Friday, December 3, 2021

Dr. Loan Lam Podiatric Surgeon/ Wound Specialist



By Jane A. Marlowe

Dr. Loan Lam was completing her residency and serving as Chief Resident, Foot & Ankle Surgery at Yale New Haven Hospital, Yale University School of Medicine Clinical Campus in New Haven, Connecticut in 2007. She received an invitation to begin a practice at Physicians Regional Center, Medical Arts Building before it was constructed. Her answer was yes and the young podiatric surgeon moved to Florida, opened an office on Marco Island and quickly became involved in the civic life of her new community.

Dr. Lam began her education at Rice University, Houston, Texas, graduating in May, 2000, with a Bachelor of Arts, Major in Psychology. She received her Doctorate in Podiatric Medicine from Barry University School of Graduate Medical Sciences, Miami Shores, Florida in May, 2004.

She was recognized by both her Alma Maters with a number of scholarships, Scholar Awards, a National Dean’s List Award and the American Podiatric Medical Association Outstanding Volunteer.

In July, 2004, Dr. Lam began an internship at Yale New Haven Hospital, Yale University School of Medicine where she also completed her residency. Then came the invitation to join the Physicians Regional Center team. Surely, her fine education and Yale training in podiatric surgery and wound care attracted the attention of the Florida hospital’s administration.

Dr. Lam, in addition to her credentials described above, has trained in a number of specialties relevant to her practice including Certification in Hyperbaric Medicine, ACFAS Taylor Spatial Frame Course, AO-ASIF Comprehensive Foot & Ankle Course AO of North America and Ossatron-Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy Certification.

Currently, the doctor maintains two offices, on Marco Island at 40 S. Heathwood Drive, Suite E in the Marco Healthcare Center. Her Naples office is located in the Physicians Regional Medical Center, Physicians Medical Arts Building, 8340 Collier Boulevard, Suite 400.

Her practice, called the Comprehensive Foot & Ankle Center provides a full array of medical care for the body from the hip down. Dr. Lam treats fractures, sprains, tendonitis, foot and toe abnormalities, sports injuries, arthritis and many lower extremity difficulties including neuropathy and skin cancer.

One third of Dr. Lam’s practice involves wound care which she provides in both her private offices and at the Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine at Physicians Medical Arts Building. Dr. Lam is at the wound care clinic every Tuesday and is often called in for consultation.

Dr. Lam stated. “There are many causes of severe wounds which resist healing, diabetes and arterial disease both high on the list. Radiation injuries, brown recluse spider bites and MRSA infections also cause leg and foot wounds. Patients with immuno compromised conditions are especially susceptible to serious wound complications.”

“Hyperbaric wound care is one component of good care. The rich oxygen therapy in the chamber provides an environment conducive to healing complicated wounds.”

Dr. Lam’s busy week takes her to her office at the Regional Medical Arts Building on Monday and Wednesday. Tuesday, as noted above, is devoted to wound care at the Center for Wound Healing. Thursday is Dr. Lam’s day at her Marco Island office. Friday is the doctor’s day for surgery, generally at Physicians Regional Hospital, Collier Boulevard, but she also performs surgery at the Pine Ridge Road hospital. Her hospital rounds are generally done in the mornings.

Dr. Lam has recently added an internet storefront where her patients can find the right products for their course of treatment. The store offers a range of medical supplies from products to treat ingrown nails to diabetic foot wear and countless medical needs prescribed for comprehensive care. Orders are shipped directly to the patients’ homes and may be charged to a credit card on the secure website.

She has compiled a small library located in her Medical Arts Building office on Collier Boulevard which is open to her patients.

A nail technician has been hired for the Medical Arts Building office who offers pedicures and manicures to Dr. Lam’s patients with fully sterilized instruments and a sterile foot spa. Only anti-fungal or organic products are used and the service is offered as a private pay courtesy to her patients.

What does the future hold for this busy physician? Dr. Lam plans to add another doctor to her growing practice and will continue her service in the community. She will chair for the second year, Relay For Life, on behalf of the American Cancer Society, Marco Island Unit. Last year, Marco Island won the Chairman’s Cup in Florida for raising the highest percentage of donations with Dr. Lam at the helm of Relay. She will assume another challenging role in civic life this year, the presidency of the Marco Noontime Rotary beginning in July.

Dr. Lam commented. “95% of my patients have been affected by cancer, either themselves, members of their families or close friends. It motivates me to help raise funds in order to find a cure for this disease.”

Dr. Lam has wonderful personal plans as well as all her professional and volunteer commitments. The doctor revealed that she and her fiancé will be married at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts in Naples sometime in the fall of 2012. Coastal Breeze News wishes the couple a long and happy life together.

List of recent publications:

• Understanding the Impact of MRSA on Limb Preservation.

• Lower Extremity Arthritis: What You Should Know About Hallux Limitus.

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