In the OR
Program Overview

The UofL Health Podiatric Residency Program is a Council on Podiatric Medical Education (CPME) approved Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency Program with Reconstructive Rearfoot/ankle surgery designed to develop the abilities and values necessary to provide surgical and medical care of the foot and ankle. The educational process is designed to develop comprehensive working knowledge and skills as a clinician, surgeon, researcher, educator, manager and humanitarian. This residency program is resource-based, competency driven and assessment-validated and provides training resources that facilitates the resident’s sequential and progressive achievements in specific competencies.

Directed by Timothy C. Ford, DPM, the program provides leading edge treatment and resources in the field of foot and ankle pathology for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. It also serves as a resource for the general medical community in complex disorders of the foot and ankle. The program offers much needed research in diseases and disorders of the foot and ankle.

The UofL Health Podiatric Residency Program focuses on several key areas that help the resident to become skilled in the practice of podiatric surgery. These areas include:


To develop competence in the clinical science and art of Podiatric medicine and surgery, including the skills of evaluation, assessment, consultation, communication and treatment.


To develop the ability and confidence to completely execute the procedures, techniques and skills necessary to perform foot and ankle surgery.


To produce and individually be capable of reviewing, analyzing and utilizing the medical literature and current research techniques to contribute to the existing medical literature.


To acquire and develop knowledge and skills which will enable him/her to share concepts, techniques and experience through literature and practice demonstration.


To gain exposure and experience in patient rapport and interaction. To develop basic skills management in an office and clinic setting.


To instill in the resident the leadership, compassion, humility and dedication necessary for the well being of the patient.

Program Sponsor

The program is sponsored by UofL Health, a regional health care network that includes 70 health care facilities and 1,900 patient beds in Kentucky and southern Indiana. For more than 100 years, surgeons throughout UofL Health have continued to look for ways to care for and improve the lives of those around us. From new innovative procedures to medical breakthroughs, from heart to hand surgery, from minor to major surgery and treatment, University of Louisville has been a regional leader in innovative treatments.


Residents will train at UofL Health - University Louisville Hospital, UofL Jewish Hospital, UofL Mary & Elizabeth, UofL Frazier Institute, UofL Medical Center South, UofL Peace Hospital & UofL Medical Center East.

Current Residents
Eric Gustafson, MD Jordan Vogt, MD
Eric Gustafson, MD Jordan Vogt, MD
Mark Capuzzi, MD Nicholas Laco, MD
Mark Capuzzi, MD Nicholas Laco, MD
Billy McGlone
Billy McGlone, MD
Russell Baker , MD Walter Payne, MD
Russell Baker, MD Walter Payne, MD
Zachery Weyandt
Zachery Weyandt, MD
Alexia Bodamer, MD Brandon Kitchens, MD
Alexia Bodamer, MD Brandon Kitchens, MD
Thomas Poynter
Thomas Poynter, MD
Curriculum & Rotations

Podiatric Medicine and Surgery – block (18 months)

Develop comprehensive working knowledge of general medicine principles necessary for competent patient care in the diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of diseases and conditions affecting the foot and related structures

Medicine – block (1 month)

Demonstrate the ability and skill in taking a history and physical exam, interpretation of pertinent lab data and abnormal and normal EKG findings, become familiar with current concepts of diabetes care, common coagulation disorders and anticoagulant therapy and common disease processes which have manifestations in the lower extremity

Infectious Disease – block (1 month)

The practicing podiatric physician is often challenged with infectious disease of the lower extremity. This rotation will help identify, understand and better evaluate those individuals with infection.

Medical Imaging – sequential (1 month)

Perform and interpret foot and ankle radiographs and become familiar with musculoskeletal pathology with specific emphasis on the lower extremity

Pathology – sequential (2 weeks)

Become familiar with the various histological findings or normal and abnormal tissue through clinical pathology and laboratory experiences

Anesthesiology – block (2 weeks)

Become familiar with the pre-anesthetic evaluation, the various agents utilized in general, regional and local anesthesia and the monitoring and recovery of the anesthetized patient

Ortho/Trauma – block (4 months & case-by-case)

Develop an understanding of the management of trauma techniques, orthopaedic principles including open and closed fracture reduction, the anatomy and physiology, and the knowledge and treatment of infections

Orthopaedic foot/ankle service – block (4 months) & case-by-case

Develop an understanding of the management of foot and ankle pathology including foot and ankle surgery, bone composition, mechanisms of healing and the knowledge and treatment of infections

Wound Care – sequential (18 months)

Become familiar with the diagnosis and treatment of patients with various wounds and how it pertains to podiatric clinical practice

General Surgery – block (2 weeks)

Become familiar with the principles of perioperative management including fluid and electrolyte balance, pain management, insulin dosing and blood and/or component therapy

Emergency Medicine – block (1 month & case-by-case)

Become familiar with emergency situations and the emergency room protocol and procedure with emphasis on the lower extremity pathology

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – block (2 months)

Become familiar with various suture techniques and wound closure materials and demonstrate an understanding of skin grafting and skin flap principles

Pediatric Orthopaedics – block (1 month) & case-by-case

Develop an understanding in the evaluation and treatment of the pediatric orthopaedic patient

Dermatology – sequential (1 month)

Become familiar with lower extremity dermatology and generalized dertamology pathology

Vascular Surgery – block (2 months)

Become familiar with the basic principles of vascular surgery and tests

Behavioral Medicine – sequential (1 month)

Become familiar with the diagnosis and treatment of patients with mental and physical limitations

Resident Program Requirements

Council on Podiatric Medical Education (CPME) requires a Minimum Activity Volume (MAV) for each resident. The University of Louisville Podiatric Medical & Surgical Residency Program exceeds all requirements with each of our residents more than doubling the totals required by CPME, ensuring our residents have the ample opportunity to hone their surgical and diagnostic and clinical skills.

