Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group - Santa Cruz Foot and Ankle Fellowship

Program Director:                            
Brandon Lindberg, DPM, FACFAS

Other Program Faculty:      
Jilleen Costa, DPM, FACFAS
Kathleen Halat, DPM, FACFAS
Aarron Flowers, DPM, AACFAS
Jon Nordgaard, DPM, FACFAS
Karl Christoffersen, MD
Tom Welle, MD

Recent Post Graduate Fellows:
2024-2025: Victoria Liew, DPM
2023-2024: Stefany Carvalho, DPM, AACFAS
2022-2023: Brandon Kim, DPM, AACFAS
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
2907 Chanticleer Ave
Santa Cruz, CA 95065
Phone: (831) 477-2325
Fax: (831) 477-2330

Program Information:
Program Video

Number of Positions:

One year

Program Start and End Dates:          
Early July–Mid July

Application Deadline:                         
July 1. Please submit ACFAS Fellowship application.

Mondays and Tuesdays March through June the year prior to start.

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.

Program Application
ACFAS Standard Fellowship Application Form

$90,000 with full benefits, including malpractice tail

Position Location:                           
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, 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 practicing with four well-trained ACFAS members who are ABFAS Board-Certified foot and ankle surgeons within a large multi-specialty group practice.
  • 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.
  • Watsonville Wound Care Clinic participation.
  • Allow adequate time to devote to scholarly research and investigation.
  • Advocate and accommodate participation in Medical Device Industry Fellow-level courses.
  • Our 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.

Post Graduate Fellows History:
2021-2022: Daniel Wu, DPM, MS, AACFAS
2020-2021: Rishika Lagisetti, DPM, AACFAS
2018–2019: Aarron Flowers, DPM, AACFAS
2017–2018: Zach Criswell, DPM, AACFAS
2016–2017: Sonia Mvuemba, DPM, FACFAS