Los Angeles, Califorina (PRWEB) March 29, 2012
Dr. Bill James Releford, founder of the Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program, was excited to learn that he had been invited by the President of the United States to join him and the first family for a White House Super Bowl Party. Dr. Releford has organized over 600 barbershops across the country to screen over 25,000 African American men for diabetes and high blood pressure. "Being at the White House with the most powerful man in the world was quite an incredible experience," states Dr. Releford who specializes in diabetic foot complications.
ABOUT DR. BILL JAMES RELEFORD
Dr. BILL J. RELEFORD, D.P.M. a graduate of the Temple School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia, began his practice in 1990 and established the Diabetic Foot Institute, a facility dedicated exclusively to the reduction of diabetes-related amputations in high-risk populations. Dr. Releford is recognized both domestically as well as internationally as a leader in the field of diabetic limb preservation and wound care.
Dr. Bill Releford’s limb salvage and wound care success involves utilizing a multi-disciplinary approach to limb salvage where vascular surgeons, infectious disease specialist, plastic surgeons, endocrinologist all collaborate solely for the benefit of salvaging a foot at risk of amputation. Dr. Releford also uses Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy to treatment foot injuries as well as chronic non-healing wounds.
Dr. Bill Releford is founder and CEO of The Releford Foot & Ankle Institute in Los Angeles. The Releford Institute’s mission is to effectively decrease the diabetes related amputation rate in Los Angeles and its surrounding communities by providing a comprehensive wound care and limb salvage service. The Releford Institute addresses patients specialized needs and creates individual treatment plans to heal wounds and prevent amputations.
Dr. Bill Releford’s community outreach and health care advocacy efforts are facilitated through the Diabetic Amputation Prevention Foundation (DAP), a non profit organization he founded in 2001, whose mission is to increase public awareness of diabetes through culturally specific education and community based programs. The education of at risk populations to better understand the disease, its complications as well as the standard of care as it relates to diabetes is the primary focus.
Dr. Bill Releford and the DAP Foundation have been recognized for the success of the Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program. Since it's inception in December 2007, the program has screened over 25,000 men for diabetes and hypertension in over 450 black owned barbershops in over 26 cities.
Dr. Bill Releford is an assistant professor at Charles R. Drew University and lectures both domestically as well as internationally about the latest techniques in limb salvage and community based outreach strategies. Additionally, Dr. Releford has recently authored his much anticipated book, “Five Colors A Day to Better Health”. Dr. Releford and his work have been featured on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, ABC’s THE VEIW as a featured guest, The Washington Post, Newsweek as well as the Los Angeles Times.