Dr. Lawrence DiDomenico Receives the Ilizarov Award of Excellence

Dr. Lawrence DiDomenico

Dr. Lawrence DiDomenico

Lawrence A. DiDomenico, DPM was awarded the Ilizarov Award of Excellence at the 10th Annual International External Fixation Symposium (IEFS) sponsored by the University of Texas Health Science Center in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center on December 11, 2015 in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. DiDomenico practices in Youngstown, Ohio and was inducted into the Kent State College of Podiatric Medicine Hall of Fame in 2015.

DiDomenico is currently a fellowship director in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery and has also received the 2015 American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons Distinguished Service Award. His many years of service as a residency and fellowship director, numerous journal and book chapter contributions, editorial board positions, teaching and training with expertise in diabetic limb salvage surgery with external fixation, have distinguished him as the honorary recipient of this year’s award.

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

Source: PM News, Online

Dr. Loretta Logan and Colleagues Volunteer with Students to Assist in Care for Runners at NYC Marathon

NYCPM Medical Team at NYC Marathon, with Dr. Loretta Logan

NYCPM Medical Team at NYC Marathon

NYCPM faculty and students have participated on the medical team at the New York City Marathon for well over 20 years. Volunteering as part of the medical team for sporting events such as the New York City Marathon, Boston Marathon, Hamptons Marathon, NYC Triathlon, Atlantic City Marathon, Central Park Marathon, New Jersey Marathon, and many others, “is not only part of our curriculum, but part of our culture,” says Loretta Logan, DPM, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Orthopedics and Pediatrics.

November 1st, 2015 was no different. Four NYCPM DPMs along with 16 third-year students volunteered to assist the medical team in taking care of the TCS New York City Marathon runners who braved the course through the five boroughs of New York City.

Loretta Logan, DPM has been board certified with the ABPM since 2001.

Source: Podiatry Management News, Online

Profiles in Practice: James Stavosky, DPM

Dr. James Stavosky is a podiatric physician who specializes in wound care in Daly City, CA. He began practicing podiatry nearly 30 years ago in a full time academic practice, teaching four days and tending to private patients 2 half days per week. From 1987-1998 he was the Department Chair and professor at the Seton Wound Care (Medical) Center.

“I was lucky because my training was at the California College of Podiatric Medicine ( now the California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt College) which, at the time was in San Francisco and had its own 28-bed hospital. We were able to have clinics onsite and got lots of real case experience early on.”

In 2015, Dr. Stavosky was named the Medical Director for the Seton Center for Advanced Wound Care in Daly City, and in 1998 was appointed Chief of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery and opened a full time private practice. “I was always interested in wound care, even though I had surgical training. Eventually I became very known for treatment of the diabetic foot and chronic wounds and was sent 95% of these cases by my colleagues.”

“Even though I was certified by ABFAS, I always felt that there needed to be a certification for Medicine.” Dr. Stavosky was one of the founding directors of ABPM. “For me, taking the extra step to be credentialed and to demonstrate my expertise in medicine made me a complete physician. I think you have the obligation to your patient to look at the foot and ankle not just with an eye to surgery, but with a holistic view, so you can decide if a medical or surgical route needs to be taken or how to integrate those in your treatment plan.”

Dr. Stavosky feels the three year residency provides residents with the right balance of surgery and medicine. It is because the two areas are now combined that the ABPM was able to waive the case documentation requirement for those with the three year training. “Medicine is well covered and residents have the cases already to demonstrate that expertise,” stated Stavosky.

Dr. Stavosky likes to treat patients with the support of an integrated, multidisciplinary team. “I think to preserve limbs, and tend to severe wounds, it is best to have the podiatrist –who understands both podiatric medicine and surgery, the vascular specialist, the internal medicine doctor, the plastic surgeon and the orthopedic.” According to the APMA, including a podiatrist in your diabetes care can reduce the risk of lower limb amputation up to 85 percent and lowers the risk of hospitalization by 24 percent.

“I personally feel that treating patients medically first builds trust because it shows you are reviewing the total situation first without rushing to surgery. I also think both the patient and the insurance company appreciate seeing a podiatrist go through conservative steps first to avoid surgery.”

