2017 Conference Chairs
Harold Schoenhaus, DPMSurgical Editor for PRESENT e-Learning
Penn-Presbyterian Medical Center
Harold Schoenhaus, DPM is a board certified foot, rearfoot, and reconstructive ankle surgeon by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. He is a past president and current fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. He holds staff appointments and operating privileges at the University of Pennsylvania Presbyterian Hospital and Chestnut Hill hospital. Dr Schoenhaus' research and clinical interests are in the area of biomechanics, pathomechanics and reconstructive surgery, including joint replacement surgery and pediatric podiatric surgery. Moreover, Dr Schoenhaus is the surgical editor for PRESENT e-Learning Systems, an online medical education and networking resource dedicated to improving the knowledge and skills of healthcare professionals throughout the world. He is a nationally recognized lecturer and pioneer in the field of lower extremity pathomechanics and reconstructive surgery. Dr Schoenhaus has authored several landmark articles in peer-reviewed journals and books. In 2015 Dr Schoenhaus was the recipient of the Gallery of Success Award from the Temple University.
Robert Frykberg, DPM, MPHMedical Director, DM Prevent Clinics Dubai
Robert G Frykberg, DPM, MPH is a graduate of the California College of Podiatric Medicine in 1976. Dr Frykberg went on to complete his residency training at the New England Deaconess Hospital in Boston. He served as the President of the Massachusetts Podiatric Medical Society and a Member of the Board of Registration in Podiatry. From 1992 to 1994, he attended the Harvard School of Public Health and graduated with a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in quantitative methods. After 21 years of private practice, Dr Frykberg accepted the position as Clinical Dean of the Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery prior to moving to Phoenix. After 15 years of dedicated service to our Veterans, Dr Frykberg has decided to retire from his role as Chief of Podiatry at the Phoenix VA Medical Center and as Director of the Phoenix VA Medical Center Podiatric Residency Program. He continues to hold the academic rank of Professor, University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix and Adjunct Professor, Midwestern University Program in Podiatric Medicine. His research and writing interests have included all facets of lower extremity disorders, but are specifically focused on diabetic foot ulcers, infections, Charcot foot, and wound care. The author of nearly 100 peer-reviewed publications, he has also been the Editor of two textbooks: The High Risk Foot in Diabetes Mellitus (1991) and the Diabetic Charcot Foot (2010). His expertise in the Diabetic Foot translated into hundreds of speaking invitations nationally and internationally with numerous lecture engagements in China, India, Russia, South America, the UK, Vietnam, Japan, Indonesia, Italy, and all across Europe.
Matthew G Garoufalis, DPM, CWSProfessional Foot Care Specialists, PC
Matthew G Garoufalis, DPM, CWS graduated from Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio with degrees in Biology and Economics and went on to graduate from the Dr Wm M Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine. Dr Garoufalis is a past president of the Illinois Podiatric Medical Association, a Past President of the American Podiatric Medical Association, and is the Immediate Past President of the International Federation of Podiatrists. Dr Garoufalis is Board Certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and American Board of Podiatric Medicine with Added Qualification in Wound Care and Limb Preservation. He is a Founding Fellow of American Society of Podiatric Surgeons and a Fellow of American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine. He is also a Certified Wound Specialist by the American Board of Wound Management. Dr Garoufalis is a Fellow of the Faculty of Podiatric Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. He is a noted authored of many articles and, as an invited speaker, has accepted speaking engagements for educational lectures, seminars, and workshops, both nationally and internationally, on a variety of topics pertinent to wound care, podiatric medicine and surgery, and practice management. He is considered a Key Opinion Leader in many areas.
Lowell Weil, Jr, DPM, MBACEO, Weil Foot & Ankle Institute
Partner, Foot & Ankle Business Innovations
Lowell Weil, Jr, DPM, MBA, is the CEO of the world renowned Chicago based Weil Foot & Ankle Institute where he also served as the Fellowship Director from 2000 - 2017. He previously was the Co-Editor of Foot and Ankle Specialist, the only combined orthopedic and podiatric peer reviewed journal. Dr Weil, Jr has pioneered such surgeries as the dorsal approach plantar plate repair and has authored over 50 papers and text book chapters. He is a well known speaker having lectured in 26 States, 5 Continents and 16 Countries. He is the Founding Partner of Foot and Ankle Business Innovations that since 2014 has helped physicians improve their patient care, health of their practice and quality of life.
