Virginia Mason Franciscan Health Foot and Ankle Sports Medicine Fellowship

Program Director:
Eric J. Heit, DPM, FACFAS

Other Program Faculty:
Thomas Landino, DPM, FACFAS
Alvin Ngan, DPM, FACFAS
Jeff Pentek, DPM, FACFAS
Mark Reeves, DPM
Matthew Williams, DPM, FACFAS

Recent Post Graduate Fellows:
2024-2025: Ahmad Namous, DPM
2023-2024: Tinisha Ricks, DPM, AACFAS
2022-2023: Olga Drogomiretskiy, DPM 

Virginia Mason Franciscan Health
Research & Academics
1100 Ninth Ave, Mailstop G-250B
Seattle, WA  98101
Phone: (206) 341-1867

Program Information:
Meet the Fellow FAQ's

Number of Positions:

One year

Program Start and End Dates:
August 1 - July 31

Application Deadline:
August 31, prior year

Program Application:
ACFAS Standard Fellowship Application Form


Position Location:
Sports Medicine Clinic

Research Requirements:

  • Complete one research project by the end of the year, ranging from an IRB-approved study, resulting in an abstract/poster for a major conference and/or published manuscript
  • Development and presentation of a biomechanical or surgical case study report or on a sports medicine topic with literature review to PCPs and podiatry peers
  • Development and submission of an article for Podiatry Today
  • Development and presentation of a cadaver workshop
  • Develop a portfolio of sports medicine topics

Program Summary / Training Goals:

  • The primary goal of the fellowship is to give the fellow clinical and surgical skills to excel in a podiatry career and serve as an ambassador for him/herself, the profession, and Virginia Mason Franciscan
  • Specifically, the fellowship aims to teach requisite cognitive and technical aspects of surgical podiatry including understanding relevant processes, their presentation and management; analysis and interpretation of radiographic data, understanding the indications and contraindications for procedures; pre- and post-procedure care of the patient; recognition and management of complications; appropriate documentation and reporting; appropriate communication with the patient and the multidisciplinary team; and research, presentation, and publication in the field.

Post Graduate Fellows History:
2020-2022: Danielle Mooshol, DPM
2019-2020: Melissa Journot, DPM, AACFAS
2018-2019: Padhma Venkitapathy, DPM
2017-2018: Martina Randall, DPM, AACFAS
2016-2017: Philip Shaw, DPM
2015-2016: Jeff Pentek, DPM, FACFAS
2014-2015: Jacob McLeod, DPM, FACFAS
2013-2014: Linda Oh, DPM
2012-2013: Alexis McKeown, DPM
2011-2012: Lynn Kovacevich, DPM