Category Archive: Spotlight

PASSED! VA Provider Equity Act (HR-1058)

The ABPM congratulates the APMA, Ben Wallner, Director of Legislative Activities and congressman Brad Wenstrup, DPM for their indefatigable efforts toward passage of the VA Provider Equity Act, which passed in the senate at 4pm EST today (May 23, 2018).  The bill will be on President Trump’s desk tomorrow for signature.  The significance of this legislation cannot be overstated.  While it’s immediate affect is contained within the Veterans Health Administration, the ripple effect on the profession of podiatry with respect to parity will reach far and wide.

“This bill reflects significant advancement in the education, training, and licensure requirements for podiatric physicians over the past 40 years,” said ABPM Immediate Past President, Dr. Steve 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.”. 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.

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

 

Marathon Anyone? A Practice Profile: Katherine Dux, DPM

Katherine Dux, DPM

Katherine Dux, DPM

When your podiatrist decides to run a marathon just to understand the possible injuries better, you know they are passionate about their profession. Meet Dr. Katherine Dux.

“I was a volunteer at the Chicago Marathon for several years and I had patients that would come in with concerns after training or running a marathon,” explained Dux. “And while I had been to probably every different boutique fitness class in the Chicago area, and was active, I had never run a marathon. I thought, I can do this. “I always want to better understand how my patients get injured or the pain they are experiencing, so I can provide the best care. It helps me understand the shoes, the warm-ups, the training and overall movement. Running a marathon made sense.”

How the passion started and where it took her

Dr. Dux was first drawn to podiatry when she was 17 years old. “I had bunion treatment at that time and truly enjoyed the experience I had with the podiatrist and his office. I ended up working there in high school through my second year of college. I was able to get a good sense of the profession, shadow the doctor and see the real day-in-the-life of a podiatrist.”

Dr. Dux attended Loyola University as an undergraduate and podiatry school at Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine.  “I am from the Midwest and so after undergraduate and podiatry school, I thought I wanted to venture out west. Yet I felt so at home as a student rotating through the Loyola/Hines program, and so enjoyed teaching junior residents, I jokingly told my mentor and residency director, Dr. Ron Sage, I never wanted to graduate residency, so I wouldn’t have to leave the Loyola program,” said Dux.

As luck would have it, during Dr. Dux’s senior year, a position opened for an attending podiatrist at Loyola and she was hired just two weeks after completing her residency. “It was quite the transition from being a resident to an attending, but I have enjoyed every minute of it over the past seven years!”

Dr. Dux is currently an attending podiatrist and assistant professor with the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation at Loyola University Medical Center where she also did her residency. She is also a consultant to the Department of Surgery, Division of Podiatry at the Hines VA.

Getting and staying involved

During podiatry school Dr. Dux continued to work for the podiatrist on holidays and breaks and became involved with as many student organizations as possible. She was Vice President of the Illinois Podiatric Medical Association and planned the annual midwinter seminar at the Rosalind Franklin University. She was also involved with the APMA at Scholl College and attended the APMA meeting in Florida during her third year. “My involvement in the different organizations enabled me to meet many practicing podiatrists and learn about different aspects of podiatry,” explained Dux.

Dr. Dux continues to remain active in her profession. She is a member of the Annual Scientific Conference Committee for ACFAS and the Cognitive Exam Committee for the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. She is a journal reviewer for JFAS, judge for the International Post-Graduate Research Symposium at the Midwest Podiatry Conference, on the Rapid Response Committee and an Ambassador for ABPM. She encourages residents and especially young practitioners to get involved. “Use every moment, especially as a resident, to experience, learn and grow. Involve yourself in your profession – especially in your areas of interest both so you learn what you like, and you meet mentors to help you in developing as a professional.”

Board certification

Dr. Dux is dual board certified in medicine and surgery. “I sat for the ABPM board in 2012, the last year case submissions were mandatory. This required a lot of work but was a learning experience because it required me to review some of my first cases as a practicing podiatrist. The ABPM certification has been invaluable to me. It has allowed me to gain staff privileges at multiple facilities and has provided proof to my patients that I hold certification in the specialty of medicine. I think it is essential for all podiatrists to demonstrate their knowledge of the medical aspect as a foundational certification. The ABPM certification shows I know medicine and biomechanics and will look for the best ways to treat patients conservatively first. I am also certified with ABFAS. I am a huge proponent of achieving both credentials because it shows your patients you care about and are well-versed in primary podiatric medicine and podiatric surgery.”

Creating balance

Dr. Dux also believes in creating balance. While she is passionate about her work, she reminds residents especially, to remember to pursue other personal interests in addition to your profession. “Make time for yourself, your family and your friends – it will make you a better practitioner,” she explains. In addition to exercise, Dr. Dux can be found working on her golf game, learning about and collecting wine and traveling internationally – especially France.  As for that marathon, Dr. Dux says she learned a great deal training for, and participating, but she confesses, “I probably won’t do it again any time soon.”

 

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.