Marc A Benard, DPMAssistant Director, American Board of Podiatric Medicine
Co-Director and President, Baja Project for Crippled Children
Hermosa Beach, CA
Marc Benard, DPM is the Assistant Director of the American Board of Podiatric Medicine and is formerly the organization’s Executive Director and Examination Chair. Dr Benard is also Co-Director and President of the Baja Project for Crippled Children/Operation Footprint, an organization which, over the past 40 years, has had over 30,000 patient visits and performed over 3,000 foot and ankle surgeries on children with congenital and acquired neuromuscular conditions. The “project” has trained several hundred residents in the process. Dr Benard is the former Chair for the Committee on Disaster Relief of Rotary International District 5280. He is certified with both the American Board of Podiatric Medicine and the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and lectures nationally in the areas of pediatric and adult biomechanics and surgery.
Jonathan Brantley, DPMChief, Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
Jonathan Brantley, DPM is the Chief of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery at the McGuire Veterans Administration Medical Center (DVAMC) in Richmond, Virginia. He specializes in Wound Care and Diabetic Foot Care. Dr Brantley has been the Director of the McGuire Veterans Administration Medical Center's Podiatry residency program for 12 years. Dr Brantley is a Diplomate, of the American Board of Podiatric Medicine. He graduated the New York College of Podiatric Medicine in 1992 and received his postgraduate training at the McGuire Veterans Administration Medical Center and it's affiliated Institutions.
Christopher K Bromley, DPMChairman, Foot and Ankle Surgery
Vassar Medical Center
Christopher Bromley, DPM currently serves as the Department Chair of Foot and Ankle Surgery of Vassar Medical Center. Dr Bromley is the managing partner of a large multi-specialty group in upstate NY. Dr Bromley specialty within the group is Surgery, Sports Medicine and Homeopathy. Dr Bromley has been passionate about nutrition and complementary medicine since entering private practice. He completed his surgical residency in 1992 in Baltimore, MD. His training included such prestigious hospitals as the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins. Currently, Dr Bromley serves as a national speaker and consultant for several companies specializing in Foot and Ankle Surgery. When not in the office and on the podium Dr Bromley is an on-track performance driving instructor and motorcycle track day instructor. Dr Bromley is very proud of his three children Sarah, Kent, and Alexander.
Matthew Dairman, DPM, MSDirector, 1Foot 2Foot Centre for Foot and Ankle Care
Assistant Professor, Eastern Virginia Medical School
Faculty, Foot and Ankle Business Innovations
Matthew Dairman, DPM, MS is a graduate of Skidmore College and holds a Masters in Epidemiology from the University at Albany School of Public Health. He received his Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine from Dr William M Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago, where he was recognized as a Swanson Foundation Independent Scholar. Dr Dairman completed his residency training in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery at the North Colorado Medical Center Podiatric Surgical Residency. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, American Society of Podiatric Surgery, Association of Extremity Nerve Surgeons, and American Professional Wound Care Association and is a past president of the Virginia Podiatric Medical Association Hampton Roads Division. As faculty for Foot and Ankle Business Innovations, Dr Dairman is nationally recognized for his expertise in practice management, office culture and branding. He is a pioneer in ancillary integration of retail and spa services in podiatric practices and has extensive experience in exponential practice growth strategies.
