2019 Conference Chairs
Harold Schoenhaus, DPMSurgical Editor for PRESENT e-Learning
Penn-Presbyterian Medical Center
Harold Schoenhaus, DPM is a board certified foot, rearfoot, and reconstructive ankle surgeon by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. He is a past president and current fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. He holds staff appointments and operating privileges at the University of Pennsylvania Presbyterian Hospital and Chestnut Hill hospital. Dr Schoenhaus' research and clinical interests are in the area of biomechanics, pathomechanics and reconstructive surgery, including joint replacement surgery and pediatric podiatric surgery. Moreover, Dr Schoenhaus is the surgical editor for PRESENT e-Learning Systems, an online medical education and networking resource dedicated to improving the knowledge and skills of healthcare professionals throughout the world. He is a nationally recognized lecturer and pioneer in the field of lower extremity pathomechanics and reconstructive surgery. Dr Schoenhaus has authored several landmark articles in peer-reviewed journals and books. In 2015 Dr Schoenhaus was the recipient of the Gallery of Success Award from the Temple University.
Robert Frykberg, DPM, MPHPRESENT Editor - Diabetic Limb Salvage
Robert G Frykberg, DPM, MPH is a graduate of the California College of Podiatric Medicine in 1976. Dr Frykberg went on to complete his residency training at the New England Deaconess Hospital in Boston. He served as the President of the Massachusetts Podiatric Medical Society and a Member of the Board of Registration in Podiatry. From 1992 to 1994, he attended the Harvard School of Public Health and graduated with a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in quantitative methods. After 21 years of private practice, Dr Frykberg accepted the position as Clinical Dean of the Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery prior to moving to Phoenix. After 15 years of dedicated service to our Veterans, Dr Frykberg has decided to retire from his role as Chief of Podiatry at the Phoenix VA Medical Center and as Director of the Phoenix VA Medical Center Podiatric Residency Program. He continues to hold the academic rank of Professor, University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix and Adjunct Professor, Midwestern University Program in Podiatric Medicine. His research and writing interests have included all facets of lower extremity disorders, but are specifically focused on diabetic foot ulcers, infections, Charcot foot, and wound care. The author of nearly 100 peer-reviewed publications, he has also been the Editor of two textbooks: The High Risk Foot in Diabetes Mellitus (1991) and the Diabetic Charcot Foot (2010). His expertise in the Diabetic Foot translated into hundreds of speaking invitations nationally and internationally with numerous lecture engagements in China, India, Russia, South America, the UK, Vietnam, Japan, Indonesia, Italy, and all across Europe.
Christopher R Hood, Jr, DPM
Christopher R Hood Jr, DPM obtained his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in 2012. He completed a podiatric medicine and surgery residency at Crozer Chester Medical Center in the Philadelphia, PA area in 2015 followed by an ACFAS recognized fellowship specializing in foot and ankle reconstruction, trauma, and sports medicine with Premier Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine in Malvern, PA. He subsequently worked at Premier for two years prior to moving to Nashville in the summer of 2018. He is board qualified with the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Dr Hood has published multiple journal articles, blogs for Podiatry Today, and has lectured at multiple podiatric state meetings. Additionally, he has lectured at the APMA National meeting on topics both medical/surgical related as well as practice management and transitional advice for those between students to new practitioners. He has a personal website www.footankleresource.com, which contains information on student/resident/new practitioner transitioning as well as links to academic and educational resources found throughout the Internet and can be followed on twitter at @crhoodjrdpm.
Sev Hrywnak, DPM, MDCEO, The Sev Group
Sev Hrywnak, DPM, MD is a graduate of the University of Buffalo with degrees in Molecular Biology, Physiology and Electrical Engineering. A graduate of the William Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in 1982 with a DPM degree and a graduate of Universidad Juarez School of Medicine in 1984 with an MD degree. Dr Hrywnak is also a graduate of the Loyola Law School in Chicago with a JD degree. A former Assistant Professor at the William M School College of Podiatric Medicine, teaching Internal Medicine, Dermatology, Immunology, Physical Diagnosis, Practice Management and Business Law. He is also a clinical Professor at Northwestern School of Medicine in the Department of family Practice. A visiting Professor at Columbia College, lecturing in Economics. Dr Hrywnak has done over 200 lectures in the USA and Canada and has appeared on CNN, MSNBC and Fox news as a health care Futurist. A member of the Clinton Global Health Care Initiative and a GOP strategist for health care reform. Dr Hrywnak is also a Former President of the Independent Surgical Centers of America.
