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Congressman Brad Wenstrup, DPM interviewed on 60 Minutes

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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

FPMA Forms Cycling Team for ADA’s Tour de Cure

(L-R) Drs. William Salcedo and Andrew Levy; Shelley Vakil, Dr. Samir Vakil; Stacy Iannacone, Dr. Paul Brooks; Kristie Moore, Drs. Glenn Osterweil, Dennis Frisch, John Coleman, Robert Iannacone, and Nick Przystawski; and Leo Bondi.

Team FPA (L-R) Drs. William Salcedo and Andrew Levy; Shelley Vakil, Dr. Samir Vakil; Stacy Iannacone, Dr. Paul Brooks; Kristie Moore, Drs. Glenn Osterweil, Dennis Frisch, John Coleman, Robert Iannacone, and Nick Przystawski; and Leo Bondi.

In January, The Florida Podiatric Medical Association (FPMA) approved the formation of cycling Team FPMA in order to raise money and tighten bonds with the Florida Chapter of the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Nine Florida podiatrists, friends, and family were included in the inaugural Team FPMA, cycling either 25 or 63 mile courses during the ADA’s Tour de Cure fundraising event on Sunday March 26th. The team raised $7,000 for the ADA over the last two months.

Team Captain, Robert A. Iannacone, DPM, an avid cyclist from Port St. Lucie, FL said, “It was a beautiful day for a ride. If you weren’t having fun, you were doing it wrong. Most importantly, everyone finished safely and raised money for the ADA.”

ABPM Diplomates included on the FPMA cycling team are Drs. John Coleman, Robert Iannocone and Samir Vakil.

Source: PM News, Online

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

 

 

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