Kimberly LeBlanc is known globally as an innovative nurse leader. She is the current Academic Chair of the Association for Nurses Specialized in Wound Ostomy and Continence Care’s (NSWOCC) Wound Ostomy and Continence Institute (WOC Institute) and an Advanced Practice and Certified Wound Ostomy Continence nurse working with KDS Professional Consulting. She holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Nursing from Queen’s University. Kimberly is an Adjunct Professor with the University of Western Ontario Masters in Wound Care Program, an Affiliate Lecturer at McGill University, and an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Cardiff University. Kimberly is a past president and a founding member of the International Skin Tear Advisory Panel and the co-chair of the Canadian Pressure Injury Advisory Panel.
Kimberly has lectured extensively on wound and ostomy care and is considered a global expert on wounds and ostomy issues in the aging population and has numerous publications and book chapters on wound and ostomy related topics. She sits on the editorial boards of Advances in Skin & Wound Care and Canadian Nurse. Kimberly maintains a busy clinical practice addressing wound, ostomy and continence needs of individuals across the spectrum of care.
In 2016, Kimberly was awarded the prestigious Canadian Nurses Association Order of Merit for Nursing Education and 2018 she was awarded the NSWOCC Presidents award for her contribution to WOC nursing in Canada. In 2020, she was inducted as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Nursing (FCAN) and in 2022 she was awarded the World Union of Wound Healing Societies award for outstanding global contributions to innovation in skin integrity.