Category Archive: Diplomates

ABPM Director Advocates for Podiatry Specialty in Romania

Stefan Minovici (CEO of the Romanian American Business Council), Dr. Andrew Pavelescu, Daniel Kline, and Dr. Lee Rogers, November 5, 2018.

Stefan Minovici (CEO of the Romanian American Business Council), Dr. Andrew Pavelescu, Daniel Kline, and Dr. Lee Rogers

November 5, 2018 – Dr. Lee Rogers, ABPM Director and Chair of the CAQ in Amputation Prevention and Wound Care Sub-Committee, spoke at the United Nations Millennium Hilton for the Romanian American Business Council about the wave of diabetes and amputations in Romania and the need to establish the specialty of podiatry to address this growing problem.  He cited American data on the success of podiatrists and teams in preventing limb losses and reducing costs in diabetes.

The audience consisted of the Romanian Secretary of State, Minister of Health, Ambassador to the UN, Ambassador to the US, and other government and healthcare leaders from Romania.  US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams also spoke to the Council.

Meet New ABPM Executive Director, Dr. James Stavosky

James Stavosky, DPM

James Stavosky, DPM

“Enjoy what you do every day. Be quick to listen, and slow to talk and anger.” These are the words that Dr. James Stavosky, the new Executive Director of ABPM, lives by. He enjoys golfing, fly-fishing and playing tennis with his two sons and his wife (who he refers to as his best friend.) Another thing Dr. Stavosky enjoys? His career in podiatry.

In his 35 years of experience in podiatry, Dr. Stavosky has built an impressive career focusing on wound care. Besides running his own private practice in Daly City, California, he is also the Chief of Podiatric Surgery at Seton Medical Center, the Medical Director of Wound Care at Seton Medical Center, and a Professor of Podiatric Medicine at California School of Podiatric Medicine.

How he found podiatry and how his career took surprising turns

Dr. Stavosky didn’t always know he was destined for a thriving career in wound care. He was first introduced to podiatry during graduate school at The University of the Pacific, where he worked as a student trainer. His advisor at the time “introduced me to her podiatrist, and he set me up to meet and work with some very progressive DPM’s in the area.” From there, he set on a course to study sports medicine.

Later, as a doctorate student at the California School of Podiatric Medicine, Dr. Stavosky got even more involved in the profession. “I volunteered to work on Saturday free clinics every week, and I was a TA for classes,” he says. “Plus, I attended all CME education seminars put on by CSPM—I even volunteered to work AV at those seminars.”

During his residency, even though he initially set out to work in sports medicine, Dr. Stavosky discovered his true passion was elsewhere. “I also developed an interest in foot and ankle surgery, but then found my calling in wound care,” he says.

After completing his residency, Dr. Stavosky worked in academic medicine as a volunteer until he was hired full-time as a professor. He began his career in a full-time position at the Seton Medical Center, teaching four days and tending to private patients two half-days per week.

His career took a turn for the better when he was given the opportunity to take over the wound care department. “No one else wanted to do it, but it put me on the map nationally,” he says. So, from 1987-1998, he was the Department Chair and professor at the Seton Wound Care (Medical) Center.

In 1998 Dr. Stavosky was appointed Chief of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery and opened a full-time private practice.

Board Certification

 Dr. Stavosky was a founding member of ABPM (then ABPOPPM), in 1993. Sitting for this certification was highly important to him, “first for academics, and later for medicine and wound care.”

He is also certified with ABFAS, which he pursued because he “was teaching in the surgery department at CCPM, but in the process realized just how important podiatric medicine was.” He went on to become Chair of the podiatric medical department as a result.

Although the sequence of Dr. Stavosky’s board certifications began with ABFAS, he notes “I would now do it the other way around.”, and advises his students and residents as such.

Teaching the next generation

 In addition to helping patients through his work in wound care, Dr. Stavosky notes that he’s most proud of his experience teaching.

His advice to aspiring podiatrists: “Enjoy what you do, it’s the greatest job in the world. If you don’t want to spend time in a particular facet of podiatry, such as surgery, there’s a tremendous amount elsewhere that our specialty offers, like wound care or sports medicine.”

Along with his academic position he does his best to stay involved in the podiatric community. “I volunteer as faculty for residents and students for both ABPM and ABFAS and am, or have been, on each of their Board of Directors.” He’s also on the Board of Directors at the alumni associations of the California School of Podiatric Medicine and The University of the Pacific. Plus, he lectures on wound care around the country.

What he plans to bring to ABPM

 Dr. Stavosky doesn’t take his latest honor and challenge as the Executive Director of ABPM lightly. He looks forward to “taking our organization, ABPM, to yet another level in the future.  He plans to “guide the ABPM Board of Directors and continue to grow our membership,” along with “getting even more young practitioners involved at the committee and director levels.  With our significant increases in membership, especially over the past five years, we’ve experienced a demographic shift.  We’re getting younger.”

