Medical Staff

We are a team of specialists dedicated to healing your wound. Our group represents expertise in all areas necessary to handle the challenges of chronic wound treatment. It may be as simple as changing a medication, or a more complex procedure. Whatever it takes, we are equipped and committed to make healing happen. 

Sherif Osman, M.D.
Medical Director

Dr. Osman started the first Wound Clinic in Harford County in 2006. He is a Certified Wound Specialist, a fellow of the American Wound Care Association, a member of the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care and board certified in Internal Medicine. Dr. Osman is a graduate of the University of Cairo, Faculty of Medicine 1984. He completed his residency at Polyclinic Medical Center in Harrisburg in 1988.

Mark Gonze, M.D., FACS
Surgical Director

Dr. Gonze joined Vascular Surgery Associates in 1999. He is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University Medical School. Dr. Gonze completed his residency at Allegheny in Pittsburgh and a vascular fellowship at the Ochnser Medical Clinic in New Orleans. Dr. Gonze brings to the practice a special interest in endovascular surgery. He is the author of numerous published articles, and has given presentations at national meetings on endovascular aneurysm repair. He now serves as proctor for the AneruRx endovascular aneurysm repair system, having extensive endovascular experience at the Ochnser Clinic. Dr. Gonze has been treating wounds for over 20 years and is currently the Division Chief of Vascular Surgery and Chief of Surgery at UM UCH and Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Maryland Medical System.

Alexander R. Aurora, M.D.
General and Bariatric Surgeon

Dr. Aurora is a general surgeon with expertise in bariatric surgery and advanced laparoscopic procedures. Dr. Aurora completed his undergraduate education in physiology at the University of Ottawa in Canada and his medical degree from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland in 2000. Dr. Aurora completed his general surgery training at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Sinai Hospital in Baltimore. In 2011, Dr. Aurora completed a fellowship in advanced minimally invasive surgery at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio.

Richard Bafford M.D.
Vascular Surgeon

Dr. Bafford joined Vascular Surgery Associates in 2013. He is a graduate of Loyola University, New Orleans. He received a Masters of Science in Public Health from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and Doctorate of Medicine from Tulane University School of Medicine. His surgical residency and vascular surgery fellowship were completed at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.

Andre Biuckians, M.D.
Vascular Surgeon

Dr. Biuckians is a graduate of The George Washington University, received a Masters of Public Health from Boston University and Doctorate of Medicine from University of Massachusetts Medical School. His surgical residency was completed at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and vascular fellowship at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Dr. Biuckians has co-authored several publications, including treatment for Deep Vein Thrombosis and angioplasty for lower extremity claudication. Dr. Biukians is Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Maryland Medical System.

Andrew Landis, DPM

Dr. Landis earned his BS in Biology at SUNY at Stony Brook & then went on for his medical training at Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine (now Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University in Chicago) where he authored a regular column for the school paper and edited several books for the usage of the students there. He graduated Cum Laude May of 1982.  After rotations at University of Chicago he went on to complete a surgical residency in foot and ankle surgery which was followed by an additional residency year in Advanced Foot and Ankle surgery at Central Community Hospital in Chicago in July 1984. He has been affiliated with UM UCH since that time and maintains a private practice in Perry Hall, Maryland.

David Kitchen, C.R.N.P.
Nurse Practitioner

David graduated with a Bachelor's of Science Degree from State University of New York at Buffalo's School of Nursing in 1998 and has worked at Greater Baltimore Medical Center's Surgical Intensive Care Unit since then as a Registered Nurse. He graduated from University of Maryland's School of Nursing in 2010 with a Master's of Science Degree. He has been certified as Adult and Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner since August 2011. David joined Dr. Osman at UM UCH's Center for Wound & Ostomy Care at University of Maryland Harford Memorial Hospital (UM HMH) in January of 2012.

  Jennifer Burton, PA-C

Ms. Burton has been a member of the Vascular Surgery Associates team since 2008. She received a Master of Science degree for Physician Assistant Studies from Shenandoah University. Her previous work experience includes almost 10 years as a Physician Assistant in private practice with surgical groups. Ms. Burton assists in the operating room, as well as provides patient care at the UM UCH Center for Wound Care.

Nursing Staff

"The Gold Standard of Certification" is the achievement of health professionals whose work and study are qualified by the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Certification Board. The UM UCH Center for Wound Care prides itself on an exemplary office, clinical and nursing staff. Making the right decision regarding your healthcare providers can determine how quickly you get back on your feet. Faster healing time can mean lower expenses. Insist on the most skilled and knowledgeable nursing team to help you heal. Board certification demonstrates that your nurse has an ongoing, personal commitment to specialty education and professional growth that leads to quality patient care.

Certifications include: WCC (Wound Care Certification), WOCN (Wound, Ostomy and Continence Certification) and CWS (Certified Wound Specialist)

Susan L. Simpkins, BSBA, MSN, RN, WCC, CWOCN
Clinical Director

Shaunyetta Mitchell, MSN, RN, WCC
Charge Nurse

Darlene Bobo, BSN, RN, CWOCN
Carolee Johnson, BSN, RN, CWOCN
Christie Webb, BSN, RN, CWOCN
Rahilla Bachu, BSN, RN, WCC
Teresa Hebert, BSN, RN, WCC
Loren Elchik, RN, WCC
Teresa Hebert, RN, WCC
Debbie McGillivary, RN

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