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Dr. Daniel Margolin Highlighted in Exemplary Customer Service Book

Dr. Daniel MargolinDr. Daniel Margolin of the New Jersey Foot and Ankle Center was chosen to be in the book 501 Ways to Roll Out the Red Carpet for Your Customers. It focuses on easy-to-implement ideas to inspire loyalty get new customers, and make lasting impressions.

This book is less of a ‘why is customer service important’ book and more a ‘how to deliver great service’ book, providing the reader with 501 actionable tactics and ideas for providing exceptional customer service. The book concludes with a 30-day plan to prompt and help the reader put everything into action.

Daniel Margolin, DPM has been an ABPM Diplomate since 1993.

Source: Podiatry Management News, Online


ACFAS Elects Dr. Eric Walter as Division Presidents Council Chair

The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS), a national surgical association of over 7,200 foot and ankle surgeons, announces its 2016-2017 Board of Directors: The new Board was installed today at the annual business meeting conducted at the ACFAS 74th Annual Scientific Conference in Austin, Texas. ABPM Diplomate since 1996, Dr. Eric Walter, was elected as Division Presidents Council Chair.

Dr. Eric Walter, ACFAS Division Presidents Council Chai

Dr. Eric Walter, ACFAS Division Presidents Council Chair

President – Sean T. Grambart, DPM, FACFAS

President-Elect – Laurence G. Rubin, DPM

Secretary-Treasurer – John S. Steinberg, DPM, FACFAS

Immediate Past-President -Richard M. Derner, DPM, FACFAS

Directors -Christopher Reeves, DPM, FACFAS, Byron L. Hutchinson, DPM, FACFAS, Scott C. Nelson, DPM, Randal Wraalstad, DPM, FACFAS, T Aksone M. Nouvong, DPM, FACFAS, Thanh L. Dinh, DPM, FACFAS

Division Presidents Council Chair – Eric G. Walter, DPM, FACFAS


Source: Podiatry Management News, Online

Star Award Given to Drs. Marc Benard and Jack Morgan at Annual Treasure Hunt Seminar

(L-R) Dr. Jack Morgan receives Star Award from Dr. Gabriel Halperin

(L-R) Dr. Jack Morgan receives Star Award from Dr. Gabriel Halperin

(L-R) Dr. Marc Benard receives Star Award from Dr. Gabriel Halperin

(L-R) Dr. Marc Benard receives Star Award from Dr. Gabriel Halperin











Jack Morgan, DPM received the “Star Award” at Los Angeles County’s Annual Treasure Hunt Seminar at the Doubletree Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. The Star Award is given to a podiatrist each year in recognition for service to the podiatric medical profession from the LA County Podiatric Medical Association (LACPMA). Dr. Morgan was past president of ABPM and is a Vice President of  LACPMA. He was chairman of Treasure Hunt for over 15 years, creator of One Voice, and one of the founding leaders of the Baja Project for Crippled Children.

LACPMA president, Gabriel Halperin, DPM,  presented the award to Dr. Morgan among his colleagues, friends, and family. Also receiving a “Star Award” was Marc Benard, DPM, executive director of American Board of Podiatric Medicine. He is director of the Baja Project for Crippled Children and presently chairman of One Voice.

Dr. Marc Benard has been board certified with the American Board of Podiatric Medicine (ABPM) since 1982, and Dr. Jack Morgan board certified with the ABPM since 1978.

Source: Podiatry Management News, Online 


Dr. Andrew Shapiro Participates in Make-A-Wish Foundation by Doing Polar Plunge in the Atlantic Ocean

Andrew Shapiro, DPM at Long Beach Polar Plunge for Make-A-Wish Foundation

Andrew Shapiro, DPM at Long Beach Polar Plunge for Make-A-Wish Foundation

Braving winter air temperatures, podiatrist  Dr. Andrew Shapiro,  from Lido Beach, NY, took the plunge on Super Bowl Sunday into the frigid Atlantic Ocean waves in Long Beach, NY. This was the 9th year in a row he participated in this event for Make-A-Wish Foundation. Cheered on by Long Beach residents, more than 5,000 people jumped into the Atlantic Ocean for the 19th annual Long Beach Polar Bear Club Dip. Organizers expect to raise well over a half a million dollars from this event.

The Super Bowl Sunday tradition started in 1998 with two friends who began collecting funds for Make-A-Wish Foundation to honor the memory of their friend’s 4-year-old son, who died of cancer. To date, they’ve raised more than $4 million to grant wishes for kids with life-threatening medical conditions.

Andrew Shapiro, DPM has been certified with the American Board of Podiatric Medicine since 1992.

Source: Podiatry Management, Online

APMA Vision 2015 – Path to Parity : How the ABPM works with the APMA and CPME to accomplish this goal

By Melissa Lockwood, DPM

How the ABPM supports the APMA Vision 2015: Path to Parity

When I graduated from Podiatry school in 2005, there was a critical shift in residency training.  Prior to 2004/2005, there were up to seven different models for residency training, all focusing on different aspects of podiatric medicine and lengths of TIME to complete that training. In the past 11 years, times have certainly changed.  Fortunately, for you as residents, today’s 36 month training programs are comprehensive, consistent and incorporate both podiatric medicine and surgery.

