Dr. Nichol Salvo: Embracing Opportunity

Early impressions Can Have Lasting Influence

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Dr. Nichol Salvo

When Dr. Nichol Salvo was in high school, she always thought she would practice oncology until an injury landed her in the podiatrist’s office.  “Dr. Greg Black showed me about the practice, the interesting blend of medicine and surgery and the opportunity to sub-specialize,”explained Salvo. “It was Dr. Black’s passion and enthusiasm for podiatry that changed my direction. He remains my mentor today.”

Dr. Salvo graduated from Ashland University with a degree in biology and then received her DPM from Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine. While there, Salvo was extremely involved in the American Podiatric Medical Students Association (APMSA), serving as delegate of her class and student liaison to the PAC board of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). “I learned early to appreciate the important role APMA plays in the legislative process and why participation from every member is critical.” She feels that participating at a grassroots level or collectively as an organization is how change happens, and points to this kind of advocacy as the reason the profession of podiatry has evolved to where it is now.

Dr. Salvo’s three-year residency in Medicine and Surgery was at the Atlanta VA Medical Center. “I chose a VA residency program because I was deeply interested in wound care and limb salvage. I understood that podiatry college and residency training was a very limited time to learn as much as I could before I started practice and took advantage of as many educational opportunities afforded to me as possible,” she explained. “My residency program at the VA was busy, rigorous, and I had the opportunity to see and treat a large number of wound care and diabetic limb salvage patients.” Dr. Salvo explains that the veteran population is somewhat unique and often faces greater socioeconomic, psychosocial and co-morbid components than the private sector population. “I learned quickly that I had to consider the entire patient when developing a care plan and that it was equally important to bring in the right specialists to create an effective interdisciplinary approach to patient care – a concept I teach and write about even today.”

While Dr. Salvo feels her path was a bit circuitous, she sees that with each opportunity she learned something that would later be an important step in her career. “I entered private practice following my residency at the Atlanta VA, but then learned quickly that my practice was better served in the VA, and I returned to the VA system in Cleveland, Ohio for four years. I then took a role with APMA where I served as the Director of the Young Physicians Program for three years.” Interestingly enough, it was the skill and experience in administration, collaboration and advocacy she gained in that role that she feels prepared her most for her current role as Chief of Podiatry and Residency Program Director back at the Atlanta VA, where she started.

Dr. Salvo is dual boarded with both the American Board of Podiatric Medicine (ABPM) and the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery (ABFAS). “Residents need to remember that they have the privilege of completing a three-year comprehensive residency training program that allows them to become board-certified in both ABPM and ABFAS. The profession has worked for decades to advance podiatry, where the education and training is equitable to allopathic medicine,”explains Salvo.

“In the past, many podiatrists didn’t have the opportunity to complete residency training and those who did, still couldn’t sit for both boards.” Dr. Salvo believes all PMSR graduates should sit for both ABPM and ABFAS qualification examinations. “ABPM certification increases my credibility and demonstrates to the medical community at large that I am competent in medicine. With the dual certification, it demonstrates that I can comprehensively care for my patient medically and surgically to the extent of my scope and licensure,” she explains.

Along her impressive path, Dr. Salvo has collected a long list of accolades and publications, most recently the Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine Young Physicians Professional Achievement Award. As a well-respected practitioner, she also recently co-authored, with a vascular surgeon and plastic surgeon with whom Dr. Salvo works, an article entitled Promoting Limb Salvage through Multi-Disciplinary Care of the Diabetic Patient published in the July 2017 issue of Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine.

Dr. Salvo is a big advocate for publishing, especially during your residency training. “Research and publication not only advance our profession, but it is also a career builder. I know from personal experience that it is much easier to draft papers under the guidance of a mentor than to do this on your own once you enter practice. Take advantage of your teaching faculty during residency and publish with them,” she advises.

