Category Archive: Spotlight

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.

Dr. Lawrence DiDomenico Honored as Cancer Survivor at Fundraiser

Lawrence DiDomenico, DPM

Lawrence DiDomenico, DPM

The 11th annual Cattle Baron’s Ball, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, will take place April 1st at The Lake Club. This year’s guests include  Lawrence A. DiDomenico, DPM, cancer survivor honoree.

Dr. DiDomenico began his podiatry career in 1990 after earning his medical degree from Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. In 1994, he and colleagues Dr. Kenneth Emch and Dr. Robert Debiec founded Ankle & Foot Care Centers, which today is a 19-office regional podiatry practice spanning Columbiana, Mahoning, and Trumbull counties in OH, and Greenville, PA.

Dr. Lawrence DiDomenico has been an ABPM Diplomate since 1993.

Source: PM News, Online

APWH Announces the Incoming Advisory Board

Steven Kravitz, DPM, Executive Director and Founder of APWH

Steven Kravitz, DPM, Executive Director and Founder of APWH

Harry Penny, DPM, Vice President of APWH

Harry Penny, DPM, Vice President of APWH

The Academy of Physicians in Wound Healing (APWH) has announced the incoming Advisory Board: President, Robert Bartlett, MD and incoming Vice President, Harry Penny, DPM. They now join Steven Kravitz, DPM, Executive Director and Founder, to move the APWH forward to its next level after the initial five years of operation.  Dr. Bartlett is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of South Alabama School of Medicine and an attending physician at St Luke’s Medical Center, Milwaukee, WI. He  is the past President of the American College of Hyperbaric Medicine and is past president of the Council for Medical Education and Testing. Dr. Penny has published research articles in the Journal of Wound Care and serves on the editorial committee for that journal.

Dr. Steven Kravitz has been Board Certified with the ABPM since 1986.

Dr. Harry Penny has  Board Certified with the ABPM since 1990.

Source: Podiatry Management News, Online

ACFAOM Announces Results of Elected Officers

Dr. Daniel Evans, re-elected president of The American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics & Medicine (ACFAOM)

Dr. Daniel Evans, re-elected president of The American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics & Medicine (ACFAOM)

The American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics & Medicine (ACFAOM) has announced the election of the following officers: Dr. Daniel Evans was re-elected President, Dr. Jason Harrill was re-elected Vice President, Dr. Scott Spencer was elected Treasurer, and Dr. G. Javier Cavazos was elected Secretary.  

Newly elected to the Board of Directors were Drs. Jarrod Shapiro and John Tassone. Dr. Shapiro has been a faculty member at the Western University College of Podiatric Medicine, and has been the podiatric residency program director at the Chino Valley Medical Center since 2013. Dr. Tassone has been in full time private practice for 20 years, and has taught at the Arizona School of Podiatric Medicine since its inception in 2004. or at the Chino Valley Medical Center since 2013.

All doctors mentioned in this article are Board Certified with the American Board of Podiatric Medicine.

Dr. G. Javier Cavazos since 1998.

Dr. Daniel Evans since 1993.

Dr. Jason Harrill since 2002.

Dr. Jarrod Shapiro since 2016.

Dr. Scott Spencer since 1992.

Dr. John Tassone since 2002.

Source: PM News, Online

Ben Fluhman, DPM Named “Best of the West”

Ben Fluhman, DPM

Ben Fluhman, DPM

Ben Fluhman, DPM of Grace Clinic Podiatry Center has been voted “Best of the West” by NewsChannel 11 viewers and KCBD.com users. 

Dr. Fluhman graduated from the Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and completed a three-year foot and ankle surgical residency at Scott and White/Texas A&M Health Sciences Center in Temple. He has been an ABPM Diplomate since 2013.

Source: Podiatry Management News, Online

AACPM Successfully Launched and is Enrolling Physicians in DPM Mentors Network

Dr. Kirk Geter, DPM Mentor at AACPM DPM Mentors Network

Dr. Kirk Geter, DPM Mentor at AACPM DPM Mentors Network

The American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM) successfully launched a new, interactive DPM Mentors Network. Seeking to be an industry leader in the advancement of pre-health students’ understanding of careers in podiatric medicine, the DPM Mentors Network is a broad step forward in assisting the placement of pre-health students with mentors for shadowing opportunities.

