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Laurie Kilmartin

Laurie Kilmartin, PT, DPT is a Clinical Specialist at Rusk Rehabilitation at NYU Langone Health.  She is a board certified clinical specialist in Women’s Health from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.  She is CAPP-OB and CAPP-Pelvic certified by the APTA, and is a certified lymphedema therapist through the Lymphology Association of North America.  She has been practicing for 14 years, serving a variety of populations including pelvic health, cancer rehabilitation, transgender, osteoporosis, and pregnancy.  Specializing in Women’s and Men’s Health rehabilitation; she provides care and treatment for these patients; trains and mentors staff on all aspects of assessment and treatment for related diagnoses; and lectures frequently to physical therapy doctoral students, allied health care professionals, and the community.   She is a published author in the Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy, an adjunct faculty member at New York University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, and was on the Section on Women’s Health Clinical Education Task Force from 2015-2018.  

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Wei Chen

Dr. Chen is a plastic surgeon specializing in reconstructive microsurgery and supermicrosurgery.  After graduating from University of California at Berkeley with honor, he completed his general surgery residency at State University of New York, and his plastic surgery fellowship at University of Illinois at Chicago.  He then completed a second fellowship in advanced microsurgical training at the prestigious Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taiwan.  Dr. Chen is Board-certified in both general surgery and plastic surgery.

Dr. Chen is world-renowned for his expertise in complex reconstruction in head and neck, breast, trauma, burn, and in lymphedema.  He is particularly known for his unique supermicrosurgical lymphaticovenular anastomosis for treatment of therapy-refractory lymphedema.  Dr. Chen pioneered several key microsurgical and supermicrosurgical innovations in lymphedema reconstruction, including the now widely practiced “Octopus” LVA, the “Flying Squirrel” lipectomy, and the ultra-thin supermicrosurgical vascularized lymph vessel transfer techniques.  He also holds record of having accomplished several national firsts including performing the first supermicrosurgical vascularized lymph vessel transplant.

Dr. Chen serves as director of UIHC Center for Lymphedema Research and Reconstruction, and treats lymphedema patients from across the country and from around the world.  He assumes leadership roles in many professional plastic surgery organizations including serving as the president of the Midwestern Association of Plastic Surgeons.  In 2015, Dr. Chen was recognized by the Marquis Who’s Who as one of the most influential American reconstructive plastic surgeons.

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Alexa Ercolano

Alexa Ercolano is a writer living with primary lymphedema in her right leg. By day, she works in the marketing and communications department of Johns Hopkins Medicine; by night, she runs her website, The Lymphie Life.

Alexa launched The Lymphie Life in 2011, having felt frustrated with the lack of online resources for young adults living with lymphedema. What began as a personal blog has since evolved to include articles detailing patients' personal experiences as well as tips and tricks, research news, product reviews, and interviews with healthcare professionals and community advocates. The blog and its social media accounts enjoy a global audience of lymphedema patients and specialists alike from over 200 countries.

Alexa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing from the University of Baltimore, and currently resides in Baltimore, MD. When she’s not writing about medical topics, Alexa can be found browsing local art museums or tucking into a good book – with her leg elevated, of course!

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Additional faculty include: Alphonse Tagian, Cheryl L. Brunelle, Arin Greene, Michael Alatriste, Robyn Bjork, Bryan Groleau, Jen Norton, Kathe Hotz, Jean Lamantia, Leslyn Keith, Andrea Leifer, Erica DeMarch, Amy Rivera, Terrence Hicks, Guenter Klose, Jay Granzow, Brittany Williams, Catherine Seo, Veronica Seneriz, Kathryn Davis, Carmen Recupero, Deborah E. Crow, John Beckwith, Cristina Hankins, Sally Kay, Judith Whatley, Bill Lobosco, Suzie Ehmann, Julia Osborne, Jeannette Zucker, Karen Herbst, Antoine Louveau, Matthew Carmody, Christine Porsche, Derly Munoz, Lisa Spiguel, Emad Besher, Jan Weiss.