Our Bako Diagnostics Clinical Consultant Team is comprised of some of the most knowledgeable, accomplished, and dedicated podiatrists within the profession. They serve as valuable members of our organization to represent us at various local, state, and national medical conferences providing educational seminars and workshops. Please take a moment to read about our Clinical Consultants and you will discover why we feel privileged to partner with this fine group of podiatric physicians who enhance and improve our educational endeavors with their respective talent and expertise in the field of podiatric medicine and surgery.
Javan Bass, DPM, has lectured around the country on topics such as proper antibiosis for skin and soft tissue infections, reconstruction for complicated lower extremity deformity, diabetic limb salvage and trauma considerations.
Dr. Bass is an attending physician for the Dekalb Medical Residency Program in Atlanta. He received his medical education from Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. He attained his post-graduate medicine and surgical training at Dekalb Medical Center. Dr. Bass received extensive training in reconstruction of the foot and ankle as well as diabetic limb salvage. He went on to complete one year of advanced trauma surgical training at Aria Health Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, where training was centered on the reconstruction of complex foot and leg fractures. Dr. Bass practices with Metro Foot and Ankle Centers in Atlanta.
As a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, Dr. Bass is board certified in reconstruction of the foot and ankle. He serves as a board member of the Georgia Podiatric Medical Association and is Chair of the Scientific Committee, as well as its American Podiatric Medical Association Political Action Committee coordinator.
Andrew H. Cohen, DPM, is board certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and the American Academy of Wound Management. He is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine. In addition, he’s an Associate of the American College of Podiatric Sports Medicine, the American Podiatric Medical Association and past Scientific Chairman for the Michigan Podiatric Medical Association.
He has authored publication articles and continues to be active in research and education, serving as the Program Director for the Podiatric Medicine and Surgical Residency program at Central Michigan University. Dr. Cohen is an Associate Professor and active Clinical instructor at the CMU College of Medicine.
Dr. Cohen is an active hospital staff member at Covenant HealthCare, St. Mary’s Health System and McLaren Bay Regional Medical Center, where he has maintained full surgical, consulting and admitting privileges since 1994. He has served on the board for several speakers’ bureaus and has presented lectures throughout the U.S. on various podiatric surgical topics, including wound care and diabetic limb preservation. He has served as Vice Chairman of the Podiatry Section, McLaren Bay Regional Medical Center as well as Chairman and board member of the Mackinaw Surgery Center.
Dr. Cohen was an original faculty member at Wound Healing Center, Covenant HealthCare, where he helped establish wound care protocols as an active member of the limb salvage team.
Robert M. Conenello, DPM, board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery, is the lead Clinical Director for New Jersey Special Olympics and is the former Global Clinical Advisor for Special Olympics International. He has served as the Medical Director for multiple sporting activities with his highlight being the Podiatric Medical Director for the Sahara Desert ultramarathon “Racing the Planet.” Dr. Conenello has lectured internationally on topics related to sports medicine and was distinguished by the American Podiatric Medical Association for his keynote lecture at the 2017 National Conference in Nashville, TN.
An avid runner and cyclist, Dr. Conenello is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and a Fellow of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine. He has served on the Board of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine and was its Past President.
He has been in private practice at Orangetown Podiatry since 1991. For the past 10 years, he has served as an Honorary Surgeon for the New York Police Department.
Brandon James Hawkins, DPM, CWS, UHM, FACLES, FACCWS, specializes in foot and ankles surgery. He is CEO of Stockdale Podiatry Group, affiliated with Adventist Health Bakersfield and Mercy Hospitals of Bakersfield.
Dr. Hawkins is Clinical Instructor of Surgery in the residency program at Chino Valley Medical Center, Medical Director and Principle Investigator at Stockdale Podiatry’s Center for Clinical Trials and is Clinical Professor of Anatomy at Physiology Southern California University of Health Sciences. An accomplished published author, lecturer and speaker, Dr. Hawkins has served on several advisory panels, as a podiatric expert witness, clinical researcher and has been appointed to several esteemed boards.
