLC. Currently completing service on the board of directors for the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certification Board, he has taken on chairing the Public Policy Committee.  He resides with his 16-year-old schnauzer Baker and best buddy tabby cat Sophie in the great smoky mountains of western North Carolina.


Kiran Cherredy, MSc, PhD
Dr. Cherredy is Project Management Office Manager, Strategy and PMO for Novartis Pharma AG (Basel, Switzerland). His professional interests include wound healing, transdermal drug delivery, biopolymers, nanomedicine, controlled release, and spectroscopy. Before assuming his current role, Kiran experienced the Sandoz Talent Excellence Program, a future leadership program of Novartis. During this program, he gained comprehensive knowledge about drug/formulation development, trials, registrations, good manufacturing practice, vigilance, and market analysis. Kiran received a “Licentiate in Pharmacy” from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (Hyderabad, Telangana, India) and Erasmus Mundus Master Advanced Spectroscopy in Chemistry recognition from University of Lille (France) and University of Leipzig (Germany). He joined the Marie Curie NANODRUG network at Louvain Drug Research Institute, University of Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium) and received a PhD in pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences. He is an active researcher and promotor of commercial nanomedicine.


Christopher M. Davey, MD, CWSP
Now retired, Dr. Davey is interested in evidence-based medicine in general and wound care in particular. He has experience in what he calls “bulletproofing” wound care record keeping against lawsuits, which also improves care.


Linda R. Droste, MSN, RN, CWOCN, CBIS
Linda is the WOCN on the Spinal Cord Injury & Disorder Units at the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia. She has been a certified WOCN for 18 years and is also a Certified Brain Injury Specialist. She says working with active duty injured and the veteran population is very rewarding.


Chirag R. Gajjar, PhD
Dr. Gajjar is Senior Research and Development Engineer, Incontinence and Wound Care for Cardinal Health (Mansfield, MA). Originally from India and living in United States since 2009, he came to the US to earn his MS in Textile Chemistry and eventually stayed for his PhD in Fiber and Polymer Science, both degrees from North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC). His specialization is Medical Textiles, especially advanced wound dressings and biopolymers. After completing his PhD in 2016, he joined Medtronic (Fridley, MN) as an R&D Engineer to support the traditional and advanced wound care product portfolio. In 2017, Cardinal Health acquired its business division; he has since worked there in his current position. In his current role, he works with nurses and clinicians to understand the need to improve existing wound dressings and to develop the next generation of wound care products. Dr. Gajjar believes his academic and industrial experience makes him a good person to serve the wound care community through peer review and occasionally publishing. He shares a fun fact about himself: “I like traveling to new places and experiencing new food and culture. So far, I have visited 28 states within US and 5 countries outside the US.”


Rose is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy, Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA). A wound care clinical specialist, educator, and author, she enjoys the learning experience afforded by reviewing submissions to the journal and teaching experience editing provides (she says she tends to be meticulous about grammar). She is looking forward to contributing to the professional community of people who care for wounds. 


Samantha is an Advanced Practice Provider/Registered Nurse First Assistant in Surgery-Utica Park Clinic/Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In addition to her work and reviewer responsibilities, she serves on various committees, including the ABWM CWCA Examination Committee, the AAWC Website Committee, and the SAWC Abstract Review Committee, as well as a Content Editor/Advisor for Wound Reference, Inc, a Content Author for WoundSource, and a Clinical Instructor for Advanced Practice Prep, LLC.


Elizabeth McElroy, MSN, CANP, SWC, CWOCN-AP
Elizabeth, a practitioner at Reading Hospital and Medical Center (West Reading, PA), says she is “passionate about pressure injuries in the acute care setting” and has a strong interest in negative pressure therapy and education. She sees her Board participation as a way to grow professionally in the research and publishing arena.