Attending either ACFAS or AAOS Annual Meeting (Fully paid)
Completion of High Level Surgical Residency
Illinois Licensure – prior to beginning
Wisconsin Licensure – prior to beginning
Program summary / training goals
The Fellowship at the Weil Foot & Ankle Institute is one of the premier Foot & Ankle Surgical Fellowships in the United States. This Fellowship is designed to enhance and refine the skills of residency-trained Podiatric Surgeons. Under the guidance of Fellowship Director Matthew D. Sorensen, DPM, FACFAS, Fellows at the Weil Foot & Ankle Institute are exposed to all aspects of Foot & Ankle reconstruction, sports injury and trauma, as well as clinical decision making, post-operative management, foot & ankle research, and practice management.
Prior to participation in the Fellowship at the Weil Foot & Ankle Institute, Fellows will need to have completed a comprehensive surgical residency program. The Fellowship is designed to refine surgical skills and efficiencies, in addition to clinical acumen, by participating in a wide variety of reconstructive, traumatic injury and sports injury specific surgical procedures that have been developed and refined by Dr. Sorensen and Dr. Weil Jr.
Fellows receive tremendous exposure and participate in scientific and business meetings with some of the most famous names in podiatric surgery, foot & ankle orthopedic surgery, and the orthopedic industry.
The fellowship is committed to research, and the fellows are integral members of the research team. Fellows participate in all aspects of research from hypothesis and designing research studies, to participation in FDA clinical trials, to overseeing students in their research activities. Fellows are required to create studies that are submitted for peer-reviewed publication, and they are encouraged to present their research in lecture settings.
Fellows have their own clinic in which they are able to hone their clinical skills, patient communication skills, medical/business skills, and the art of surgical consultation and managing post operative patients. Surgical cases from the fellow’s clinic can be used towards APBS Board Certification.
Fellows also participate in the education of students who rotate through our Institution. They act in a supervisory role, allowing them opportunities for decision making and honing of leadership skills.
The Fellowship at the Weil Foot & Ankle Institute is the longest running in Podiatric Surgery. Since 1995, Graduate Fellows from the Weil Foot & Ankle Institute have moved on to provide significant leadership and influence on a local as well as national basis.
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- Shenche Hshieh, PharmD, MS (CMS class of 2018)
- Ryan Crews, MS
- Jacob Jones, BS (SCPM class of 2019)
- Lowell Weil, Jr, DPM
- Lowell Scott Weil, Sr., DPM
- Erin Klein, DPM
- Adam Fleischer, DPM
Meet the Weil Foot & Ankle Institute Fellows
Dr. Chris Betrus
Dr. Betrus grew up in the Metro-Detroit area of Michigan where he was an accomplished baseball and basketball player. While at University of Michigan he began focusing his energy on clinical research. After completing a teaching commitment with Teach for America, where he taught high school Biology for several years, he attended Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine where he earned his Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine. Prior to beginning a Fellowship at Weil Foot & Ankle Institute, Dr. Betrus completed his residency at the renowned Western Pennsylvania Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA under the directorship of Dr. Alan R. Catanzariti, serving as Chief Resident during his third year. When he is not working, Dr. Betrus enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife Andrea, cooking, cycling, and playing with their miniature schnauzer Ollie.
Dr. Mark Magnus
Dr. Mark Magnus was born in Chicago and raised in the northern suburbs of Illinois. He attended Denison University in Granville, Ohio, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and graduated magma cum laude. He earned his Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine at the Dr. William Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, where he graduated top of his class and earned the Scholl Distinguished Scholar Award. Prior to starting his fellowship at the Weil Foot and Ankle Institute, he completed three-year surgical residency training at the Gundersen Medical Foundation in La Crosse, Wisconsin. While in residency he authored several scientific articles and served as Co-Chief resident. His personal interests include guitar, hockey, hiking, and spending time with friends and family.
Dr. Christopher Collazo
Since I was little I have always known that medicine was a career path that highly interested me. As I got older and started to learn more about medicine I became focused on going into medicine. Through high school and college because of baseball, I was exposed to various aspects of medicine but Podiatry always stuck out to me because of all the opportunities that it allowed the physician including being a surgeon. Following graduating from Texas A&M International University with a BS in Biology, I decided to focus on the care of the foot and ankle and I enrolled in Des Moines University. Upon graduating with my DPM in 2016, I began my residency at Sanford Health in Fargo, ND. In June 2019, I graduated from my residency and have now started my Fellowship with the Weil Foot, Ankle & Orthopedic Institute. I am beyond excited to be in Chicagoland and to be a part of the Weil Foot and Ankle team.
