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Rummana Aslam, MBBS

Assistant Professor of Clinical Orthopaedics; Director, Wound Care; Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health; Program Director Yale Chronic Wound Care and Regenerative Medicine Fellowship, Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation; Chief, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation; Program Director Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program, General Orthopaedics; Core Faculty, Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency Program

Contact Information

Rummana Aslam, MBBS

Mailing Addresses

  • Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation

    47 College Street

    New haven, Connecticut 06520

    United States

  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

    40 Boston Post Road

    Waterford, CT 06385

    United States

Appointments

Biography

Rummana Aslam, MD, a physiatrist (a specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation), became interested in her field based on her concern for what happens to patients’ function and quality of life after a serious injury or disease.

Her goal, Dr. Aslam explains, is to help patients get back to the life they had before experiencing a severe illness, surgery, or trauma. As chief of Yale Medicine Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R), she takes care of patients with back pain, joint pain, sports injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputees, as well as those recovering from a stroke and traumatic brain injuries (TBI).

Within PM&R, she is board-certified in brain injury medicine, which means she helps patients with TBIs, including concussions. “Often, these patients have multiple traumas, are treated in the hospital, and return home. However, they continue to suffer from the long-term effects of brain injury, which affects their normal, day-to-day functioning,” Dr. Aslam explains. “For example, you can have someone who looks and talks fine, but when it comes to higher-level functioning, her brain is still healing and isn’t at that pre-injury level. She needs a physiatrist who specializes in brain medicine to guide her long-term recovery and get her to where she was in her personal and professional life.”

Dr. Aslam is a leading wound care physician and scientist recognized nationally and internationally. As medical director of Yale New Haven Health’s Lawrence + Memorial Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Dr. Aslam also helps patients with chronic wounds no matter what the underlying reason is and of all ages. These patients include diabetics who are at risk of amputation and people with leg ulcers, which can be caused by years of smoking or poor circulation.

“I want to help patients improve function. They may have to live with a chronic wound for a long time. Instead of ending up disabled and staying home, my job is to keep them working and healthy and fit while they are healing,” she says. “Overall, with all of my patients, my goal is to improve their function so they can feel and be well, and enjoy healthy, productive lives.”

Education & Training

  • Resident
    Sinai Hospital of Baltimore (2012)
  • Resident
    Sinai Hospital of Baltimore (2009)
  • Fellow
    Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (2008)
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow Academic training in Trauma and Burns/Wound Healing
    University of California San Francisco (2006)
  • Prelim Resident
    University of California San Francisco (2002)
  • Registrar
    Holy Family Hospital (1987)
  • Resident
    Holy Family Hospital (1986)
  • MBBS
    Rawalpindi Medical College, Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (1986)

