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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, ABFAS, ABPM, 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 - Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's HealthCare 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 — JHSMH has been a regional leader in innovative treatments.


UofL Health - University of Louisville Hospital


Residents will train at UofL Health - Jewish Hospital, Medical Center Jewish East, Medical Center Jewish South, Sts. Mary’s & Elizabeth Hospital and Frazier Rehab Institute and the University of Louisville Hospital.

Podiatric Faculty

  • Heiko Adams, DPM, Research Director
  • William Brown, DPM
  • Christopher Baptist, DPM
  • Timothy Ford, DPM, Director Residency Training
  • Sam Gracey, DPM
  • Adam Hicks, DPM
  • Christopher Hubbard, DPM
  • Dawn Masternick, DPM
  • Brian Przystawski, DPM
  • Evan Ross, DPM
  • Benjamin Schaffer, DPM
  • Jonathan Towarnicki, DPM, Assistant Director
  • Brett Vessell, DPM
  • Wendy Summer Willis, DPM, Externship Director

Executive Committee

  • Heiko Adams, DPM At-large faculty/ Research Director
  • Timothy Ford, DPM Director Residency Training
  • Sam Gracey, DPM, At-large faculty
  • Christopher Hubbard, DPM, At-large faculty
  • Brian Przystawski, DPM, At-large faculty
  • Jonathan Towarnicki, DPM, Assistant Director
  • Brett Vessell, DPM, At-large faculty
  • Wendy Summer Willis, DPM, Externship Director