Wound Care

THE WOUND CARE & HYPERBARIC CENTER

Treatment For Hard-To-Heal Wounds

A chronic wound is one that does not heal within three weeks. Some of these wounds, especially those caused by diabetic foot injuries, increase the risk of amputation. The Wound Care Center at St. John's Episcopal Hospital offers state-of-the-art treatment of a wide range of chronic wounds. It is also home to one of the few hyperbaric therapy programs in Queens, Brooklyn and Nassau County.

The Wound Care Center's clinicians utilize proven best practices to treat:

  • Diabetic foot wounds
  • Bone infections (osteomyelitis)
  • Wounds caused by poor circulation, including ulcers and sores on the feet or legs
  • Soft tissue injuries resulting from radiation treatment
  • Wounds from pressure injuries
  • Non-Healing post-surgical wounds
  • Compromised surgical flaps and grafts

An Experienced Team

Thomas Lubeski, DO, FACOS, WCC (Wound Care Certified), is the medical director of the Wound Care Center. Dr. Joseph Tarantino is the director of the center's Fellowship program, which provides advanced training for physicians.

The treatment team is comprised of podiatrists, general surgeons, wound care fellows, hyperbaric technicians and RNs. The Wound Care Center staff also partners with specialists in endocrinology, infectious disease, plastic surgery, and vascular surgery as needed.

HYPERBARIC THERAPY

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a pain-free treatment that uses pure, pressurized oxygen to promote healing. During hyperbaric treatment, the patient lies comfortably inside a hyperbaric oxygen chamber, where the air pressure is approximately 2 ½ times greater than the normal pressure in the atmosphere. This "hyperbaric" or high dose of oxygen helps the blood carry more oxygen to organs and connective tissues to promote wound healing.

A typical treatment session takes around two hours. During this time, the patient can watch television and can communicate with family members and the treatment team via telephone. Treatment is usually needed 5 days per week for 30 days, and may be needed for up to 60 days for more serious wounds.

Hyperbaric treatment is sometimes used in tandem with other therapies including wound care products, advanced topical wound dressings and antibiotics, and is coordinated with your personal physician. The Wound Care team is excited to announce the department's purchase of brand new chambers in the largest size available, which will be operational in the first week of January 2018.

For more information about the Wound Care Center at St. John's, please call 718-869-8306.


The Team

Dr. David Gordon: Dr. David Gordon is a Podiatry and Wound Care Specialist at the medical group’s Ambulatory Care Clinic. He completed his residency at New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn where he served as Chief Resident. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Multiple Specialties in Podiatry, as well as the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery.

Dr. Arnold Hertz: Dr. Arnold Hertz is a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine who practices at St. John’s Medical Group’s Ambulatory Clinic, located at the hospital. He often works with patients from the medical group’s Wound Care Center. His focuses include CO2 Surgical Laser procedures, Internal and External Fixation, Endoscopic Plantar Fasciotomy, Ankle and Foot Arthoscopy, Minimal Incision Surgery, Implants, and Diabetic Wound Care and Evaluation.

Dr. Jeffery Kass: Dr. Jeffery Kass is a Podiatrist at the medical group’s Ambulatory Care Clinic. He completed residency training at Jamaica Hospital and Peninsula Hospital Center. He is board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine, a fellow of the American Professional Wound Care Association, a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association, and a member of the Executive Board of Nassau County Podiatric Medical Association.

Dr. Changrae Kim: Dr. Changrae Kim is a Podiatry and Wound Care Specialist at the medical group’s award-winning Wound Care Center. Dr. Kim completed residency training in Podiatric Medicine & Surgery with a focus on Reconstructive Rear Foot and Ankle Certification at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center before completing a Wound Care Fellowship at St. John’s. He is certified in Hyperbaric Medicine Education and is a fellow of the American Podiatry Medical Association.

Dr. Thomas Lubeski: Dr. Thomas Lubeski is a Wound Care specialist at St. John’s Medical Group’s Wound Care Center. He also is the Department of Surgery’s Medical Director of Wound Care and Hyperbaric Therapy. He earned a Doctorate of Osteopathy from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and is Wound Care Certified by the National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy. He has 26 years of Wound Care experience.

Dr. Joseph Tarantino: Dr. Joseph Tarantino is a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine who practices at the medical group’s Ambulatory Clinic. He works closely with the group’s Wound Care Center and he specializes in wound and tissue healing, reconstructive and rehabilitative foot and ankle surgery, management of lower extremity infections and vascular problems, and surgical and medical diabetic foot care.

Susan Hannigan: Susan Hannigan is the Clinical Nurse Manager for the Wound Care and Hyperbaric Therapy Department. She has received Hyperbaric Medicine Training through the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society and is Wound Care Certified by the National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy. Her focuses include Debridement, Synthetic Skin Grafts, Compression Wraps, and Offloading Casting.

Luna Parvin: Luna Parvin is the Hyperbaric Technician at St. John’s Medical Group’s Wound Care and Hyperbaric Therapy Center. Luna prepares and cares for all patients that require Hyperbaric Therapy at St. John’s. She also works with other staff members to coordinate patients’ care. Luna completed her Medical Assistant Program at Allen School of Health Service in Jamaica, and she serves as the Wound Care and Hyperbaric Therapy Center’s Hyperbaric Safety Director.