WRMC Physicians Receive Wound Care Recognition

Tony Lamkin MDJason Paxton MDCraig Pickren MDTed Shields MD









White River Medical Center Wound Care physicians Drs. Anthony Lamkin, Jason Paxton, Craig Pickren, and Ted Shields have been recognized by the highest certifying board for Wound Care physicians: the American Board of Wound Medicine and Surgery (ABWMS).

The ABWMS was created in 2012 due to a need for a valued credentialing board in the area of Wound Medicine and Surgery. All of the WRMC Wound Care Physicians are Founding Diplomates of the ABWMS Board, which means they were hand-picked to be a part of the board for their commitment to excellence in the wound care profession.

“We were invited to be Founding Diplomates by the board due to our previous qualifications in Wound Care,” said Pickren. “This gave us the opportunity to take the exam to obtain certification by ABWMS.”

Lamkin, Paxton, and Pickren have recently obtained certification by the American Board of Wound Medicine and Surgery. Shields will test later this year. Lamkin, Paxton, and Pickren are three of only four Wound Care Physicians in Arkansas with this certification.

Certification in Wound Medicine and Surgery displays the highest standards in the management of wounds through professional growth and development in wound management. The objective of the ABWMS is to promote and recognize excellence in the care of patients with wounds. The physicians were required to complete specialized training as well as pass several standardized tests to achieve certification in Wound Healing specialties. 

The WRMC Wound Healing Center specializes in the treatment of non-healing wounds caused by illnesses or injuries and traumatic wounds caused by serious accidents.  The experienced staff, consisting of physicians and wound care nurses, offers a progressive approach to wound healing with treatment plans tailored to the specific needs of each patient, including those in need of hyperbaric oxygen therapy.  

Due to the staff's commitment to excellence, the WRMC Wound Healing Center's average healing rate is 94% in under sixteen weeks— higher than the national average.

The Wound Healing Center is located inside White River Medical Center and is open Monday-Thursday 8-4 and Friday 8-12. The Wound Healing Center also sees patients at the WRMC Medical Complex in Cherokee Village and Stone County Medical Center in Mountain View in an effort to provide care to those customers who live in the outlying areas.