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Faculty 2018-06-05T14:38:30+00:00

Groundbreaking Podiatrists and Dermatologists

 Patrick Agnew, DPM

After completing pre-medical studies at Montgomery College and Old Dominion University, Dr. Agnew attended the Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine where he earned four research awards and the clinical award for the highest degree of clinical proficiency in the class.  Dr. Agnew served a Podiatric Surgical Residency after completing medical school. His residency director, Dr. James Ganley, was widely considered the world’s leading authority in pediatric podiatry.

Dr. Agnew is a member in good standing of the following organizations: A fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, the International Medical Advisory Panel of the Ehlers-Danlos National Foundation, the American Podiatric Medical Association, the Virginia Podiatric Medical Association, the Hampton Roads Podiatric Medical Society, and the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States. He is also a past president of the American College of Foot and Ankle Pediatrics.

He is a member of the adjunct faculty at Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine, and he is also the founder and director of the Eastern Virginia Graduate School of the Podiatric Surgery Residency. Through this residency program, he has trained many doctors in the Virginia Beach area.

Dr. Agnew is the pediatric editor of the Virginia Podiatric Medical Association Footnotes newsletter. He is a manuscript reviewer for the journal of the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States, Military Medicine. Additionally, he is also the pediatrics section editor of the Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery.

David G. Armstrong, DPM, MD, PhD

Dr. Armstrong is Professor of Surgery at the University of Southern California. Dr. Armstrong holds a Masters of Science in Tissue Repair and Wound Healing from the University of Wales College of Medicine and a PhD from the University of Manchester College of Medicine, where he was appointed Visiting Professor of Medicine. He is founder and co-Director of the Southwestern Academic Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA).

Dr. Armstrong has produced more than 460 peer-reviewed research papers in dozens of scholarly medical journals as well as over 80 book chapters. He is co-Editor of the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) Clinical Care of the Diabetic Foot, now in its third edition.

Armstrong was appointed Deputy Director of Arizona’s Center for Accelerated Biomedical Innovation (ACABI) and co-founder of its “augmented human” initiative, which places him at the nexus of the merger of consumer electronics, wearables and medical devices.

Dr. Armstrong was selected as one of the first six International Wound Care Ambassadors and is the recipient of numerous awards and degrees by universities and international medical organizations including the inaugural Georgetown Distinguished Award for Diabetic Limb Salvage. In 2008, he was the 25th and youngest-ever member elected into the Podiatric Medicine Hall of Fame. He was the first surgeon to be named University Distinguished Outreach Professor at the University of Arizona. He was the first podiatric surgeon to become a member of the Society of Vascular Surgery and the first US podiatric surgeon named fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, Glasgow. He is the 2010 and youngest ever recipient of the ADA’s Roger Pecoraro Award, the highest award given in the field.

Dr. Armstrong is past Chair of Scientific Sessions for the ADA’s Foot Care Council, and a past member of the National Board of Directors of the American Diabetes Association as well as a former commissioner with the Illinois State Diabetes Commission. He sits on the Infectious Disease Society of America’s (IDSA) Diabetic Foot Infection Advisory Committee and is the US appointed delegate to the International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot (IWGDF). Dr. Armstrong is the founder and co-chair of the International Diabetic Foot Conference (DF-Con), the largest annual international symposium on the diabetic foot in the world.

Bradley Bakotic, DPM, DO

Bradley W. Bakotic, DPM, DO graduated valedictorian from Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine in 1992. He continued on to matriculate cum laude from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1995. After completing a composite pathology residency at Tufts Medical School and the University of Miami, he traveled to New York where he completed fellowship training in oncologic surgical pathology and dermatopathology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering and Columbia University, respectively. He practiced surgical pathology for seven years prior to cofounding Bako Pathology Services in 2008 with Joseph Hackel, MD. Over years, his financial and non-financial support of the podiatric profession has been unparalleled; teaching dermatology and pathology at various podiatric medical schools, personally teaching over 300 residents, and providing CME lectures throughout the country.

Alan Banks, DPM

Dr. Banks has been in private surgical practice in Georgia for over 20 years. He is a recognized authority on foot and ankle surgery and receives referrals from across the United States for evaluation and treatment of the most complex problems.

