CHI Franciscan Health Advanced Foot & Ankle Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship

Program Director:
Byron Hutchinson, DPM, FACFAS

Other Program Faculty:
Stacee Kessinger, MD
Michael Dujela, DPM, FACFAS
Mark Lewis, DPM, FACFAS
Paul Scott, DPM, FACFAS
Chad Farley, DPM, FACFAS
Todd Chappell, DPM, FACFAS
Mallory Schweitzer, DPM, AACFAS

Recent Post Graduate Fellows:
2023-2024: Ryan Stone, DPM, AACFAS
2022-2023: Alissa Mayer, DPM, AACFAS
2021-2022: Lindsey Hjelm, DPM, AACFAS

St. Francis Hospital
34509 9th Ave. South, Ste. 306
Federal Way, WA 98003
Phone: (253) 944-4177
Fax: (253) 944-4004

Program Information:
Program Video
Meet the Fellow FAQ's

Number of Positions:
One position

One year

Program Start and End Dates:
July 15 – July 31

Application Deadline:
June 1
Applicants are encouraged to visit the program February-April.

Program Application:
ACFAS Standard Fellowship Application Form


Position Location:
Fellow may work or gain clinical/surgical exposure at some or all of our CHI Franciscan Health Facilities, which include St. Francis (Federal Way), St. Joseph’s (Tacoma), St. Clare’s (Lakewood), St. Anthony’s (Gig Harbor), St. Michael’s (Silverdale) and St. Anne’s (Burien).

Research Requirements:
During the one-year fellowship program, the fellow is expected to participate in conducting research or work-related project toward the goal of scholarly publication. Such research/work will be coordinated through the assistance and support of the program committee and is outlined further in the Foot & Ankle Fellowship Program Manual.

Program Summary/Training Goals:
The CHI Franciscan Health Foot & Ankle Fellowship Program provides a recent podiatric residency graduate with the opportunity to gather real-world experience in clinical podiatric practice and surgical techniques and also provides research opportunities. The program's goal is to supplement the training that the fellow received during his/her residency and to fill in any voids in knowledge, training or skill to produce a well-rounded podiatric physician/surgeon.

Specific Goals:

  • Provide an opportunity for supervised advanced clinical experience in the recognition and management of foot and ankle pathology. S/he will also gain knowledge in secondary prevention of chronic disease as it relates to the foot and ankle.
  • Emphasize the intertwined relationship of the basic sciences and clinical practice by affording opportunities to use the complete physical record of the patient before, during and after medical and surgical treatment.
  • Familiarity with hospital procedure, scope of practice and functions of other healthcare divisions.

Post Graduate Fellows History:
2020-2021: Emily Wagler, DPM, AACFAS
2019-2020:  Mallory Schweitzer, DPM, AACFAS
2018–2019: Anthony Romano, DPM
2017–2018: Lisa Grant-McDonald, DPM
2016–2017: Abdulaziz Kimawi, MD, DPM