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Dr. Kimbrell: We're happy to be a part of this unique communications medium. There are four of us in the practice who will be participating, and we're looking forward to growing with Know Your Doctor SA.
Know Your Doctor: Describe your medical education.
Dr. Kimbrell: I am a certified wound specialist. I completed my training in San Antonio at the University of Texas at San Antonio. I finished medical school in San Antonio and then joined the Air Force. The military trained me to be a family practitioner. Later, I had an opportunity for a fellowship in wound medicine, focusing on hyperbaric medicine, which is a part of wound care. I became an instructor then, and actually ran the fellowship program for five years. After the Air Force, I felt very comfortable with San Antonio so I began my private practice here.
Know Your Doctor: Please talk to us about the types of medial services you currently provide.
Dr. Kimbrell: Our group of severn physicians has been serving the community since 1995. We been very fortunate to have helped lots of people over those years. People are living longer, but they are still battling chronic diseases which can lead to various types of wounds. For example, San Antonio has a very large diabetes population. Diabetes leads to high blood pressure problems and immune system issues which inhibits a person's ability to heal.
Another large population we'll see here in San Antonio are those with edema or swelling of the legs. This problem leads to nonhealing wounds. Many physicians have an idea of edema issues but don't have the resources to take care of that type of patient. But, we're set up to control swelling and attend to any wounds. We bring the vast majority of those patients to full closure, even if the patient had been suffering for many years.
We employ various methods of healing peoples' wounds. There is negative pressure wound therapy, we'll use engineered tissue products which helps us close some wounds, or possibly use organic collagen products to help patients. Those are just a few ways we treat patients in a comprehensive manner. Once a patient heals, we have a rehabilitation clinic that is part of our center that even includes getting the proper footwear for patients. Once we heal a patient's wounds, we want them to stay healed.
Know Your Doctor: Tell us a little about your thoughts and feelings of being a physician.
Dr. Kimbrell: This medical niche of wound care is very rewarding. We are saving people's limbs and that makes a huge impact on their lives. We've been successful with people who many physicians thought would have to lose a limb. But, when we're able to heal them and preserve their own limbs, we all feel a great sense of joy. Even though we've seen that thousands of times, each patient we help like that is special.
Know Your Doctor: What do you do to relax?
Dr. Kimbrell: To relax, I spend time raising horses. We have a few acres here in town and its been great for the kids to grow up in that type of environment.
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The Center for Wound Care - San Antonio
Warm Springs Rehabilitation Hospital
5101 Medical Drive
San Antonio, TX 78229
Institute for Advanced Wound Healing - San Marcos
Central Texas Medical Center
1305 Wonder World Drive, #101
San Marcos, TX 78666
The Center for Wound Care - Victoria
Warm Springs Specialty Hospital
102 Medical Drive
Victoria, TX 77904
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Kimbrell P, Larson-Lohr V. "Venous Stasis Disease" " In: Wound Care Practice, 2nd Ed (Sheffield P, ed) Best Publishing Company, Flagstaff, AZ 2007.
Kimbrell P., Larson-Lohr V. “Venous Disease” In: Wound Care Practice (Sheffield P, Smith A, Fife C., eds) Best Publishing Company, Flagstaff, AZ, 2004
Nicasio N, Larson-Lohr V, Kimbrell P. “Transcutaneous Oxygen Measurements.” In: Hyperbaric Nursing (Larson-Lohr V, Norvell HC, eds) Best Publishing Company, Flagstaff, AZ, 2002
Multicenter Study to Evaluate the Use of Dermagraft in Patients with Diabetic Foot Ulcers. Study in process, Center for Wound Care, Warm Springs Hospital, San Antonio
Randomized Controlled Study of the Effect of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy on Chronic Radiation Induced Proctosigmoiditis. Approved protocol Jul 95, estimated completion date Sep 98. Co-Investigator, multi-center study.
The Effect of Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) on Transcutaneous Oxygen Pressure (TCPO2) and Tissue Perfusion. Co-Investigator. Completed Aug 94. TR USAF School of Aerospace Medicine
The Effects of a Clinical Hyperbaric Chamber Exposure on Cochlear Outer Hair Cells as Measured by Distortion Product Otoacustic Emissions. Funded $20.000 Co-Investigator. Completed Nov. 1994.
Hyperbaric Oxygenation Treatment and White Cell Immune Response. Funded $70OO. Completed Mar. 1995. Co-Investigator
Assessing Problem Wounds Using a Laser Doppler Scanner. Funded $15,000. Completed Nov 93. Co-Investigator.
Larson-Lohr V, Kimbrell P. (2002) Best Practice: Reducing Length of Healing in Patients with Venous Stasis Ulcers. Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine 29(1) 63.
Kimbrell PN. (1993) Caring for the Compromised Non-Healing Wound. Proceeding UHMS Gulf Coast Chapter.
Kimbrell PN. (1994) Necrotic Spider Bites. Proceedings UHMS Gulf Coast Chapter.
Kimbrell PN. (1995) Hyperbaric Oxygenation Treatment Alters Immune Response in Non-Healing Wounds of Patients with Diabetes. Proceedings Aerospace Medical Association 66th Annual Scientific Meeting, Anaheim, CA.
Kimbrell PN. (1995) Effect of a Clinical Hyperbaric Chamber Exposure on Cochlear Outer Hair Cells as Measured by Distortion Product Otoacustic Emissions. Undersea Biomedical Research; 22 (Supp).
Larson-Lohr V, Kimbrell P. (2002) Best Practice: Reducing Length of Healing in Patients with Venous Stasis Ulcers. Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine 29(suppl) 88.
American College of Hyperbaric Medicine
Bexar County Medical Society
American Medical Association
Wound Healing Society
Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society