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The MedStar Health Residency Program in Podiatric Surgery

The Podiatric Surgery Residency Program is a three year program at MedStar Washington Hospital Center approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education (CPME) and is a Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency (PMSR) with the added credential in Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery (RRA).

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Letter from the director

This residency program is a comprehensive three-year experience which incorporates clinical and academic didactic experiences. The physicians that graduate from this institution are highly qualified individuals who are well prepared for the various practice settings of a career in podiatric medicine and surgery.

Why train here

Our educational program is focused on foot and ankle surgery. The diverse rotations provide exposure to medicine and surgery at many locations and practice settings, and there are extensive opportunities to gain experience in all disciplines of medicine and surgery. The attending staff at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center is eager to teach residents and to help better prepare them for the world of medicine and surgery that awaits.

There are approximately 60 podiatry attendings that are involved in the education of our residents throughout the metropolitan Washington, D.C.,/Baltimore area. Their involvement includes activities such as journal clubs, didactic lectures, hands-on workshops, outpatient clinic, inpatient management, and extensive operating room and emergency room coverage.

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Podiatric Surgery Residency Program

Program highlights

  • Extensive trauma exposure at level 1 trauma center with Orthopedic Trauma during PGY-1 and PGY-2, and General Surgery Trauma and Burn teams as a PGY-1.
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Rotation at CNMC for two months with broad surgical exposure with a pediatric orthopedic surgeon.
  • Baltimore outpatient surgery rotation during PGY-2 and PGY-3, with comprehensive exposure to reconstructive surgery and limb deformity correction.
  • Heavy emphasis on medical management of complicated inpatients with multiple comorbidities.
  • Limb Salvage Team at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, a combined team with podiatric surgery, plastic surgery, and vascular surgery.
  • Host the Annual Diabetic Limb Salvage Conference with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.
  • Operate with numerous fellowship-trained attendings.

Curriculum and rotations

  • PGY-1

    • MedStar Washington Hospital Inpatient
    • MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Inpatient
    • Baltimore
    • Outpatient Surgery
    • Trauma
    • Internal Med
    • Psych
    • SICU
  • PGY-2

    • MedStar Washington Hospital Inpatient
    • MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Inpatient
    • Pediatric Orthopedics
    • Outpatient Surgery
    • Orthopedics
    • Baltimore
    • Vascular Surgery
    • Anesthesia
    • Radiology
  • PGY-3

    • MedStar Washington Hospital Inpatient
    • MedStar Washington Hospital Outpatient
    • MedStar Georgetown University Inpatient
    • Outpatient Surgery
    • Dr. Feldman - Outpatient
    • Dr. Perez - Outpatient
    • West Virginia University Wheeling Hospital Fellowship Elective
  • Outpatient experiences

    We have several podiatric surgery clinics that serve our community, including:
    • Podiatric Surgical Clinic
    • Orthopedic Clinic
    • Vascular Clinic
    Our program also has the unique privilege of being affiliated with private surgical centers in suburban Maryland and Virginia, and the District of Columbia. We currently have routine coverage at the following centers:
    • Adventist White Oak SC
    • Baltimore Washington Medical Center
    • Children's National Medical Center
    • Kaiser Permanente Baltimore
    • Kaiser Permanente Maryland
    • Kaiser Permanente Virginia
    • Laurel Medical Center
    • Massachusetts Avenue Surgery Center
    • MedStar Franklin Square
    • MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
    • MedStar Harbor Hospital
    • MedStar Surgery Center at Lafayette
    • MedStar Union Memorial
    • MedStar Washington Hospital Center
    • Podiatry Associates ASC at Franklin Square
    • Reston Surgery Center
    • SurgCenter of Silver Spring
    • Surgery Center of Chevy Chase
    • University of Maryland Midtown
    • Virginia Hospital Center
    • SurgCenter of Glen Burnie
  • Ongoing rotations throughout each academic year

    • Podiatric Surgery Outpatient Clinics
    • Emergency Department
    • Private Surgery Center Coverage
    • Private Office Coverage


We continuously challenge our residents academically and encourage them to remain clinically skillful.

