St. Petersburg Innovative Foot & Ankle Surgery Fellowship

Program Director:
Adam D. Perler, DPM, FACFAS

Other Program Faculty:
Thomas Odmark, MD
Vladimir Alexander, MD
Daniel Penello, MD
Brendon Zelna, DPM
Heather Zelna, DPM
Robert Abady, DPM
Theodore Couluris, DPM, FACFAS
Kyle Johnson, DPM, FACFAS
Gary Katz, DPM
Robin Katz, DPM
Ronald D Troxell, DPM
Daniel Perez, DPM, FACFAS
Jason Spector, DPM

Recent Post Graduate Fellows:
2024-2025: Akshitha Sreeram, DPM
2023-2024: Tyler Rodericks, DPM, AACFAS
2022-2023: John Constantino, DPM, AACFAS

Alexander Orthopaedic Associates
12416 66th Street N
Suite A
Largo, FL 33773
Phone: (727) 547-4700
Fax: (727) 394-8661

Program Information:
Program Video
Meet the Fellow FAQ's

Number of Positions:

One year

Program Start and End Dates:
July 1 - June 30

Application Deadline:
May 1

Program Application:
ACFAS Standard Fellowship Application Form

$60,000 plus benefits

Position Locations:
St. Petersburg, FL; Largo, FL; Tampa, FL; Clearwater, FL; Palm Harbor, FL

Research Requirements:
Two research activities which can include poster presentation at ACFAS or FPMA SAM seminar, peer reviewed article submission, or participation in active research study.

Program Summary/Training Goals: 
The St. Petersburg Innovative Foot & Ankle Surgery Fellowship at Alexander Orthopaedic Associates was established to enhance the education of graduates from advanced podiatric surgical residencies who seek additional training in complex reconstructive foot and ankle surgery, gain an increased understanding of product design and intellectual property development, and strive for both personal and professional advancement. This fellowship is designed to give back to the profession and create a bridge between resident training, professional employment, and leadership within our profession. The curriculum is fellow-first and fellow-motivated with a myriad of available learning opportunities through surgery, clinic, product development, research, and private practice management from within an orthopedic, podiatric or multi-specialty group setting.

Foot and Ankle Surgical Exposure:

  • Extensive exposure to Total Ankle Replacement techniques, rationale and development
  • Advanced surgical reconstructive techniques utilizing customized surgery with 3D printing and Patient Specific Implants/Instrumentation (PSI)
  • Advanced techniques in both internal/external fixation
  • Complex deformity correction planning and execution
  • Peripheral nerve surgery
  • Evaluation of new and innovative surgical techniques and new product evaluation
  • Utilization of advanced orthobiologics and regenerative medicine surgical integration
  • Complex foot & ankle reconstruction and diabetic limb salvage including Charcot reconstruction
  • Advanced arthroscopic techniques
  • Pediatric patient management and surgical rationale
  • Foot and ankle trauma
  • Hands-on learning with access to multiple training workshops (joint ventured with local orthopeadic and podiatric residencies)
  • International training experiences (overseas fellowship exchange and/or missionary medicine)
  • Inside view of practice management, patient flow tips, and unique insight into LOP, Auto and Worker’s Comp cases
  • Scrub, assist and learn from other talented foot and ankle surgeons (podiatric and orthopaedic) in the Tampa/St. Pete area
  • Network with other Florida podiatric fellowships through the Florida Podiatric Medical Association’s new Fellowship Initiative with advanced training workshops, lecturing opportunities and participation in multi-center research
  • Fellow will manage their own clinic and focus on post-op follow-ups, initial workups, and critical decision making
  • Able to interact with and teach podiatric and orthopaedic residents from local programs

Post Graduate Fellows History
2021-2022: Emily Zulauf, DPM, AACFAS
2020-2021: Jason Spector, DPM
2019-2020: Anthony Rusher, DPM, AACFAS