Dr. Banks has lectured extensively in the United States and Europe and published over two dozen chapters for medical textbooks as well as articles for medical journals. He was chief editor of the third edition of McGlamry’s Comprehensive Textbook of Foot and Ankle Surgery, the standard reference text in the podiatric profession. He has served as an editorial advisor to the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association and is currently a member of the manuscript review panel of the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association and the Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery.

Michael Bazzoatra, CPed

Michael Bozzaotra is the founder of Performance Laboratories, a custom orthotic device manufacturer, where he has served as laboratory director for more than 30 years. He advises physicians in prescription planning, blending cutting-edge technology with the principles of evidence-based medicine to ensure optimal patient outcomes.

His bio-mechanical expertise has earned him a place on the faculty of Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine, where he guides graduate students through mechanical orthopedics. He is also an invited speaker at CME courses for podiatrists. His inventions include the machines that Performance craftspeople use on a daily basis as well as an array of orthotic designs that have benefited countless patients. A lean-manufacturing expert, he consults orthotic laboratories and other businesses around the country.

Christy Bennett, DO

Dr. Bennett is Board Certified in Family Medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine. She completed an Allopathic Internship & Residency in Family Medicine at the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa in 2000 and entered into a private practice. She received her undergraduate degree from the university of Tulsa in 1978 in Medical Technology. Dr. Bennett practices family practice medicine, operates a concierge injectable business and serves as Medical Director for a Medical Spa in Tulsa, OK.

Dr. Bennett has been an instructor in aesthetic medicine for over 9 years specializing in the areas of Injectables, Sclerotherapy, Microdermabrasion & Chemical Peels. Dr. Bennett has authored numerous teaching materials & presentations in the areas of aesthetic medicine and has attended national and international symposiums on aesthetic medicine.

Clay Cockerell, MD

Dr. Clay Cockerell is a board certified Dermatopathologist. He was the President of the American Association of Dermatology in 2004. For many years, Dr. Cockerell has overseen an educational program designed to train the next generation of Dermatopathologists. He receives five people in his office annually for the training. Dr. Cockerell also sees patients in the UT Southwestern General Dermatology clinic.

G. “Dock” Dockery, DPM

Dr. Dockery graduated from the Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio, as Valedictorian, and performed a surgical residency in foot and ankle surgery at the Waldo Podiatric Surgical Residency Program in Seattle. He is a Distinguished Practitioner in the Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Division of the National Academies of Practice.

He was voted “One of America’s 175 Most Influential Podiatrist” of 2006 and voted as “Movers and Shakers: America’s Most Influential Podiatrists” in 2012, by the Podiatry Management Magazine Editors & Advisors. Dr. Dockery is the author of Color Atlas and Text of Forefoot Surgery, Mosby Publishers, 1992; Cutaneous Disorders of the Lower Extremities, W.B.Saunders Publisher, 1997; Color Atlas of Foot & Ankle Dermatology, Lippincott-Raven, 1999; Lower Extremity Soft Tissue & Cutaneous Plastic Surgery, Elsevier Science, 2006; and, Lower Extremity Soft Tissue & Cutaneous Plastic Surgery, 2nd Edition, Elsevier Science, 2012.

He has published more than 150 scientific articles in peer-reviewed medical journals and he founded the International Foot & Ankle Foundation for Education and Research in 1979 and is currently the Chairman of the Board and the Director of Scientific Affairs of that organization.

David J. Freedman, DPM

Dr. Freedman is board certified in foot surgery by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery (ABFAS) and is a Fellow, American Society of Podiatric Surgeons (FASPS). He currently is Vice-President of Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, LLC, a single specialty podiatry group practice of 51 podiatrists.  He is a Certified Professional Coder (CPC) from the American Academy of Professional Coders, a Certified Professional Medical Auditor (CPMA) from the American Academy of Professional Coders, and a Certified Surgical Foot and Ankle Coder (CSFAC) from the American Academy of Professional Coders. He is a past President of the Maryland State Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners. He is a Past Chairman, for both the 9th and 10th Annual CAC/PIAC meeting for the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), a Coding Committee Advisor for the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). Continues to serve as the CAC Podiatry Representative for Maryland. He has Billing and Coding experience: since 1986. Medical Auditing experience: since 2003.