Our many conferences are designed to augment areas relevant to a resident’s surgical and medical competence. These include the following.

In-house conferences

  • Teaching Rounds (every Monday)
  • Pre- and Post-Operative Conference (every Tuesday)
  • Academics/Grand Rounds (every Wednesday)
  • Radiology Conference (every Thursday)
  • Cadaver Workshop (twice monthly)
  • Journal Club (twice monthly)
  • Quality Improvement (monthly)
  • SiTel Simulation Labs (biannually)

National conferences

  • ACFAS Annual Conference
  • AAFAO Course
  • Arthroscopy Course
  • Baltimore Limb Deformity Course
  • Diabetic Limb Salvage
  • Telluride Patient Safety
  • Many others

DLS conference

The Diabetic Limb Salvage Conference is an international conference hosted by MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, co-chaired by Dr. John Steinberg and Dr. Christopher Attinger. It is a three-day conference including lectures, live cases, and hands-on cadaver workshops. All residents are encouraged to attend.


The Podiatric Surgery Division requires residents to pursue ongoing research throughout their tenure. This can include posters, abstracts, and case reports. Residents are encouraged to complete one large project during each academic year. Likewise, one large group project spanning the three-year program is also encouraged.

The Graduate Medical Education office covers all travel expenses for residents whose posters are accepted for presentation.



  • DPM Faculty of the Year Award

    • Jayson Atves, DPM, FACFAS, 2023
    • Colin Mizuo, DPM, 2022
    • David Wood, DPM, 2021
    • David Lin, DPM 2020
    • Caitlin Zarick, DPM, AACFAS 2019
    • Laurence Rubin, DPM, FACFAS 2018
    • David Wood, DPM 2017
    • Caitlin Zarick, DPM 2016
    • Paul Giegerich, DPM 2015
    • Timothy Swartz, DPM 2015
    • Katherine Raspovic, DPM 2014
    • Tim Swartz, DPM 2013
    • John Steinberg, DPM 2012
  • Faculty of the Year Award

    • Thalia Angelique Attinger, FNP-BC, 2023
    • Maria Vercel Mesina, MSN, RN, CNOR, 2022
    • Christopher Attinger, MD, 2021
    • Abiola Purnell, JM, MSHA, 2020
    • Laura Tosi, MD 2019
    • Steve Lang 2018
    • Bonnie F. Linen-Carroll, RN 2017
    • Nancy Megas, NP 2016
    • Margaret Kugler, NP 2016
    • Donald Saroff, MD 2015
    • Laura Tosi, MD 2014
    • Chris Attinger, MD 2013
  • Resident Research Award

    • Helene Cook, DPM, 2022

    • Amber Kavanagh, DPM, 2021

    • Taylor Bunka, DPM, 2020

    • Nicole Cates, DPM, 2019

    • Jason Atves, DPM, 2017

  • Clinical Excellence Award

    • Jonathan Tenley, DPM, 2022
    • Gisele Youth, DPM, 2021
    • Jered Stowers, DPM, 2020
    • Kevin Ragothaman, DPM, 2019
    • Kevin Ragothaman, DPM, 2017
  • Resident Educator Award

    • Amber Kavanagh, DPM, 2022
    • Jonathan Furmanek, DPM, 2021
    • Emily Wagler, DPM, 2020
    • Colin Mizuo, DPM, 2019
    • Andrew Pierre, DPM, 2017

Application information

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Contact us

We welcome all questions regarding our residency program. If you would like additional information, please feel free to contact us.

John S. Steinberg, DPM, FACFAS
Program Director, Podiatric Medical Education

Caitlin Zarick, DPM
Associate Program Director, Podiatric Medical Education
(202) 877-7204

Obi Faluro
Program Manager
(202) 877-7204