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RE: The Passing of Jay D. Lifshen, DPM


PM News is saddened to announce the passing of Jay D. Lifshen, DPM. Dr. Lifshen graduated from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine and went on to complete a residency in foot surgery at New Berlin Memorial Hospital in Wisconsin. After his residency, Dr. Lifshen moved to Texas and started his practice in Irving in 1977.


Dr. Jay Lifshen


Lifshen was a past president of both the Texas Podiatric Medical Association and the Dallas County Podiatric Medical Society, and a long-time Delegate to the APMA HOD.

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RE: The Passing of J. David Cartwright Sr., DPM


Dr. Cartwright earned his degree of Doctor of Podiatric Medicine at the California College  of Podiatric Medicine in San Francisco. A respected podiatrist, Dr. Cartwright practiced in Los Angeles from 1969 to 1982. At one time, he had four podiatry clinics in the L.A. area, and he also mentored and trained other podiatrists in surgical techniques.


Dr. J. David Cartwright


He bought a podiatry practice in Big Bear in 1976, and as a private pilot, commuted in his Cessna from the San Fernando Valley. He moved to Big Bear full-time in 1979 with his wife Diane and their two-year-old son, David Jr. “Big Bear’s Podiatrist”, Dr. Cartwright practiced in the valley until the mid-’90s, at which point he became a realtor and focused on real estate sales and investing.


Source: Big Bear Grizzly [3/12/19]



RE: The Passing of Anthony F. DeVincentis, Jr.


Dr. Anthony F. DeVincentis, Jr., age 74, passed away on March 11, 2019 after a lengthy illness.


Dr. Anthony DeVincentis, Jr


"Dr. Tony" practiced podiatry in the Lovejoy and Orchard Park areas for 45+ years. He was very devoted to his practice and his patients and started the Podiatry Residency Program in Western New York.


Source: The Buffalo News [3/13/19]



RE: The Passing of Selwyn Bottinick, DPM


Dr. Selwyn Bottinick died on Saturday, March 9, 2019. He is a 1956 graduate of the New York College of Podiatric Medicine and practiced in the greater Washington area. He was a good friend and an ethical practitioner.


Joel Lang DPM (retired)




Bill Harris was my friend and classmate (lab partner). He continued to work despite several debilitating injuries. Later in practice, he consulted for the VA. He was a nice guy and a dedicated podiatrist. Gone too soon. RIP Bill.  


Ken Hatch, DPM, PCPM, 1975



RE: The Passing of William Harris, Jr. DPM


Dr. William Harris, Jr.


Dr. William Harris Jr., who died March 3, was a wise-cracking Savannah podiatrist who got more joy writing novels than treating bunions. His works include Speak Nothing of the Dead But Good, Delirium of the Brave, No Enemy But Time, and Wassaw Sound.


Source: Tommy Barton, The Savannah Morning News [3/8/19]



RE: The Passing of Albert Conklin, DPM


Dr. Albert Conklin


Albert Conklin, age 93, passed away peacefully on March 1, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. He served in the Air Force in World War II. He had a podiatry practice in Massillon for 38 years and was loved by his patients.


Source: The Repository [3/4/19] 



RE: The Passing of Matilda A. Lenk, DPM 


Dr. Matilda A. Lenk  graduated from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland. She was one of only 10 women podiatrists in her graduating class of 1949 and became the youngest and only woman podiatrist in New Britain when she opened her practice in 1950.


Dr. Matilda Lenk


She spent the next 48 years caring for patients wherever they needed her - in her office, at hospitals, and in nursing homes. She also made house calls to those who could not travel; gaining a reputation for compassion and dedication that was the hallmark of her professional life.


Source: New Britain Herald [2/28/19] 




I had the pleasure of knowing this gentleman in his later years. I watched him operate on a 12 year old IDDM patient who had mosaic verruca bilaterally on almost the entire plantar surfaces about 6 years ago. He did not prep the foot, but cut the heel pad to the fat layer and turned it around and sutured it back on the foot with the plantar side down. He dressed it without any topical antibiotic. 


Three weeks later, he had the young man come in to show me what the surgical site looked like. The verruca on both feet were gone. It was not his first line of treatment, but was used for resistant verruca that had failed multiple other treatments. I admit I must have gasped when I saw him do the procedure, and later was discussing it with a dermatologist friend of mine who said, "I use that technique often for resistant warts." It is an interesting concept to make the body build up its own immune response. No, I have not used it, as I cannot say this is a standard of care my insurance would defend .


