Virginia Mason Foot and Ankle Sports Medicine Fellowship

Program Director:
Eric J. Heit, DPM, FACFAS

Other Program Faculty:
David J. Belfie, MD 
Mark T. Reeves, DPM
Jeffrey Pentek, DPM, AACFAS
Richard T. Bouche, DPM, FACFAS
Alvin Ngan, DPM, FACFAS
Thomas Landino, DPM, FACFAS

Recent Post Graduate Fellows:
2019-2020: Melissa Journot, DPM, AACFAS
2018-2019: Padhma Venkitapathy, DPM
2017-2018: Martina Randall, DPM, AACFAS

Virginia Mason Medical Center
1100 Ninth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: (206) 223-6600
Fax: (206) 583-2214


Number of Positions:

One year

Program Start and End Dates:
Mid-July - July 31 of the following year

Application Deadline:
December 31

Program Application:
ACFAS Standard Fellowship Application Form

$65,000; benefits provided

Position Location:
Downtown Seattle

Research Requirements:
One research project of the fellow’s choice to be completed by the end of the fellowship year

Program Summary / Training Goals:

  • Virginia Mason is known regionally as an orthopaedic center of excellence and as a result, the fellow’s experience tends to encompass a broad spectrum of foot and ankle pathology.
  • 90 percent of Sports Medicine is non-surgical so the primary goal of the fellowship is to give you the clinical skills to excel in your career while honing your surgical skills.
  • Fellows work three days per week in the clinic, one day in the OR, and one day doing research.
  • Fellows manage their own patients independently and participate in surgery to the full extent that their skills allow. Fellows take ER call one week at a time every four weeks. Average patient volume is 10-15 per day.
  • The caseload in the OR is variable but averages about 300 cases per year. The cases are a good mix of foot and ankle trauma, reconstruction, and routine procedures.
  • Duties also include weekly Podiatric Grand Rounds at Swedish Medical Center, and one clinic day per month rotating with Rich Bouche, DPM at Northwest Hospital Sports Medicine in North Seattle.

Post Graduate Fellows History:
2016-2017: Philip Shaw, DPM
2015-2016: Jeff Pentek, DPM, AACFAS
2014-2015: Jacob McLeod, DPM, FACFAS
2013-2014: Linda Oh, DPM

Educational Opportunities