Dr. Fife completed a Family Medicine residency at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas, followed by a two-year Fellowship in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine at Duke University. Until 2013 she was a Professor of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, where she initiated the Memorial Hermann Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine and the Lymphedema Center. She is now a Professor of Geriatrics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, and the Medical Director of the CHI St. Luke's Wound Clinic in The Woodlands, Texas. She is also the Chief Medical Officer of Intellicure, Inc., a health information technology company, and the Executive Director of the U.S. Wound Registry, a non-profit organization recognized by CMS as a qualified clinical data registry. The USWR develops quality measures and helps wound care and hyperbaric practitioners meet the requirements of Medicare’s new Quality Payment Program.
Dr. Fife has been a Certified Wound Specialist since 1998 and is a past president of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society. Past and present board activities include the Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders (current co-chair), the American Academy of Wound Management, the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care, and the American Professional Wound Care Association. She is the clinical editor of Today’s Wound Clinic, and has authored more than 100 peer reviewed articles and book chapters, as well as editing 3 textbooks (Textbook of Chronic Wound Care, Wound Care Practice, and Women and Pressure: Diving and Flying.). Her research contributions include altitude decompression studies that enabled the construction of the International Space Station by decreasing the time needed for oxygen pre-breath as part of a NASA-led research consortium; the development of real time lymphatic imaging with Dr. Eva Sevick using near infrared technology; and, more recently, the use of real world data for comparative effectiveness studies to understand what works best for patients with chronic wounds and ulcers.