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Advanced Foot and Ankle Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship

Program Summary

Virginia Mason Franciscan Health's Foot and Ankle/Podiatry team offers a one-year advanced Foot and Ankle Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship at St. Anne Hospital. Recognized by the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, the fellowship provides one year of hands-on, direct patient care subspecialty education and training across a broad spectrum of foot and ankle pathology.

Under the leadership and supervision of Fellowship Director Byron Hutchinson, DPM, FACFAS, and Assistant Fellowship Director Mallory Schweitzer, DPM, the fellow performs a minimum of 300 surgical cases and participates in ongoing clinical care and scholarly research over the course of the fellowship year. Faculty members include Stacee Kessinger, MD; Todd Chappell, DPM; Paul Scott, DPM; and Chad Farley, DPM.

Number of positions

One position


One year

Program start and end dates

August 1–July 31

Application deadline

July 21

Program link

ACFAS Standard Fellowship Application Form



Position location

Fellow may work or gain clinical/surgical exposure at some or all of our Virginia Mason Franciscan Health facilities, which include St. Francis Hospital (Federal Way), St. Joseph Medical Center (Tacoma), St. Clare Hospital (Lakewood), St. Anthony Hospital (Gig Harbor), St. Michael Medical Center (Silverdale) and St. Anne Hospital (Burien).

Research requirements

During the one-year fellowship program, the fellow is expected to participate in conducting research or work-related project toward the goal of scholarly publication. Such research/work will be coordinated through the assistance and support of the program committee and is outlined further in the Foot and Ankle Fellowship Program Manual.

Program summary/training goals

The Virginia Mason Franciscan Health Foot and Ankle Fellowship Program provides a recent podiatric residency graduate with the opportunity to gather real-world experience in clinical podiatric practice and surgical techniques and also provides research opportunities. The program's goal is to supplement the training that the fellow received during his/her residency and to fill in any voids in knowledge, training or skill to produce a well-rounded podiatric physician/surgeon.

Specific goals

  • Provide an opportunity for supervised advanced clinical experience in the recognition and management of foot and ankle pathology. S/he will also gain knowledge in secondary prevention of chronic disease as it relates to the foot and ankle.
  • Emphasize the intertwined relationship of the basic sciences and clinical practice by affording opportunities to use the complete physical record of the patient before, during and after medical and surgical treatment.
  • Familiarity with hospital procedure, scope of practice and functions of other healthcare divisions.

Fellowship Graduates

2022-2023: Alissa Mayer, DPM, AACFAS
2021-2022: Lindsey Hjelm, DPM, AACFAS
2020-2021: Emily Wagler, DPM
2019-2020: Mallory Schweitzer, DPM, AACFAS
2018-2019: Anthony Romano, DPM, AACFAS
2017-2018: Lisa Grant-McDonald, DPM
2016-2017: Abdulaziz Kimawi, DPM

If you have any questions, please contact Nanami Montague-Afifi.