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, MPHPRESENT Editor - Diabetic Limb Salvage
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.
Desmond Bell, CWS, DPMFirst Coast Diabetic Foot & Wound Management Center, Jacksonville, FL
Desmond Bell, DPM, CWS is the Founder and President of ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œThe Save A Leg, Save A LifeÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â Foundation, a multi-disciplinary non-profit organization dedicated to the reduction in lower extremity amputations and improving wound healing outcomes through evidence based methodology and community outreach. He in private practice in Jacksonville, Florida, with First Coast Cardiovascular Institute, where is specializes in lower extremity preservation within a predominantly interventional Cardiology multi-disciplinary practice. Dr Bell was awarded the Frist Humanitarian Award by Specialty Hospital Jacksonville for 2009 and is a Board Certified Wound Specialist (CWS) having served on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Wound Management for 6 years and presently serving on the Board of the American Board of Wound Management Foundation. He has published numerous articles primarily pertaining to wound management and lower extremity amputation prevention and is a nationally recognized speaker, with regular faculty roles at AMP, ASCENT and Modern Wound Care Management.
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.
William Chagares, DPMPresident, American Board of Podiatric Medicine
Executive Director, Federal Services Podiatric Medical Association
William E Chagares, DPM is currently President of the American Board of Podiatric Medicine (ABPM). Dr Chagares is also the Executive Director of Federal Services Podiatric Medical Association (FSPMA). Following graduation from the Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine in 1979, Dr Chagares completed a residency in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery at Forkosh Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL. He originally certified in Podiatric Orthopedics and later Primary Podiatric Medicine. Dr Chagares retired from the Veterans Administration in March of 2018 after 30 years of service.
Louis J Ciliberti, DPM, MSFoot and Ankle Surgeon
Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Center/Premier Orthopaedics
Louis Ciliberti, DPM, MS graduated from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine in 2008. Dr Ciliberti then completed his Podiatric Medicine and Surgery residency in 2011 at Texas A&M University/Scott & White Memorial Hospital and the Central Texas Veterans Hospital. Following residency, he was accepted for a one year trauma and ankle replacement fellowship with an Orthopaedic group in Pennsylvania. Upon completion of the fellowship, the Orthopaedic group hired Dr Ciliberti in August 2012. Dr Ciliberti is the founder of the Delaware Valley Foot and Ankle Symposium. Dr Ciliberti actively lectures at national conferences and has presented multiple research projects. He is an associate at the Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Center, a division of Premier Orthopaedics, in Malvern, Pennsylvania.
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.
Suhad A Hadi, DPMLouis Stokes Veterans Administration
Akron Community Based Outpatient Clinic
Suhad Hadi, DPM received her doctorate in Podiatric Medicine at the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. She continued her post-doctorate training at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio from 1997-2000. Upon completion of her residency training, she remained at the University of Texas Health Science Center for three years as Clinical Faculty and served as the Director of Resident Education. Dr Had furthered her career by joining Mercy Medical Group in Sacramento, CA from 2003-2008. While there she served as the Chief of Podiatry at the Medical Center and at Mercy San Juan Medical Center. She was also appointed Clinical Director of their Elk Grove multi-specialty clinic. In an effort to return to academic medicine and work again with resident training, she joined the Audie Murphy Veterans Hospital as full-time staff in 2009. Dr Hadi has transferred with the VA twice since that time, to Puget Sound Veterans Hospital and served as Director of PAVE, and finally transferred to Cleveland Veterans Hospital to their Akron facility. She remains actively involved in clinical practice and resident education.
Sev Hrywnak, DPM, MDCEO, The Sev Group
Sev Hrywnak, DPM, MD is a graduate of the University of Buffalo with degrees in Molecular Biology, Physiology and Electrical Engineering. A graduate of the William Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in 1982 with a DPM degree and a graduate of Universidad Juarez School of Medicine in 1984 with an MD degree. Dr Hrywnak is also a graduate of the Loyola Law School in Chicago with a JD degree. A former Assistant Professor at the William M School College of Podiatric Medicine, teaching Internal Medicine, Dermatology, Immunology, Physical Diagnosis, Practice Management and Business Law. He is also a clinical Professor at Northwestern School of Medicine in the Department of family Practice. A visiting Professor at Columbia College, lecturing in Economics. Dr Hrywnak has done over 200 lectures in the USA and Canada and has appeared on CNN, MSNBC and Fox news as a health care Futurist. A member of the Clinton Global Health Care Initiative and a GOP strategist for health care reform. Dr Hrywnak is also a Former President of the Independent Surgical Centers of America.
