Dr. Steve Goldman Testifies before VA House Committee, Subcommittee on Health

 GoldmanWashington, D.C. On May 2, at 2:00 p.m. ET American Board of Podiatric Medicine (ABPM) President Steve Goldman, DPM, testified before the VA House Committee, Subcommittee on Health about key legislation that would help to address ongoing delays in access to quality care at the Veterans Health Administration (VHA).

The VA Provider Equity Act (HR-1058) would benefit our nation’s veterans through improved, ongoing recruitment and retention of podiatric physicians in the VHA and would ensure sufficient experienced podiatric physicians are available to treat patients with lower extremity needs.

“This bill reflects significant advancement in the education, training, and licensure requirements for podiatric physicians over the past 40 years,” said Dr. Goldman. “Podiatrists deserve parity within the VHA, and our patients deserve the proven benefits of the best-trained experts in lower extremity care as part of their health care team.”

There is overwhelming support from VA chiefs of staff and chief medical officers for a legislative remedy to include DPMs in the Physician and Dentist Pay Authority. For more information on the bill, please visit the ABPM or APMA websites.

“The number of disabled veterans enrolled in the VHA is increasing, and they have more comorbidity and more psychosocial and socioeconomic issues than non-veterans,” said APMA President Ira H. Kraus, DPM. “We need to do better in serving this vulnerable and deserving population.”

Dr. Goldman was one of several physicians asked to speak on behalf of podiatrists. Others included: Jeffrey Robbins, DPM, Director of the Veterans Health Administration Headquarters Podiatry Services and Chief of the Podiatry Section at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, and Seth Rubenstein, DPM, APMA treasurer.

The American Board of Podiatric Medicine (ABPM) is the only board recognized by the Joint Committee on the Recognition of Specialty Boards (JCRSB) to certify in podiatric orthopedics and primary podiatric medicine, the specialty area that represents a significant portion of care in most podiatric practices.  Established in 1978, ABPM strives to protect the health and welfare of the public through this ongoing process of evaluation and podiatric certification, providing trusted validation of expertise to hospitals, credentialing bodies and insurance panels.  For more information please visit www.ABPMed.org .

The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) is the nation’s leading professional organization for today’s podiatrists. Doctors of Podiatric Medicine (DPMs) are qualified by their education, training, and experience to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle, and structures of the leg. APMA has 53 state component locations across the United States and its territories, with a membership of nearly 13,000 podiatrists. All practicing APMA members are licensed by the state in which they practice podiatric medicine. For more information, visit www.apma.org .

See Dr. Goldman speak about his testimony here: Video (70MB .mov)

Please click here to see a full list of witnesses and the video of this testimony.

Flexibility is Key: A visit with Nicole Marie DeLauro, DPM

Dr Nicole DeLauro

Dr. Nicole DeLauro

Ever since her teenage years, Dr. Nicole DeLauro knew medicine was her calling. But it wasn’t until she started volunteering at hospitals during high school that she discovered a passion for podiatry. “I was initially drawn to pediatrics, but after volunteering at a local hospital I was saddened with the hardship that the young patients were experiencing, and I requested to change departments,” Dr. DeLauro says.

After getting reassigned to the hospital’s new diabetic foot clinic, she was immediately impressed by the level of care the patients were receiving and the advancements they were making. “It was refreshing to see the patients receiving treatments and having immediate results. From that year on I knew podiatry was my career passion.”

Dr. DeLauro went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in biology from Lehigh University in 2002, and then her doctorate of podiatric medicine from New York College of Podiatric Medicine (NYCPM) in 2006. As an undergrad, she attended a summer program at the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine for young aspiring podiatrists, and spent summers and college breaks at a local hospital. During her time at NYCPM, she became involved in several activities, from assisting at the NYC marathon to fitting cadet boots at West Point.

After starting her residency, Dr. DeLauro stayed involved in outside opportunities, including numerous health fairs and local athletic events. “Gain as much experience as you can while you are in residency—spend the extra time to read, study, scrub, volunteer, and you won’t be disappointed!” she advises current podiatric residents. “This is the time to learn from your mistakes, and improve upon yourself. Never be afraid to ask questions, and always do the work to find the answers.”