Activities

  • Benefits of putting into practice the habit of wholistic patient wound care
    Phoenix, AZ, United States 2022
    Wound Healing Society meeting
  • Epithelization
    Speaker In a Live National/International Educational Webinar arranged by the Wound Healing Society Education Cmmittee 2022
    Wound Healing U Live Webinar
  • Developing a Wound Care Fellowship
    Detroit, MI, United States 2019
    Workshop on Wound Care Fellowships for Program Directors
  • Advances in Wound Medicine and Surgery
    Barnstable, MA, United States 2019
    Grand Rounds Speaker Department of Surgery
  • Prevention of Pressure Ulcers: Tools for risk reduction
    Atlanta, GA, United States 2018
    Pressure Ulcer Summit
  • The Revolution in Chronic Wound Care: What We Did and What We Do Now
    Denver, CO, United States 2017
    American Academy of PMR - Annual Assembly
  • Session Director/Speaker, Workshop on Basic Chronic Wound Care Skills
    Denver, CO, United States 2017
    American Academy of PMR Annual Assembly
  • Evidence Based Management of Lower Extremity Ulcers
    Hackensack, NJ, United States 2017
    Guest Speaker Pressure Ulcer Prevention Symposium
  • The Biological and Regenerative Effects of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
    Washington, DC, United States 2017
    Advanced Wound Care in Regenerative Medicine Using Stem Cells & Biologics
  • Reviving an ancient wound treatment
    Florence, Tuscany, Italy 2016
    World Union of Wound Healing Societies 2016 Congress
  • The Wound Patient. Multidisciplinary Care
    Hackensack, NJ, United States 2016
    Inaugural Wound Symposium
  • Choosing the Optimal Dressing
    Hackensack, NJ, United States 2016
    Inaugural Wound Symposium
  • Diagnosis of Vascular Ulcers
    Hackensack, NJ, United States 2016
    Inaugural Wound Symposium
  • Management of Vascular Ulcers
    Hackensack, NJ, United States 2016
    Inaugural Wound Symposium
  • Atypical Chronic Wounds
    Hackensack, NJ, United States 2016
    Inaugural Wound Symposium
  • If its not cancer it should heal
    Atlanta, GA, United States 2016
    The Symposium on Advanced Wound Care
  • Hydroxyurea induced non-healing ulcer
    Atlanta, GA, United States 2016
    The Symposium on Advanced Wound Care
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for treating Breast Ulcers after Radiation: Have We Forgotten about Efficacy?
    Atlanta, GA, United States 2016
    The Symposium on Advanced Wound Care
  • Transdisciplinary approach for diagnosis and treatment of an atypical ulcer
    Atlanta, GA, United States 2016
    The Symposium on Advanced Wound Care,
  • Rehabilitation of severe bilateral leg lymphedema
    Sacramento, CA, United States 2016
    Association of Academic Physiatrists
  • Staged debridement and grafting in radiation ulcer
    San Antonio, TX, United States 2015
    The Symposium on Advanced Wound Care
  • Reviving-A spoonful of sugar for healing chronic wounds
    Orlando, FL, United States 2014
    The Symposium on Advanced Wound Care
  • Implementing of wound care guidelines
    Orlando, FL, United States 2014
    The Symposium on Advanced Wound Care
  • Epidermal Grafting- A revolutionary addition to management of chronic ulcers
    Orlando, FL, United States 2014
    The Symposium on Advanced Wound Care
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy as an Adjunctive Treatment in Wound Healing
    Hackensack, NJ, United States 2014
    Grand Rounds Speaker Department of Surgery
  • Evidence Based Approach to Venous Leg Ulcers
    Hackensack, NJ, United States 2013
    Wound Seminar: Beyond The Basics
  • Venous Leg Ulcers
    Hackensack, NJ, United States 2013
    Wound Seminar: Beyond The Basics
  • Diabetic Foot Ulcers
    Hackensack, NJ, United States 2013
    Wound Seminar: Beyond The Basics
  • Evidence Based Approach to Management of Chronic Leg Wounds
    Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan 2013
    Evidence based approach to management of chronic leg wounds
  • Wound Healing and Wound Rehabilitation
    Hackensack, NJ, United States 2012
    Grand Rounds Speaker Department of Medicine
  • Wound Patient and Wound Rehabilitation
    West Orange, NJ, United States 2012
    Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation - Lecture for residents
  • Skin Sustainability: Maintaining the Health of Skin by Integrating Inter-disciplinary Coordination and Cooperation.
    Atlanta, GA, United States 2012
    The Symposium on Advanced Wound Care
  • Rehabilitation of the patient with chronic wounds
    Orlando, FL, United States 2010
    The Symposium on Advanced Wound Care
  • Oxygen: The best "dressing" for a wound
    San Rafael, CA, United States 2007
    Oxygen: The best "dressing" for a wound
  • Pressure Ulcers
    Scottsdale, AZ, United States 2006
    Short Course In Principles of Wound Care
  • Venous Ulcers
    Scottsdale, AZ, United States 2006
    Short Course in Principles of Wound Care
  • Neovascularization induced by lactate may involve stem cell homing
    Scottsdale, AZ, United States 2006
    Wound Healing Society Meeting
  • Guidelines for the Treatment of Pressure Ulcers - panelist as part of expert panel
    Bethesda, MD, United States 2005
    Chronic Wound Care Guidelines Consensus
  • Guidelines for the Treatment of Venous Ulcers- panelist as part of expert panel
    Bethesda, MD, United States 2005
    Chronic Wound Care Guidelines Consensus
  • High lactate in wounds may initiate vasculogenesis via stem cell homing
    San Francisco, CA, United States 2005
    American College of Surgeons Annual Clinical Congress
  • Lactate, oxygen and angiogenesis
    San Francisco, CA, United States 2005
    American College of Surgeons Annual Clinical Congress
  • High Lactate in wounds may initiate vasculogenesis via stem cell homing
    Stuttgart, BW, Germany 2005
    European Tissue Repair Society Annual Meeting
  • Lactate, oxygen and wound healing
    Chicago, IL, United States 2005
    Wound Healing Society Annual Meeting
  • Lactate controls vascular development in wound healing
    New Orleans, LA, United States 2004
    American College of Surgeons Annual Clinical Congress
  • Lactate controls vascular development in wound healing
    Paris, IDF, France 2004
    World Union of Wound Healing Societies 2004 Congress
  • Lactate controls vascular development in wound healing
    Atlanta, GA, United States 2004
    Wound Healing Society Meeting
  • Lactate induces vascular development
    St. Louis, MO, United States 2004
    Society of University Surgeons Annual Meeting
  • Oxygen and Wound Healing
    San Francisco, CA, United States 2003
    Oxygen and Wound Healing