Alla Danilkovitch, MS, PhD, RNChief Scientific Officer
Alla Danilkovitch, RN, MS, PhD joined Osiris in 2003. At Osiris Dr Danilkovitch is responsible for development of Osiris' product pipeline and leads Research and Development, Medical Affairs and Clinical Operations. She is a researcher with more than 25 years of experience in Academia, U.S. Government and Industry combined. She has a proven record of successful product development from scientific ideas to market launch, which includes the world's first approved stem cell drug, remestemcel-L (Prochymal), for graft-versus-host disease, as well as BIO4 for bone repair, Cartiform for cartilage repair, Grafix and TruSkin for acute and chronic wounds, and Stravix for soft tissue repair. Her areas of scientific expertise include cellular and molecular biology and immunology, cell biochemistry and signal transduction, assay development and validation, stem cell biology and cellular regenerative medicine product development. She is an active member of several professional societies and a current reviewer for many peer-reviewed journals including Stem Cells, Allergy & Inflammation, Advances in Wound Care and others. Dr Danilkovitch has an extensive list of awards (13), publications (50) and patent applications (55). She also has extensive mentoring experience with deep understanding of the importance of teaching a new generation of scientists. Prior to joining Osiris, Dr Danilkovitch conducted research at the National Cancer Institute of National Institutes of Health, the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Munich, Germany, the Etvos Lorand University, Budapest, Hungary, and at Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia. She earned a PhD in Cell Biology and an MS in Cellular Immunology and Microbiology from Moscow State University. She also has RN degree in Pediatrics from Moscow Regional School of Nursing, Russia.
David Davidson, DPMStaff Physician
Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine
Degraff Memorial Hospital
David Davidson, DPM is Chief of the Podiatry Section of the Department of Orthopedics of the Kaleida Health System. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Orthopedics, SUNY@Buffalo School of Medicine. Dr Davidson is a founding partner of a group podiatry practice in Buffalo, New York which is now a Department in a multidisciplinary medical group, Buffalo Medical Group. He was Past President of the Western Division of the New York State Podiatric Medical Society, Western Division of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, National American College of Foot Orthopedics and American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine. Dr Davidson is Board Certified in American Board of Podiatric Surgery Board Certified, American Board of Podiatric Orthopedists and Primary Podiatric Medicine
Michael Friedman, MS, C PedOwner and President
Michael Friedman, MS, C Ped, is the owner of Redi-Thotics since 2008. Prior to owning Redi-Thotics, Michael was the owner of Just Sneakers from 1998-2008. Michael received his MS from the University of Miami in 1992, and his C Ped certification in 2002.
Steven Goldman, DPM, MBAResidency Director
Steven Goldman, DPM, MBA received his DPM degree from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine in 1982 and his MBA in Healthcare Administration from Baruch College and Mt Sinai Medical Center in 2000. Dr Goldman retired after 20 years of service as a Lt Colonel from the United State Air Force and served as the Chief of Podiatry, Chief of Surgery at DVA - New York Harbor. He is the now the Chief of Podiatry and Director of the podiatric residency program at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Northport NY. Dr Goldman is the current president of the American Board of Podiatric Medicine.
Adam Landsman, DPM, PhDChief, Division of Podiatric Surgery, Cambridge Hospital, Cambridge MA
Adam Landsman, DPM, PhD is a graduate of the Temple School of Podiatric Medicine, and also completed a PhD in Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania. Following a podiatric surgical residency at HealthSouth in Miami, he served as the Director of Research at the Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine for eight years. He also practiced with Dr Lowell Weil in Chicago. Finally, in 2006, he joined the faculty at Harvard Medical School, and the Joslin Diabetic Foot Clinic at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. In 2010, he moved across the Charles River to Cambridge, where he now serves as the Chief of the Division of Podiatric Surgery for the Cambridge Health Alliance, and is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Harvard. Dr Landsman has about 75 peer-reviewed publications, and has given over 200 lectures worldwide.
Steve A McClain, MDAdjunct Professor Dermatology and Emergency Medicine
Stony Brook, LI
Steve McClain, MD hails from High Ridge, Missouri. He graduated from the University of Missouri and trained at the University of Vermont with Dermatopathology fellowship at New York University. He is Adjunct Professor of Dermatology and Emergency Medicine at SUNY at Stony Brook with research interests in Wound Healing, Malignant Melanoma, and Pathology Informatics. He practices dermatopathology privately in Smithtown NY, founding McClain Laboratories, LLC in 2004. His most recent work "Thickness of Normal Toenails" was submitted for publication in American Journal of Dermatopathology.