“I am a physician and a surgeon of the ankle and foot, and I have sought to credential myself accordingly,” said Stavosky. “I would advise all young podiatrists to do the same.”

When Dr. Stavosky is not busy with his practice, he is spending time with his two children, 9 and 12, adopted from Guatemala, and his wife, a retired PE teacher and dancer whose feet “require much attention to keep going.”

Loans, loans…What to do with those Student Loans!

By Vincenzo Palmieri, DPM PGY-3, Mt. Sinai/FHCC – PMSR/RRA, Chief Resident and William Chagares, DPM, ABPM Vice President

Today, the average medical student will easily accumulate a loan debt that tops six figures.  Although the Ben Franklin axiom, “An investment in education always pays the best dividends”, is certainly true, it is also true that to realize those dividends you must have a well-grounded understanding of your finances.  A few months before graduating podiatric medical college, our financial aid department gave us each a crash course on our loans. The official name for the course was “exit interview,” where terms such as consolidation and deferment were thrown at us.  Like most students, I had several individual loans with different interest rates that needed repayment and I was extremely confused.  What are my options for repayment? When does repayment begin? What are my loan interest rates?  Like most students I had very little knowledge of finances and managing debt.

There are several repayment plans that are designed to help individualize the repayment process.  Should I consolidate my loans?  Loan consolidation can greatly simplify repayment by combining your loans to one monthly bill and can lower initial payments by giving you up to 30 years to repay your loans.  However, if you increase the length of your repayment periods, you will pay more in interest.

Consolidating loans may give you alternative repayment option plans such as the pay as you earn plan or income based repayment.  Most (not all) federal student loans are eligible for consolidation.  In my specific case consolidation was my best options as it allowed for one monthly repayment bill at a lower fixed interest rate. A Direct Consolidation Loan has a fixed interest rate for the life of the loan. This also afforded me the Pay as You Earn Plan with payments up to 20 years. This plan is very friendly to residents because the payments are based on a percentage of your total income and changes as your income changes.  Keep in mind that though you are only responsible for a small initial monthly payment there is no penalty for additional repayment. Hopefully this is not the case but; if you have not repaid your loan in full after you made the equivalent of 20 years of qualifying monthly payments, any outstanding balance on your loan will be forgiven.

When it comes time to repay your student loans, there is a lot to consider. Understanding the details of repayment and your options is critical and will save you time and money. Shop around the different consolidation companies – some offer to lower rates for 36 on time payments and/or auto debit from a checking account.  Some companies may give you an added bonus of 0.25% reduction in interest if you apply for automatic bank account deductions on a monthly basis.  Find out when your loans’ grace period ends and when repayment begins. Look at all of your repayment options and plans and pick the plan that best fits your individual situation.

Make sure to do your homework and research on all your options so that you are not losing money.  Some helpful resources for loan repayment and information are: Federal Student Aid Website at studentaid.ed.gov and loanconsolidation.ed.gov

Dr. Daniel Margolin and Staff Participate in Annual Holiday Gift Giving for CASA


New Jersey Foot and Ankle Center Staff

New Jersey Foot and Ankle Center is located in Oradell, NJ and led by ABPM Diplomate, Dr. Daniel Margolin. This year his employees participated in their 3rd Annual Holiday Gift Giving for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children of Bergen County. The staff members sponsored six children in the foster care system’s holiday wish lists. This year the donation coalesced with #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back on Tuesday, December 1, 2015.

Daniel Margolin, DPM has been board certified with the ABPM since 2013.

Source: Podiatry Management News, Online

Dr. Lawrence Harkless Assists in Developing Podiatric Educational Meeting in Israel


Physicians, podiatrists, nurses, podiatric assistants and educators gather at the Rambam Healthcare Campus.

Forty podiatrists, nurses, podiatric assistants and educators from the United States and Canada met for eleven days with Israeli physicians and administrators to discuss a wide range of medical topics. The seminar, organized by the American Physicians and Friends for Medicine in Israel (APF) and sponsored by Western University College of Podiatric Medicine, was supported by grants from BAKO and PICA.

