Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group - Santa Cruz Foot and Ankle Fellowship
Brandon Lindberg, DPM, FACFAS
Timothy J. Blakeslee, DPM, FACFAS
Karl J. Christoffersen, MD
Jillene Costa, DPM, FACFAS
Kathleen M. Halat, DPM, FACFAS
Raj Kullar, MD
Jon Nordgaard, DPM, FACFAS
James Spiegel, MD, FACS
Thomas Welle, DO
Post Graduate Fellow History:
2019–2020: Aziz Rasooli, DPM, AACFAS
2018–2019: Aarron Flowers, DPM, AACFAS
2017–2018: Zach Criswell, DPM, AACFAS
2016–2017: Sonia Mvuemba, DPM
Fellows have averaged 450 cases/year; 750 procedures/year
36 percent ankle, 64 percent foot, 25 percent acute trauma
Palo Alto Medical Foundation Group
Santa Cruz Division
Department of Orthopedics and Podiatric Surgery
325 Distel Circle
Los Altos, CA 94022
Phone: (831) 477-2326
Fax: (831) 477-2330
Number of Positions:
Program Start and End Dates:
Early July–Mid July
August 1. Please submit ACFAS Fellowship application and PRR/MAV/Diversity report
documenting surgical experience for first 24 months of current residency.
Wednesdays (onsite clinic day visit) in August and September.
We invite only qualified, competitive candidates for an onsite visit/interview after we review ACFAS application, letters of recommendation and PRR/MAR/Diversity report/surgical logs.
ACFAS Standard Fellowship Application Form
$90,000 with full benefits, including malpractice tail
Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Santa Cruz Division
Scholarly Research Requirements:
Fellow/Fellowship Program must publish research within
three years in a peer-reviewed publication, preferably in The Journal of Foot
& Ankle Surgery.
Program Summary/Training Goals:
- PAMF–Santa Cruz Foot & Ankle Fellowship is interested in enthusiastic, empathetic, teachable residents with previous 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 a diverse
variety of foot and ankle disorders.
- The fellow learns from the practices of five
Board Certified foot and ankle surgeons within a large multispecialty
- To fulfill this goal, our busy Santa Cruz Foot
& Ankle service provides for approximately 20,000 patients a year. Patient
referrals come from >100 primary care practices, four outpatient urgent care
clinics and Dominican Santa Cruz Hospital Emergency Department and Hospitalist
Service. Fellow shares ED call with an attending daily as well as two weekends each month.
- Fellowship training is focused on all aspects of
podiatric medicine: autonomous outpatient clinic one to two days a week;
and daily surgery, including pediatric and adult reconstructive surgery,
sports-related injuries, extensive acute trauma, etc. Fellows have averaged 450 cases/year; 750 procedures/year -36 percent ankle, 64 percent foot, 25 percent acute trauma.
- Participate in a week-long "Advanced Communication with Patients" educational course.
Wound Care Clinic participation.
adequate time to devote to scholarly research and investigation.
- A dedicated physician’s assistant assists with pre- and postop patient management.
- Overseas Vietnam [DaNang Orthopaedic & Rehabilitation Center] Medical Mission option is highly recommended (one to two weeks each June).
and accommodate participation in Medical Device Industry Fellow-level courses.
Fellowship is designed to give a well-motivated individual the opportunity
to take advantage of the diversity of foot and ankle pathology and
clinical and surgical training available in Santa Cruz, graduating with a
fellowship diploma from PAMF.