Meet The Doctors

Grady

JOHN F. GRADY
DPM, FASPS, FACFAOM, FACWM

Foot and Ankle Surgeon

Undergraduate: Loyola University
Medical School: Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago
Residency: Youngstown Osteopathic Hospital

- Board Certified, American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery
- Board Certified, American Board of Podiatric Medicine
- Board Certified, American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics and Primary Podiatric Medicine
- Board Certified, American Board of Wound Management
- American Society of Podiatric Surgeons Fellow
- American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine Fellow
- American College of Wound Management Member
- American Podiatric Medical Association Member, Illinois Podiatric Medical Association

Dr. John Grady graduated from Loyola University with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. He received a doctor of podiatric medicine degree from the Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago and followed with a residency in foot and ankle surgery at Youngstown Osteopathic Hospital.

Currently, Dr. Grady is both chief of podiatry and director of the prestigious podiatric surgical residency program at the Veterans Administration Chicago Healthcare Westside Division. He is also on the surgical staff of Advocate Christ Hospital and Medical Center, Ingalls Memorial Hospital, and Little Company of Mary Hospital. In addition, Dr. Grady is the founder of Foot & Ankle Institute of Illinois. Dr. Grady also serves as adjunct clinical faculty at the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, the California, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Iowa and New York Colleges of Podiatric Medicine, as well as Barry University. He is the former director of the sports medicine department at Scholl College.

A nationally renowned foot & ankle surgeon, Dr. Grady has developed many types of reconstructive surgeries, such as complex diabetic Charcot reconstruction. He has advanced training in peripheral nerve decompression and repair from Johns Hopkins University. He also has advanced training in the use of external fixation for correction of deformities from Ilizarov Training Institute in Kurgan, Russia. Dr. Grady is one of only a handful of ankle replacement surgeons in Illinois and has performed more ankle replacement surgeries than any surgeon in Illinois. Dedicated to conducting research on the care of diabetic ulcerations, Dr. Grady has become one of only a small number of physicians in Illinois who is board certified in wound care. In the forward of his textbook Internal Advances in Foot and Ankle Surgery, Dr. Amol Saxena states, "I am extremely fortunate to have had the training from not only one of the most versatile foot and ankle surgeons but great teacher and human being in John Grady, D.P.M." He was recognized by the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine as the Alumnus of the Year in 2000 and was the recipient of the Milo Turnbo Award for Outstanding Service to the Podiatric Profession in 1985. He also received the esteemed Scholl Medallion in recognition of his professional contributions to the field of foot and ankle surgery. In 2002, he had the honor of giving the commencement address at Scholl College. Currently, Dr. Grady is the scientific chairman of the Midwest Podiatry Conference, which is the largest podiatric conference in the nation, and is a past president of the Illinois Podiatric Medical Association. He currently serves on the Board of the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons. He is the recipient of the American Podiatric Medical Association’s Award of Excellence for 2010. (This award is given to those individuals who have demonstrated outstanding national accomplishments in scientific, professional, or civic endeavors.)

As an expert in his field, Dr. Grady has presented numerous lectures at local, state, national, and international symposia. He has taught advanced surgical techniques of the foot and ankle to surgeons all over North America, including such institutions as Harvard Medical School, as well as trauma and orthopedic surgeons in Europe and Asia. Dr. Grady was one of the first instructors of advanced foot and ankle arthroscopy in the Midwest. He has also published numerous articles in medical journals and textbooks and has served as an editorial consultant for two major medical publishing companies.

Dr. Grady is board certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery, the American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics and Primary Podiatric Medicine, and the American Board of Wound Management. He is a fellow of the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons, the American College of Wound Management, and the American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine. Dr. Grady is also a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association, the Illinois Podiatric Medical Association and the Chicago Catholic Physicians Guild.

Dr. Grady and his wife, Kathleen, have lived in the southwest suburbs of Chicago for over 20 years, and have four children. Dr. Grady coaches youth basketball and is involved in a variety of community activities.


Zager

EMIL J. ZAGER
DPM, CWS

Foot and Ankle Surgeon

Undergraduate: St. Xavier College
Medical School: Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine
Residency: Oak Forest Hospital and Veterans Administration Chicago Health Care System, Westside Division

- Board Certified, American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery
- Board Certified, American Board of Wound Management
- American Society of Podiatric Surgeons Fellow
- American Podiatric Medical Association Member, Illinois Podiatric Medical Association

Dr. Emil Zager attained a bachelor’s degree in biology from St. Xavier College where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He attended Chicago’s Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine where he earned a doctor of podiatric medicine degree.

