The brief descriptions below are designed to familiarize you with our staff's training, professional credentials and work experience.
Dr. Michael Dershowitz is the founder and medical director of the Southwest Foot Institute which he began in 1979 in Phoenix and later expanded to Glendale and Scottsdale.
He is a graduate of The George Washington University, in Washington, D.C. in 1973 and of the Pennslvania College of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia, PA in 1977 (now the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine). Following graduation from medical school, he completed an intensive year of foot surgery training at the Community Hospital of Phoenix in 1978.
Dr. Dershowitz is Board Certified in Foot and Ankle Surgery and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Podiatric Surgery since 1987 and is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. He is also a member of the American and Arizona Podiatric Medical Associations. He is a former Vice-President of the Arizona Podiatric Medical Association and a member of its Ethics Committee.
A former co-host of "Your Good Health" on KXEG radio in Phoenix, Dr. Dershowitz has been featured on various local TV and radio stations introducing new and innovative surgical procedures to the public (Endoscopic Heel surgery and Nerve Decompression surgery for neuropathy).
Of particular note is the specialized training he has undertaken with A. Lee Dellon, M.D., a professor of Neurosurgery and Plastic Surgery at Johns Hopkins Medical School, in Baltimore, Maryland, to learn nerve decompression surgical techniques to aid in the restoration of sensation and elimination of neuropathic pain, both in diabetics and non-diabetic patients.
Click on link to view Channel 3 Interview with Dr. Dershowitz regarding neuropathy surgery:
Dr. Dershowitz is a passionate scuba diver for more than 20 years and is an avid underwater photographer.
Dr. Lee completed his undergraduate degree at the University of the Pacific, obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy. He then obtained his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree at the California College of Podiatric Medicine in San Francisco. He completed a surgical residency program in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery at the Western Medical Centers in Anaheim and Santa Ana, California. He has active licenses in podiatry in Arizona and California and pharmacy licenses in California and Nevada (inactive). He is Board Certified and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Podiatric Surgery.
For over 15 years, Dr. David Lee has helped thousands of patients restore their feet using his advanced podiatric surgical techniques. Highly respected and noted for his expertise in complex foot and ankle conditions by his peers, patients from across the US and Europe travel to undergo cosmetic bunion surgery, Brachymetarsia Restorative Surgery and Restorative Surgery for failed foot surgery.
To maintain and heighten his proficiency in complex foot and ankle conditions, he actively participates as a surgeon for LIGA (Flying Doctors of Mercy) and travels to San Blas, Mexico to heal the children of clubfeet and other severe foot and ankle disorders.