“I always knew I wanted to go into medicine and chose podiatry because I liked the idea of serving patients along the spectrum of life from the youngest children to geriatric patients. I also liked the hands on nature of the practice and the ability to work closely one on one with patients,” stated Dr. Dan Evans. Dr. Evans is currently a Professor at the William Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine and an attending physician at the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Medical Center in Hines, Illinois.
A graduate of the Scholl College, Dr. Evans started a general podiatric private practice immediately after completing his residency at the Hines VAMC. Shortly thereafter he was asked to join Hines Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) as a part time attending physician and soon after that asked to teach at the Scholl College. “That was nearly 34 years ago,” explained Dr. Evans.
“I juggled that schedule, and those three careers, for 29 years before selling my private practice about five years ago. Now I split my time between teaching radiology at the Scholl College and being involved in patient care and educating students and residents at Hines VAMC.”
“I love teaching because it is a challenge that never gets old. It’s a magical moment when a student finally understands a complex concept and how to apply that information to accurately diagnose and treat a patient’s condition. I also like teaching the discipline of our profession, which includes building trust with a patient by carefully and thoughtfully explaining possible diagnostic approaches or procedures to their patients.”
Dr. Evans is passionate about podiatry. He has recently assumed the role of President of the American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine, and is a member of the examination committee for the ABPM. He also lectured at numerous local, regional and national conferences. “I feel that participating in my profession beyond my practice has given me not only added opportunity but it has also been extremely rewarding,” stated Evans.
He also feels credentialing is critical and stated that “ABPM Certification is important because they test in the areas that truly reflect the care we provide to our patients on a daily basis.” “ABPM certification has enabled me to obtain hospital staff privileges, participate on various insurance panels and become a Fellow of ACFAOM. Even more importantly, it demonstrates to my patients and colleagues a specialized expertise in the field of podiatric medicine.”
After 34 years of practice, Dr. Evans has a seasoned perspective for residents. “My advice for current residents is to enjoy your time as a resident. It is your time to take the knowledge you have from your podiatry college and apply it to patient care in a protected, mentored environment. Be sure to maximize every opportunity while you further your skills and knowledge, and embrace the responsibility and trust given to you by your patients.”
When not busy with podiatry, Dr. Evans spends time with Jane, his wife and childhood sweetheart. He has three “awesome” adult children and is active in his church. He explains that his faith has provided him with the foundation that sustains him through good times and bad, and has informed and influenced the way he teaches and practices medicine.