Following graduation, Dr. Zager completed his medical and surgery residencies at Oak Forest Hospital and Veterans Administration Chicago Healthcare System, Westside Division. He finished postgraduate training by completing a surgical fellowship at Foot & Ankle Associates, Ltd. He also has advanced certification as a wound care specialist.

Dr. Zager serves as a clinical and surgical instructor at Veterans Administration Chicago Healthcare System, Westside Division, where he is a member of the residency selection committee. He has lectured to colleagues on topics such as diabetic Charcot arthropathy, Charcot foot reconstruction, and the uses of external and mini fixation of the foot and ankle. He also has lectured on topics utilized in surgical board review courts to assist other doctors to become board certified. He is one of only a few physicians qualified to lecture on the subject of ankle joint implantation. In addition, Dr. Zager teaches and directs workshops on ankle and foot arthroscopy, as well as external/internal fixation devices and diabetic Charcot reconstruction. Dr. Zager also assists in the instruction and education of medical students in the clinical setting. Interested in his community, Dr. Zager regularly offers foot screenings and lectures to local residents.

Dr. Zager is a member of both the Illinois Podiatric Medical Association and the American Podiatric Medical Association and is board certified by the American Academy of Wound Management. Dr. Zager is board certified in foot surgery and is a diplomate of the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. He currently is on the surgical staff at Advocate Christ Medical Center, Ingalls Memorial Hospital, Veterans Administration Chicago Healthcare System, Westside Division, and Little Company of Mary Hospital. He is also a member of the Office and Professional Employees International Union.

Dr. Zager is a native Chicagoan who attended Brother Rice High School. He and his family live in the south suburbs and are very involved in their community. Dr. Zager enjoys sports and traveling with his family.



Linde

LAURA E. LINDE
DPM, CWS

Foot and Ankle Surgeon

Undergraduate: Florida Atlantic University
Medical School: William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine
Residency: Jesse Brown VA Medical Center

- Board Certified, American Board of Podiatric Medicine
- Board Certified, American Board of Wound Management
- Board Certified, Forefoot Surgery American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery
- Board Certified, Rearfoot and Ankle Reconstruction Surgery American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery

Dr. Laura Linde is an accomplished foot surgeon, podiatric clinician, and wound care specialist who is delighted to join Foot & Ankle Associates, Ltd. Dr. Linde earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. As a scholarship recipient, she then entered Chicago’s Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, subsequently affiliated with Rosalind Franklin University. In 2004, Dr. Linde was awarded a degree of Doctor of Podiatric Medicine.

Dr. Linde completed a nationally-recognized, three-year residency program in podiatric medicine and advanced foot and ankle surgery at Jesse Brown VA Medical Center (Veterans’ Administration Chicago Healthcare System). Dr. Linde rose to the rank of Chief Resident in Podiatric Surgery training in the most sophisticated, state-of-the-art techniques and procedures in foot and ankle surgery. During her residency, Dr. Linde also treated a diverse array of foot and ankle pathologies. From the most advanced wound care to the latest techniques in arthroscopy & endoscopy, to major foot and ankle reconstruction, Dr. Linde's diagnostic and clinical skills have been well honed over the course of her career.

Dr. Linde received a European fellowship in Foot and Ankle Surgery during which she worked beside some of the most well-known orthopedic foot and ankle surgeons and trauma surgeons in the world. As a result of this fellowship, Dr. Linde keeps abreast of the latest international developments in foot and ankle surgery and patient care.

Already a seasoned clinician and foot surgeon, Dr. Linde serves as a clinical and surgical instructor in the Veterans Administration Chicago Healthcare System training future doctors of podiatry. Moreover, as a result of Dr. Linde’s proficiency in wound care, she teaches a seminar for nurses and physicians explaining the nuances of wound care for the foot and ankle. Finally, she has instructed foot surgeons in the United States and Europe in workshops on reconstructive surgical techniques as well as limb salvage techniques.

Dr. Linde has lectured at several Postgraduate Research Symposia in foot and ankle surgery.

Dr. Linde’s podiatric services include: lower extremity sports injuries, reconstructive foot and ankle surgery, bioengineered skin grafting, limb salvage, arthroscopy, fracture management, joint replacement, fusions, surgical laser techniques, Charcot reconstruction, diabetic wound care, transplant surgery techniques, and fixation devices.

