Releford Foot And Ankle Institute Welcomes James Hays As Tissue Specialist

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Hays Brings Nearly 20 Years Of Experience In Tissue Banking Field

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I am very enthusiastic about joining the Releford Foot and Ankle Institute family.

The Releford Foot and Ankle Institute is pleased to add James Hays as the Institute’s Tissue Specialist. Certified by the American Association of Tissue Banks, Hays brings nearly 20 years of experience in the field, including the launches of many successful tissue products.

Hays began his career with American Red Cross, where he managed tissue services for the Southern Arizona region, and also served the organization as Western Regional Sales Manager for tissue services. After leaving the American Red Cross in 2004, Hays joined Oklahoma-based American Tissue Services as Western Regional Operations Director. He later joined the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation as National Sports Medicine Product Specialist. Since 2010, Hays has successfully worked as an independent distributor of allograft (human donor) tissue products.

“James brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our team,” says Dr. Bill Releford, head of the Institute. “With our mission to decrease diabetes-related amputations through comprehensive wound care and limb salvage services, as well as innovative treatments for diabetes and diabetic neuropathy, James’ management experience, combined with his working knowledge of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) systems and bone and soft tissue grafting will make him a valuable asset to our practice.”

About The Releford Foot and Ankle Institute
Founded by CEO Dr. Bill Releford, The Releford Foot & Ankle Institute’s mission is to effectively decrease the diabetes-related amputation rate in Los Angeles and surrounding communities by providing comprehensive wound care and limb salvage services. The Institute uses PRP therapy, an innovative, non-surgical approach that uses healing components derived from a small, concentrated amount of a patient’s own blood. Injected into damaged tissue, PRP therapy has the potential to “supercharge” the healing process.

Dr. Releford has successfully developed a method to use PRP to treat diabetic neuropathy, and also uses the injections in orthopedics and sports medicine to treat joint and tendon pain, ankle sprains, heel pain, non-healing wounds, plantar fasciitis, poor circulation, and many other conditions, as cited in the Journal of Orthopaedic Research (Jan. 2006). Recently, PRP therapy has made headlines due to its successful use by professional athletes like Tiger Woods, Kobe Bryant, Alex Rodriguez, and Rafael Nadal.

About Dr. Bill Releford
Dr. Bill Releford, a podiatric surgeon based in Los Angeles, specializes in diabetic limb preservation and wound care to help reduce the extraordinarily high number of diabetes‐related amputations experienced by African Americans. A graduate of the Temple School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia, Dr. Releford began his practice in 1990 and shortly thereafter established the Diabetic Foot Institute. He is an associate professor at Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science and lectures worldwide about the latest techniques in limb salvage and community-based outreach. Dr. Releford is recognized both domestically and internationally as a leader in diabetes treatment and public health. He has won awards for his contributions to public health; founded successful community outreach and healthcare advocacy programs; authored Five Colors A Day To Better Health, a book that provides a clear understanding of how diet can reduce the risks of diabetes, high blood pressure, and other chronic diseases; and developed proprietary protocols to treat diabetes and diabetic neuropathy – a common, chronic, and often debilitating complication of the disease.

Most recently, Dr. Releford’s efforts have been recognized in the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and Newsweek, as well as on popular television shows like The View, The Doctors, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, Dr. Drew, the Today show and many others.To learn more about The Releford Foot and Ankle Institute, PRP therapy, or to schedule a free medical consultation, call 310-412-0183 today.

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