She also reminds residents and young professionals to be flexible and open-minded with career paths. “At the time I completed my residency, New York state law still prohibited podiatrists to have a scope of practice outside of the foot,” Dr. DeLauro says. “Yet, my training in New Jersey provided me skills that exceeded the foot to include the ankle and lower leg. Because of this, I chose to work both in New Jersey and in New York.”

Dr. DeLauro is currently a podiatrist at the Foot and Ankle Center of New Jersey and in New York with her father, Dr Thomas DeLauro. She is a Diplomate with the ABPM, as well as the ABFAS in Forefoot and Reconstructive Rearfoot and Ankle Surgery. “I feel as a surgeon, the core of treatment is medically based, and that all surgeons should be board certified by the ABPM,” Dr. DeLauro says.

Dr. DeLauro credits her father as her biggest inspiration and most important mentor. “He has provided guidance, patience, and support throughout my life and now my career,” she explains. “I have had the opportunity first-hand to see his interaction with patients, his skills in an operating room, and his demeanor in an academic environment, all while fulfilling a constant quest to help others.”

In addition, Dr. DeLauro is fortunate to have a wonderful family who she loves and appreciates immensely. “Mostly, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Carl. He is my greatest supporter, and makes life an exciting adventure.”

Dr. DeLauro is part of the ABPM Speaker’s Bureau and available for presentations to residency programs, and podiatric student groups.


ABPM Diplomate, Dr. H. John Visser, is Guest Lecturer and Presenter in Sweden

H. John Visser, DPM

H. John Visser, DPM

John Visser, DPM, Director of the SSM DePaul Residency Program in St. Louis, MO just returned from a week-long stay overseas where he was a distinguished guest lecturer and instructor at the Foot & Ankle techniques course in Gothenburg, Sweden. The course was held at the Sahlgrenska University Hospital, and his topics included new techniques in hallux valgus, Lisfranc dislocation, and Charcot neuroarthropathy reconstruction.

Lecturers for the course represented the countries of Sweden and Germany, with Dr. Visser being the only American distinguished lecturer and presenter. Visser was also recently inducted into the German Society of Foot and Ankle Surgery in 2016 where he also presented in front of an audience of more than four hundred professionals in Munich, Germany.

Dr. H. John Visser has been an ABPM Diplomate since 1989.

Source: PM News, Online

Dr. Lawrence DiDomenico Honored as Cancer Survivor at Fundraiser

Lawrence DiDomenico, DPM

Lawrence DiDomenico, DPM

The 11th annual Cattle Baron’s Ball, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, will take place April 1st at The Lake Club. This year’s guests include  Lawrence A. DiDomenico, DPM, cancer survivor honoree.

Dr. DiDomenico began his podiatry career in 1990 after earning his medical degree from Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. In 1994, he and colleagues Dr. Kenneth Emch and Dr. Robert Debiec founded Ankle & Foot Care Centers, which today is a 19-office regional podiatry practice spanning Columbiana, Mahoning, and Trumbull counties in OH, and Greenville, PA.

Dr. Lawrence DiDomenico has been an ABPM Diplomate since 1993.

Source: PM News, Online

Profiles in Excellence: Laura Pickard, DPM

Dr. Pickard

Dr. Laura Pickard

A conversation with Dr. Laura Pickard about podiatric medicine and surgery provides an endless boost of energy. Even at the end of her long day, her enthusiasm for the profession, for the medical industry and the need for ongoing political advocacy and involvement is infectious.

Dr. Pickard is in solo practice at the Norridge Foot Clinic, a thriving practice in Chicago, which she joined in 1992 as an associate to Dr. Stephen Weiss who established the clinic over 45 years ago.  A 1990 graduate of the Dr. William Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, Dr. Pickard completed her podiatric residency program at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, IL.  Early in her career she started getting involved in regional and state podiatric committees and was always eager to know and stay on top of changes in the industry.

