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St. Petersburg Innovative Foot & Ankle Surgical Fellowship

Program Summary/Training Goals

The St. Petersburg Innovative Foot & Ankle Surgery Fellowship at Alexander Orthopaedic Associates was established to enhance the education of graduates from advanced podiatric surgical residencies who seek additional training in complex reconstructive foot and ankle surgery, gain an increased understanding of product design and intellectual property development, and strive for both personal and professional advancement.

This fellowship is designed to give back to the profession and create a bridge between resident training, professional employment, and leadership within our profession. The curriculum is fellow-first and fellow-motivated with a myriad of available learning opportunities through surgery, clinic, product development, research, and private practice management from within an orthopedic, podiatric or multi-specialty group setting.

Program Director: 
Adam D. Perler, DPM, FACFAS

Other Program Faculty:

  • Thomas Odmark, MD
  • Vladimir Alexander, MD
  • Daniel Penello, MD
  • Brendon Zelna, DPM
  • Heather Zelna, DPM
  • Robert Abady, DPM, FACFAS
  • Dennis Tenenboym, DPM
  • Mohit Bonsal, MD
  • Jason Levy, DPM, FACFAS
  • J. Russell Lowrey, DPM, FACFAS
  • Theodore Couluris, DPM, FACFAS
  • Ugonna Anyaugo, DDPM FACFAS
  • Kyle Johnson, DPM, FACFAS
  • Timothy Runyon, DPM, FACFAS
  • Gary Katz, DPM, FACFAS
  • Robin Katz, DPM, FACFAS
  • Rodney D Troxell, DPM

 2019/2020 Foot & Ankle Surgical Fellow

Anthony Rusher, DPM, AACFAS

Anthony Rusher, DPM, AACFAS

Anthony is a native of Northwest Ohio. He attended The Ohio State University where he graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors degree in chemistry. He completed his medical degree at Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio, graduating at the top of his class as President of the Pi Delta National Podiatry Honor Society.

Anthony then completed his surgical residency at Community Health Network in Indianapolis, Indiana. After completing his fellowship, Anthony hopes to return to the Buckeye state. He enjoys sports and regenerative medicine as well as trauma and reconstruction of the foot & ankle.

Fellowship Details

Alexander Orthopaedic Associates
12416 66th Street N., 
Suite A, 
Largo, FL 33773

Phone: (727) 547-4700

Fax: (727) 394-8661 

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Number of Positions: One
Duration: One year
Program Start and End Dates: July 1 - June 30
Stipend:  $60,000 (plus health benefits)
Position Locations:  St. Petersburg, Largo, Trinity, and Clearwater, FL
Application Deadline:  November 30
Program Application:  ACFAS Standard Fellowship Application Form

Research Requirements

Two research activities which can include poster presentation at ACFAS or FPMA SAM seminar, peer reviewed article submission, or participation in active research study.

Foot and Ankle Surgical Exposure

  • Primary and revision foot & ankle reconstruction including total ankle replacement and the integration of 3d printing and additive manufacturing
  • Advanced techniques in both internal/external fixation
  • Complex deformity correction planning and execution
  • Peripheral nerve surgery
  • Evaluation of new and innovative surgical techniques and new product evaluation
  • Utilization of advanced orthobiologics and regenerative medicine surgical integration
  • Complex foot & ankle reconstruction and diabetic limb salvage including charcot reconstruction

Download the Fellowship Manual

St. Petersburg Office

Alexander Orthopaedic Associates
Adam D. Perler, DPM, FACFAS
2438 Dr. ML King Jr. St. N. | Suite A
St. Petersburg, Florida 33704
PH: 727-547-4700 | FAX: 727-394-8661

Largo Office

Alexander Orthopaedic Associates
Adam D. Perler, DPM, FACFAS
12416 66th Street North | Suite A
Largo, Florida 33773
PH: 727-547-4700 | FAX: 727-394-8661

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