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Ryan P. Dirks, MS, PA-C, CWS
Ryan P. Dirks, MS, PA-C, CWS
Chief Medical Officer

Ryan became interested in caring for patients as a Physician Assistant with the goal of extending the hands of physicians and providing care in underserved areas. His passion for sports as an NCAA athlete and Olympic hopeful made sports medicine a natural fit. In 2011, he was introduced to skilled nursing wound care and felt a unique calling to provide specialty care in an often underserved area.

The love for this work and increasing demand sparked the idea of starting United Wound Healing, and eventually his role as CEO led to full-time leadership and administration. He still volunteers at several local high schools providing sports medicine coverage.

Education & Training

Undergraduate Degree

Bachelor of Science, Pre-Medicine and Exercise Science
Pacific Lutheran University – Tacoma Washington

Graduate Studies

Sports Medicine, Public Health
Oregon State University – Corvallis Oregon

Master of Science, Physician Assistant Studies
Arizona School of Health Sciences – Mesa, Arizona

Certification

Certified Physician Assistant
National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
2007-Present

Areas of Specialty

Wound Care

Sports Medicine

Orthopedic Surgery

Leadership

Team Development

Affiliations

American Professional Wound Care Society

National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel

Association for the Advancement of Wound Care

American College of Sports Medicine

Previous Experience

Primary Care, Sports Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery – 2007-2011

Wound Care – 2011-Present

Interests

Ryan’s interests include spending time with his wife and their twin sons, physical fitness & exercise.  He also enjoys spending time in the outdoors, hiking and fly fishing.