The overall mission of Vision 2015 is to ensure that podiatrists are universally accepted and recognized as physicians consistent with their education, training, and experience. As a credentialing body, ABPM has worked hard to support this effort and is continually working to educate residents around the value of certifying in podiatric orthopedics and primary podiatric medicine with ABPM.  As a young practitioner, these are areas of podiatry you will use immediately in your daily practice of podiatry, and credentialing is often a prerequisite to obtaining insurance paneling and hospital privileges.   

As a young physician, you have so many opportunities ahead of you over the next few years.  By completing the most comprehensive training possible and certifying in the medicine and surgery boards, you will have an advantage that none of your predecessors ever could have dreamed of – the possibility of parity within the medical community and beyond.

Vision 2015 Objectives (from APMA Website)

  1. Evaluate and ensure that the outcomes of podiatric medical education are comparable to that of allopathic and osteopathic physicians.
  2. Demonstrate to the entire health care community that the education, training, and experience of a podiatric physician are comparable to that of allopathic and osteopathic physicians.
  3. Obtain state and federal government recognition that podiatrists are physicians.
  4. Market and promote podiatrists as physicians.
  5. Attract high quality applicants to colleges of podiatric medicine and thereby to the profession

Practice Profile: Dr. Lee Rogers – Taking initiative to be successful

Dr. Lee Rogers is a podiatric physician specializing in the diabetic foot and amputation prevention in a private, hospital-based practice. Dr. Rogers began his career basically as an entrepreneur.

“None of the jobs I have ever gotten were there already; I had to create them for myself,” stated Dr. Lee Rogers, who is now the National Medical Director of the Amputation Prevention Centers of America, a division of RestorixHealth, Inc.

After graduating from Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine in 2004, Dr. Rogers completed a two year residency (PM&S-24) in foot surgery at St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center in New York under the direction of ABPM Past-President and Diplomate, Michael DellaCorte, DPM.  He went on to complete a fellowship in limb salvage and research, with David Armstrong, DPM, a world authority on diabetic foot complications, at the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in Chicago.

“I knew early on that I wanted to specialize in the diabetic foot.  I saw that while many podiatrists see and treat the diabetic foot, few dedicate their entire career to this subspecialty. With a mortality rate of 68% within 5 years for those with an amputation caused by diabetes, doing everything we can to save limbs, is saving their lives.  And treating the diabetic foot encompasses a lot of surgery in order to achieve limb salvage,” explained Rogers.

After his fellowship Dr. Rogers was offered a job to start his own clinic focused on amputation prevention in Des Moines, IA at Broadlawns Medical Center.  For two and a half years, he collected data on a 6 step approach to treating the diabetic foot and was able to document a reduction in the rate of amputations by 72%.  “What we found was that a team approach can save more limbs than a unilateral or individual approach,” he said.  “And these teams encompass many other medical or surgical specialties.  But the podiatrist has the opportunity to lead this team.”

He then went on to found similar Amputation Prevention Centers in Los Angeles, California.  He founded the Amputation Prevention Centers of America, creating a network of like-minded specialists dedicated to limb salvage, and a couple years ago this network merged with RestorixHealth, Inc and Rogers now acts as the national medical director.

In 2011, Rogers was given the Rising Star award by the APMA for “outstanding national accomplishments,” and Podiatry Management has selected him as one of America’s Most Influential Podiatrists for several years.

Rogers attributes much of his early success to his mentor Robert Frykberg, DPM who helped him formulate a career plan focused on an area he was passionate about.  “I think finding a mentor is critical. Find someone you respect and want to emulate. Even though healthcare is changing, and practices are changing, there is still much to be learned from seasoned practitioners and the paths their careers have taken. ”

Dr. Rogers has been an ABPM diplomate since 2008.  “For most DPMs I would recommend obtaining certification in both medicine and surgery, but becoming board certified as quick as possible by ABPM can help young podiatrists become credentialed by insurances and obtain or retain their hospital privileges.  I am only certified with ABPM because I quickly realized I didn’t need another board certification. ABPM-only certification has never been an impediment to my work as a surgeon, since I completed a surgical residency and have demonstrated proficiency.”

Dr. Rogers also took some time to run for Congress, where endorsed by the LA Times, the Mayor of LA, the Lt. Governor of California, and 20-30 Members of Congress.  He came within 5% of winning in 2012 in the general elections and was narrowly defeated the new California open primary in 2014. “I definitely see politics in my future again, but am taking a break.  You can’t balance work, family, and running for office; the campaign takes over everything,” stated Rogers. “I  see tremendous opportunities to make improvements in federal policy.  With only about 20 doctors in Congress and one scientist, I think there is room to improve our federal government’s understanding of science and medicine, and restructure America’s priorities to advance in these important areas.”

The biggest take-away Dr. Rogers wants for residents is to “take control of your future”.  “One of my favorite quotes is by George Benard Shaw ‘Life isn’t about finding yourself, it’s about creating yourself.’  I encourage all residents and young practitioners starting out to decide what their perfect job would be and create it, if necessary. If you wait around to find a job posting for your perfect job reading the blogs and e-blasts, you’ll be waiting a long time.  Take the initiative and ‘create yourself’.”




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