FFLC Reconstruction and Limb Salvage Surgical Fellowship

Program Director:
Kevin Lam, DPM, FACFAS

Other Program Faculty:
Wesley Chapman, DPM, FACFAS
Lauren Pelucacci, DPM
Robert Bello, DPM, FACFAS

Recent Post Graduate Fellows:
2024-2025: Fahad Hussain, DPM
2023-2024: No Fellow
2022-2023: Nathalia Esmeral-Nieto, DPM

Family Foot and Leg Center, PA
730 Goodlette Road - Suite 102
Naples, FL  34102
Phone: (239) 430-3668
Fax: (239) 692-9436
Email: DrLam@naplespodiatrist.com


Number of Positions:

One year

Program Start and End Dates:
August 1 – July 31

Application Deadline: 
October 1                        

Program Application:
ACFAS Standard Fellowship Application Form

$65,000 plus benefits (cell phone, health insurance, etc.) 

Position Locations:
FFLC Main, North, East Offices. Surgery Center, Naples Community Hospital (NCH-Downtown & North), Physician Regional Medical Center (PRMC- Pine Ridge & Collier)

Research Requirements:
Submit one manuscript for review to a peer reviewed journal. May be a literature review, case study, or primary research.

Program Summary/Training Goals:

  • This one-year foot and ankle fellowship position is under the direction of Kevin Lam, DPM, FACFAS. The fellowship is private office based and offers an advanced comprehensive program in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery, diabetic limb salvage/wound care, and practice/business management.
  • This is a high-volume Fellowship with high expectations. The Fellow will be responsible to cover all OR cases (400-600 cases/year), cover clinic on non-OR days (10,000+ encounters/year), manage in-patients at four hospitals, and cover attending’s ER call at four hospitals.
  • The Fellow who is strongly motivated will finish this program feeling comfortable with any foot and ankle surgery. Fellow will receive an extensive amount of exposure to MIS surgery (HAV, Tailors, Weil, Hammertoes, Haglunds,Calcaneal Osteotomies, etc), arthroscopy and arthroscopic fusions (STJ/AJ), Nerve transposition, Dellon release, rearfoot/ankle fusions and reconstructive techniques, including tendon transfer; use of internal and external fixation; management of complicated patients with comorbidities.
  • The program will teach the Fellow all aspects of practicing medicine in a high-volume, fast-paced setting. Office/surgical coding and billing, marketing, time management in OR setting, in-office soft tissue and osseous procedures, Synvisc and regenerative medicine injections, in-office dispensing/DME.
  • High-tech office with diagnostic ultrasound, shockwave, CT scanner, PT department, arterial duplex and pathologist in-house.
  • An annual calendar is established to include weekly x-ray and surgical case reviews, monthly case log review and quarterly fellow reviews.
  • This is a fellow-first, fellow-driven program with the opportunity to experience a wide variety of foot and ankle pathology. The Fellow will be exposed to multiple surgeons of various training backgrounds, in multiple locations, all well-respected in the community.
  • The Fellow will hone critical decision making skill such as: Being able to decide to take patient to surgery, and develop surgical plan. Being able to manage intraoperative and postoperative complications. Optimize patients for surgical intervention planning.
  • The fellow will also be expected to attend and participate in scientific conferences, including the ACFAS Annual Scientific Conference, as well as other conferences as required by the director.
  • ABFAS Board Qualification is REQUIRED for this program.
  • Site visit is REQUIRED to receive an interview.

Post Graduate Fellows History:
2021-2022: Joseph Altepeter, DPM, AACFAS
2020-2021: Jacob Dougherty, DPM
2019-2020: Mark A. Dreyer, DPM, FACFAS
2018-2019: April Nelson, DPM
2017-2018: Melissa Hurwitz, DPM
2016-2017: Rikhil Patel, DPM, FACFAS
2015-2016: Asma Khan, DPM, FACFAS