Nebraska Foot and Ankle Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship

Program Director:
David E. Waters, DPM, FACFAS

Other Program Faculty:
Joshua Wray, DPM, AACFAS
Brandon Borer, DPM, FACFAS
Richard Raska, DPM, FACFAS

Post Graduate Fellow:
2024-2025: Avery Mason, DPM
2023-2024: Akhila Issac, DPM, AACFAS
2022-2023: Evan Lenertz, DPM, AACFAS

Platte River Foot and Ankle Surgeons
306 W 2nd St
Hastings, NE 68901

Phone: (402) 751-0600
Fax: (402) 751-0800

Program Information:
Program Video
Meet the Fellow FAQ's

Number of Positions:

One year

Program Start and End Dates:
August 1-July 31

Application Deadline:
September 1

Program Application:
ACFAS Standard Fellowship Application Form

$60,000, benefits provided

Position Locations:
Mary Lanning Hospital, Great Plains Health, Columbus Community Hospital, Platte River Foot and Ankle Surgeons

Research Requirements: 

  • Submit for acceptance one or more posters to the ACFAS Annual Scientific Conference annually.
  • Prepare for publication one IRB reviewed research project annually.

Program Summary/Training Goals: 
  • One year fellowship program in advanced rearfoot and ankle reconstructive surgery in a rural community-based health system.
  • Fellow will be exposed to hands-on training in foot and ankle reconstructive surgery from toe to total ankles and everything in between.
  • Exposure will include internal and external fixation for reconstructive purposes.
  • Additionally, the fellow will learn to function inside of a community-based health system with other specialties while treating community-based patients.
  • Regular academic activities will include case review, journal club and research and will help the fellow to understand the importance of evidence-based medicine and surgery.
  • Fellow should expect to complete over 500 cases during their year of training.
  • Additionally, the fellow will be exposed to the group private practice model to cultivate office-based clinical diagnostic skills and exposure to coding, billing and clinic management.
  • Finally, the fellow will be given speaking opportunities at local and regional conferences as well as at training sites with attending physicians.