Dr. Timothy McConn
Dr. Nathan Shane
Dr. Jeeten Singha
Dr. Jeeten Singha attended Olivet Nazarene University and received his undergraduate degree in biology and chemistry. Dr. Singha then attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago for his medical training. Following that, he completed his residency at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, one of the premier academic teaching hospitals in the country, where he focused on lower extremity trauma, reconstructive foot and ankle surgery, elective surgery, as well as limb salvage. After completing his residency, Dr. Singha pursued a fellowship in advanced foot and ankle reconstructive surgery at Weil Foot, Ankle & Orthopedic Institute. He has particular interest in treating athletic injuries, elective foot and ankle surgery, trauma, and variety of reconstructive foot, rearfoot, and ankle surgeries. Dr. Singha firmly believes in early rehabilitation and intervention to prevent further injuries. Having been an avid athlete his whole life and playing tennis at a national level growing up, he enjoys working with patients to get them back to their active lifestyle.
Dr. Singha currently has hours at Kenosha, Des Plaines & Lincoln Park.
Dr. Michael Matthews
Dr. Michael Matthews earned his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles where he studied international relations and premedical science. He then continued his medical training at the California School of Podiatric Medicine and completed his clinical rounds at UCSF in San Francisco. Dr. Mathews accomplished his residency training at the Harvard Medical School Mount Auburn Reconstructive Foot and Ankle Surgical program, and also served as clinical faculty at the Harvard Medical School. While at Harvard, Dr. Matthews authored numerous publications in peer reviewed journals, lectured nationally, and served as Chief Resident in his final year of training. After residency training, his surgical focus centers around arthroscopic and minimally invasive surgery, joint replacement, and sports medicine.
Dr. Matthews currently has hours at Kenosha, Des Plaines & Lincoln Park.
John M. Baca, DPM
The Western Pennsylvania Hospital
Division of Foot and Ankle Surgery
Pittsburgh, PA 2012-2015
Keith Arbuckle, DPM
Hennepin County Medical Center
Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
Minneapolis, MN 2012-2015
Dimitrios Anagnostopoulos, MD
Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Surgeon
Felipe Sena, MD
Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Surgeon
Joao Pessoa, Brazil
YeongChul Choi, MD
Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Surgeon
Brian P. Gradisek, DPM
PGY-3 and Chief Resident
Christiana Care Health System Podiatric Medicine
Surgery Residency with Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery
Wilmington, DE 2011 – 2014
Nicholas G. Argerakis, DPM
115 East 61st Street
New York, NY 10065
Catherine A. Feuerstein, DPM
South Chicago Foot
1706 E 87th St
Chicago, IL 60617
Wenjay Sung, DPM, FACFAS
White Memorial Medical Group
1701 E Cesar E Chavez Ave, Suite 510
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Phone: (323) 987-1362
Kelly A. Malinoski, DPM, AACFAS
Collier Foot & Ankle Care Center
7955 Airport Pulling Rd. N. Suite #101
Naples, FL 34109
Shine John, DPM, FACFAS
Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists
5000 Bee Cave Road, Suite 202
Austin, TX 78746
Phone: (512) 328-8900
Jason Glover, DPM
139 Dr. Henry Norris Drive
Rutherfordton, NC 28139
Phone: (828) 287-9260
Bobby Kuruvilla, DPM, FACFAS
Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates
26 City Hall Mall
Medford, MA 02155
Phone: (781) 306-5100
Daren J. L. Bergman, DPM, FACFAS
Framingham Podiatry Associates
88 Waverly Street
Framingham, MA 01702
Phone: (508) 872-9288
Fax: (508) 620-7368
Jarrett D. Cain, DPM, MS, FACFAS
Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
30 Hope Drive #2400
Hershey, PA 17033
Phone: (800) 243-1455
Fax: (717) 531-0983
Robert Fridman, DPM, FACFAS
Foot Associates of New York
60 East 56th Street
New York, NY 10069
Phone: (212) 355-4229
Richard Schilling, DPM, FACFAS
5350 N. High Street
Columbus, OH 43214
Phone: (614) 267-4917
Fax: (614) 267-8611
Enzo Leone, DPM, AACFAS
The Chesapeake Foot & Ankle Center PA
8028 Gov Ritchie Highway #100
Pasadena, MD 21122
Phone: (410) 768-5800
John Anderson, DPM, FACFAS
Podiatry Associates of Florida-Yant Division
1914 Southside Boulevard #1
Jacksonville, FL 32216
Phone: (904) 726-9901
Thomas Roukis, DPM, PhD, FACFAS
1836 South Ave
La Crosse, WI 54601
Phone: (608) 775-2427
Fax: (608) 775-6668
David Linde, DPM
Foot Specialists of Birmingham
1 Independence Plaza, Suite 530
Homewood, AL 35209
Phone: (205) 445-0661
Fax: (205) 445-0664
Orlando Rivera, DPM, FACFAS
Doctors Hospital Tidwell
509 W Tidwell Suite 310
Houston, TX 77091
Phone: (281) 618-8622
What Our Fellows Have to Say
“The WFAI fellowship was a crucial part of my training. I went to a residency that offered everything I wanted, it offered everything I wanted. However, at the end of the residency, I knew I could still improve in surgical skills, clinical knowledge, and become an overall better foot and ankle surgeon.