Dr. Salvo emphasizes that residency training is challenging, but rewarding, and shares some wisdom that may have a lasting impression on current or future residents. “I never expect my residents to do anything that I don’t expect of myself. If you are in residency training, understand that this is a three-year period of rigor and discomfort. It will not be gentle nor passive.  It is intended to develop you into a physician who can manage any medical challenge or complication presented before you. Embrace the discomfort and labor that comes with your residency education. Every experience, every patient interaction, every article you read, develops you and will improve you as a practitioner and as a surgeon. You will never have this opportunity ever again,” says Salvo. “Be reminded of your fortune to complete a comprehensive program and take advantage of all opportunities afforded.”

Once in practice, Dr. Salvo says it is important to stay as involved and engaged with the profession as possible. In addition to being the residency program director and routinely publishing, Dr. Salvo is becoming more active with the Council on Podiatric Medical Education (CPME), serving as an on-site residency evaluator and as a a member of the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) where she works closely with vascular surgery colleagues, with patient care and publications. She is active and loyal to APMA through her component society, Federal Services Podiatric Medical Association (FSPMA), serving on the Board of Directors and as a delegate to the APMA House of Delegates.

“During residency, I could have never imagined the path my career would take. I have learned that career decisions are never easy and sometimes developing your career requires relocating or stepping out of your comfort zone for a short time “but it is worth it.”

In her spare time, Dr. Salvo is a devoted mother to her 8-year-old daughter who she says “keeps her grounded and reminds her of happiness in simple things.” She also loves to run and play trumpet but admits, right now at least, she has little time for either.

 

Nichol Salvo, DPM Featured in Wound Care Paper On Limb Salvage of the Diabetic Patient

June Vascular JournalABPM Diplomate, Dr. Nichol L. Salvo, was featured in an article entitled “Promoting Limb Salvage through Multi-Disciplinary Care of the Diabetic Patient”, which was published in the June 2017 issue of the Journal of Vascular Surgery.

Dr. Nichol Salvo along with vascular surgeon, Dr. Luke Brewster, and plastic surgeon, Dr. Mark D. Walsh, discuss the high volume of patients who still are undergoing major amputations as a result of diabetes. In this article, the doctors present literature and introduce the successes that a multi-disciplinary limb salvage center could have on the lives and limbs of patients with diabetes.

Read the full article here.

 

Dr. Dyane Tower: A Profile of Enthusiasm

Dyane Tower

Dyane Tower, DPM

Dr. Dyane Tower’s career is shaped by her inquisitiveness and passion for learning. Because of these traits, her career has been filled with what she describes as a series of happy “twists and turns.”

A job with an orthopedic surgeon while in college inspired her career in the podiatric profession. “I was intrigued. As I researched the profession and shadowed podiatrists in the field, I became convinced that this was the career for me. The podiatric specialty offers so many opportunities to develop meaningful relationships with my patients, provide care and perform surgeries, and improve the quality of life for so many.”

Having earned her Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in 2009, Dr. Tower is currently the Director of Clinical Affairs for the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). In this role, her responsibilities include serving as a scientific spokesperson on the practice of podiatric medicine, overseeing the development of a Qualified Clinical Data Registry for the profession, and coordinating the APMA Young Physician’s Program to name key responsibilities.

Educating and sharing knowledge about podiatric medicine is critical to Dr. Tower. As a podiatrist in the Department of Orthopedics at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center from 2014 to 2016, Dr. Tower provided foot and ankle care, including high-risk wound care, to patients. During those years, she also shared her passion with residents, educating and supervising residents and undergraduate students interested in foot and ankle medicine and surgery. “I would not be where I am today without the mentorship of many throughout my career, she says. I am honored to be able to mentor others.”

A believer in life-long education, scholarship punctuates Dr. Tower’s career and life. She is very active in advanced research, scholarly publication, and professional conferences. She has been a faculty member at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and the Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine.

