Surgeon Advisory Board
Paul D. Dayton, DPM, MS, FACFAS
Author of the textbook, Evidence-Based Bunion Surgery, Dr. Dayton has held academic positions as Director of Podiatric Medicine & Surgery Residency for UnityPoint Health, Trinity Regional Medical Center and Assistant Professor at Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine. Dr. Dayton has co-authored numerous peer reviewed manuscripts and book chapters, and has presented many national and international lectures during his 20 years of practice. He currently serves as Section Editor for the Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery and serves on numerous educational and administrative boards.
William T. DeCarbo, DPM, FACFAS
Dr. DeCarbo completed medical school at Kent State University school of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland where he graduated with honors. After graduation he completed his surgical residency at Grant Medical Center in Columbus Ohio where he served as chief resident. Dr. DeCarbo then went on to complete a 12 month orthopedic foot and ankle fellowship at the Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Center in Columbus, Ohio. Following that, he completed a six week traveling fellowship both nationally and internationally learning advanced techniques in foot & ankle surgery. Dr. DeCarbo has lectured nationally and internationally and has several peer reviewed papers and book chapter publications. He also serves as a review editor for the Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery and Foot & Ankle Specialist. Dr. DeCarbo is a fellow of the American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons and is board certified by the American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgery in foot and ankle reconstructive surgery. Dr. DeCarbo practices in Pittsburgh, Pa. at St. Clair Orthopedic Associates.
Mark E. Easley, MD
Dr. Mark E. Easley completed his residency at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, and spent a year of foot and ankle fellowship training at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore. Dr. Easley has been on faculty at Duke University Medical Center in Durham for 20 years and currently serves as Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Chief of the Foot and Ankle Division. Dr. Easley served as the president of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) in 2015-2016 and is the current treasurer of the International Federation of Foot and Ankle Societies. Dr. Easely continues to be active in foot and ankle education and research through his participation as faculty in national and international meetings, his contributions to the published foot and ankle literature, and serving as editor and/or reviewer for various foot and ankle journals and textbooks. His dedication to this craft is fueled by his commitment to delivering optimal patient care.
Daniel J. Hatch, DPM, FACFAS
Dr. Daniel J. Hatch is a fellow and past president of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgery. He is a section editor in reconstructive rear foot and ankle surgery for the Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery. He has published articles in foot and ankle surgery and has lectured and conducted surgical workshops nationally. He is a surgical director of the North Colorado Podiatric Surgical Residency program. Dr. Hatch is board certified in foot and ankle surgery. He is on the advisory board for the International Foot and Ankle Foundation. He practices in Greeley, Colorado.
J.P. McAleer, DPM, FACFAS
Dr. J.P. McAleer received his medical degree from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine where he graduated in the top of his class. He went on to complete his internship and residency in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. During his training there he earned the respect of his attending physicians and fellow residents and served as chief resident. Dr. McAleer entered private practice in 2006 and is experienced in all aspects of foot and ankle lower extremity care. He is a shareholder partner at the Jefferson City Medical Group (Jefferson City, MO). He also has privileges at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital and serves as the Vice Chief of Staff at the JCMG Surgical Center. He formerly directed patient care at the SSM Health – St. Mary’s Wound Healing Center. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Dr. McAleer has authored articles published in several medical journals, has lectured internationally and currently serves as a medical device consultant.
Robert D. Santrock, MD
Dr. Robert D. Santrock is the chief of Foot and Ankle Surgery at West Virginia University School of Medicine in Morgantown, West Virginia. A West Virginia native who returned to his Alma Matter to serve as a full-time professor of orthopaedic surgery, his passion is in the education of students, residents, and fellows. He is part of a major university program at a Level 1 Trauma center, and participates as part of the orthopaedic trauma team. Dr. Santrock is also committed to the collegiate athletics at WVU. Dr. Santrock’s special interests are in the treatment of post-traumatic arthritis and deformity of the foot and ankle, as well as in the treatment of diabetic foot disorders. Other research interests include the biomechanics of surgical materials, as well as ortho-biologic augmentation. Dr. Santrock attended WVU for his undergraduate, medical, and residency training before going on to fellowship training at The Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Center in Columbus, Ohio and Ohio State University under Thomas Lee, MD and Gregory Berlet, MD.
W. Bret Smith, DO
Bret Smith, DO, MS is the Director of the Foot and Ankle Division of the Moore Center of Orthopedics. He received his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed his internship and orthopaedic residency at Doctors and Grant Hospitals in Columbus, Ohio. He subsequently completed his fellowship in orthopaedic foot and ankle surgery at the Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Center in Columbus, Ohio during which time he also served as an adjunct professor at the Ohio State University. Dr. Smith is board certified in orthopaedic surgery by the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgeons and currently serves as a member of the education committee of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society. He is the recent past-President of the Foot and Ankle Section of the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics and has published numerous articles and textbook chapters related to his area of specialty. Dr. Smith also serves on several national speakers boards helping to educate other foot and ankle surgeons in the most advanced developments in his field.
Lowell Weil Jr., DPM, MBA
Dr. Weil, Jr., is the President and Fellowship Director of the Weil Foot & Ankle Institute. He is the Editor of Foot and Ankle Specialist the only combined orthopedic and podiatric peer reviewed journal in the world. He is a Partner of Foot & Ankle Business Innovations (FABI).He has authored over 50 publications and 10 book chapters. He is known as a surgical innovator and has IP on many devices currently used in foot and ankle surgery. He has lectured in 27 States and 14 countries.