Kristen McGinness, DPMAssociate Residency Director
Kristen McGinness, DPM works in Bridgeport, CT and specializes in Podiatric Medicine. Dr McGinness is affiliated with Bridgeport Hospital. Dr McGinness speaks English and Spanish.
Christopher J Milkie, DPM
Christopher Milkie, DPM is a native of Kenosha, Wisconsin. He has been in private practice since 1991 and enjoys helping people put an end to their foot pain. Dr Milkie believes that a persons overall health is intimately dependent on the health of their feet. Inactivity because of foot pain can lead to weight gain, diabetes, depression and other serious problems. Treating the foot problem and then educating the patient on prevention is his philosophy. Dr Milkie is always looking for new treatment options for foot or ankle pain for his patients. He was the first podiatrist to bring laser treatment for toenail fungus to Wisconsin (WI).
Richard Perez, DPM
Richard Perez, DPM, is board certified by the American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. He has lectured to professional societies on various aspects of practice management. He has particular interest in leveraging technology to enhance productivity and patient outcomes. Dr Perez is a faculty member for Foot and Ankle Business Innovations. He also serves as assistant clinical professor in the Department of Orthopedics at the University of Texas Health Science Center, helping train second- and third-year residents surgical techniques and procedures. His areas of clinical interest include: bunion surgeries which emphasize early mobility and optimal cosmetic appearance, minimally invasive trauma reconstruction, sports injuries and plantar fasciitis. His primary focus is to deliver timely and comprehensive care, utilizing non-surgical means whenever possible.
Robert D Phillips, DPMOrlando VAMC
UCF College of Medicine
Robert D Phillips, DPM graduated from the California College of Podiatric Medicine in 1979. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Podiatry Foot and Ankle Surgery, Diplomate of the American Board of Podiatric Medicine, and a Member of the American Society of Biomechanics. Dr Phillips is a past Professor of Podiatric Medicine at Des Moines University and a past Residency Director at Coatesville VA Hospital. He has been working in the Veterans Health Administration for the past 17 years. Currently, Dr Phillips is a Professor of Podiatric Medicine at the College of Medicine - University of Central Florida and a leader of the podiatry team at the Orlando VA Hospital. He has been the recipient of four Stickel Awards and one Scholl Award for research in biomechanics subjects. Dr Phillips gives several lectures a year in biomechanics of the foot.
Douglas H Richie, Jr, DPMClinical Associate Professor, Department of Biomechanics
California School of Podiatric Medicine
Clinical Associate Professor of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
Western University of Health Sciences
Past President, American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine
Douglas Richie, Jr, DPM, received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Zoology from California State University, Long Beach in 1976. He received his Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine from the California College of Podiatric Medicine in 1980 and completed a post-graduate residency program in foot and ankle surgery at Western Medical Center in California in 1981. Dr Richie is certified in Foot and Ankle Surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine. Currently, Dr.Richie has faculty appointments at the California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt University as well as the School of Podiatric Medicine at Western University. He is the past Chairman of the Podiatric Medical Education Committee at the California School of Podiatric Medicine. Dr Richie has authored over 50 original articles published in respected medical journals and medical trade magazines. He has been an invited speaker at over 100 medical symposiums throughout the United States as well as the United Kingdom, Canada, Spain, Italy, and Australia. Dr Richie's past accomplishments include serving as a Board member and Past President of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine for 7 years and also serving as Section Editor (Sports Medicine) for the Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery for 10 years.
