Jacob Jones, DPM

March 8, 2022

Graduated

Dr. Jones graduated in 2022

Fellowship

Attending the fellowship at American Foundation of Lower Extremity Surgery and Research Fellowship with J. John Anderson, DPM, FACFAS in Alamogordo, New Mexico.

My name is Jake Jones. I was born and raised in Globe, Arizona before moving to Austin, Texas during high school. Sports injuries throughout my childhood exposed me to medicine at an early age.  I attended Texas A&M University for my undergraduate studies where I met my beautiful wife and best friend, Alyssa. After college, I worked as a medical assistant for a podiatrist and I fell in love with the field. During this time I was fortunate enough to meet two West Penn alumnus. My conversations with Dr. Keith McSpadden and Dr. Shine John not only solidified my desire to pursue podiatry but also drove me to pursue residency training at West Penn.

I went on to complete my medical education at Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in North Chicago, Illinois. While completing my medical education I worked hard to earn numerous scholarships and awards and to be elected President of the Pi Delta National Honor Society and Research Coordinator of the ACFAS Student Board. I had exceptionally high expectations when I rotated here at West Penn as a student and I was thrilled when those expectations were exceeded. The hands-on experiences, clinical/surgical skills, academics, and personality of the attendings and residents were exactly what I was looking for in a training program and I knew this was the residency for me.

The past few years at West Penn have been some of the most challenging, yet rewarding experiences of my life. I have learned how to manage the most basic to complex clinical and surgical pathologies, inpatient pathology and scenarios, and intraoperative and postoperative complications. I have also learned how to effectively and efficiently run a clinic, how to deal with difficult patients/situations, and how to manage patients and my own expectations. But most of all I have learned more about myself and grown more as a person than I ever thought possible. The mentorship I have received from Dr. Catanzariti, Dr. Hentges, Dr. McMillen, and Dr. Saltrick has set me on the path to becoming not only the best foot and ankle surgeon that I can be, but also to be the best person, husband and future father that I can be. The friendships that I have built while at West Penn are some that I will maintain for the rest of my life.  I am so thankful for the opportunity to be part of the West Penn family and I can confidently say that my time here has prepared me for not only my career but also for life.

Next year I will be completing an advanced foot, ankle, and lower leg reconstruction fellowship at the American Foundation of Lower Extremity Surgery and Research in Alamogordo, New Mexico. I could not be more excited to continue my training with Dr. Anderson and Dr. Spencer. Following fellowship, my goal is to return to Texas and to join an orthopedic or multi-specialty group. Ultimately, I would like to train the next generation of foot and ankle surgeons through residency or fellowship training.

“I believe that the training at West Penn has prepared me for any clinical or surgical scenario that I may encounter throughout my career. As a resident, I have encountered nearly every type of pathology in the clinic and have seen thousands of surgical procedures in the operating room. I have also been able to follow patients throughout the perioperative period. With these experiences, I have been able to develop my own surgical and non-surgical treatment algorithms for all foot and ankle pathology and postoperative complications. I have also been able to understand the subtleties in pathologies to make adjustments to these treatment algorithms when necessary. The diversity of pathologies I have encountered at West Penn has also allowed me to understand the nuances of deformity correction and perioperative planning. The well rounded training at West Penn has given me the confidence to succeed in every aspect of foot and ankle surgery at the next level.”

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