Dr. Jeffrey Jensen….podiatric physician, Dean, researcher, inventor, entrepreneur, sporting clays enthusiast, mountaineer, ultramarathoner, and fisherman, is your host of Dean’s Chat.

A podiatric physician for over 30 years, Dr. Jensen is currently the Dean of the Arizona College of Podiatric Medicine and Chair of the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM).  He previously served as the Dean at Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine (2010-2014), and Senior Director for Research at Barry University (2014-2017).

Dr. Jensen spent the first 17 years of his career as the owner of the Diabetic Foot & Wound Center in Denver, Colorado.  He co-founded the North Colorado Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency Program and was the Clerkship Director for 10 years.  He is Board Certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery.

A graduate of the California College of Podiatric Medicine, Dr. Jensen completed his podiatric surgical residency training at Kern Hospital in Warren, MI.  

Dr. Jensen conducted over 35 clinical trials on diabetic foot ulcerations, venous leg ulcerations, and pressure wounds.  He also obtained 11 research grants through the National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders (NIDDK), National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), National Institute on Aging (NIA), and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), generating over $5.0M.  

Dr. Jensen has received 14 patents for his medical innovations addressing diabetic foot ulcer offloading, post-surgical care, fracture care, assisting injured soldiers in the field, antibiotics for multi-drug resistant organisms, and head trauma/concussion prevention.

He has published articles in Diabetes Care, Wounds, Vascular Surgery, Archives in Dermatology, Wound Repair and Regeneration, Clinics in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, and JAPMA, among others.  He has also given over 350 presentations on Wound Care and Total Contact Casting nationally and internationally.

Recognizing that the standard of care for diabetic foot ulcers did not encompass effective offloading to allow for healing, Dr. Jensen founded MedEfficiency, Inc. and developed the TCC-EZ Total Contact Casting System that is now used extensively throughout the USA and around the world.  Over 2.5M TCC-EZ’s have been applied generating over $250M in sales.

Dr. Johanna Richey…podiatric surgeon, researcher, educator and artist is your occasional Co-host for Deans Chat!

Dr. Richey has been a podiatric physician for over 14 years. She is currently faculty at the Arizona College of Podiatric Medicine at Midwestern University in Glendale AZ. She is the Educational Co-chair for the AO-ACFAS Collaborative resident education program, Section Editor for the Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery, Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgery and a Diplomat of the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery.

Dr. Richey began her career as a Fine Art major in college with the intent to pursue Animation as her career. Life drawing and working with students with disabilities on campus was the initial inspiration to the medical field. After exploring several options and specialties she found the practice of Podiatry a nice blend of the art (surgery) and science of medicine.  She is a graduate of the Arizona College of Podiatric Medicine at Midwestern University and went on to complete her surgical residency at the Kaiser SF program. She has been heavily involved in academics since the start of her career – both as a residency program attending at the Kaiser SF Bay Area Foot and Ankle Residency Program and as faculty for Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, California teaching on topics such as Podiatric surgery, Applied Foot and Ankle Radiology and Biomechanics/Pathomechanics.

Dr. Richey has worked in a variety of clinical practice, including private and large organizational settings; serving in both inpatient and outpatient care roles, including trauma and elective reconstructive surgery. She has served on hospital committees for Peer Review, OR/Surgical efficiency and Trauma Response team efforts. She is Board Certified in both Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery and Forefoot Surgery but her passion is centered in academics and research. She has published peer-reviewed articles in a variety of surgical topics including Minimal incision ankle fractures, Lapidus bunionectomy, VTE prophylaxis and Total Ankle Replacement. She has co-authored chapters for surgical textbooks in the topics of Foot and Ankle Trauma. Her most recent interests are in the areas of surgical simulation, AI and its impacts on healthcare delivery and the neuroscience of learning/adult education.

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