“Most of my involvement early on was my way of learning as much as I could about the industry and trends, just to survive!”  “I was always thinking ‘how can I make my practice stronger’.”   “Even today, I think it is critical for young physicians to stay on top of what is changing – know the pitfalls and what can affect your practice and plan accordingly.”

She states emphatically that knowing where to go with questions, ie. APMA, ABPM, ACFAOM, ACFAS, PICA, local or state legislature continues to be important.  “Know your industry.”

“When I started, there were not as many opportunities, especially to join a multi-specialty group. Podiatry, in fact, was still a little marginalized, a little unknown,” explained Dr. Pickard.  Today, she explains, things have opened and joining a group is more common. “There are very good reasons for joining a group such as the shared cost of EMR systems and other business costs, but also the enormous value of working side by side with other specialties.”

Dr. Pickard believes in a conservative approach to podiatry and emphasizes the importance of biomechanics and knowledge of medicine in her practice.  “Know your medicine! We are starting to see sicker and sicker patients so it is critical to know how to do histories and physicals so you can see and evaluate patients not only in your practice but also in the hospital,” she continued.   “I got ABPM Certified first before I even considered the surgical board,” she explained. “It’s a mistake not to demonstrate your knowledge to hospital and insurance panels by getting ABPM certified. More and more they are looking for podiatrists who know medicine.  It makes you more credible. Also, when I speak to students, I tell them, learn to look at the whole patient.  They want you to take care of them.”

“The other advice I give to residents is to get your Boards done early.  It gets harder as you progress in your career, have a family, etc.   It will bite you, “explained Pickard.

At the end of the day, Pickard says she is happy in her practice, loves what she does and continues to be an industry advocate.  I always figure if you give good affordable care, you, your payors and your patients are winners!”

Dr. Laura Pickard accomplishments:

  • Past president of the Illinois Podiatric Medical Association
  • Serves on multiple boards and committees for the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA)
  • Lectures at various conferences including Midwest Podiatry Conference, American Podiatric Medical Association Annual Conference, Illinois Podiatric Medical Association Annual Meeting, Illinois Podiatric Medical Student Association Midwinter Seminar
  • Alumnus of the Year Award in 2015 from the Dr William Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine
  • Fellow of the Faculty of Podiatric Medicine, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow, Scotland
  • Board certified with both the American Board of Podiatric Medicine (ABPM) and the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery (ABFAS)
  • Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine (ACFAOM) and the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons (ASPS)
  • Associate member of the Society of Vascular Surgeons (SVS)
  • Member of the American Public Health Association (APHA)



APWH Announces the Incoming Advisory Board

Steven Kravitz, DPM, Executive Director and Founder of APWH

Steven Kravitz, DPM, Executive Director and Founder of APWH

Harry Penny, DPM, Vice President of APWH

Harry Penny, DPM, Vice President of APWH

The Academy of Physicians in Wound Healing (APWH) has announced the incoming Advisory Board: President, Robert Bartlett, MD and incoming Vice President, Harry Penny, DPM. They now join Steven Kravitz, DPM, Executive Director and Founder, to move the APWH forward to its next level after the initial five years of operation.  Dr. Bartlett is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of South Alabama School of Medicine and an attending physician at St Luke’s Medical Center, Milwaukee, WI. He  is the past President of the American College of Hyperbaric Medicine and is past president of the Council for Medical Education and Testing. Dr. Penny has published research articles in the Journal of Wound Care and serves on the editorial committee for that journal.

Dr. Steven Kravitz has been Board Certified with the ABPM since 1986.

Dr. Harry Penny has  Board Certified with the ABPM since 1990.

Source: Podiatry Management News, Online

ACFAOM Announces Results of Elected Officers

Dr. Daniel Evans, re-elected president of The American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics & Medicine (ACFAOM)

Dr. Daniel Evans, re-elected president of The American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics & Medicine (ACFAOM)

The American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics & Medicine (ACFAOM) has announced the election of the following officers: Dr. Daniel Evans was re-elected President, Dr. Jason Harrill was re-elected Vice President, Dr. Scott Spencer was elected Treasurer, and Dr. G. Javier Cavazos was elected Secretary.  

