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Dorothea R. Fisher Wound Healing Center

The Dorothea R. Fisher Wound Healing Center is the Washington, DC, area's first specialized resource for treatment of complex sores and wounds that will not heal, including foot ulcers associated with diabetes, non-healing surgical wounds, venous ulcers, pressure ulcers, and wounds related to metabolic diseases such as pyoderma gangrenosum and Crohn's disease.


Three convenient locations

We are pleased to offer three locations to make access to our care as easy and convenient as possible:



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Regional leaders in wound healing

Our wound healing team is comprised of physicians and clinical staff committed to healing complicated wounds using state-of-the-art treatment options and scientific advances, including hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO).

We will communicate with your referring doctor beginning with your first consultation and all through your treatment and discharge so all your providers are informed of your treatment and progress.

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Wound healing expertise

Inova's highly respected wound healing specialists work collaboratively with area podiatrists, vascular surgeons, plastic surgeons, radiologists, orthopedic surgeons, rheumatologists, endocrinologists and primary care physicians to ensure the most effective treatment possible.

Eric Desman, MD, is board certified in plastic surgery and hyperbaric medicine and serves as medical director of all three Inova Wound Healing Centers, leading our dynamic team of specialists.

Dr. Alfred Kirkwood is board certified in hyperbaric oxygen therapy and serves as medical director of the HBO therapy program at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital.

Dr. Kirit Bhatt is the newest member of our team. He is a plastic surgeon and has throughout his research career made significant contributions to the field of wound healing and regenerative tissue engineering to reduce scarring.

Meet our entire team of dedicated wound healing specialists 


Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO)

State-of-the-art hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO) is a Medicare-reimbursed treatment option available at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital for conditions that require increased oxygen flow to body tissue, including non-healing wounds for patients with diabetes, chronic radiation injury, compromised grafts and flaps, and 12 other specific conditions.

HBO board-certified specialist Alfred Kirkwood, DO, serves as medical director of the HBO therapy program and collaborates with our team of board-certified hyperbaric medicine physicians to provide the most advanced HBO treatment options. Learn more about HBO therapy at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital.


The right treatment for you

Each of our Inova Wound Healing Center patients receives our expert attention and customized care. We tailor our treatment program to your specific needs, because each person's situation is unique.

As part of your evaluation, you will receive:

  • Comprehensive consultation with a wound healing specialist
  • Thorough assessment of your wound, including measurement and a digital photograph
  • A customized treatment plan with a multispecialty approach to promote maximum healing
  • Complete education and instructions on how to care for your wound at home between visits

Learn more about the specialized treatments we offer for non-healing wounds