Lydell Lettsome, MD, FACS, MDiv, is a board-certified surgeon specializing in wound care.
Growing up watching “Quincy,” the medical drama TV show, Dr. Lettsome was fascinated by the human body and how it worked. Through Scouting and various volunteering, his interest in medicine continued to grow.
Over the past twenty years, Dr. Lettsome has led clinical departments, trained residents and students and conducted community education and research at numerous health systems.
During his career, Dr. Lettsome’s focus shifted to wound care. This field of medicine has developed in recent years as more Americans have wounds that don’t easily heal. Dr. Lettsome and his team use a range of interventions, such as hyperbaric oxygen therapy, skin substitutes and grafting, and other advanced methods to treat simple and complex wounds. He treats wounds that come from injuries, diabetes, surgery, as well as leg ulcers caused by poor blood flow, and many other types.
Dr. Lettsome feels privileged to walk with patients in their health journey, supporting them in their struggles and the healing process. His considers himself a partner with each patient in caring for their body. He seeks to help them understand the wounds and conditions they have, what to expect, and the steps for ongoing care. Many chronic wounds are linked to other health conditions and lifestyle. Dr. Lettsome works with patients and their primary providers to help minimize the negative impact these have on their wounds.
Outside of work, Dr. Lettsome enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, reading, watching science-fiction shows, and is an avid sports fan. He is passionate about community service and healthcare equity. He published a book on this topic and started his own non-profit organization to help community leaders reduce health disparities.