After receiving her Doctorate, Dr. Tower went back to school to earn her Master of Public Health from the Geisel School of Medicine. She also holds Master and Bachelor of Science degrees from the College of Health Professions at Rosalind Franklin University of Science and Medicine. Her first degree was a Bachelor of Science from Truman State University.

But while her inquisitiveness may have lead her on a career path that included a few twists and turns, Dr. Tower never wavered on her focus and determination to become ABPM board certified. She took her exam as soon as able, and encourages others to do the same. “Being able to refer to yourself as board certified soon after residency really opens many opportunities,” she says. “I took my ABPM qualification and certification in the same year and found the process very manageable and not at all cumbersome.”

She also stays active in the podiatric community through her committee and volunteer work, and has supported a range of great causes, including serving as a podiatry crew member supporting walkers in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, and providing education on foot health at various events. She has also repeatedly supported the Yucatan Crippled Children Project in Mexico, performing surgery for underserved community members and training local surgeons on advanced methodologies.

Dr. Tower encourages residents to get involved and remain active. “As the future of the profession, we need your ideas and creativity, your dedication and perseverance, especially as the healthcare climate changes,” she says. “Ours is a very dynamic profession and you never know how your experiences may open up new career opportunities.”

 

 

Founding Dean, Lawrence Harkless, DPM, is Honored at Western University Commencement

(L-R) Drs. Lawrence Harkless and Lester Jones at the WesternU Commencement Ceremony.

(L-R) Drs. Lawrence Harkless and Lester Jones at the WesternU Commencement Ceremony.

Western University of Health Sciences held its annual Commencement ceremony for the College of Podiatric Medicine at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. WesternU honored College of Podiatric Medicine Founding Dean Lawrence Harkless, DPM, who will retire June 30, 2017 after spending the past 10 years launching and growing the college. CPM Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Lester J. Jones, DPM, MS, will serve as interim dean while the university conducts a search for Harkless’ successor.

Harkless will leave WesternU with a legacy of excellence and achievement very few members of the podiatric medicine profession have the opportunity to accomplish in a lifetime, Jones said. Harkless said we must all remember to give and share because we are all instruments made by God to help others. “As I watch one season come to an end, I welcome the beginning of a new season and the journey ahead,” Harkless said. “Wherever you are in life, don’t be afraid to try new paths. I’m sure our paths will cross again.”

Dr. Lawrence Harkless has been board certified with the ABPM since 1994.

Dr. Lester Jones, past president of ABPM, has been board certified with the ABPM since 1985.

Dr. Matthew Garoufalis Presents at Two European Wound Healing Conferences

Presenter, Dr. Matthew Garoufalis, at Two European Wound Healing Conferences (EWMA & ESVM)

Presenter, Dr. Matthew Garoufalis, at Two European Wound Healing Conferences (EWMA & ESVM)

Matthew G. Garoufalis, DPM, President of the International Federation of Podiatrists, FIP/IFP, and past president of the APMA, recently returned from a European trip that included presentations at two European Wound Healing Conferences, the European Wound Management Association (EWMA) meeting in Amsterdam and two presentations at the European Society of Vascular Medicine Conference (ESVM) in Graz, Austria. In between those conferences, Dr. Garoufalis, ran the Annual General Meeting and 70th Anniversary Gala Celebration of FIP in Tubingen, Germany.

At EWMA, Dr. Garoufalis, moderated the dedicated FIP track of the EWMA Conference. In another scientific presentation, Dr. Garoufalis shared the podium with Dr. Severin Lauchli, Chairman of the EWMA Conference and a surgical dermatologist from Switzerland. They shared science and case studies with the audience. At the ESVM conference, Dr. Garoufalis presented on “The Use of Amniotic Membranes in Wound Healing of the Diabetic Foot and Advanced Pneumatic Compression in the Treatment of Chronic Venous Insufficiency, Venous Leg Ulcers and Lymphedema.”

Dr. Matthew Garoufalis has been an ABPM Diplomate since 1987.