Alton R Johnson, Jr, DPMACFAS Clinical Research Fellow
Alton R Johnson Jr, DPM is a current ACFAS clinical research fellow at the Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 2011, Dr Johnson received his Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from Barry University. In 2012, he attended the Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine. While at KSUCPM, he was a recipient of the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award, KSUCPM MINT Scholarship, APMA National Scholarship, and North Central Academy of Podiatric Medicine Scholarship. Dr Johnson also served as the face of KSUCPM serving as a Student Ambassador, Academic Council Student Representative and serving as the White Coat Ceremony's Gonfalon Carrier. In addition, as a podiatric medical student, Dr Johnson published several research posters focused on geriatric fall secondary to foot deformities. After graduating from podiatric medical school in 2016, Dr Johnson went on to complete a three-year Podiatric Medicine & Surgery Residency (PMSR+RRA) at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center in Aventura, FL. While at AHMC, Dr Johnson served as chief resident in his third year. Dr Johnson was part of AHMCs back to back to back ResEdSummit Midwest Residency Rumble 1st Place championship teams (2016, 2017, 2018). Dr Johnson has also managed to present multiple research projects at The Future of Regenerative Medicine Congress, ResEd Summit Midwest Conferences, and Symposium of Advanced Wound Care. During his third year of residency, Dr Johnson was able to publish a peer-reviewed journal article on regenerative medicine. His research emphasis has been focused on regenerative medicine, diabetic limb salvage techniques, and rare dermatological and bone pathologies.
Benjamin Kamel, DPMChief Resident, Chino Valley Medical Center PMSR/RRA Clinical Faculty, Western University of Health Sciences
Benjamin Kamel, DPM is a podiatric foot and ankle physician and surgeon who is currently serving as Chief Resident in his 3rd year of residency at Chino Valley Medical Center PMSR/RRA. Dr Kamel has also been working as a Clinical Faculty member for Western University for the past two years. He is a graduate from Western University of Health Sciences College of Podiatric Medicine in Pomona, CA in 2017. He is also a Creative Writer and Video Producer for PRESENT Podiatry’s NewsFlash. Dr Kamel has an interest in Podiatric trauma, reconstructive surgery, and sports medicine.
Rebecca Moellmer, DPMAssistant Professor for the College of Podiatric Medicine
Rebecca Moellmer, DPM graduated from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine (NYCPM) and completed three years of residency and a sports medicine fellowship in Southern California. Dr. Moellmer is board certified in the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery, the American Board of Podiatric Medicine and is a Fellow with the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine. In her free time, Dr Moellmer served as an elected officer of the California Podiatric Medical Association (CPMA). During her tenure with CPMA she was successful in expanding the scope for her fellow DPMs within the state. After several years in private practice, she became an Assistant Professor for the College of Podiatric Medicine, where she still serves as a clinical instructor and lecturer with a special interest in biomechanics.
Jarrod Shapiro, DPMAssociate Professor, College of Podiatric Medicine
Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA
Associate Editor PRESENT Podiatry Online
Jarrod Shapiro, DPM is a Board Certified podiatric foot and ankle physician and surgeon who has been in practice for over 10 years. He is also a fellow with the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and Diplomat of the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. Dr Shapiro has worked for Western University for the past 8 years. Prior to that he was in private practice in various aspects of patient care, including multi-specialty hospital-based practice, several wound care clinics, and individual proprietor private practice. Dr Shapiro's training includes a 3-year foot and ankle residency at Botsford Hospital in Farmington Hills, Michigan after graduating from the California College of Podiatric Medicine in San Francisco, CA in 2003. After completing his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree at the California College of Podiatric Medicine, he did his 3-year postgraduate training at Botsford General Hospital in Farmington Hills, Michigan from 2003 - 2006.He is also the Editor of PRESENT's Practice Perfect.
Tracey Vlahovic, DPMAssociate Professor of Podiatric Medicine and Orthopedics
Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine
Tracey Vlahovic, DPM is an Associate Professor at Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine and author of the book: Lower Extremity Skin Diseases: A Photographic Guide. She is the first podiatrist to complete a fellowship in dermatology and teaches dermatology to the third year students. She participates in clinical trials and has won numerous teaching awards.
Sydney Yau, DPMAssistant Professor
Sydney Yau, DPM obtained his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. He completed a podiatric medicine and surgical residency at Crozer Chester Medical Center in the Philadelphia, PA area followed by a fellowship specializing in foot and ankle reconstruction and sports medicine with the University Foot and Ankle Institute in Los Angeles, CA. He is currently an assistant professor at the Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, Department of Surgery and Applied Biomechanics in North Chicago, IL. He is board certified with the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgeons as well as the American Board of Podiatric Medicine.