Scientific Advisors


David Armstrong, D.P.M., M.D., Ph.D.
Surgery Professor, Keck School of Medicine, USC

Dr. David Armstrong is an American podiatric surgeon and researcher most widely known for his work in amputation prevention, the diabetic foot, and wound healing. He is Professor of Surgery with Tenure and director of the Southwestern Academic Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA) at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California and has produced more than 600 peer reviewed manuscripts and more than 100 book chapters. He sits on the Infectious Diseases Society of America’s Diabetic Foot Infection Advisory Committee. In response to his hundreds of lectures in more than 40 nations, worldwide, Armstrong was selected as one of the first six International Wound Care Ambassadors. He was honored with the inaugural Georgetown Distinguished Award for Diabetic Limb Salvage and was the youngest ever recipient of the Roger Pecoraro Award and Lectureship from the American Diabetes Association, widely viewed as a lifetime achievement award in the field of the diabetic foot.


Steven Petrou, M.D.
Senior Urologist, Mayo Clinic

Steven P. Petrou, MD is a practicing urologist in Jacksonville, Florida. Graduating from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 1984, Dr. Petrou has been in practice for more than 33 years. Previously serving as Chief of Surgery at St. Luke’s Hospital, he currently practices at Mayo Clinic.


Harvey Schonwald, M.D.
Practicing Urologist, Brooksville Hospital

Dr. Harvey Schonwald is a certified urologist in Spring Hill, Florida, and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Bayfront Health Brooksville and Oak Hill Hospital. He graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1974, earning honors in urology. After serving two years as a resident in general surgery at the Kaiser Foundation Hospital in San Francisco, he went on to train in urology for three years as a resident at the University of Maryland. Dr. Schonwald went into private practice in 1979, and was the Chief of Urology at St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore, MD before relocating to Florida. He is board certified by the American Urologic Association and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.


Jonathan Wong
Former Research Defense Scientist, Defense R&D Canada

Jonathan “J.P.” Wong is a research scientist with more than 30 years of experience in the infectious disease and molecular biology spaces, having published more than 100 journal and conference papers during his career. Upon completion of his undergraduate and graduate studies in Biochemistry from University of Saskatchewan, Canada, he joined Defence R&D Canada – Suffield (DRDC Suffield) in 1985. While there, his work was focused in the experimental evaluation and development of novel antimicrobial drugs and vaccines against highly pathogenic infectious agents. His other major areas of research include drug and vaccine development, drug delivery systems, medical countermeasures against biological agents, development of novel prophylaxis and treatment against influenza virus infection, respiratory infections and aerosol delivery of drugs and vaccines.


Michael Schurr, MD
General Surgery and Critical Care

Prof. Michael Schurr, MD is a burn and trauma surgeon and general surgeon at Mission Hospitals, Asheville, NC. Dr. Schurr is board certified in general surgery and surgical critical care. He has joined Mission Hospitals as Director of Inpatient Surgical Wound Care in Dec 2014. Prior to that he practiced for more than 15 years at the School of Medicine in University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Colorado-Denver. He brings 27 years of experience in advanced care of chronic ulcers, burns and trauma wounds. He has successfully led clinical trials of several advanced wound dressings and hernia surgical meshes.