Waseem Garbia, PA-C

Mr. Garbia graduated from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. He then attended Jefferson College of Health Sciences in Roanoke, Virginia and graduated with his degree and certification in Physician Assistant studies and has been practicing for over 14 years.

Waseem has worked in many different settings including general and plastic surgery, emergency medicine, critical cardiology and aesthetics. He is a certified Allergan master injector and has a vast knowledge in cosmecuticals, injectables and lasers.  Having experience with launching several medical spas, Waseem enjoys teaching and sharing his knowledge in how to meet your client’s needs for long-term skin enhancement as well as meeting your personal business objectives.

Dr. Freedman is board certified in foot surgery by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery (ABFAS) and is a Fellow, American Society of Podiatric Surgeons (FASPS). He currently is Vice-President of Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, LLC, a single specialty podiatry group practice of 51 podiatrists.  He is a Certified Professional Coder (CPC) from the American Academy of Professional Coders, a Certified Professional Medical Auditor (CPMA) from the American Academy of Professional Coders, and a Certified Surgical Foot and Ankle Coder (CSFAC) from the American Academy of Professional Coders. He is a past President of the Maryland State Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners. He is a Past Chairman, for both the 9th and 10th Annual CAC/PIAC meeting for the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), a Coding Committee Advisor for the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). Continues to serve as the CAC Podiatry Representative for Maryland. He has Billing and Coding experience: since 1986. Medical Auditing experience: since 2003.

Nathaniel Jellinek, MD

Dr. Jellinek graduated from Brown University and earned his medical degree from the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine.He completed his Dermatology residency at the Massachusetts School of Medicine Division of Dermatology followed by a fellowship there in Mohs Micrographic Surgery, Cutaneous Oncology, and Nail Diseases under the direction of Mary Maloney, MD.

He is a trained and experienced skin cancer and reconstructive surgeon.  He is nationally recognized as a leading nail expert.He is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology.  He is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology the American College of Mohs Surgery, and a member of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.  He has served as an associate editor of the American Academy of Dermatology, is the author of numerous scientific manuscripts and book chapters, and is an invited lecturer nationally and internationally.

Warren Joseph, DPM

Dr. Warren S. Joseph is a podiatric and infectious diseases attending at Roxborough Memorial Hospital in Philadelphia, PA.  He is a specialist in the treatment of lower extremity infectious diseases. He received his podiatric degree, magna cum laude, from W.M. 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.

Annette Joyce, DPM

As a pioneer in practice management, dermatology lasers, and new technologies, Dr. Joyce travels throughout the country as a guest speaker in her field. Recently invited talks include the College of Podiatry in Glasgow, AAPPM, Dermfoot, the Florida Podiatric Medical Association’s Science and Management Symposium (SAM), PRESENT Residency Summit, Meet the Masters of Podiatric Success, the Podiatry Institute’s Mid-Atlantic Conference, and the Canadian Federation of Podiatrists.

She currently participates as a key opinion leader in her expertise of nail diseases, biofilm, and emerging diagnostics like PCR. She believes onychomycosis is one of the most challenging dermatological conditions of our profession. Dr. Joyce is frequent contributor to the media, including her July 2016 Scientific American article, “Health After 50: 8 Ways to Keep Your Healthy This Summer.” As author of a research article in Current Trends in Microbiology, “A seven year human data analysis of NIR lasers system for the treatment of onychomycosis,” her vision is to impact standard of care using dermatology devices as the center for today’s leading podiatry practices.

Anna Kirkorian, MD

Anna Yasmine Kirkorian, MD is a dermatologist in the Division of Dermatology at Children’s National Health System.

Her interests and expertise include vascular birthmarks, neonatal dermatology, genetic disorders, inflammatory skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis, pigmented lesions, acne, and hyperhidrosis.  She is an expert in laser and surgical treatments for pediatric dermatology patients.

Dr. Kirkorian has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and a book chapter on topics in pediatric and general dermatology.  She ha sgiven presentations at many national meetings and is interested in community outreach.

Jeffrey Lehrman, DPM

Dr. Lehrman is in private practice just outside Philadelphia and is the Medical Director at the Crozer Wound Healing Center.  He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery, Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, 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, serves on the APMA Coding Committee and the APMA MACRA Task Force, and is an Expert Panelist on Codingline. He 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 and trains surgical residents and medical students at his hospital system. Dr. Lehrman is also on the editorial advisory board of the journal WOUNDS.

