Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group - Santa Cruz Foot and Ankle Fellowship

Program Director:                            
Timothy J. Blakeslee, DPM, FACFAS

Other Program Faculty:      
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
(831) 477-2326
Fax: (831) 477-2330


Number of Positions:

One year

Program Start and End Dates:          
Early July- Mid July

Application Deadline:                         
October 1. Please submit ACFAS Fellowship application and PRR/MAV/Diversity report documenting surgical experience for first 24 months of current residency

Program Application
ACFAS Standard Fellowship Application Form

$90,000 with full benefits including malpractice tail

Position Location:                           
Palo Alto Medical Foundation - Santa Cruz Division

Research Requirements:    
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 Service.
  • 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.

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