He has ambitious plans, but if Dr. Stavosky’s career proves anything, it is that he is capable of achieving some impressive goals.

Dr. Brad Wenstrup Receives APMA Award of Excellence

(L-R) Drs. Steve Goldman, Brad Wenstrup, William Chagares and Gina Painter

(L-R) Drs. Steve Goldman, Brad Wenstrup, William Chagares and Gina Painter

On March 17, 2018, Congressman Dr. Brad Wenstrup was honored by the APMA House of Delegates for his work advocating for the profession on Capital Hill.

Congressman Wenstrup took a few minutes to speak to members of ABPM leadership. Pictured are Dr. Steve Goldman,  immediate Past President,  Congressman Wenstrup,  Dr. William Chagares, ABPM Board of Director and Dr. Gina Painter,  the current President.  He thanked the ABPM for appearing before his subcommittee and testifying on behalf of the ABPM and the podiatric community.

Dr. Wenstrup is a strong advocate for veterans’ access to services. He has been an advocate for H.R. 1058, the VA Provider Equity Act that passed July of last year that improves veterans access to specialty care physicians by enabling the VA to better recruit and retain experts in lower extremity conditions. The Senate portion of the bill (S. 1871) was introduced in September of 2017 for deliberation.  Everyone is encouraged to contact their respective U.S. Senators to support the bill.   Visit the APMA website for guidance on the proper language and use of eAdvocacy.

Click here to watch Dr. Steve Goldman testify before the VA House Subcommittee on Health Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. Read his full testimony here.

 

Fellowship Overview with Timothy Ford, DPM

Timothy Ford, DPM

Timothy Ford, DPM

Reconstructive Foot and Diabetic Limb Salvage/Preservation Fellowship

Sponsoring Institutions: KentuckyOne Health Jewish Hospital and University of Louisville

 In continuing our series about CPME-approved residencies and fellowships, this month we are featuring a one-year reconstructive foot and diabetic limb salvage/preservation fellowship at KentuckyOne Health and the University of Louisville.  Below are insights about the program from Director, Timothy Ford, DPM.

 

ABPM: What are some key aspects of this fellowship?

Dr. Ford: This program is a mix of surgery and medicine – it offers the best of both worlds. Unlike being on one service, podiatry, our fellows are on a variety of services throughout their 12 months. These rotations include plastic surgery, ortho trauma, infectious disease, foot & ankle clinic and our fellows also take ER call at University of Louisville.

This fellowship offers a wide range of experiences, but it can also be customized. If our fellow is interested in a particular area, we work with them to ensure they get a little more time on that rotation. For instance, if a fellow is really interested in traumatology, we’ll give them a few more months on that service, and make sure the attending in that area is working closely with them.

Of course, there are certain requirements that must be met for a CPME approved fellowship. So, all our fellows have to complete ortho trauma, and plastic surgery rotations. In addition, they must take a micro vascular course and cover foot clinic. Otherwise, there is room to mold the experience.

ABPM: What sets this fellowship apart?

Dr. Ford: We think of our fellows as junior attendings. They are given a lot of autonomy, although there is always an attending nearby. This program is especially great for those who get out of residency and don’t feel that they have quite enough experience, or just want to learn a little more. Our fellows leave with at least a couple hundred procedures. This program forces fellows to grow a little more and gives them an opportunity to do things on their own. But at the same time, attendings are always there and available.

Also, because our fellows work with fellows in different medical subspecialties, there is an increased awareness of podiatry, and it builds a better understanding and respect for our medical specialty.

ABPM: What are the research requirements for this fellowship?

Dr. Ford: Research is encouraged, and there are a lot of research opportunities through the university that fellows can tap into. We also encourage fellows to partner in a research project with a first-year resident, who can continue the research.

While we don’t have strict research requirements, research is important for all podiatrists because it gives you a different perspective; it shows you how medicine evolves.

ABPM: Who is the ideal candidate for this fellowship? What are you looking for?

Dr. Ford: In general, CPME-approved fellowships are great for those interested in academic medicine, or those who don’t feel they got enough experience through their residency.

On paper, we’re looking for the same things as everyone else – good PRR logs, involvement in extra curricular activities, etc. But when it comes to the interview, we are looking for someone eager to learn and who can rise to the occasion. This fellowship is attached to a residency program, so our fellows get a lot of calls from residents – they become teachers. A good candidate for this fellowship won’t shy away from that aspect.

Most importantly, we’re looking for a candidate who knows what they are lacking and how this experience can fill that gap.

ABPM: What else do potential candidates need to know?

Dr. Ford: We send out a notice to all residency programs right after Labor Day. Applications should be submitted by the end of the year.  But we do encourage interested residents to contact us anytime.

