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Podiatric Surgery Residency

Program Overview

Stony Brook Medicine offers a co-sponsored integrated three-year podiatric surgery residency with the Northport VA Medical Center fully accredited by the Council of Podiatric Medical Education through 2020. Our training programs are designed to prepare physicians for the pursuit of an academic career in podiatric surgery equally as well as for private practice in podiatric surgery.

Residents are chosen out of medical school and enter the three-year program which culminates in eligibility for certification in podiatric surgery.

The Northport VA Medical Center is the "parent" teaching hospital, and in addition to a one-year rotation there, our podiatry residents also do two years of rotations at Stony Brook University Hospital. (Steven Goldman, DPM, is the residency site director of the Northport VA Medical Center).

Stony Brook's Podiatric Surgery Section of the Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Division has two full-time podiatric surgeon faculty members: Valerie A. Brunetti, DPM, on-site program director of the podiatric surgery residency, and Bernard F. Martin, DPM.

The first two years of the residency program are spent rotating at Stony Brook, while the third year is spent rotating at the Northport VA Medical Center, and a one month rotation in Phoenix, AZ.

During the duration of residency, each resident is required to complete the following:

Minimum Activity Volume (MAV) Category MAV Required (Cases)
Digital surgery
First ray surgery
Other soft-tissue foot surgery
Other osseous foot surgery
Reconstructive rear foot/ankle surgery
Comprehensive H&P’s
All trauma cases (podiatric and non-podiatric)
Podopediatric cases

Upon completion of the training program, the resident should feel comfortable in dealing with all aspects of clinical podiatric surgery, and is eligible for board certification in podiatric surgery by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery.

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The podiatric surgery faculty at Stony Brook are Valerie A. Brunetti, DPM (1984), assistant professor of surgery and on-site program director of the podiatric surgery residency, and Bernard F. Martin, DPM (1983), assistant professor of surgery. Both have decades of clinical and academic experience, and both are board certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery.

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Current Residents

PGY Name College Medical School
3 Jannah Bacchus Indiana University, Purdue University of Indianapolis Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine
3 Christina Nawabi Stony Brook University New York College of Podiatric Medicine
3 Pragnesh Patel Rutgers University New York College of Podiatric Medicine
2 Parisjevi Karayiannis Hofstra University New York College of Podiatric Medicine
2 Philip Jiang University of California San Diego California School of Podiatric Medicine
2 Shahrzad Dilmaghani Stony Brook University New York College of Podiatric Medicine
1 Mitul Ajvalia Rutgers University Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine
1 Nicholas Faiver Michigan State University Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine
1 Kris Koelewyn University of California, Berkeley California School of Podiatric Medicine

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Application Process

Please visit the Northport VA Medical Center website for details. To request an application, call 631-261-4400, ext. 2063 (hours of operation: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday).

Email questions or comments to VHANOPPODIATRYCLERKSHIP@VA.GOV.

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Educational Time

Wednesdays: 7:00 am - Grand Rounds. Held 2-3 times a month with in-depth, topic-based lectures provided by visiting professors, attendings, or senior/chief residents in one of our media integrated lecture halls.

Thursdays: 7:00 am - M&M. Held by the Department of Surgery every week with case presentations of morbidities and mortalities that are discussed by residents and faculty.

Thursdays: 8:00am - Radiology/Surgery Conference. Held on the 2nd week of each month.

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Salaries, Benefits, and Policies

Annual Salaries

The stipends for surgical residents are:

Pay level 2018-19 salary 2019-20 salary 2020-21 salary 2021-22 salary

NB: These stipends reflect a "cost of living allowance" of $2,500 plus a "location stipend" of $3,026. They also are subject to annual increases, pending United University Professions (UUP) agreements. The chief resident bonus is a prorated $1,000 amount split by all chief residents.

Vacation Policy

Three weeks of vacation time are allowed each year. Vacations are assigned in one-week blocks (Monday through Sunday). The schedule allows vacation time for one resident per week per rotation. No two residents at the same hospital can schedule vacation/educational leave at the same time except under special circumstances. The chief resident at each hospital has the responsibility to maintain adequate coverage of that hospital's service. All requests for time off — vacation, sick leave, conference, and interview — must be made no later than the third Friday of July of the prospective academic year.


Health insurance and life insurance are available. Malpractice coverage is included in the surgical residency program.


Housing is available for residents at an affordable rate through the Northport VA Medical Center. Residents are responsible for obtaining any other form of housing.

On-Call Schedule

We have a schedule consisting of three residents. PGY-1 residents are responsible for all calls between the hours of 7:30 am and 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. PGY-2 and PGY-1 residents share the responsibility for a rotating schedule for all calls between the hours of 5:00 pm and 7:30 am Monday through Friday as well as 24-hour home call on weekends.

Normal duty hours are Monday through Friday from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm pending the service's needs.

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Contact Us

Podiatric Surgery Section
Department of Surgery
Health Sciences Center T19-090
Stony Brook Medicine
Stony Brook, NY 11794-8191

Tel: 631-444-2037
Fax: 631-444-8988

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