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Foot and Ankle Surgical Residency Program

Program director:  Alan Catanzariti, DPM
Accreditation:  CPME
Program length:  1 year (PGY3)
Residents per year:  3
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About the Program

Our Foot and Ankle Surgical Residency Training Program has been actively preparing the next generation of foot and ankle specialists since 1996. Our residents follow busy clinical, surgical, and research schedules and benefit from excellent training facilities and one-on-one mentoring with our faculty.

The mission of our program is to foster understanding and creativity with respect to all aspects of foot and ankle surgery. This is provided through provocative interaction with faculty and peers and is supported with a full-service educationally conducive environment in the clinics, at the bedside, in the operating room, and with research.

Our surgical, clinical, and research programs are coordinated to provide a personalized training experience. Our primary goal is to create the finest foot and ankle surgeon possible and prepare our residents to assume leadership positions in virtually any capacity within our profession.

Upon graduation, our residents are highly sought after and aggressively pursued for employment. They are invariably presented with a variety of practice and teaching opportunities. Graduates of our program serve as directors and chiefs of clinical foot and ankle programs and research departments. They are involved in residency training and serve as faculty at the various podiatric medical colleges.

Clinical Exposure

Our program embraces total care of the foot and ankle. We manage a broad variety of diseases and deformities of the adult and child forefoot, hindfoot, and ankle with respect to diabetes, trauma, sports, and arthritis, and we perform various types of reconstructive procedures. 

The residents benefit from working in our patient clinic with one-on-one teaching. We also maintain a state-of-the-art wet lab at West Penn Hospital. We have a dedicated residency coordinator, research nurse, and administrative team to support the resident’s endeavors. 

The residents participate in more than 5,000 foot and ankle surgical procedures annually, including procedures involving virtually every aspect of foot and ankle reconstruction.  

Our residents can expect to have an extensive surgical and clinical exposure to a wide range of conditions, reflecting the entire spectrum of foot and ankle problems, including congenital, traumatic, and general disorders. Our Foot and Ankle Institute serves as a tertiary referral center for complex foot and ankle pathology. This includes a large number of revisional cases referred from the region, primarily Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, and New York, but  we also get referrals from eastern seaboard states. Standard and complex reconstructions for first-ray problems, forefoot / midfoot / hindfoot and ankle deformities, arthritis, sports conditions, acute/chronic trauma, Charcot-related disorders, nerve injuries, and tendinopathy are commonly treated.


Research is also a highlight of our program. The clinical staff is complemented by a research staff, including a dedicated research nurse, a supportive Institutional Review Board, and administrative support to provide a rewarding research experience.


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