2019 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 K Lee, DPM
Robert K Lee, DPM is a board-certified podiatric surgeon who offers comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for ailments affecting the foot and ankle. He has performed over a thousand surgical foot and ankle procedures, including common foot conditions such as bunions, neuromas, and hammertoes, as well as specializing in diabetic limb salvage, Charcot foot reconstruction, tendon repairs, foot and ankle arthritis, and ankle arthroscopy. He is also the current Chief of Podiatric Surgery at the Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center. Dr Lee graduated with honors from California College of Podiatric Medicine in San Francisco. He continued his training at a three-year surgical residency in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery at the INOVA Fairfax Hospital in Northern Virginia before completing his training with a Lower Extremity Diabetic Limb Salvage Fellowship at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington DC. Dr Lee is currently Assistant Clinical Faculty within the David Geffen-UCLA School of Medicine and has been involved with the training of residents and fellows at UCLA Medical Center. He has also lectured for various conferences and seminars on multiple topics. In addition to being a Diplomate of the American Board of Podiatric Surgery, and a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, Dr Lee has also attained the highest level of board certification offered by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. This certification in Reconstructive Rearfoot and Ankle Surgery has been awarded to less than five percent of podiatrists nationally.
Gabriel J Halperin, DPM
Gabriel J Halperin, DPM, FACFS, DABFAS is the president and medical director of New Hope Podiatry Group located in Los Angeles, California. Dr Halperin graduated from the California College of Podiatric Medicine and went on to do his residency at Western Medical Center. He is the past president of the Los Angeles Podiatric Medical Association and the Los Angeles County Podiatric Medical Society.
Bob Baravarian, DPM
Bob Baravarian, DPM is a Board Certified Podiatric Foot and Ankle Specialist. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and one of only a handful of foot and ankle surgeons to have both foot and reconstructive rearfoot and ankle certifications as a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. He performed a comprehensive three-year residency at the University of Pittsburgh with an emphasis on sports medicine, reconstructive surgery, foot and ankle trauma, and diabetic limb salvage. He then joined UCLA for four years prior to opening University Foot and Ankle Institute. He is currently a member of UCLA Medical Group, Chief of Podiatric Surgery at Santa Monica/UCLA Medical Center and Orthopedic Hospital and an assistant clinical professor at the UCLA School of Medicine. He also serves as co-director of University Foot and Ankle Institute. He is Editor Emeritus of the international medical journal, Foot and Ankle Specialist.
Amin Elachchabi, PhD
Amin Elachchabi, PhD obtained his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Florida. Dr Elachchabi has spent over 10 years in the life sciences and medical device industry in various roles ranging from technology development all through commercialization. Throughout his career, Dr Elachchabi specialized in the development of combination implants/devices used in various applications including surgical oncology, interventional cardiology, ophthalmology, and soft tissue repair. In his role with Next Science, Dr Elachchabi leads the formulations group responsible for the development of various antimicrobial products using Next Science's antibiofilm technology. Dr Elachchabi has authored various publications and is the author/co-author of over 45 patent applications.
Edward J Enright, MS
Edward J Enright, MS, is a former R&D Scientist, with over 20 years of experience in the development of molecular techniques involving real-time PCR, digital PCR, microarrays, and sequencing. He is currently serving as a Genomics Specialist within the Life Science Group of Thermo Fisher Scientific. In this role, he leads technical discussions with clients interested in implementing laboratory developed tests for genetic analysis.
Adrienne M Estes, DPM, MSAssistant Professor, Department of Podiatric Surgery, Medicine & Biomechanics
Adrienne Estes, DPM, MS is an alumnus of University of California, Santa Barbara. She earned her Masters of Biomedical Science at Rosalind Franklin University of Science. Dr Estes is an Assistant Professor of Podiatric Medicine Surgery and Biomechanics at her alma mater, Western University of Health Sciences. She is currently practicing at Riverside University Health Systems in southern California. She is Board Qualified by ABFAS and is wound care certified. She is fellowship trained under the supervision of Dr Michael Subik in reconstructive ankle and limb salvage surgery. In her time away from the office, she enjoys spending time with her 2 dogs and her fiance Charlie.