She is on the surgical staff of Advocate Christ Hospital and Medical Center, Little Company of Mary Hospital, Ingalls Memorial Hospital, and Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. She is a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association, Illinois Podiatric Medical Association, and the Academy of Wound Care Specialists.

A lifelong athlete, Dr. Linde’s career in podiatry sprang from her passion for various sports and outdoor activities, which she continues to this day.


Dr. Boumendjel

YELENA BOUMENDJEL
DPM, ABPM, CWSP

Foot and Ankle Surgeon

Undergraduate: Loyola University of Chicago
Medical School: Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
Residency: Jesse Brown VA Medical Center

- Board Certified, American Board of Podiatric Medicine


- Board Certified, American Board of Wound Management
- American Podiatric Medical Association Member, Illinois Podiatric Medical Association

Dr. Yelena Boumendjel obtained her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Loyola University of Chicago. She entered William M. Scholl college of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science as a scholarship recipient. While pursuing her Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree, Dr. Boumendjel was actively involved in anatomy tutoring as well as many other extracurricular activities with the main focus on foot and ankle surgery and sports medicine including Chicago Marathon medical volunteering events. She graduated second in her class and was a recipient of multiple honors and awards in recognition of outstanding performance in and mastery of the field of podiatric medicine as well as outstanding academic achievement throughout the entire podiatric medical curriculum.

Dr. Boumendjel completed her podiatric medicine and surgery residency training at the prestigious Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. Her training involved surgical and nonsurgical management of broad spectrum foot and ankle conditions including deformity correction, diabetic infections and limb salvage with various reconstructive procedures and amputation prevention, wound care of various causes, foot and ankle injuries as well as management of pediatric foot and ankle conditions. To further expand her training, Dr. Boumendjel went on to perform a fellowship in international foot and ankle surgery with leading foot and ankle surgeons of England and Germany. Throughout her residency, she continued to participate in scientific presentations and clinical research.

Dr. Boumendjel is a contributing author of the textbook “International Advances in Foot and Ankle Surgery” and currently has articles awaiting publications. She also served as a chief resident during her senior year of residency training. Dr. Boumendjel is actively involved in post-graduate education of podiatric surgical residents in clinical an surgical settings.

Dr. Boumendjel is dedicated to helping patients with broad spectrum of foot and ankle pathology including sports injuries, dermatologic conditions of the foot and leg, diabetic foot evaluation and limb salvage, common podiatric deformity correction as well as wound care, and musculoskeletal foot and ankle problems associated with rheumatoid arthritis and other rheumatologic conditions.

Dr. Boumendjel lives in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago and enjoys an active lifestyle with her family and friends.


Mahowald

SARAH K. MAHOWALD
DPM, ABPM

Foot and Ankle Surgeon

Undergraduate: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Medical School: Rosalind Franklin University
Residency: Jesse Brown Veterans Affairs

- Board Certified, American Board of Podiatric Medicine
- American Podiatric Medical Association Member, Illinois Podiatric Medical Association

Dr. Sarah Mahowald attained a bachelor's of science degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology with a minor in Chemistry from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She then studied at Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine where she was a member of the Phi Delta Honor Society and earned a doctorate of podiatric medicine degree. She received several scholarships including the Merit Scholarship and the APMA Educational Foundation Scholarship. She completed a three-year residency program in advanced foot and ankle surgery at the Veteran's Administration Chicago Healthcare System, where she also served as Chief Resident in Podiatric Surgery. Dr Mahowald is board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine.

Dr. Mahowald pursued a European Fellowship in Foot and Ankle Surgery and worked with renowned orthopedic and trauma surgeons in Germany, England, and Austria. These experiences with international surgical techniques and medical cultures broadened Dr. Mahowald's worldview and touched off a career marked by multiple engagements overseas. She has also traveled to Honduras as part of a mission trip to perform complicated surgical reconstruction and trauma repair for the underserved population of San Pedro Sula.

Dr. Mahowald is also interested in providing evidence based medicine through academic and statistical research. She participated in the CLEAR research program as a research fellow. Her project won first place at the International Graduate Research Symposium at the Midwest Podiatry Conference. She has presented numerous discussions and writings covering a range of current topics at the Graduate Research Symposium. She published original research in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association on Plantar Fasciitis, and co-authored a feature article in Podiatry Today on treating end-stage arthritis with a specific focus on ankle replacements. Dr. Mahowald also has an extensive wound care background and has contributed to multiple published case studies, including an award winning presentation on the use of advanced wound care modalities with bilayer living skin allografts at the Desert Foot Conference.