Ashfaq A. Marghoob, MD

Dr. Marghoob is a board-certified dermatologist specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of cancers of the skin. Director of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s regional skin cancer clinic in Hauppauge, Long Island. In addition to consulting and treating patients in Hauppauge, NY. He is active in clinical research and have published numerous papers on topics related to skin cancer with an emphasis on melanoma, atypical/dysplastic nevi, and congenital melanocytic nevi. His research interests are focused on the use of imaging instruments such as photography, dermoscopy, and confocal laser microscopy to recognize skin cancer early in its development. He frequently lectures on these topics both nationally and internationally.

Bryan Markinson, DPM

Dr. Markinson is a 1981 graduate of the New York College of Podiatric Medicine and is currently an adjunct Professor in the Department of Podiatric Medicine. He started a private practice in Brooklyn, New York, in 1984, and then started the Podiatric Pathology service at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Podiatric Dermatology, and was elected President of that organization in December 2003, his term ending in September 2005. In 2004, Dr. Markinson began serving on the board of the Council for Nail Disorders, and affiliate of the American Academy of Dermatology. In 1999, he joined the full-time faculty practice at the Leni and Peter W. May Department of Orthopedic Surgery of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine as the Chief of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery. Dr. Markinson’s special areas of interest are podiatric skin diseases and tumors, including early diagnosis of pedal melanoma and fungal diseases of the skin and nails, pedal dermatitis, diabetic foot problems, foot surgery, and the special foot health problems of the elderly. He lectures extensively and enjoys participating on various advisory boards in the pharmaceutical industry.

Beth McLellan, MD

Dr. McLellan is the Director, of Oncodermatology at Montefiore M-E Center for Cancer Care in New York, as well as the Director of Dermatology at Jacobi Medical Center.  Dr. McLellan specializes in the treatment of skin, hair and nail conditions in cancer patients, with a special focus on reactions to new cancer drugs. She also cares for patients with skin cancer including nonmelanoma skin cancer, cutaneous lymphoma, and melanoma.  Dr. McLellan is currently investigating hair loss in breast cancer patients due to hormonal therapies such as tamoxifen and aromatase-inhibitors. Dr. McLellan’s research interests include chemotherapy-induced hair loss and nail problems, hand-foot syndrome and radiation dermatitis.

Lloyd Scott Miller, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Lloyd Scott Miller is an associate professor of dermatology and orthopaedic surgery at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He practices both general dermatology and specialized wound care.

Dr. Miller’s research interests involve the study of skin infections, susceptibility to infections and healing responses, with particular emphasis on host response against the common bacterial skin pathogen Staphylococcus aureus and MRSA.

Dr. Miller earned his B.A. in biology at Johns Hopkins University, and received his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn. He then completed a residency and post-doctoral research fellowship in dermatology at the University of California Los Angeles School of Medicine.

M. Joel Morse, DPM

Dr. Joel Morse is Board certified in Podiatric Surgery, Podiatric Orthopedics and Primary Podiatric Medicine, and is a fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. He has practiced in Washington DC since 1991 and is an associate clinical professor at Georgetown University Medical Center, where he sees patients and performs surgery. He is also on staff at Sibley Memorial Hospital and Washington Hospital Center. He is actively involved with the Podiatric Surgical Residency at that hospital. He is also on staff at a surgery center in Wheaton, Maryland (Burkland Medical Center) for most elective surgery.

Dr. Morse is a dedicated educator, and strives to bring his passion for dermatology to students, residents and physicians of all specialties. He has published widely on many topics including diabetic foot care, sports medicine, vascular disease, and acral skin and nail diseases. He maintains his close association with academic and professional communities to keep abreast of the latest advances in the field.

Ginette Okoye, M.D.