Michael Friedman, MS, C PedPresident
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.
Franklin Kase, DPM
Frank Case, DPM, FACFAS earned his DPM from the California College of Podiatric Medicine in 1976 and completed a surgical/medical residency program at the Community Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona in 1977. He has been active and influential in the California Podiatric Medical Association, serving as its President from 2003-2004. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and the American Board of Podiatric Medicine, a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine, the American Professional Wound Care Association and the American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine. He received the PresidentÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Award, American Podiatric Medical Association in 2018 and is the youngest recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award California Podiatric Medical Association, which he was awarded in 2015.
Paul A Kesselman, DPM
Paul Kesselman, DPM has been in private practice for over 35 years in NYC and LI. He has been consulting for medical manufacturers and for a myriad of medical specialties in the areas of DME and wound care regulations for over 20 years. He is the leader for the APMA DME Workgroup, meets regularly with Medicare officials, and has formed liaisons with other orthotic professionals and lectured nationwide. His monthly column appearing in Podiatry Management is primarily dedicated to coding and compliance issues and has been a contributing author to Practical Endocrinology and other medical publications and is an expert panelist to Codingline.com. He has been a featured lecturer here at Treasure Hunt before and we welcome him back.
John Lantis, II, MD
John C Lantis, II, MD is the Vice Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Mount Sinai West and St Luke's Roosevelt Hospitals in New York City, where he is also the Chief of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery. He holds the academic title of Professor of Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr Lantis' clinical practice spans the fields of Vascular/Endovascular Surgery, and lower extremity wound healing. He directs a clinical/basic science research program in the field of lower extremity wound healing and tissue repair and is published extensively. He is a founding member of the American Board of Wound Medicine and Surgery. He currently sits on the editorial board of WOUNDS and the Journal of Wound Care. In addition, he is a reviewer for half a dozen other journals. To date, he is/or has been the principal investigator on more than 55 multicenter and single center chronic wound and vascular surgery trials.
Jeffrey D Lehrman, DPM, FASPS, MAPWCA, CPC
Jeffrey Lehrman, DPM, FASP, MAPWCA, CPC, recently named one of America's Most Influential Podiatrists, is in private practice Fort Collins, CO. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery, Fellow of the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons, and is recognized as a Master by the American Professional Wound Care Association. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Podiatric Practice Management and an Expert Panelist on Codingline. In his role as a Consultant to the APMA Health Policy and Practice Department, Dr Lehrman serves as an advisor to the APMA Coding Committee and the APMA MACRA Task Force. Dr Lehrman sits on the board of directors of both the American Professional Wound Care Association and the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons. He is an adjunct clinical professor at Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. Dr Lehrman is also on the editorial advisory board of the journal WOUNDS and is a consulting editor for Podiatry Management magazine.
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.
Lee Schmidt, PhD
M Lee Schmidt, PhD has developed a successful career focused on understanding and utilizing molecular diagnostic platforms for advanced medical diagnostics and human disease research. He has worked in cutting-edge cancer research for the University of Louisville for 10 years, been the Chief Science Officer of NovaDX for two years, and is a Founder, Partner, and Product Development and Scientific Affairs Manager for Clear Laboratory Solutions, LLC. He holds a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Louisville where he graduated with both the Dean's Citation and Guy Stevenson Award for the top doctoral graduate. Dr Schmidt is in charge of developing new diagnostic assays for a variety of human pathogen infections for his clients using services from Clear Laboratory Solutions.