Newly elected to the Board of Directors were Drs. Jarrod Shapiro and John Tassone. Dr. Shapiro has been a faculty member at the Western University College of Podiatric Medicine, and has been the podiatric residency program director at the Chino Valley Medical Center since 2013. Dr. Tassone has been in full time private practice for 20 years, and has taught at the Arizona School of Podiatric Medicine since its inception in 2004. or at the Chino Valley Medical Center since 2013.

All doctors mentioned in this article are Board Certified with the American Board of Podiatric Medicine.

Dr. G. Javier Cavazos since 1998.

Dr. Daniel Evans since 1993.

Dr. Jason Harrill since 2002.

Dr. Jarrod Shapiro since 2016.

Dr. Scott Spencer since 1992.

Dr. John Tassone since 2002.

Source: PM News, Online

Bruce Pinker, DPM Organizes 9th Annual Shoe Drive for Homeless

Bruce Pinker, DPM (3rd from right) at the LUW Shoe Drive

Bruce Pinker, DPM (3rd from right) at the LUW Shoe Drive

Dr. Bruce Pinker of Progressive Foot Care in White Plains recently put his best foot forward in an effort to help the homeless. He invited his patients to donate their lightly used shoes and boots to support a shoe drive for Westchester’s men, women, and children in need. The patients responded by donating more than 360 pairs of shoes and boots in all shapes and sizes, many of them new.

The shoes were donated to Lifting Up Westchester (LUW), a local non-profit social services agency, for distribution to individuals from their Open Arms Men’s Shelter, Samaritan House Women’s Shelter and Soup Kitchen. This is the ninth year that Pinker has organized the drive.

Bruce Pinker, DPM has been Board Certified with the ABPM since 2016.

Source: Podiatry Management News, Online.

Stephen L. Barret, DPM Head of EHI Peripheral Neuropathy and Pain Center

Stephen Barret, DPM, Head of EHI Peripheral Neuropathy & Pain Center

Stephen Barret, DPM, Head of EHI Peripheral Neuropathy & Pain Center

Stephen L. Barrett, DPM, MBA has joined Extremity Healthcare, Inc.(EHI) – Village Podiatry Group, LLC and will head a new division. EHI is developing a multidisciplinary neuropathy and pain center in Atlanta, GA, the EHI Peripheral Neuropathy and Pain Center.

“Dr. Barrett, the author of Practical Pain Management for the Lower Extremity Surgeon, has fully recognized peripheral neuropathy and other debilitating nerve conditions as wide bandwidth conditions, in contrast with how peripheral neuropathy is currently being treated, usually in a very limited, and partial manner—usually with less than optimal results,” states Dr. David Helfman, CEO of EHI.
Dr. Stephen L. Barrett has been a Diplomate of the American Board of Podiatric Medicine since 1991.
Source: Podiatry Management News, Online

Lewis Sims, DPM, Holds a Shoe Drive for Vietnam Veterans

(L-R) Drs. Lewis Sims, Erik Sims and Mya Dubal at the shoe drive for Vietman veterans

(L-R) Drs. Lewis Sims, Erik Sims and Mya Dubal at Sims and Associates Podiatry Shoe Drive.

Sims and Associates Podiatry, including Lewis Sims, DPM, Erik Sims, DPM, and Mya Dubal, DPM recently conducted a shoe drive to benefit local Vietnam Veterans. More than 350 pairs of shoes were collected in their Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, and Pleasant Valley offices, as well as Mike Arteaga’s Health and Fitness Center, and MidHudson Regional Hospital. These were directly donated to the Vietnam Veterans of America (local Chapter #869), and will all be distributed locally at the Castle Point VA.

Lewis Sims, DPM has been Board Certified with the ABPM since 1978.

Source: Podiatry Management News, Online



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