Cynthia Cernak, DPM, Kenosha, WI



RE: The passing of William (Bill) Meharry Myers, DPM


Dr. William (Bill) Meharry Myers, 99, made his transition on February 16, 2019 at Inspired Living in Bradenton. William earned his Doctor of Surgical Chiropody (Podiatry) degree in 1948 from the Ohio College of Chiropody in Cleveland, OH.


Dr. William Myers


After receiving his podiatric degree, he also received a commission from the United States Medical Corps as Lieutenant in the inactive reserve. William was a mathematician at Wright Patterson Air Force Base while building his podiatry practice. 


Source: Dayton Daily News [2/24/19]



From: David Secord, DPM


I’m not sure how many people (besides Peter Bregman) are familiar with the Panacos graft, but I’ve done several dozen procedures on patients with mosaic warts and had every one resolve with one treatment. If Dr. Bregman reads this, I’d like to know how many he has done and his rate of resolution.


David Secord, DPM, Corpus Christi, TX



RE: The Passing of Nikos Panacos, DPM


Dr. Nikos Panacos passed away on February 20, 2019. Dr. Panacos received his podiatric medical degree in Podiatry from the Illinois College of Podiatry (now known as the William Scholl School of Podiatry). After graduation, he practiced podiatry for over 40 years in Zion, IL. Dr. Panacos was a pioneer in his profession doing residency and internship before it was ever required and helped his profession to be accepted in the hospital setting.


He also published several scientific papers in his profession, one called "The Panacos Graft" and another called the "Panacos Neurectomy". He also served on the Podiatry Committee for the State of Illinois Licensing Board, and was board certified through the American Board of Lower Extremity Surgery.


Source: Chicago Suburban Daily Herald [2/22/19]



RE: The Passing of Milton Shepler, DPM


Dr. Milton Shepler, age 96, passed away on January 14, 2019. He graduated from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in 1947. Milton lived his entire life in Akron where he was a successful podiatrist and an avid golfer.


Source: Akron Beacon [2/19/19]



RE: The Passing of Robert Jacobs, DPM 


Robert Jacobs, Age 88, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Feb. 15, 2019. He was born in Milwaukee and lost his father at an early age. He worked very hard to support himself through college and became an accomplished podiatrist, holding many important executive positions in various professional organizations. He used his professional skills over the years to help others through his volunteer work in Guatemala, with Repairers of the Breach, and many others. 


Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel [2/17/19]




I was very saddened to see that Larry K Connelley Jr. had passed away. Larry graduated from the Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in 1966, the same year that I graduated from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. He was always looking to increase his knowledge on most medical subjects and was interested in foot pathology. I spoke with him frequently when I was the Medical Director of Podiatric Pathology Labs. We discussed numerous cases together. He was always willing to help anyone as well. We had a very good professional relationship and he was always fun to see and speak to in person. He will sorely be missed by the profession and me personally. 


Steven J Berlin, DPM



RE: The Passing of Laurence K. "Larry" Connelley Jr., DPM


Dr. Laurence K. (Larry) Connelley, 75, of Paris, Arkansas, a well-known podiatrist in the Little Rock area, passed from his earthly home to his heavenly home on February 5. 


Dr. Laurence Connelley


Dr. Connelley graduated from the Dr. William M. Scholl School of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago in 1966. He opened his practice in Little Rock as the West Little Rock Foot Clinic where he practiced for many years. Upon retirement, he moved back to Paris.


Source: Arkansas Democrat Gazette [2/7/19]



RE: The Passing of Brett Williams, DPM

From: Eldon Peters, DPM


It is with great sadness that I announce the recent passing of Dr. Brett Williams, DPM, class of TUSPM 2014. Dr. Williams was a graduate of the Hahnemann University Hospital PMSR-RRA program and was a practicing podiatrist at West Georgia Podiatry Associates in Atlanta GA. Brett leaves behind a great void in the hearts of everyone who met him. He was a trained chef, university ecologist, excellent drummer, avid outdoorsman, loving father, skilled surgeon, and a great, dependable friend.


Dr. Brett Williams


His greatest achievement was surely the friends and experiences he created. If you spent one minute with Brett, you instantly bonded, had a great laugh, and became friends – he was magnetic! Folks like Dr. Brett Williams are rare in this world and we are so thankful for the short time we got to spend with him. Bless you always my friend, and thank you for all the great times together.



