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Capt. John Figarola, MA, LOTR, CHT
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Captain John Figarola is the director of the Rehabilitation and Education Services Department at the National Hansen’s Disease Programs located in Baton Rouge, LA. He is a Board Certified Hand Therapist with over 25 years of experience managing the neuropathic hand, teaching and consulting on the prevention of disability in leprosy. His career in the U.S. Public Health Service has been dedicated to improving the lives of people coping with deformities and disabilities secondary to leprosy. Captain Figarola received a Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy from Texas Woman’s University and a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Louisiana State University.


Hansen’s Disease in the United States Today

This presentation will include leprosy cases in the United States. The unique clinical features of leprosy, the cardinal signs and the criteria for a presumptive diagnosis. The importance of early diagnosis and treatment to prevent disability. A treatment protocol for uncomplicated leprosy and frequent immunological complications of leprosy that can result in morbidity and disability.


  1. Participants will learn the unique clinical features of leprosy, the cardinal signs and the criteria for a presumptive diagnosis
  2. Participants will learn about frequent immunological complications of leprosy resulting in morbidity and disability
  3. Participants will learn treatment protocols for uncomplicated leprosy, prevention of disability and management of the immunological reactions


  1. Advances in medical knowledge


  1. Website Title: Health Resources and Services Administration: National Hansen’s Disease (Leprosy) Program: Date Accessed: August 01, 2017.
  2. Sotiriou, Michael C., Barbara M. Stryjewska, and Carlotta Hill. “Two Cases of Leprosy in Siblings Caused by M. Lepromatosis.” American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 16.0076 (2016): n.pag. Web.
  3. Marcos, Luis A., MD, MPH, Thomas Dobbs, MD, MPH, Sue Walker, MD, Elizabeth Rose, MD, William Waller, MD, and Barbara M. Stryjewska, MD. “Indigenous Cases of Leprosy (Hansen’s Disease) in Southern Mississippi”. Journam MSMA (2015); 189-91.

Core Competencies: 2, 3

Disclosures: No disclosures provided by speaker

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