Dr. Mahowald has been active with educational outreach, including teaching Podiatry students, serving as a clinical co-instructor and lecturer to nurses during periodic Medline nursing training, and presenting annually at the National Youth Leadership Forum. She serves as attending and surgical instructor in the Veterans Administration Chicago Healthcare System training residents and students for the future of Podiatry.

Her podiatric expertise includes diabetic wound care, limb salvage, lower extremity sports injuries, reconstructive foot and ankle surgery, advanced wound care modalities, arthroscopy, trauma and fracture management, ankle fusions, ankle replacements, surgical laser techniques, Charcot reconstruction, and implant surgery techniques.

Dr. Mahowald is on the surgical staff at Advocate Christ Medical Center, Little Company of Mary Hospital, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center and Ingalls Memorial Hospital. Dr. Mahowald was raised in the Chicagoland area. She participates in sports and creates art. She enjoys cycling, running, yoga, painting, cooking, traveling and being a lifelong learner.


Nagesh

DARSHAN NAGESH
DPM

Foot and Ankle Surgeon

Undergraduate: University of Illinois - Chicago
Medical School: Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
Residency: Jesse Brown VA Medical Center

- Member, American Podiatric Medical Association
- Member, Illinois Podiatric Medical Association
- Associate, American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons

Dr. Darshan Nagesh attained a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences with a minor in Psychology from the University of Illinois –Chicago. He then completed his Masters of Science degree in Cardiovascular Perfusion Technology from Rush University. He received his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science – Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, where he was the recipient of multiple scholarships including the Goren and the Alumni Association Scholarships. In medical school, he was also a member of the Phi Delta Honor Society; and the runner-up at the Dr. William M. Scholl summer research symposium in 2010.

He then completed his foot and ankle surgical residency at the prestigious Jesse Brown Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Chicago. He received extensive training in complex forefoot, rearfoot, and ankle surgery including diabetic limb salvage and reconstruction. He finished his European fellowship successfully under the guidance of several pioneers in foot and ankle surgery & arthroscopy. In addition, he is nationally recognized for award winning research and is a published author in podiatric journals.

Dr. Nagesh’s expertise includes foot and ankle trauma, local & advanced wound care, diabetic limb salvage, sports medicine & injuries, Charcot reconstruction, foot and ankle deformity correction, external fixation, foot and ankle arthroscopy, and rheumatoid foot & ankle reconstruction. He is on the surgical staff of Advocate Christ Hospital and Medical Center, and Little Company of Mary Hospital. He is a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association, Illinois Podiatric Medical Association, and American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.

Dr. Nagesh is a dedicated and passionate physician, providing his patients with top quality care, and empowering the patients with the knowledge for a successful treatment plan. Dr. Nagesh enjoys scuba diving, wildlife photography, and sports. He is also an active member in the Chicagoland area, sharing his knowledge and volunteering his time for the improvement of the community.


Dr. Sanchez

PATRICK J. SANCHEZ
DPM

Foot and Ankle Surgeon

Undergraduate: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Medical School: Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine
Residency: Jesse Brown VA Medical Center

- Board Qualified, American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery
- Delegate at Large, Illinois Podiatric Medical Association
- Member, American Podiatric Medical Association

Dr. Patrick Sanchez graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Science in Integrative Biology and minor in Chemistry. He then earned his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from the Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine before completing his surgical residency training at Jesse Brown VA Medical Center.

In 2016, Dr. Sanchez completed his European Foot & Ankle Surgery fellowship where he performed surgery with surgeons in London, Hamburg, Bad Schwartau, and Malchin. He helped teach surgical techniques to European orthopedic surgeons and was an instructor in cadaver labs in Germany.

Dr. Sanchez is well-published in wound care and surgical reconstruction. He has presented research at conferences all over the country regarding various types of foot and ankle pathology. He currently has two papers being published in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association and the Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery, respectively.

After receiving extensive surgical training at Jesse Brown VA, Dr. Sanchez is proficient in all aspects of foot and ankle care from bunion procedures to ankle replacements and external fixation. He feels strongly about a treatment plan tailored to each patient's unique pathology and situation. He has substantial clinical experience and a variety of nonsurgical, conservative treatment options to foot and ankle problems prior to surgical intervention.

Dr. Sanchez serves as a delegate on the Illinois Podiatric Medical Association executive board. He and the board work to enhance public awareness of foot and ankle health, promote quality podiatric medical practice and ethics, and ensure the future development of the podiatric medical profession.

During leisure time, Dr. Sanchez enjoys traveling, running, playing basketball, and reading. He enjoys staying active and watching sports of all types.

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