RE: The Passing of Gayle M. Polshook, DPM


Gayle M. Palshook, 66, of Alamogordo, NM and Richfield, OH, passed away on Sunday, January 6, 2019. After attending the Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine and the Cleveland Podiatric Institute, Gayle practiced podiatry in Alamogordo, NM, Norwalk, and Sandusky, Ohio. In addition to being a podiatrist, she became a paralegal and a nurse.


Dr. Gayle Polshook


Source: Alamogordo Daily News [1/29/19]



RE: The Passing of Barry D. Ritchie, DPM


Dr. Barry Ritchie


Dr. Barry David Ritchie, age 77, of Knoxville, TN, passed away on Wednesday, January 23, 2019. He was a podiatrist for over 30 years.


Source: Monroe News [1/26/19] 




It is with a sad heart to learn of the passing of  Dr. Catherine David. Catherine and brother Nick were both students of mine at the Temple University of Podiatric Medicine. My fondest memory of Catherine was her graduation in 2002 when she was selected to sing the national anthem at the graduation ceremony. Due to renovations at the previous graduation venue, the Philadelphia Academy of Music, the ceremony was moved to the new Kimmel Center, the home of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the performing arts. Catherine took to the stage and her magnificent opera-trained voiced filled the great hall with a powerful rendition of our national anthem like I’ve never heard before. As in her singing as well as her podiatric career, Dr. David was a highly valued professional. I will always cherish that moment. Bless you always Dr. David. 


Howard J Palamarchuk, DPM, Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine




I knew Dr. David for a number of years. It is with great sadness that we have lost a wonderful soul. She was not only a fine podiatrist, but she was a warm colleague, a major player in Collier County with regards to participation in the annual Physicians Talent Show, and as such she actually was a marvelous singer. I worked with her primarily on this project as a Co-Emcee of this show when I practiced in the area, and grew to be a huge fan of hers. She was always a show stopper and many people who attended the show each year would look forward to whatever number she would perform.


She was a fine doctor who knew the conditions which she helped to treat as she also was living with many of the same conditions. This empathy could not be more important for her as she connected with her patients. I  hope that awareness for renal disease and diabetes is enhanced as she was far too young and we will all miss her ever so much.


Brian Timm, DPM, Binghamton, NY




Dr. Burnett will be missed among many of us, especially in Texas. He was a true teacher with a “common-sense approach” to treating patients. He always had simple answers to complex problems. Veterans loved him, and he loved podiatry. Oran, you will be missed.


Javier La Fontaine, DPM, MS, Dallas, TX



RE: The Passing of A. Catherine David, DPM


It is with deep sadness that the family of A. Catherine David, DPM of Fort Myers announces her peaceful passing on December 14th, 2018. Catherine graduated from Temple University in 2002, earning her Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine. She completed her residency in foot and ankle reconstructive surgery at Sisters of Charity Hospital in Buffalo, New York.


Dr. A. Catherine David


She returned to Fort Myers to be near family and to practice podiatry. She often shared her love of music and served as an active member of St. Cecilia Catholic Community as a cantor.


Source: The News-Press [12/20/18]



RE: The Passing of Oran Burnett, DPM

From: Thomas Garrison, DPM


One of our best is gone. Dr. Oran Burnett was not visible and somewhat silent in the well known and published community of podiatric leaders. However, it would be a mistake to say he was not powerfully influential and a driving force behind our profession. He was a front-line warrior in the clinics and operating rooms of the Veterans Administration.


Dr. Oran Burnett


Oran touched the souls of thousands of our often-forgotten veterans in the Audie Murphy VA Hospital San Antonio Veterans Health Care System, a University of Texas Health Science Center Teaching Hospital. After years of service and teaching in the Veterans Hospital in San Antonio...


Editor's note: Dr. Garrison's extended-length letter can be read here.



RE: The Passing of Adam Auster, DPM


Dr. Adam Auster


Dr. Adam Auster, 56, of Miami passed away on December 12, 2018. He graduated from the Doctor Scholl School for Podiatry in Chicago in 1989 and  practiced in Miami. He was a long-standing fellow with the American Academy of Pain Management and the American Professional Wound Care Association. 





RE: The Passing of Steven "Steve" Fredette, DPM


Dr. Steven Fredette


Steven (Dr. Steve) Fredette, 53, passed away Nov. 28, 2018, unexpectedly at his home from a heart attack. He received his doctorate degree at the Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine in 1996 and was named chief resident at the V.A. in Waco, Texas. In 2003, he opened his podiatry clinic "Feet First" in San Antonio.


Source: [1/20/19]