Thomas Serena, MDVice President - American College of Hyperbaric Medicine
Founder & Medical Director, Penn North Centers For Advanced Wound Care, Erie, PA
Thomas E Serena, MD, FACS, FACHM, MAPWCA, Founder and Medical Director of The SerenaGroup®, a family of wound, hyperbaric and research companies, is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of The College of William and Mary and Penn State Medical School. He completed his residency in Surgery at The Milton S Hershey Medical Center with an additional year of training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Southern Illinois University. To date, he has opened and operates wound care centers across the United States and globally. Dr Serena has been the lead or Principal investigator in over 100 clinical trials, including gene therapy for critical limb ischemia, antimicrobial dressings, growth factors, topical and parenteral antibiotics, and CTP therapy. He founded the first wound healing cooperative research group that produced more than 12 manuscripts in 2016 alone. In 2011 he developed a diagnostic technique that now bears his name (The Serena Technique©). He holds numerous patents on wound care devices and dressings. He is recognized internationally as an expert in the field of wound healing: He has more than 200 published papers and has given more than 1000 invited lectures throughout the world. He has published three medical textbooks and authored numerous book chapters. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Wound Healing Society and served two terms on the board of the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC) and is now the President-Elect. He has also been Vice-President of the American College of Hyperbaric Medicine and President of the American Professional Wound Care Association.
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.
James W Stavosky, DPMChair
Dept of Podiatric Surgery and Medicine
Seton Medical Center
Seton Center of Advanced Wound Care
Daly City, CA
James W Stavosky DPM is the owner of Daly City Podiatry. He has 33 years of experience in podiatry and wound care. Dr Stavosky spent the first 14 years of his career in academic medicine and the last 20 years in private practice. He was the Chair and a Professor of Podiatric Medicine at California College of Podiatric Medicine, and currently is an Adjunct Professor at the California School of Podiatric Medicine and at the California College of Podiatry at Western University of Health Sciences. He is the Chief of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery at Seton Medical Center in Daly City. He is the Medical Director of the Seton Center for Advanced Wound Care. Dr Stavosky trains podiatric students and residents daily. He is certified by ABFAS and ABPM. He is a FASPS, FACFAOM and FRCPS. Dr Savosky has served as a member of the Board of Directors of ABFAS. He is currently a member of ABPM Board of Directors, Past President of the Board of Directors of ABPM and served as the Exam Chair of ABPM for over 10 years. He will be the new Executive Director of ABPM starting in 2019. He has been the Principle Investigator in numerous wound care research projects. He lectures nationally on Wound Care for 30 plus years. He is a consultant, and on speakers bureaus and physician advisory boards for numerous wound and pharmaceutical companies.
Wenjay Sung, DPM
Wenjay Sung, DPM, practices in Arcadia, CA and Orange, CA. He completed his advanced surgical fellowship at the ACFAS recognized Weil Foot-Ankle & Orthopedic Institute (2011, Chicago, IL) after graduating as chief resident from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (2010). He is board certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. He has been heavily involved in Special Olympics International Healthy Athletes and served as an international Clinical Director during the World Summer Games in Shanghai, China (2007) and Los Angeles (2015). Currently, he serves on the board of the Convalescent Aid Society (Pasadena, CA), a non-profit that provides free medical equipment for those in need and the Miss Asian North American Organization. More recently, due to the unexpected passing of his youngest brother David Wen Sung, his family is establishing a scholarship fund and not-for profit organization that aims to build awareness and acceptance for mental health issues in Asian American communities.
Anthony Tickner, DPMSaint Vincent Hospital/RestorixHealth Wound Care Center
Anthony Tickner, DPM is a board-certified wound care surgeon trained at Saint Vincent Hospital, UMass Medical Center and Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. In addition to holding an advanced certificate of qualification in limb salvage through the ABPM, he is also fellowed by the AACWS, APWCA, APWH, and the ADFS. Dr Tickner is a highly sought-after international wound care consultant and is the Medical Director of limb salvage and amputation prevention services at Associated Foot Specialists in Hudson, Massachusetts. Dr Tickner also serves on the board of directors for both the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC) as well as the Massachusetts Foot & Ankle Society. Dr Tickner is also on the ABPM committee for amputation prevention and is a faculty member of Present Podiatry.