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The Mentor: James Ettien, MD, FACS

Dr. Ettien was born in Chattanooga and attended the University of the South at Sewanee. Following graduation he accepted a commission in the U.S. Air Force and was rated as an aerial Navigator. Following a tour of duty in the Strategic Air Command, he received his M.D. degree from the Medical College of Georgia, where he was admitted to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and served as Editor of the student newspaper and as President of the Senior Class. He was also awarded the Mosby Scholarship Award.

His postgraduate training was taken at Vanderbilt and the Medical College of Georgia. Following two years of private practice in North Carolina he accepted the position of Associate Professor of Surgery at the Medical College of Georgia. He was subsequently recruited to the Diagnostic Clinic in Largo, Florida, and served as Chairman of the Cancer Control Committee and was the Cancer Liaison Physician to the American College of Surgeons Committee on Cancer for 27 years.       

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The Visionary: Desmond Bell, DPM, CWS

Dr. Desmond Bell is the Founder and President of “The Save A Leg, Save A Life” Foundation, a multi-disciplinary non-profit organization dedicated to the reduction in lower extremity amputations and improving wound healing outcomes through education, evidence-based methodology and community outreach. His private practice in Jacksonville, FL, specializes in wound management and is dedicated to lower-extremity preservation. He also serves as Chief Medical Officer of Omeza, an evidence-based medical technology company and consumer healthcare products company initially focused on healing chronic wounds and preventing their recurrence.

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The Legacy: Rick Zollinger, MD, FACS

Dr. Rick Zollinger has more than three decades in general, cardiovascular and thoracic surgery as well as certification in Undersea and Hyperbaric  Medicine. As a well-respected clinician, educator and organizational leader, Rick has been a member of and held appointments with The American College of Surgeons, North Carolina Surgical Association, The Southern Surgical Society, The Society for Thoracic Surgery and The International Surgical Society. 

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