Additionally, the DPM Mentors Network supports pre-health advisors and counselors from all universities and colleges with locating engaging and dynamic DPM speakers for on-campus student events. With this successful launch, the AACPM is now actively enrolling podiatric physicians around the U.S. to participate as mentors. “I encourage others in our profession to consider becoming a mentor; I truly love it. Giving back, that’s what it’s all about!” - Kirk Geter, DPM.

Dr. Kirk Geter has been a Diplomate of the American Board of Podiatric Medicine since 1994.

Source: PM News, Online

 

Dr. Dan Margolin Launches “Take Back your Health Now” Healthcare Podcast

Dr. Dan Margolin

Dr. Dan Margolin

The Take Back Your Health Now Podcast with Dr. Dan Margolin is live for download on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play. As a practicing podiatrist for almost 30 years, Dr. Margolin has observed an alarming trend among his patients: healthcare has advanced, but the overall health of his patients has declined.

Disease states like cancer, obesity, and diabetes have all been on the rise at a rapid rate. In response,Dr. Margolin has created the Take Back Your Health Now Podcast. On the show, he interviews top doctors, athletes, trainers, and entrepreneurs to try to find the real answers to health’s holy grail.

Dan Margolin, DPM has been Board Certified by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine since 1993.

Source: Podiatry Management News, Online

APHA Awards Presented to ABPM Dipomates, Drs. Chet Evans and Jeffrey Robbins

(L-R) Dr. Janet Simon presents APHA awards to Drs. Jeffrey Robbins and Chet Evans

(L-R) Dr. Janet Simon presents APHA awards to Drs. Jeffrey Robbins and Chet Evans

The American Public Health Association (APHA) Podiatric Health section presented its Stephen Toth, DPM Distinguished Service Award to Jeffrey Robbins, DPM. Dr. Robbins has served in many leadership roles in the section including chair (1999-2000), and he serves as an advisory member of APMA’s Public Health and Preventative Podiatric Medicine Committee. Dr. Robbins in his role as Director of Podiatry Services for the Veteran’s Administration has spearheaded amputation prevention programs throughout the VA system and presented the “Team Approach to Amputation Prevention” during the section’s educational programming in Denver.

The APHA Podiatric Health section presented its John and Janet Carson Public Health Advocacy Award to Chet Evans, DPM. Dr. Evans is currently a Podiatric Health Section Governing Councilor and had served as section chair (2003-2004). He is the Chief Health Innovation Officer at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL which oversees their public health programming. Previously, as Dean at Barry College of Podiatric Medicine, he developed a dual DPM-MPH degree for podiatric students.

Both Chet Evans, DPM and Jeffrey Robbins, DPM have been board certified with the ABPM since 1993.

Source: Podiatry Management News, Online

 

TUSPM Students, with Dr. Palamarchuk, Served as Healthy Athletes a Pennsylvania Special Olympics

TUSPM Volunteers as Healthy Athletes at Pennsylvania Special Olympics

TUSPM Volunteers as Healthy Athletes at Pennsylvania Special Olympics

Students from the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine (TUSPM) served as part of the Healthy Athletes initiative at the recent Pennsylvania Fall Festival sports games. Known as Fit Feet, students under the direction of Howard J Palamarchuk, DPM, podiatric clinical director for the competition  screened over 120 athletes during the two days of competition.

Jim Dodds, CPED  of the  Hanger Corporation lent his expertise in modifying shoe insoles for the athletes provided through the generosity of New Balance. Now in its 11th year of service, TUSPM is proud to be part of the Special Olympics movement.

Dr. Howard J. Palamarchuk has been board certified with the ABPM since 1990.

Source: PM News, Online

Diabetic Kids Enjoy Halloween for 19th Year with Dr. Bruce Blank

Bruce Blank, DPM with diabetic children, celebrating Halloween for 19th straight year.

Bruce Blank, DPM with diabetic children, celebrating Halloween for 19th straight year.

Dr. Bruce Blank, a podiatrist in St. Clairsville, has given diabetic children, specifically diagnosed with diabetes mellitus, a unique way of celebrating Halloween. For the last 19 years, he and his wife Diane have hosted an Annual Halloween Candy Exchange Party for Kids with Diabetes. This unique party gives children an opportunity to go trick or treating and exchange their candy for more healthy snacks and small gifts while meeting other children and families dealing with diabetes.

The children participated in games and the entertainment included a visit by some animals from the Oglebay Good Zoo including Maisy the skunk. The party was held at Achilles Foot and Ankle Surgery, PC.

Bruce Blank, DPM has been board certified with the ABPM since 1993.

Source: Podiatry Management News, Online

 

 

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