Lee C Rogers, DPMMedical Director
Amputation Prevention Centers of America
White Plains, NY
Lee Rogers, DPM is the national medical director of the Amputation Prevention Centers of America, a division of RestorixHealth, Inc, which manages 130 specialized centers across the U.S. in 24 states. He is the past chair of the foot care council for the American Diabetes Association. Dr Rogers received the 2011 Rising Star Award from the American Podiatric Medical Association for outstanding national accomplishments and has been selected by Podiatry Management Magazine as one of the most influential podiatrists in America. Dr Rogers was selected as Educator of the Year from the California Podiatric Medical Association in 2012 and given the Master's Award from the American Professional Wound Care Association. Dr Rogers' work has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, US News & World Report and he's been a guest on ABC's The Doctors Show and featured on PBS's American Medical Journal and Al Jazeera International's The Cure.
Barry Rosenblum, DPMAssistant Clinical Professor of Surgery
Harvard Medical School
Associate Chief of Podiatry
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Barry Rosenblum, DPM is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and the Associate Chief of the Division of Podiatry at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts.
Sunil Saini, PhD
Mary Jane Shevlin, BSNSenior Patient Safety and Risk Management Consultant
Mary Jane Shevlin, BSN, MSN, is a Senior Patient Safety and Risk Management Consultant with Princeton Insurance (a Medical Protective/Berkshire Hathaway Company) where she provides comprehensive risk management services to healthcare systems in New Jersey and New York. Mary Jane has over 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Masters degree in Nursing Education from Columbia University, Teachers College. She is a Certified Healthcare Quality Professional whose clinical experience and administration experience in the acute care setting includes critical care nursing, maternal child health and medical surgical nursing. She has served in the director-level positions in the hospital setting in the areas of risk management, performance improvement, infection control, case management and clinical documentation management program. She is recognized for her ability for building strong productive relationships with physicians, nurses and the healthcare team. She is a member of the American Society of Healthcare Risk Management, Association of Healthcare Risk Management of New York, the Society of Healthcare Risk Management of New Jersey (SCHRM-NJ) and has served as Past President of SCHRM-NJ, and Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society.
Ross Taubman, DPMPresident and Chief Medical Officer
Ross E Taubman, DPM is the President and Chief Medical Officer of the Podiatry Insurance Company of America (PICA). Prior to joining PICA in 2011, Dr Taubman was in private practice for 26 years in Maryland. He is a former President of the Maryland Podiatric Medical Association and served as President of the American Podiatric Medical Association from 2008-2009. Dr Taubman earned a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Tulane University in 1979. He received his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) from the California College of Podiatric Medicine in 1983 before completing his residency in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery at the Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Vallejo, California in 1985. Dr. Taubman is board certified in foot and ankle surgery by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery (formerly ABPS) and is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) and the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons (ASPS).
Michael J Trepal, DPMVice President for Academic Affairs
Dean and Professor
Department of Surgery
New York College of Podiatric Medicine
New York, NY
Michael Trepal, DPM is a Professor of Surgery at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine and serves as the Vice President for Academic Affairs. In addition he is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at New York Medical College and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at SUNY Downstate. Dr. Trepal serves as Residency Director for the SUNY Downstate Podiatry Residency. He has published multiple scientific articles and has contributed to many textbooks.
Marie L Williams, DPM, DHLDirector, Podiatric Medical Education
Aventura Hospital and Medical Center
Marie Williams, DPM, DHL is board certified in foot and ankle surgery and a fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgery. Dr Williams was the first clinical dean at Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine and is currently an Adjunct Professor for the school. Dr Williams has been in private practice since 1984. She is currently the Chairman of the Department of Podiatry at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center. She has been involved in residency training since 1986 and a Program Director in Podiatric Surgery and Medicine since 1988. Dr Williams is a speaker in the field of foot and ankle surgery as well as limb salvage. She has published several articles on the healing of complex wounds and limb salvage, while also authoring a chapter: Bone Infections in "Foot and Ankle Radiology". In August 2014, Dr Williams was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts along with her teammates from Immaculata College. Their team, the Mighty Macs, captured three consecutive Championships. They were considered trailblazers for women sports, and in the 70s they help bring about Title 9 and equality for women in sports. In June 2015 they received the trailblazer award in the women’s basketball hall of fame. Dr Williams was recently requested to be a Keynote Speaker for Immaculata University and received the Doctor of Humane Letters for her humanitarian efforts in May 2018.