Allen M. Jacobs, DPM, who was elected physician of the year in 2018 by the Association of Physicians in Wound Healing, is board certified in reconstructive surgery of the foot and ankle by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. Dr. Jacobs, a 1973 Summa Cum Laude graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine, is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. He completed his residency at Monsignor Clement Kern Hospital in Warren, Michigan.
For more than 40 years, Dr. Jacobs has guided the profession as a podiatric residency training director, as a contributing editor to a variety of podiatric publications, as a renowned speaker and a respected educator. He has served as Chairman of the scientific program for the annual meeting of the American Podiatric Medical Association and the Missouri Podiatric Medical Association, and on the Journal Management Committee of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgery.
Dr. Jacobs was voted a Lifetime Achievement Award to the Podiatry Hall of Fame, and has received numerous award from the APMA and ACFAS for his dedication to podiatry and podiatric education, as well as recognition from the governors of Missouri, Arkansas and Massachusetts. In 2015, he received the status of Fellow from Temple University.
LeRoy J. Kelley III, DPM, is a Fellow in the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. He is a foot disorders expert with a focus on sports medicine, dermatology, surgery and fall prevention. He received his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine.
He is board certified in foot and ankle surgery and is a Diplomate with the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. Dr. Kelley currently serves as Prime Medical Associates Division of Podiatry Chief and as podiatrist for the Dana-Farber Boston Marathon Team. In addition, he serves as Chairman of the Massachusetts State Board of Registration in Podiatry and President of Norwood Podiatry Associates.
Michael J. King, DPM, is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, a Fellow of the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons and is a past president of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA).
Dr. King practiced for 33 years before taking over as the medical director of a podiatric management company, Upperline Health, Inc. in Nashville, TN. Dr. King is board certified by American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and a fellow in both American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and American Society of Podiatric Surgeons. He is the current chair of the APMA coding committee and has served on almost all the major committees of the APMA.
Marc Lederman, DPM, completed his surgical residency at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. He has practiced podiatric medicine and surgery at West Hartford Podiatry in West Hartford, CT, for more than 29 years.
Dr. Lederman serves as Executive Director of the Connecticut Podiatric Medical Association, where he was also Past President. In addition, Dr. Lederman is Medical Director of the Bloomfield Ambulatory Surgery center, a multispecialty outpatient center in Bloomfield, CT.
Dr. Lederman, a graduate of Kingswood-Oxford School in West Hartford, received a BA from Drew University in Madison New Jersey, a doctorate in Podiatric Medicine from the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia. He practices with his father, Harvey D. Lederman, DPM, and Kurt W. Rode, DPM.
recently named one of America’s Most Influential Podiatrists, is in private practice in Fort Collins, CO. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery, Fellow of the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons, and is recognized as a “Master” by the American Professional Wound Care Association. He is a Gold Star Fellow of the American Academy of Podiatric Practice Management and is an Expert Panelist on Codingline. Dr Lehrman is a Certified Professional Coder, and in his role as a Consultant to the APMA Health Policy & Practice Department, serves as an advisor to the APMA Coding Committee and the APMA MACRA Task Force. He also sits on the board of directors of both the American Professional Wound Care Association and the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons.
He is an adjunct clinical professor at Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine and is a member of the DPM Mentors Network. Dr. Lehrman is also on the editorial advisory board of the journal WOUNDS and is a consulting editor for Podiatry Management magazine.
William Scherer, DPM, MS, is board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery, board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics and Primary Podiatric Medicine. He has maintained a private practice in South Florida since 1991, and has served 17 years as an Adjunct Professor at Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine.
Dr. Scherer has published several peer reviewed articles on onychomycosis, of which three were honored with an APMA William J. Stickel Award for outstanding research in Podiatric Medicine. He completed a PSR-24 residence in California, and since has been an innovator with medical and educational computer technology, created the Keystone Board Examination Software for Podiatric Surgery and Podiatric Medicine that has been used by thousands of physicians to prepare for their board examinations, and has created dozens of computerized educational software learning programs used by thousands of K-12 public schools in Florida and California.
Dr. Scherer has been active in social media, real estate investing, snow skiing, Disneyana, and been an invited speaker at dozens of educational conferences across the country.