Fellowship offered a totally new perspective on what I learned in residency. Fellowship had a large focus on outcomes, research, and attention to detail which has shown me what is possible as a foot and ankle surgeon. I learned that each detail of each procedure is done for a reason for surgery to work the best. The WFAI experience blends the techniques and concepts of master surgeons from many different backgrounds giving the program more depth. Some of the most meaningful learning experiences happened with discussions in the clinic when deciding what we would do for our patients in the OR, and why. This insight has been critical for my practice.
“Podiatric residency models have been restructured as mandatory 3-year comprehensive medicine and surgery programs. The thinking is that this type of training would incorporate a more detailed clinical, academic, and didactic experience. Following that logic, residents would inherently be more qualified, and therefore, be prepared for the various aspects of private or academic practice in podiatry.
With rapid advancements and improvements in medical techniques and devices, it has becoming increasingly difficult to “get it all in” during residency training. Additionally, as much as the residency governing bodies would like us to believe, not all programs are created equally, and certain skills may not have been as developed as possible. So what does one do after residency training is over?
Many fellowship programs have been established over the past few years, and have truly upgraded the status of podiatric training. I carry a bias regarding this topic; I completed a fellowship in Reconstructive Foot and Ankle Surgery and Research at the Weil Foot and Ankle Institute in Chicago. Many residents, students, and practicing physicians ask me why I chose to enter a fellowship, namely WFAI, and what I got out of my experience. Here’s my chance:
1. Proficiency. Right off the bat, I want to mention that I had a great residency experience. I was Chief Resident at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York and completed a 3-year PM&S-36 residency. I felt that my director and attendings equipped me with the ability and knowledge to enter a successful practice, and I was confident in my skills. Confidence? Yes. Mastery? Not exactly. That’s what a fellowship like WFAI does. It potentially takes a “good doctor,” sharpens up their skills, and attempts to make them a “great doctor.”
2. Extra Attention. Most residencies programs have 3-5 participants per year. That’s 9-15 hungry, eager brains starving for learning. A fellowship usually has one or two candidates per year and everyone’s focus is on that person. The personal attention that I received at WFAI was bar-none.
3. Special Skills. One of the most attractive features of any fellowship is who the fellowship director is. Most of them are pioneers and leaders in the field and are involved in complicated specialties, such as reconstruction and advanced wound care. Some are great business people and excellent at practice management. Were a resident to desire to improve on that training, it would be a good idea to seek out the fellowship director who is doing that type of work. Luckily, WFAI’s fellowship directors and clinicians are world-renowned innovators and business people.
4. Research. I think that research and fellowships go hand-in-hand. The time management issues that accompany residency somehow prevent adequate quality research time. Most fellowships require publication-worthy research as part of their requirements. Research advances medicine and the profession as a whole. Individually, it also focuses and forces one to critically think about what they’re doing. It helps one grow as a physician. I was able to learn how to design research projects from the ground up, and have the time and assistance to put that research into action. Those skills have aided me in my publications post-WFAI, and taught me how to be a scientist-physician in clinical practice.”
“You see I had the unique opportunity of training under Dr. Weil, Sr. And Dr. Weil, Jr. on a daily basis. WFAI was a little smaller back then but still with a lot of moving parts as you can imagine. I was able to have intimate conversations and interactions as well as observances with both Dr. Weil, Sr. and Dr. Weil, Jr not only on the surgical aspect of podiatry but also the business and life aspect as well. Having this daily interaction, especially in the operating room, with both of them allowed me to not only grow as an individual but hone my surgical skills by keenly observing a precision in detail of every procedure and understanding why that procedure was being done. All of these aspects have allowed me to progress in ways that have brought me to where I am today. As far as what the fellowship has done to my career, a plethora of doors have been opened to me because of the Weil Foot and Ankle Fellowship. I was hired because I had completed a surgical fellowship. The person who hired me was specifically looking for a fellowship trained foot and ankle surgeon. I have been involved in multiple sports teams as either team podiatrist or consultant in Jacksonville including the NFL, AFL as well as MLB and the PGA Tour. Being a past Weil Fellow also introduced me to Industry partners which allowed to me to work with them in academic surgical teaching labs as well as being part of product development in order to further advance surgical technology. Everything that I have accomplished in my career has a lot to do with the basis of me completing the Weil Foot and Ankle Institute Fellowship.
But most importantly, Dr. Weil, Sr. and Dr. Weil, Jr truly care and show genuine interest in the people they have trained and worked with over the years. I don’t think you will find more gracious and personable people whom strive to be the best they can be in all aspects of life. Thank you. “