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Following the 1989 birth of a son with bladder exstrophy, Dr. Jeffrey Niezgoda and his wife, Kathleen, established Association for the Bladder Exstrophy Community (A-BE-C) with the hope of empowering and reaching out to other families with children with exstrophy.

Since its inception, A-BE-C has grown from a group of 70 families to several hundred, providing support to patients and families spanning the world. Dr. Niezgoda and his wife continue to actively participate providing guidance and philanthropic support.

Dr. Niezgoda is the medical director of the Center for Comprehensive Wound Care and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and is president of Hyperbaric & Wound Care Associates, a physician specialty group serving southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.