About Us

Board of Advisors

David J. Altman, MD, PhD, FAAD

Dr. Altman received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and then completed the M.D-PhD program at the University of Buffalo, with his doctorate in molecular immunology from the Roswell Park Cancer Institute. He did his internship in medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital and completed his dermatology residency at the University of Pennsylvania. He did a fellowship in immunodermatology and clinical research at the Dermatology Branch of the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health and was a Lieutenant Commander in the Uniformed Services Medical Corps and taught at Bethesda Naval Medical Center. Dr. Altman then went on to Bristol-Myers Squibb where he rose to the Executive Director and head of Dermatology Worldwide Clinical Research & Development. He then cofounded and was the VP of Clinical Affairs & Development of Beauty Genome Sciences-Beauty Medicines, Inc., a biotechnology-based dermatology drug development startup company in the Boston area. Dr. Altman returned to Western New York and founded Altman Dermatology, PC, engaging in the private practice of dermatology and dermatologic surgery. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and has published and lectured on drug development in dermatology and served as a consultant to Astellas, Novartis, Warner-Chilcott, Merck, Gillette, and Athenex pharmaceutical companies.

Michael Brogan, PhD

Michael Brogan is the current Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Students at Daemen College. He holds numerous advanced certifications in the fields of physical therapy and wound care and has over 30 years of experience in both of those fields. 

Having spent the majority of his career working in higher education, Dr. Brogan is one of the foremost physical therapy professors in the area, having been a professor at Daemen for over 25 years. Also, Dr. Brogan has authored a significant number of peer-reviewed publications that focus on using electrical energy to enhance wound care and well as promote infection control.  


Ed Furlani, PhD

Dr. Furlani has over 28 years of industrial research and development experience as a Senior Principal Scientist in the Eastman Kodak research labs. He transitioned to the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at UB in 2011 where he holds joint appointments in the Depts. of Chemical and Biological Engineering and Electrical Engineering. Dr. Furlani has a distinguished record of translational research and currently holds over 150 U.S. patents. Dr. Furlani is orchestrating our "deep dive" into UB. He has assembled an interdisciplinary team of UB faculty that will work with the Garwood Medical Device team to develop and prototype Garwood Medical's ED (electro-stimulation) devices, sensors, wireless power, and data. 



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William Joyce

William Joyce is currently a private investor and active community volunteer in Buffalo, NY. He spent the majority of his professional career as a partner in the private equity firm of Strategic Investments and holdings, Inc. He is the past Chair of the Board for the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Kaleida Health, Goodwill Industries of WNY and is currently the Chair-Elect of the Community Foundation Buffalo of Buffalo and WNY and Treasurer of the Board of the James H. Cummings Foundation. He graduated from  the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a BS in Economics and received an MBA from the Harvard Business School. 


Norm Murray 

Norman Murray, an investor in Garwood Medical, is a retired businessman, currently giving leadership and support to numerous charitable and veteran organizations.  An interpreter-interrogator for the U.S. Army in Viet Nam, he attended New Mexico State University, receiving degrees in History and Data Processing.

As owner and CEO of U-C Coatings Corporation in Buffalo, NY, he built the company from a two man operation to a 25 employee company, serving the wood products industries throughout North America and dozens of countries overseas. During his four decades with the company, Norm became conversant in nearly a dozen languages to aid the international sales efforts. 

Norm is a former President of the Hardwood Forest Foundation and, along with his wife Thuy, has been recognized as “Outstanding Philanthropic Business of the Year”, been the Salvation Army’s “Corporate Citizen of the Year” and received the “Clara Barton Award” from the Red Cross, the highest volunteer honor.  They operated their family business, and now their lives in retirement, so as to give a helping hand to those in need and to support culture and promote education for the community at large.  Investing in Garwood Medical is part of their plan to help prevent suffering and crippling expenses by controlling infections and providing improved wound care – “doing well by doing good”.

Matthew Phillips, MD

Dr. Matthew Phillips is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery in the Department of Orthopaedics at The State University of New York at Buffalo. He is the Fellowship Director for the department’s fellowship in Lower Extremity Joint Replacement and Reconstruction as well as the Chief of Orthopaedics at Kaleida Health, Western New York’s largest Health Care System.

Dr. Phillips has 20 years of clinical experience in hip and knee replacement surgery, revision hip and knee replacement surgery, surgery for lower extremity deformity and arthritis, and orthopaedic trauma. He was involved in the development of computer navigated knee replacement surgery in the mid 1990’s and currently has the longest experience with knee navigation of any surgeon in the world.

He has numerous publications in the peer reviewed literature including publications on the treatment of infections related to joint replacement surgery. He has presented nationally and internationally. He has worked as a consultant for Stryker Orthopaedics for 19 years. He has been involved in the development and advancement of several of their joint reconstruction products and he has helped train hundreds of surgeons in the use of novel techniques and devices.


Fred Pordum, DPT

Dr. Frederick Pordum has over 14 years of diverse leadership experience in healthcare management and entrepreneurial experience.   He has held senior management positions in rehabilitation, business development, telehealth, marketing and operations in both hospital and privately held companies.  His breadth of experience, natural strength as an innovator, research-based problem solving style, success at building key relationships and focus on results, give him the unique ability to think strategically and create value for his clients and employers. Dr. Pordum is currently employed with the Visiting Nursing Association of Western New York.  He is currently the Director of Business Development but has also lead senior leadership positions in rehabilitation, quality functions, and branch operations.


Andy StoecklAndy Stoeckl, MD 

A graduate of Canisius High School, Boston College and the University at Buffalo Medical School, Dr. Stoeckl joined Excelsior Orthopaedics after finishing a one-year Harvard Sports Medicine Fellowship. He received advanced training in knee, shoulder, foot, and ankle injuries with an emphasis on minimally invasive arthroscopic procedures. His area of specialization is sports medicine. Dr. Stoeckl currently serves as the Board President for Excelsior Orthopaedics.