Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group - Santa Cruz Foot and Ankle Fellowship
Timothy J. Blakeslee, DPM, FACFAS
Karl J. Christoffersen, MD
Jillene Costa, DPM, FACFAS
Kathleen M. Halat, DPM, FACFAS
Raj Kullar, MD
Brandon Lindberg, DPM, AACFAS
Jon Nordgaard, DPM, FACFAS
Howard S. Schwartz, MD, FACS
James Spiegel, MD, FACS
Thomas Welle, DO
Post Graduate Fellow:
2017-2018: Zach Criswell, DPM, AACFAS
2016-2017: Sonia Mvuemba, DPM, AACFAS
Palo Alto Medical Foundation Group
2025 Soquel Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Phone: (831) 477-2326
Fax: (831) 477-2330
Number of Positions:
Program Start and End Dates:
Early July- Mid July
1. Please submit ACFAS Fellowship application and PRR/MAV/Diversity report
documenting surgical experience for first 24 months of current residency
ACFAS Standard Fellowship Application Form
$90,000 with full benefits including malpractice tail
Palo Alto Medical Foundation - Santa Cruz Division
At least one publishable paper or poster to be presented at the ACFAS Annual Scientific Conference
Program Summary/Training Goals:
- PAMFG – Santa Cruz Foot & Ankle Fellowship
is interested in enthusiastic, teachable residents with diverse training
experiences; we are not affiliated with any residency program.
- The goal of this PAMF Fellowship is to offer
extensive experience in the evaluation and management of an extensive variety
of foot and ankle disorders.
- The fellow learns from the practices of five
well-trained foot and ankle surgeons within the multi-specialty group practice
– Palo Alto Medical Foundation – Santa Cruz Division.
- To fulfill this goal, our busy Santa Cruz Foot
& Ankle service provides for approximately 20,000 patients a year. Patient
referrals come from 75+ primary care practices, four outpatient urgent care
clinics and Dominican Santa Cruz Hospital Emergency Department and Hospitalist
- Fellowship training is focused on all aspects of
podiatric medicine: autonomous outpatient clinic one to two half-days a week;
and daily surgery – pediatric & adult reconstructive surgery,
sports-related injuries, extensive acute trauma, etc.
- 2016-2017 Fellow performed >450 cases, >650 procedures. 36 percent Ankle, 64 percent Foot, 27 percent acute trauma.
- The majority of diabetic and palliative care is
provided by the program’s physician’s assistant.
- Overseas Medical Mission option.
- Advocate and accommodate participation in
Medical Device Industry Fellow-level courses.
- The fellowship is designed to give a
well-motivated individual the opportunity to take advantage of the depth of
foot and ankle pathology and clinical and surgical training available in Santa
Cruz, graduating with a fellowship diploma from PAMF.