Michael Clark is a zoologist by training graduating from the University of Aberdeen with a BSc (Hons) in 1980. He then worked on his PhD at the Scottish Farm Buildings Investigation Unit in Aberdeen being awarded his doctorate in 1983. This work introduced him to soft tissue injury caused by excessive mechanical loading on skin and its underlying tissues – a research interest that remains strong almost thirty years later.
Professor Clark followed his PhD studies with post-doctoral work within the Bioengineering Unit, University of Strathclyde. In the mid 1980s he moved to the Nursing Practice Research Unit at the University of Surrey where he led a research group exploring various aspects of pressure ulceration including epidemiology, economics, risk assessment and mechanical, nutritional and physiological aspects of pressure ulcer aetiology. Between 1993 and 1997 Professor Clark was Clinical and marketing Director of Pegasus Airwave Ltd returning to academic life with the School of Electronics, University of Glamorgan and then with the Wound Healing Research Unit at Cardiff University. In these posts he began an expanding interest in lower limb compression and leg ulceration.
Today Professor Clark works as an independent consultant supporting the Welsh Wound Innovation Centre as its Commercial Director. He has held several posts within national and international wound organisations. He was Senior Consultant to the US National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel and a founder Council member of the European Wound Management Association (1990-1993). Currently Professor Clark is Commercial Director, Welsh Wound Innovation Centre and Director of the Welsh Wound Network. He was Chief Executive of the Lindsay Leg Club Foundation (2009-2013) and has held several posts within the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (President, Recorder and Treasurer). He was Editor in Chief of the Journal of Tissue Viability from 2000 to 2010 and now serves as Emeritus Editor of that publication. He also serves on the editorial advisory boards for the International Wound Journal and Wounds UK.
Professor Clark was a member of the co-ordinating guideline development group for the 2009 and 2014 International Pressure Ulcer Prevention and Treatment guidelines. He is an active member of the International Compression Club which has produced several consensus documents in peer-reviewed publications on limb compression.