Renowned expert to head Institute of Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine

Apr 1, 2011

Cortlandt Manor, NY

Dr. Stephen Guthrie, M.D., Ph.D, Board Certified in Hyperbaric Medicine and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, has joined NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital and will head the Hospital’s Institute for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine.

Dr. Guthrie is a renowned expert in Hyperbaric Medicine, having served as Director of Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at a number of institutions including Nassau County Medical Center and Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center. Dr. Guthrie most recently served as Principal Investigator for the Defense Center of Excellence for Traumatic Brain Injury. He has acted as a consultant to a number of prestigious institutions including the New York Health Department, Visiting Nurse Service of New York and the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society. As a visiting plastic surgeon, he practiced in Peru, Brazil and Honduras.

Dr. Guthrie received his medical degree and his Ph.D in Physiology from the University of Wisconsin where he also completed his residencies in General Surgery and in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the American Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society. He has published dozens of papers in the field of wound care and plastic and reconstructive surgery.

"We are fortunate to have someone of Dr. Guthrie’s caliber to head our Institute for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine," said John C. Federspiel, President of NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital. With Dr. Guthrie’s addition, our Hyperbaric facility is superior to any other in the area."

Dr. Guthrie said the Institute for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine can help many patients suffering from non-healing wounds to recover faster. He said the center’s individualized chambers help patients to feel more comfortable while undergoing treatment.

"It's important for patients to feel comfortable during treatment and to feel that they are being cared for by the most professional and qualified staff," said Dr. Guthrie. "All our technicians are Hyperbaric certified as is our Registered Nurse. As part of a top-notch hospital, we are able to take a multi-disciplinary approach, working with specialists and the patients’ personal physicians to develop the most effective treatment plan."

More than 5 million Americans each year suffer from chronic non-healing wounds. Wounds may be caused by diabetes, poor circulation, traumatic injury, radiation therapy and other causes. At NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital’s Institute for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine, we help patients heal faster and return to a normal, active life. In the comfort of our two oversized hyperbaric chambers – the most advanced equipment in the region – patients can relax, listen to music or watch a movie while super oxygenation speeds healing.