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Innovators Award New Jersey Inventors Hall of FameNew Jersey Hall of Fame2016
Arnold P Gold Foundation Gold Doc: for championing Humanism in MedicineArnold P Gold Foundation is a non profit organization that champions humanism in health care2015
Excellence in Teaching AwardHaile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators University of California San Francisco2006
Young Investigator Research AwardWound Healing Society2006

Professional Service

OrganizationRoleDate
YNHHSYNHHS Wound Executive Committee2022 - Present
YNHHCredentials Committee2022 - Present
Yale School of Medicine Dept of Orthopaedics and RehabilitationCompensation Committee2022 - Present
Wound Healing SocietyBoard of Directors2022 - Present
YaleVolunteer vaccinator for Covid Vaccine2021
YaleYale Inpatient Rehabilitation Physician Advisory Committee2021 - Present
Yale UniversityThe ITS Advisory Committee is responsible for providing advice on university-wide IT policy and service issues2021 - Present
Yale UniversityYale Graduate Medical Education Committee2021 - Present
American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation- Wound CommunityChair Wound Community2021 - Present
YaleNeurosciences Multidisciplinary Case Conference monthly meetings2021 - Present
Yale School of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics and RehabilitationResidency Selection Committee2020 - 2021
YNHHPhysician participating in Family Connect Program during Covid Pandemic. Provided physician-family clinical communication during the hospital reallocation of resources during the Covid pandemic.2020 - 2021
Wound Care Advisory Board, The Wound Care Leads- Epic Implementation ServicesBoard Member2020 - 2021
Wound Healing Society - Education CommitteeChair2018 - 2022
Spaulding Rehabilitation HospitalHealthy Living Series Community Lectures2018 - 2019
Spaulding Rehabilitation HospitalSpeaker - Stroke Survivors Group2018
Cape Coders of MATopic - "Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation"2018
East Side Neighborhood Association- Paterson, NJNon-profit organization to preserve and protect the Paterson Historic Eastside Mansions Organize and participate in Historic House Tours for the public2015 - Present
American Board of Wound Medicine and SurgeryBoard Member2014 - Present
American Board of Wound Medicine and Surgery - Commission on Wound Care Fellowship Program DirectorsChair2014 - Present
Wound Repair and RegenerationReviewer2012 - Present
Sobrato High School CAElected Member School Site Council2004 - 2006

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