 

Congressman Brad Wenstrup, DPM interviewed on 60 Minutes

Wenstrup

Rep. Brad Wenstrup, DPM

Last June, during a practice baseball game, Congressman Steve Scalise was shot multiple times by a gunman. In the 60 Minutes interview that aired October 1, he shares his amazing recovery story and recollections of the day. The interview highlights the support Scalise has experienced and the bipartisan welcome he received on his first day back at work as Majority whip. Also interviewed is Congressman Brad Wenstrup, one of the first to his aid to apply pressure and later a tourniquet to the wound, that horrific day. Wenstrup, a veteran who served in Iraq, is a combat surgeon and colonel in the Army Reserves.

Dr. Wenstrup is also a podiatrist and 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 this 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 just last week 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.

Earlier this year, Dr. Steve Goldman, ABPM immediate past president, also testified on behalf of the bill.

ABPM Board of Directors 2017-2018

Drs. Nicole DeLauro and William Chagares

Drs. Nicole DeLauro and William Chagares

 

The American Board of Podiatric Medicine is pleased to announce the results for the 2017-2018 Election of Directors.  Congratulations to Dr. Nicole DeLauro, elected to her first term on the Board, and Dr. William Chagares, elected to his second term on the Board.

 

Officers:

Gina M. Painter, DPM, President
Mitchell D. Shikoff, DPM, Vice President
William E. Chagares, DPM, Treasurer
Stephen M. Geller, DPM, Secretary
Steven L. Goldman, DPM, Immediate Past President

Directors:

Nicole M. DeLauro, DPM
Melissa J. Lockwood, DPM
Lee C. Rogers, DPM
James W. Stavosky, DPM

We would also like to express our sincere thanks to Dr. Lester J. Jones and Dr. Samuel J. Spadone, who went off the Board of Directors in 2017.  

ABPM Honored by APMSA National Students Association

The American Board of Podiatric Medicine (ABPM) was honored recently as the American Podiatric Medical Students’ Association (APMSA) 2017 Partner of the Year at the APMSA’s House of Delegates meeting in Nashville, Tennessee.  The APMSA Partner of the Year is presented annually to a valued Partner who has displayed meritorious service and support to the APMSA and is their highest honor and expression of gratitude.

Heather Keith, Executive Director, stated, “The American Board of Podiatric Medicine is a valued leader in the APMSA Partners Program. The student leaders of podiatric medicine selected your organization as the 2017 Partner of the Year for your continued commitment to student support and educational programming.”

“We are extremely honored to be selected as APSMA’s Partner of the Year,“  stated Dr. Gina Painter, ABPM Board President.  “As an organization, we feel very committed to the education process and understand the importance of providing students access to as much knowledge and mentorship as possible. We encourage all students to get engaged in the profession’s organizations to enrich their knowledge and prepare themselves for a strong future in podiatric medicine and surgery.”

The ABPM has conducted numerous lectures and receptions enabling students to learn about the value of certification and, in a program spearheaded by Dr. William Chagares, launched a Merit Award program in 2016 to recognize one outstanding graduate student from each of the nine podiatry colleges with a monetary award and certificate.

“The ABPM understands the investment needed in the future of our profession – namely the students,” explained Dr. Lee Rogers, ABPM Board member and Liaison to the APMSA.   “We are honored to receive this award and plan to continue reaching out to the students to provide educational opportunities, merit awards, mentoring and networking opportunities.”

ABPM President Dr. Gina Painter, Vice President Dr. William Chagares and Liaison to the APMSA Dr. Lee Rogers were in Tennessee to accept the award on behalf of the ABPM.

Nichol Salvo, DPM Featured in Wound Care Paper On Limb Salvage of the Diabetic Patient

June Vascular JournalABPM Diplomate, Dr. Nichol L. Salvo, was featured in an article entitled “Promoting Limb Salvage through Multi-Disciplinary Care of the Diabetic Patient”, which was published in the June 2017 issue of the Journal of Vascular Surgery.

Dr. Nichol Salvo along with vascular surgeon, Dr. Luke Brewster, and plastic surgeon, Dr. Mark D. Walsh, discuss the high volume of patients who still are undergoing major amputations as a result of diabetes. In this article, the doctors present literature and introduce the successes that a multi-disciplinary limb salvage center could have on the lives and limbs of patients with diabetes.

Read the full article here.

 

ABPM President, Steve Goldman, DPM, testified before the VA House Subcommittee on Health

Drs. Steven Goldman and Rep. Brad Wenstrup at the VA House Subcommittee on Health hearing.

Drs. Steven Goldman and Rep. Brad Wenstrup at the VA House Subcommittee on Health hearing.

On May 2, 2017, American Board of Podiatric Medicine (ABPM) President Steve Goldman, DPM, testified before the VA House 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 that 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 healthcare 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. See Dr. Goldman’s written testimony. Watch the entire hearing. 

Dr. Steve Goldman is the current president of the American Board of Podiatric Medicine and has been board certified since 1999.

Source: Podiatry Management News, Online

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.

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

 

 

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