Source: Podiatry Management News, Online

Dr. Steven Kravitz Invited as only U.S. Physican to Lecture at EWMA

Steven Kravitz, DPM, U.S. Physician Lecturer at the EWMA

Steven Kravitz, DPM, U.S. Physician Lecturer at the EWMA

Steven Kravitz, DPM returned to the U.S. on May 8 after lecturing at the International Compression Club session at the European Wound Management Association (EWMA) 2017 Annual Conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands. He was the only U.S. physician lecturing in a field of presenters. His research topic was static stiffness index and its effect on compression therapy.

Dr. Kravitz serves as Executive Director of the Academy of Physicians in Wound Healing and the Council for Medical Education and Testing. He is an assistant professor at TUSPM and Medical Director of Carolon.

Dr. Steven Kravitz has been an ABPM Diplomate since 1986.

Source: PM News, Online

ABPM President, Steve Goldman, DPM, testified before the VA House Subcommittee on Health

Drs. Steven Goldman and Rep. Brad Wenstrup at the VA House Subcommittee on Health hearing.

Drs. Steven Goldman and Rep. Brad Wenstrup at the VA House Subcommittee on Health hearing.

On May 2, 2017, American Board of Podiatric Medicine (ABPM) President Steve Goldman, DPM, testified before the VA House 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 that 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 healthcare 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. See Dr. Goldman’s written testimony. Watch the entire hearing. 

Dr. Steve Goldman is the current president of the American Board of Podiatric Medicine and has been board certified since 1999.

Source: Podiatry Management News, Online

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.

NSU College of Allopathic Medicine Appoints Dr. Leonard Levy to Curriculum Committee

Dr. Leonard Levy, Curriculum Committee of the College of Allopathic Medicine at NSU.

Dr. Leonard Levy, Curriculum Committee of the College of Allopathic Medicine at NSU.

Leonard A. Levy, DPM, MPH, Professor Emeritus and retiring Associate Dean for Research and Innovation in the College of Osteopathic Medicine of Nova Southeastern University (NSU), was appointed to the Curriculum Committee in the new College of Allopathic Medicine. The school is scheduled to enroll a class of 50 first-year students, possibly as early as 2018, studying for the MD degree at NSU College of Allopathic Medicine, pending Preliminary Approval by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).

LCME accredits schools granting an MD nationwide. This appointment represents the first time a podiatric physician has been named to serve on a curriculum committee designed to develop a program for a new allopathic medical school. The NSU College of Allopathic Medicine will be the eighth school in Florida granting an MD.

Dr. Leonard Levy has been board certified with the American Board of Podiatric Medicine since 1993

Source: PM News, Online

Lee Rogers, DPM Helps Implement Surgical Limb Salvage Clinic in Saudi Arabia

(L-R) Sinan Tabanjeh (diabetic podiatrist), Drs. Talal Almalki (foot and ankle orthopedic surgeon), Lee Rogers, and Lawrence Lavery at Surgical Limb Salvage Clinic in Saudi Arabia.

(L-R) Sinan Tabanjeh (diabetic podiatrist), Drs. Talal Almalki (foot and ankle orthopedic surgeon), Lee Rogers, and Lawrence Lavery at Surgical Limb Salvage Clinic in Saudi Arabia.

Drs. Lee Rogers and Lawrence Lavery implemented the first multidisciplinary surgical limb salvage clinic in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. With 1 in 4 Saudis having diabetes, the prevalence is one of the highest in the world. Foot complications and amputations are commonplace due to the lack of organized care and cultural factors.

The Kahel Specialty Clinic in Riyadh will build on the successful practice of American limb salvage centers. Drs. Rogers and Lavery provided training, set clinical best-practice pathways, and a process of quality assurance and performance improvement to help reduce the plague of limb loss in the Kingdom.

Lee Rogers, DPM has been board certified with the ABPM since 2008.

Source: Podiatry Management News, Online

 

 

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