Didactics Monthly
  • Journal Club
  • Case presentations
  • Fracture conference
  • Grand rounds
  • Chapter reviews
  • Workshops

Podiatry Fellowship
Last day in clinic
UofL Reconstructive Foot/Ankle and Limb Salvage

The UofL Reconstructive Foot/Ankle and Limb Salvage Fellowship Program was established in 2007. At that time, we felt the need to provide additional training that is not abundant at most—specifically trauma and limb salvage. As a CPME approved Fellowship Program, we must demonstrate and maintain compliance with the standards and requirements in CPME publication 820, Standards and Requirements for Approval of Podiatric Fellowships. As one of currently only 14 Fellowship Programs Approved by Council on Podiatric Medical Education (CPME), this program is highly sought after by graduating residents around the country. CPME is the only recognized accreditation body for the Podiatric profession and they alone can “approve” a Fellowship Program.

Our Fellows encounter a broad range of foot and ankle pathology, with a focus on lower extremity trauma and limb salvage. We strive to expand on our fellow's surgical skills and to develop mentorship aptitudes as it pertains to residency education. We enhance these skills by providing fellows a sense of autonomy during hands-on clinical and surgical environments while acting as a Junior Attending for our residency program. Fellows participate in the pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative management of surgical patients as well as using advanced pedorthic and prosthetic techniques for non-surgical patients. This 1-year fellowship provides a unique opportunity at a Level One Trauma Center and a University setting.

Fellowship Schedule

The fellow(s) will give atleast 1 lecture every month to the residents and externs.

  • Podiatric Medicine & Surgery and Affiliated Services: 2 months (block, sequential, and case-by-case)
  • 6 months total for each fellow (all based on the needs of the service):
    • Podiatry: block
    • Ortho-plastics: block
    • Plastics, Vascular, Pediatric Ortho and Foot & Ankle Ortho: case-by-case
    • Wound Care: sequential
  • Ortho/Trauma Service: 2-month blocks (6 months for each fellow)
Program Director
Timothy Ford, DPM

Dr. Ford is a podiatric physician and surgeon in Louisville, Ky. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Temple University and Cleveland State, he attended Kent State University School of Podiatric Medicine, one of only nine colleges that specializes exclusively in the treatment of Foot and Ankle disorders. He completed his residency training in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery at the James C. Giuffre Medical Center in Philadelphia Pennsylvania [North Philadelphia Hospital Systems]. Dr. Ford is Board Certified by both the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and the American Board of Podiatric Medicine. Dr. Ford also holds a Certificate of Added Qualification in Amputation Prevention and Wound Care by the ABPM and is certified in Hyperbaric Medicine by the Underseas Hyperbaric Medicine Society.

Dr. Ford is currently the Director of the Podiatric Residency & Fellowship Programs at the University of Louisville where he is the Chief of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. A former president of the Kentucky Podiatric Medical Association, Dr. Ford has also held the positions of Chairman of the Residency Review Committee and Chairman for the Council on Podiatric Medical Education. Dr. Ford continues to review Residency and Fellowship Programs around the country for the Council on Podiatric Medical Education. He is a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association, the Kentucky Podiatric Medical Association, and is a Fellow of the American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons. Dr. Ford actively participates in research in foot and ankle medicine with a special interest in wound care and trauma.

  • Heiko Adams, DPM
  • Christopher Baptist, DPM
  • Timothy Ford, DPM, Director Residency Training
  • Christopher Hubbard, DPM
  • Brian Przystawski, DPM
  • Evan Ross, DPM
  • Benjamin Schaffer, DPM
  • Benjamin Schneider, DPM
  • Jonathan Towarnicki, DPM, Assistant Director
  • Brett Vessell, DPM, Externship Director
  • Sam Gracey, DPM
  • Ben McCullar, DPM

Executive Committee
  • Timothy Ford, DPM, Director Residency Training
  • Sam Gracey, DPM, At-large faculty
  • Brian Przystawski, DPM, At-large faculty
  • Jonathan Towarnicki, DPM, Assistant Director
  • Brett Vessell, DPM, Externship Director

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Contact Us

Timothy C. Ford, DPM, Program Director

Jonathan Towarnicki, DPM, Associate Director

Rebecca Clark, Podiatric Residency/Fellowship Coordinator

University of Louisville Hospital
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Division of Podiatric Medicine & Surgery
530 S. Jackson Street
1st floor, Ambulatory Care Building
Louisville, KY 40202
502-897-1616 phone
502-897-7412 fax