Dr. Ginette Okoye is an assistant professor of dermatology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Her areas of clinical focus include ethnic skin, hidradentitis suppurativa and sarcoidosis. Dr. Okoye serves as the director of the Ethnic Skin Program and the director of the Department of Dermatology at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

Dr. Okoye is a board-certified dermatologist who focuses on the skin, hair and nail conditions of people with darker skin tones, such as people of African-American, Asian, Hispanic, Middle Eastern and Native American descent. As director of the Ethnic Skin Program, which she launched in 2010 with Dr. Sewon Kang, she is committed to outstanding clinical care and research in the field of ethnic skin and to community outreach and enrichment. The program focuses on diseases that disproportionately affect people with ethnic skin, such as razor bumps, keloids, hair thinning, sarcoidosis, lupus and mycosis fungoides.

She received her undergraduate degree in biology from Barry University in Florida. She earned her M.D. from Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. She completed her residency at Yale University, where she served as the chief resident. She completed a dermatology preceptorship at St. Johns Institute of Dermatology in London and a preceptorship in leprosy and leishmaniasis at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Her research interests include ethnic skin and aging, and hidradenitis suppurativa.

Dr. Okoye has received several awards, including recognition by the mayor and borough council of Point Fortin, Trinidad, her hometown, for her academic achievement and contributions to medicine.

Ben Pearl, DPM

Recently selected as one of the Washingtonian Magazine’s top sports doctors, he is a graduate of the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. He is a consultant at NIH and he is on an advisory board at FDA.

Dr. Pearl was recently featured in theWashington Post Magazine depicting his passion for skiing and teaching. He has had television interviews with Dr. Nancy  on MSNBC on barefoot running and provided foot health information for News Channel 8.

Dr. Pearl is a fellow of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine as well as board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery as well as a consultant for the National Institutes of Health. He offers foot and ankle care to patients of all ages.

Dr. Pearl has a special interest in sports medicine, which is enhanced by his own participation in running, bicycling, and ski instruction. Dr. Pearl has authored a number of articles on podiatric health. He also blogs regularly on foot care and athletic performance at Docs for Jocks.

Yolanda Ragland, DPM

Dr. Ragland is the CEO & Founder of Fix Your Feet, Inc. She has 15 years of medical experience and practices on Park Ave in Manhattan NY and the Washington Metropolitan area in Downtown Bowie, MD.  She is known as the creator of the Tiara Toe™ Technique and coined the term Inter-Digital approach for hammertoe procedure.

She has a surgical certificate of training from an Academic Affiliate of Weil Medical College of Cornell University and is a graduate of New York College of Podiatric Medicine.  She graduated of University of Maryland, College Park and completed a five-year dermatology fellowship at the National Institutes of Health.  She is an  attending surgeon in the Department of Orthopedics at Lenox Hill Hospital as well as Midtown Surgery Center, New York, NY

Mary Sheu, MD

Dr. Mary Sheu is an assistant professor of dermatology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She is a board-certified dermatologist and expert in cosmetic and laser procedures to improve the health and appearance of skin. Dr. Sheu completed medical school at Brown University, internship in internal medicine at Stanford University and dermatology residency at the Oregon Health Science University. Prior to joining Johns Hopkins in 2007, Dr. Sheu served on the adjunct clinical faculty at Stanford University and practiced dermatology in the San Francisco Bay Area.

She has authored peer-reviewed publications in the dermatology literature and conducted basic science and clinical research in dermatology. Dr. Sheu is an active member of the American Academy of Dermatology, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.

Robert Spalding, DPM

Dr. Spalding is internationally known for his specialty for the treatment of injuries from nail salons to include artificial nails, salon related foot injuries infections, nail fungus, and allergic dermatitis reactions of the nail from salon services.

Dr. Spalding has manufactured many foot care products such as an enhanced nail polish, and has developed many training programs for physicians, podiatric assistants and Nail Technicians through online training programs.

Amir Tavakkol, Ph.D

Dr. Tavakkol is a clinical and scientific leader of cross-functional drug development teams in large pharma and biotech settings.  He has expertise in driving products through early-to-late-stage development phases and market approval; he also develops sound strategies and successful operational plans through synthesizing data and diverse perspectives. Dr. Tavakkol is nationally and internationally recognized as an industry drug-development expert in nail, skin and hair fungal diseases. He is experienced in design and conduct of phase 1 – 4 trials in respiratory fungal and bacterial infectious diseases. He is an expert in medical affairs including in life-cycle management, KOL network, advisory boards and communications planning, clinical and pre-clinical research in photo-aging, atopic dermatitis, psoriasis and skin antioxidants.