The scientific program was developed by Dr. Marlene Reid and Dr. Lawrence Harkless, and included topics on biomechanics, plastic surgery, tumor management, medical preparedness and patient communication. The group visited the four major medical centers of Israel including the Rambam Healthcare Campus.

Lawrence Harkless, DPM has been an ABPM Diplomate since 1994.

Source: PM News, Online

ABPM Diplomate Among the First to Use Orthofix TrueLok Hexapod System

Orthofix TrueLok Hexapod System

Nihar Ghate, DPM

Dr. Nihar Ghate recently became one of the first foot and ankle surgeons in the nation to utilize the Orthofix TrueLok Hexapod System (TL-Hex). TL-Hex is a unique external fixation device used to treat a variety of bone fractures and deformities. The device consists of two rings connected by six telescopic struts extending from and to special universal joints located on the rings. The device fits around the patient’s limb and is attached to the bone with pins that extend from the rings through the skin and into the bone.

By making daily adjustments to the lengths of the six struts, one ring can be re positioned with respect to the other, resulting in the ability to correct even the most complex bone deformities and fractures. Using a Web-based application, a surgeon is able to enter the original deformity data into the program through standard Web devices such as “radio buttons” and “text boxes.” Based on the data entered, the software provides the surgeon with a day-to-day prescription of strut adjustments needed to correct the bone deformity.

Nihar Ghate, DPM has been an ABPM Diplomate since 2014.

Source: Podiatry Management News, Online 

Dr. Jeffrey Robbins Conducts Diabetes Webinar for VA

Diabetes Webinar hosted by Dr. Jeffrey Robbins

Dr. Jeffrey Robbins

As part of Diabetes Awareness Month, the Amputee Coalition and Organogenesis Inc. convened an educational webinar for U.S. veterans, their families, caregivers, and clinicians on preventing limb loss for patients battling diabetes. “Patient education on proper care of the diabetic foot is an absolutely critical component of diabetes management and prevention of lower limb amputations,” stated Jeffrey Robbins, DPM, Director of Podiatric Services at the Veterans Administration and Lois Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center. 

During the diabetes webinar, Robbins advised diabetic patients to check their feet daily for any cuts or sores, wear appropriately fitting shoes and socks, and avoid going barefoot at all times as even the smallest cut or blister has the potential to turn into a chronic non-healing ulcer. Robbins also discussed the Amputation Prevention program at the VA and how patients can best navigate the system to get the care they need.

Jeffrey Robbins, DPM has been board certified with the ABPM since 1993.

Source: PM News, Online

Several ABPM Diplomates Give Presentations at NYCPM Schuster Biomechanics Seminar


(L-R) Drs. Michael Trepal, Guido LaPorta, and Joseph D’Amico

Sponsored by an education grant from Jerry Seinfeld, the third annual Richard O. Schuster, DPM Memorial Biomechanics Seminar was held at NYCPM on November 14, 2015, and featured a once-in-a-lifetime assembly of pre-eminent speakers from all across the U.S. Dr. Joseph D’Amico, professor and past chair of the Department of Orthopedics, served with distinction as the Scientific Chair of the Seminar.

Presentations were given by Drs. Guido LaPorta,  Kevin Kirby, John McNerney, James Losito, J. David Skliar; and Jinsup Song, as well as acclaimed experts from NYCPM including Drs. D’Amico, Russell L. Volpe, and Jeffrey Cusack. Lectures were geared to reaffirm and re-establish biomechanics as the cornerstone for the practice of podiatric medicine and surgery. Topics focused on lower extremity bio- and pathomechanics from a static as well as a dynamic perspective and its accompanying influence and significance in the pediatric, adult, and sports-participant patient. The importance of phylogenic and ontogenic influences in the foot and ankle and their resultant equinovarus deficiencies were a focus of the presentations.

The following doctors are all board certified with the American Board of Podiatric Medicine:

Joseph  D’Amico, DPM since 1978

J. David Skliar, DPM since 1979

Jeffrey Cusack, DPM since 1987

Russell Volpe, DPM since 1988

James Losito, DPM since 1990

Kevin Kirby, DPM since 1992

Jinsup Song, DPM since 2005


Source: Podiatry Management News, Online



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