As a graduate of the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, Amol Saxena, DPM ’88, has experienced a rewarding and notable career, specializing in sports medicine and foot and ankle surgery. He has been a consultant to USA Track and Field, treating Olympians, Olympic trials qualifiers, and collegiate and professional athletes. He has also served as the chief of the podiatry section of Stanford University Hospital in Stanford, California, is recognized for pioneering several surgical techniques, and is a fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.
In April 2012, Dr. Saxena was the recipient of the Honor Medallion and selected as the 2012 Alumnus of the Year by the Alumni Association of the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine. He was honored during the 29th Annual Scholl College Scholarship Benefit and Alumni Reception at the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago.
“There is no doubt that Dr. Saxena has distinguished himself as an accomplished podiatric physician and leader in our profession,” said Scholl College Dean Nancy L. Parsley, DPM ’93, MHPE. “He represents a model of excellence for all Scholl College alumni.”
Dr. Saxena is currently affiliated with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and recently published a new book, International Advances in Foot and Ankle Surgery
. He and his family reside in Palo Alto, California.
When Robert Joseph, DPM, PhD, accepted the position of chair of the podiatric medicine and radiology department at the Dr. William M. Scholl college of Podiatric Medicine, it was a homecoming for him. Dr. Joseph is one of the first recipients of the College’s DPM/PhD dual degree, a highly competitive program that led him to opportunities in private practice, translational research and academia.
As an undergraduate at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, he became a licensed emergency medical technician and witnessed as a woman was being informed her foot would require amputation due to diabetes-related complications.
The experience had a lasting effect on Dr. Joseph, but it was not until enrolling at Scholl College that he began to appreciate the importance of podiatric medicine in treating and preventing diabetic foot complications. As a Schweitzer Urban Fellow, he stressed the importance of diabetic foot health education and developed a collaborative grassroots diabetes education program in the Chinese community. His work received the Steven W. Toth Distinguished Service Award of the American Public Health Association and it was later published in Health Communication
Through these experiences, he developed an interest in what he calls, “practical academics in a multicultural and multidisciplinary world.” He regularly integrates interprofessionalism to the most difficult obstacles he faces, whether it is surgery, translational research or teaching. While at the University of Dayton, he developed a course that brought together engineering and biology PhD students to develop their appreciation and proficiency in interprofessional problem solving as they tackled clinical case studies unrelated to their PhD expertise. He not only emphasizes team building in the classroom but he also distinguishes himself as a researcher who forms interprofessional teams, analyzes their strengths and develops projects that best leverage the team’s combined talents. In the simplest sense, he compares his approach to research as betting on the jockey, rather than the horse, in a race.
It’s no surprise that Rosalind Franklin University’s interprofessionalism is what most attracted Dr. Joseph to return to his alma mater. “Supporting and growing interprofessional teams is where I feel I can make the most difference. Our integrated campus and culture provides infrastructure and symmetry where there are no limits to interprofessional opportunity,” said Dr. Joseph.
He will be active in Scholl College’s Center for Lower Extremity Ambulatory Research (CLEAR), as well as the Scholl Foot and Ankle Center. Prior to joining Scholl College, Dr. Joseph was an assistant professor at the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, adjunct faculty member of the biology department at the University of Dayton and a clinical research associate of the Tissue Regeneration and Engineering Center at Dayton.