Also, because you’re required to be licensed by the state of Kentucky before you can start the fellowship, it’s important you plan ahead. The state exam is normally in April or May.

As dual-boarded DPM in academic medicine, do you have any other words of wisdom?

As insurance becomes more and more important, credentials will become more and more important. So, get dual-boarded. Get the extra wound care certification offered by ABPM. Get certified in whatever you can! In my opinion, it’s easiest to do all this right after residency, when everything is fresh in your mind. Sit for all of it – one right after the other.

 

For additional information about this fellowship, visit http://www.kentuckyonehealth.org/fellowship-opportunities-podiatry-program

Interested Podiatrists may contact Dr. Timothy Ford, Fellowship Director at tcford03@louisville.edu

If you have or know of a CPME fellowship program that you would like featured in this series, please email admin@ABPMed.org

A Profile of Excellence: Rosemay Michel, DPM

Podiatry wins!

Rosemay Michel, DPM

Rosemay Michel, DPM

Dr. Rosemay Michel describes her path to podiatric medicine as “not glamorous!” As a child, she wanted to be a pediatrician, but when medical school didn’t work out, she looked into other medical professions. “Podiatry was the lucky winner,” Dr. Michel says. Podiatry may not have been Dr. Michel’s original plan, but it certainly worked out for the best. She now has a dynamic career punctuated with two fellowships, eight years as an assistant professor and a variety of volunteer work. She says that her open-mindedness, willingness to relocate and “occasionally adventurous nature” have contributed to her success and helped her navigate her post doctorate training and career path.

Dr. Michel attended the New York College of Podiatric Medicine, where she was involved in the National Podiatric Medical Association and participated in a number of community outreach projects under the mentorship of Simon Nzuzi, DPM. After residency, Dr. Michel was a surgical fellow at North General Hospital, and followed that experience with a Diabetic Foot/Limb Salvage Fellowship at University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio (UTHSCSA).

For the next 8 years she served UTHSCSA as assistant professor, an experience that gave her valuable confidence in her knowledge and skills, and helped prepare her for her current role as a podiatrist at the VA Medical Center in Fayetteville, NC.

Dr. Michel says that during her training years, mentors like Stephen Albert, DPM, Renato Giorgini, DPM and Lawrence Harkless, DPM, “greatly contributed to my professional and personal growth.” She encourages young podiatrists to find mentors who inspire them. She also advises residents to be open-minded, patient and prepared for any path you may be faced with.

“Life doesn’t always go as you plan or envision,”she says. “Go with the flow!”

Dr. Michel became ABPM certified in 2006 and ABFAS certified in 2005. She says that her experience in academic medicine taught her the value of being dual board certified. Being dual certified serves as testimony to the excellent knowledge and skills I have acquired, giving equal emphasis to both medical and surgical aspects of podiatry, since they work in tandem! Dr. Michel also recently received her Certification of Added Qualification in Amputation Prevention and Wound Care by the ABPM.

Dr. Michel is passionate about giving back  inside and outside of the podiatric community. During her fellowship years, Dr. Michel was involved with the in the Denver Boys and Girls Club and her local church. She also served on a medical mission to Haiti after the devastating earthquake in 2010. This experience had a particularly profound effect on her, as she is of Haitian descent. She was grateful to be able to serve in a variety of ways, from helping establish temporary medical camps to working at the local hospital in patient care and surgical procedures.

Currently, Dr. Michel is heavily involved with the ABPM. She serves on the Qualification/In-Training Subsection Examination Committee, Credentials Committee and MOC Committee, and is a liaison for the ABPM Residency Review Committee (RRC). She is also a Board Member for the American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine, and serves on the Council of Podiatric Medical Education as a member of the RRC, one of the ABPM liaisons, and as an onsite residency program evaluator.

In her free time, Dr. Michel enjoys traveling, learning about different cultures, reading and spending time with family.

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

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

Bruce Pinker, DPM Organizes 9th Annual Shoe Drive for Homeless

Bruce Pinker, DPM (3rd from right) at the LUW Shoe Drive

Bruce Pinker, DPM (3rd from right) at the LUW Shoe Drive

Dr. Bruce Pinker of Progressive Foot Care in White Plains recently put his best foot forward in an effort to help the homeless. He invited his patients to donate their lightly used shoes and boots to support a shoe drive for Westchester’s men, women, and children in need. The patients responded by donating more than 360 pairs of shoes and boots in all shapes and sizes, many of them new.

The shoes were donated to Lifting Up Westchester (LUW), a local non-profit social services agency, for distribution to individuals from their Open Arms Men’s Shelter, Samaritan House Women’s Shelter and Soup Kitchen. This is the ninth year that Pinker has organized the drive.

Bruce Pinker, DPM has been Board Certified with the ABPM since 2016.

Source: Podiatry Management News, Online.

 

 

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