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

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



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