Archived News 2012-2013

Scott Alter, DPM Memorial Lecture Series – June 8, 2013


Thank you to Christopher Hyer, DPM and Gregory Berlet, MD for their participation in the Scott Alter, DPM, Memorial Lecture Series on Saturday, June 8, 2013.


Doug Newton, MD receives a Life Time Achievement Award


The award was presented at the 2nd Annual National Foot and Ankle Fellowship Meeting held in Pittsburgh, PA – May 17 & 18, 2013

Pictured are (left to right) Peter Stasko, DPM; Joe Lewis, DPM; Alan Catanzariti, DPM; Doug Newton, MD; Nicki Nigro, DPM; Mark Hofbauer, DPM; Brad Lamm, DPM.


Alumni Update Letter May 2013

It was great seeing all of the Alumni who participated in the 2013 ACFAS event in Las Vegas, NV. We had a large turnout at the annual Alumni Reception at the House of Blues. Pictures and our new logo are posted below. Attached you will find the minutes from the business meeting held prior to the reception.

We hope that we continue to fulfill our “Mission”:

The Western Pennsylvania Foot & Ankle Society is a collaborative organization comprised of surgeons dedicated to the advancement of foot and ankle surgery. The Society’s initiatives focus on developing future leaders, stimulating research, supporting education and cultivating innovation in the field of foot and ankle surgery

As we continue to grow, we hope that more Alumni will be able to contribute to the Society. Presently 17/97+ Alumni have made contributions and donations. Your donations and contributions are vital to the start-up costs and maintenance costs.

There are links to two forms, one is the 2013 Alumni Membership Invoice and the other is the WPFAS Donation Form. For accounting purposes the Membership Fee and Donations need to be registered separately.

Please let me know if you have any questions. I may be reached at: You may also contact Beth Sheedy at 412-688-7578 or

Thank you for your continued support.

Fraternally Yours,

Robert Joseph, DPM, Ph.D., FACFAS

President, West Penn Foot & Ankle Society


Scott Alter, DPM Memorial Lecture Series – April 20, 2013


Thank you to Sean Grambart, DPM and Chris Reeves, DPM for their participation in the Scott Alter, DPM, Memorial Lecture Series on Saturday, April 20, 2013.


Congratulations to Nic and Erin Dodson who welcome Jackson Drew Dodson to their family.

Drew was born on March 26, 2013 at 3:15 pm. He weighed 8 pounds 4 ounces and was 21.25 inches in length.


Scott Alter, DPM Memorial Lecture Series – March 9, 2013


Thank you to Byron Hutchinson, DPM and Edgardo Rodriquez, DPM for their participation in the Scott Alter, DPM, Memorial Lecture Series on Saturday, March 9, 2013.


Congratulations Jordan Grossman, President, ACFAS 2013


Jordan with Bob Mendicino and Alan Catanzariti in Las Vegas at ACFAS 2013.


WPH Alumni Reception 2013 – Las Vegas


Attendees – Starting in the back row – left to right
Drs. Travis Sautter, Scott Nelson, Brian Neerings, Kyle Peterson, Brian Dix, Keith McSpadden, Jared Maker, Justin Brown, Bob Mendicino, Tod Storm, Brandon Tullis, Brad Lamm, Pete Stasko, Jordan Grossman, Robert Joseph, Jeff Loveland, Matt Liwski, Dave Gitlin, Kevin Myer Trent Statler, Brandi Johnson, Anne Massey, Matt Hentges, Barron Elleby, Jeff Nigro, Alan Catanzariti, Vito Speciale, Mike Dombek, Naomie St. Pierre, Matthew Thomas, Phil Richardson, Mike Presti, Ms. Beth Sheedy


Invitation to 13th Annual WPH Alumni Reception
Tuesday, February 12, 2013

You are invited to join us for the 13th Annual West Penn Hospital Alumni Reception
Hosted By:
The West Penn Foot & Ankle Society
at the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeon’s Annual Meeting
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Crossroads Room – Located in Mandalay Bay
6:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. – Alumni Society Meeting

8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – General Reception
RSVP by Friday, February 6, 2013
To: Beth Sheedy
(412) 688-7578 or e-mail:


A Day with Trent Statler, DPM and Robert Joseph, DPM
Saturday, January 19, 2013

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Recent Publications

An Anatomic Safe Zone for Posterior Ankle Arthroscopy: A Cadaver Study
JFAS November 2012
Heck, J; Mendicino, R; Stasko, P; Shadrick, D; Catanzariti, A

Current Concepts in Surgery for Adult-Acquired Flatfoot
Podiatry Today October 2012
Catanzariti, A; Mendicino, R; Hentges, M

Venous Thromboembolism and Foot & Ankle Surgery: Current Updates 2012
Foot & Ankle Specialist Online October 2012
Hentges, M; Peterson, K; Catanzariti, A; Mendicino, R

Cutaneous Myoepithelioma in the Foot : Case Report
Foot & Ankle Specialist Online December 2012
Dix, B; Hentges, M; Saltrick, K; Krishnamurti, U

Factors Affecting Healing of Ankle Fractures
JFAS January 2013
Dodson, N; Ross, A; Mendicino, R; Catanzariti, A

Role of Body Mass Index in Acute Charcot Neuroarthropathy
JFAS January 2013
Ross, A; Mendicino, R; Catanzariti, A


Happy New Year

We hope you had a great holiday with family and friends.