Warren S Joseph, DPMRoxborough Memorial Hospital
Editor - Journal of the APMA
Warren S Joseph, DPM is a podiatric and infectious disease attending at Roxborough Memorial Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. He is a specialist in the treatment of lower extremity infectious diseases. Dr Joseph received his podiatric degree, magna cum laude, from WM Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago. Dr Joseph completed his postgraduate training in podiatric medicine/surgery at St Joseph's Hospital, and a fellowship in infectious diseases at Hahnemann University School of Medicine, both in Philadelphia. Dr Joseph is a fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and sits on the IDSA Diabetic Foot Infection Guidelines Committee. He is also certified by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine, and currently serves as Editor of the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association. Dr Joseph lectures extensively and his presentations have focused on the treatment of bacterial and fungal infections of the lower extremity. He has authored a number of papers and book chapters in the field of lower extremity infections and is the author of the Handbook of Lower Extremity Infections, now in its third edition
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.
Michael J Peters, CPCU, RPLUDirector of Sales - Healthcare Professionals Division
Michael Peters, CPCU, RPLU is the Vice President of Sales for MedPro Group's Healthcare Professional (HCP) Division. MedPro Group is a member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies and is the nation's largest healthcare malpractice insurance company. Mr Peters and the HCP team have propelled MedPro Group's podiatry malpractice insurance product, making MedPro the second largest insurer of podiatrists in the country in just the last few years. Mr Peters and the HCP team have worked tirelessly to educate students and residents across the nation about the nuances of malpractice insurance. Like Berkshire Hathaway, MedPro Group operates with a 100-year outlook for our podiatrists, which is why we work to provide the best coverage at the best price. As we all know, strong competition only benefits the consumer.
Jarrod Shapiro, DPMAssociate Professor, College of Podiatric Medicine
Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA
Associate Editor PRESENT Podiatry Online
Jarrod Shapiro, DPM is a Board Certified podiatric foot and ankle physician and surgeon who has been in practice for over 10 years. He is also a fellow with the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and Diplomat of the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. Dr Shapiro has worked for Western University for the past 8 years. Prior to that he was in private practice in various aspects of patient care, including multi-specialty hospital-based practice, several wound care clinics, and individual proprietor private practice. Dr Shapiro's training includes a 3-year foot and ankle residency at Botsford Hospital in Farmington Hills, Michigan after graduating from the California College of Podiatric Medicine in San Francisco, CA in 2003. After completing his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree at the California College of Podiatric Medicine, he did his 3-year postgraduate training at Botsford General Hospital in Farmington Hills, Michigan from 2003 - 2006.He is also the Editor of PRESENT's Practice Perfect.
Kyle W Sundblad, DPM
Kyle Sundblad, DPM joined Macomb Foot, Ankle and Wound Care in August of 2003. He attended Michigan State University where he graduated with Cum Laude Honors. He received his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree in 2001 from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. Dr Sundblad completed a two-year residency program in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery at Kern Hospital and Medical Center in Warren, Michigan in 2003. During his residency he received special training in diabetic foot care, limb salvage and diabetic wound care. Dr Sundblad is board certified by The American Board of Podiatric Surgery in Foot Surgery and Reconstructive Rearfoot and Ankle Surgery. He is a fellow of The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, The American Society of Podiatric Surgeons and The American Professional Wound Care Association. He is a member of the American Academy of Podiatric Practice Management, the American Podiatric Medical Association and the Michigan Podiatric Medical Association. He is a board representative of the Southeast Division of the Michigan Podiatric Medical Association. Dr Sundblad is an active staff member at St. John Macomb/Oakland Hospitals, McLaren Macomb Hospital, Henry Ford Macomb Hospital and Michigan Surgical Hospital where he also holds position as Chief of the Podiatry Section. He is the Residency Director and Director of Podiatric Medical Education of the three-year surgical training program for the Kern Residency at Michigan Surgical Hospital. Dr Sundblad has been appointed to the Adjunct Clinical Faculty at Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine and the New York College of Podiatric Medicine. He has been appointed as Lecturer in the Department of Podiatric Surgery and Applied Biomechanics at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.
Michael Troiano, DPMCenter for Foot and Ankle Disorders
University of Pennsylvania - Penn Wound Care
Adjunct Clinical Professor, TUSPM
Michael Troiano, DPM is a 2004 graduate Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. He completed residency at the Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is in private practice at the Center for Foot and Ankle Disorders in Philadelphia. He is Adjunct Clinical Professor at Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in the Department of Surgery, he teaches Biomechanics, and MRI reading. Dr Troiano is a board certified in foot, rear foot, and reconstructive ankle surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. He is a fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. He holds staff and teaching appointments at the University of Pennsylvania Presbyterian Hospital, Temple University Hospital, Penn Wound Care Center, Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine, Abington Memorial Hospital and the Foot and Ankle Specialty Center. He takes foot and ankle trauma call at Temple University Hospital and Penn- Presbyterian Medical Center, is a director of the Penn Wound Care Center and is a nationally and internationally recognized lecturer. He has authored and co-authored several journals, articles, and chapters published in various peer reviewed journals and books.
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.