Lauren A. Schwartz, DPM, practices podiatric medicine and surgery in Manhasset and Floral Park, NY, and is an attending physician in the Northwell Hospital System. Dr. Schwartz is board certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.
Dr. Schwartz is the Immediate Past President of the Nassau Division of the New York State Podiatric Medical Association. She has spent 13 years working on the Medical Staff at Adults and Children with Learning Disabilities and serves on the Board of Directors of the Vincent Smith School in Port Washington, NY.
Dr. Schwartz received her Bachelor of Science at the State University of New York at Albany. She received her Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree with honors at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine. She did her resident training in podiatric medicine at New York Methodist Hospital, where she also served as Chief Resident.
Mary Olszewski, DPM, MA, is double board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and the American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics. She is a graduate of the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine and completed her surgical residency at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center.
Dr. Olszewski has practiced in the Chicago metropolitan area for more than 29 years, with extensive experience in all aspects of podiatry and a specialty in wound and diabetic care. Dr. Olszewski is on staff at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, IL, and NorthShore University HealthSystem in Skokie, IL. In addition, she has taught and lectured students and residents at NorthShore University, The Presbyterian Homes, and Luther Village. Her podiatric practice, Dr. Mary Olszewski & Associates, is located in Arlington Heights, IL.
Tracey C. Vlahovic, DPM Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Tracey C. Vlahovic, DPM, is a Clinical Professor and J. Stanley and Pearl Landau Faculty Fellow at the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine (TUSPM) in Philadelphia. Dr. Vlahovic, board certified in foot surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery, is also a member of the Faculty of Podiatric Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Glasgow).
Dr. Vlahovic graduated from Yale University with a BS in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and received her podiatric medical degree from TUSPM. After finishing her surgical residency at St. Luke’s University Health Network in Allentown, PA, she was the first podiatrist in the U.S. to complete a fellowship in podiatric dermatology under the supervision of Stephen Schleicher, MD.
Dr. Vlahovic teaches Fundamentals of Dermatology at TUSPM, and has received numerous teaching awards. She has authored several articles in peer-reviewed journals and is involved in multiple clinical research trials for various dermatological therapies and devices. Dr. Vlahovic is the author of Skin Disease of the Lower Extremities: A Photographic Guide (HMP Communications) and Onychomycosis: An Illustrated Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment along with Antonella Tosti, MD, and Roberto Arenas, MD (Springer).
Daniel L. Waldman, DPM, brings a private practitioner perspective and understands the challenges of direct patient care and third-party payers.
Dr. Waldman has been in private practice in Asheville, NC for over 25 years. He is a fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, is a Diplomate of the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery, a Fellow of the Academy Ambulatory Foot and Ankle Surgery, and is a member of the Council of Nail Disorders. Dr. Waldman graduated from Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine cum laude in 1991 and did his surgical residency in Loma Linda, CA. Dr. Waldman has lectured nationally and internationally to advance the skills of his fellow podiatrists.
He is Medical Director at Blue Ridge Foot Centers, providing in-office and hospital foot care as well as conservative and surgical methods.
Phillip E. Ward, DPM, obtained his undergraduate degrees in Medical Laboratory Technology and Zoology in his native state of North Carolina before he received his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from Des Moines University. After a residency in foot and ankle surgery and medicine in Baltimore, MD, he completed a fellowship in foot and ankle surgery in Winston-Salem, NC. He is board certified in Surgical Foot and Ankle Coding by the American Association of Professional Coders.
Dr. Ward served as a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association Board of Trustees from 2004 to 2017 and as APMA President in 2015. He is the podiatric advisor to the AMA CPT Panel and has served on the AMA CPT Assistant Editorial Board, and was the first podiatrist to be elected to that panel.
Dr. Ward has practiced in multiple types of healthcare settings and is employed as a podiatric physician and surgeon by a large regional hospital in Fayetteville, NC. He has lectured extensively throughout the United States and internationally on clinical conditions as well as coding reimbursement and practice management issues. Dr. Ward is well-published, with more than ten scientific articles and textbook chapters in print.
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