Jordan P. Grossman, DPM, FACFAS – will be inducted as ACFAS President at the 2013 Annual Scientific Conference on February 11-14 in Las Vegas, Nevada

Congratulations to Christopher Reeves, DPM, FACFAS, who was elected to the ACFAS Board of Directors in electronic balloting that ended on December 29. He will begin his three-year term at the 2013 Annual Scientific Conference on February 11-14 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

C. Keith McSpadden, DPM has been selected as the winner of the Third Annual Residency Program Contest sponsored by The Goldfarb Foundation. His research, co-authored by Matthew Thomas, DPM is titled “The Effect of Modified Lapidus Arthrodesis in Rearfoot Alignment: A Preliminary Study”.

Congratulations to 2nd year residents Brian Dix, Matt Hentges and Karl Saltrick, DPM for their article “Cutaneous Myeopithelioma in the Foot: Case Report that was published in Foot & Ankle Specialist. Click for the online version of this article.


El Salvador Medical Mission 2012 – Anne Massey

Anne Massey, DPM – 3rd Year resident in El Salvadore


Scott Alter, DPM Memorial Lecture Series – November 17, 2012

Thank you to Mike Lee, DPM and Mike Downey, DPM for their participation in the Scott Alter, DPM, Memorial Lecture Series on Saturday, November 17, 2012.



Scott Alter, DPM Memorial Lecture Series – October 20, 2012

Thank you to Jeff Loveland, DPM and Pat Burns, DPM for their participation in the Scott Alter, DPM, Memorial Lecture Series on Saturday, October 20, 2012.

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A Day with Alumni…. October 17, 2012

Hal Hatchett, DPM and Cody Bowers, DPM

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ACFAS BoD Nominations

Alumni and Friends,
It is our pleasure to inform you of another graduate being nominated for the Board of Directors of the ACFAS.
Chris Reeves has been the Chair of the Annual Meeting for the last two years and now he has an opportunity to be elected to the Board. Chris will follow Robert Mendicino, Mike Lee and Jordon Grossman all board members and past or current presidents.
Please support Chris and vote for him during this election, ballots will be coming out November 5, 2012.
Although you will have the ability to vote for two of the three candidates, voting for only him and no additional candidate could possibly increase his odds. We look forward to having continued representation of our alumni association on the ACFAS leadership.
This is a proud moment for us.
Catz and Mendo


Support Save a Limb Ride

We are doing a charity event to support patients who come to our center from out of state or out of country and who can not afford the needed medical care. This fund also supports our medical mission trips to Haiti, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Grenada, India, and the Dominican Republic. Please follow the link below to donate and help support our ride team. Thanks. Dr. Bradley Lamm.

Save a Limb Ride


Summer Picnic

DMU Grads rock West Penn Podiatric Residency Program at summer picnic.


DMU dominates West Penn’s podiatric residency. Graduates in the program and CPMS students…


Scott Alter, DPM Memorial Lecture Series – September 22, 2012

Thank you to Larry DiDomenico, DPM and Dane Wukich, MD for their participation in the Scott Alter, DPM, Memorial Lecture Series on Saturday, September 22, 2012.

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Dave Wukich, DPM Larry DiDomenico, DPM


ACFAS Meeting

Drs. Alan Catanzariti, Jeff Cohen, Brenda Cohen, Adrianne Ross and Rachel Jung at ACFAS meeting in Louisville: Advances in Forefoot Surgery. Dr. Jeff Cohen (1998 WPH graduate) and Dr. Brenda Cohen (1998 WPH graduate) practice in Austin, Texas. Adrianne Ross (2011 WPH graduate) practices in Atlanta and Rachel Jung (2012 WPH graduate) is currently in a fellowship in Louisville, Kentucky)


JFAS articles by WPH F&A residents

The following 2 articles were recently published in the JFAS. They were co-authored by current and former WPH Foot & Ankle residents.

Sept – Oct 2012 “Incidence of Talar Dome Lesions with Concomitant Peroneal Tendon Pathologic Features: A Magnetic Resonance Imaging Evaluation” by P. Stasko, C. K. McSpadden, R. Jung, (2012 graduates) R. Mendicino, and A. Catanzariti.

Online – “The Association of Metatarsus Adductus to the Proximal Fifth Metatarsal Jones Fracture” by one of our second year residents Brian Dix along with R. Yoho, S. Carrington, and V. Vardaxis


A Day With Alumni – August 25, 2012

Brandi Johnson, DPM and Brandon Tullis, DPM, Kyle Moore, DMU Core Student, Naomie St. Pierre, 3rd year resident, and Brandon Tullis participated.

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A Day with Alumni Hentges, Massey, and Johnson
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Pete Stasko

I graduated from West Penn this year and am currently in a fellowship with the Mon Valley Foot and Ankle Reconstructive Fellowship/The Orthopedic Group. I am very busy with everything from surgical cases to research and feel that my training at West Penn has prepared me very well for my fellowship year.


Good Bye 3rd Years

So sad to say good bye to our 3rd year residents: Rachel Jung, Keith McSpadden, Pete Stasko, Matthew Thomas and Joe Watson


Welcome New Residents

Say Hello to: Tee Adeleke, John Baca, Erica Evans and Phil Richardson


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