Ep. 123 – Edgardo Rodriguez Collazo, DPM, FACFAS Surgeon/ CPME Fellowship/FAENS

Dean’s Chat Co-hosts, Dr. Jeffrey Jensen and Dr. Johanna Richey are joined by Dr. Edgardo Rodriguez-Collazo. Edgardo R. Rodriguez-Collazo, DPM has a storied career serving in the following roles as a Director, Founder, and Board Member:

  • Chicago Foot & Ankle Deformity Correction Center *CPME Deformity Correction & Limb Reconstruction Fellowship Program.

  • Associate Director: Ascension Health Saint Joseph Hospital Podiatric Residency Program

  • Founder & Chairman: Chicago Lower Extremity Surgical Symposium ( 17 yrs)

  • Founder & Past President of the American Microsurgical Orthoplastic Society

  • Board Member & Fellow: American Assoc of Peripheral Surgeons Dr. Rodriguez-Collazo has trained in the United States, Italy, and Russia to learn the application of the Ilizarov technique to correct a variety of musculoskeletal disorders.

He has participated in many circular fixation courses at the Llizarov Scientific Center in Kurgan, Russia, and in Verona, Italy to learn the DeBastiani technique to develop his mono-lateral and circular fixation skills applicable in deformity correction. He has performed over 1,000 cases with external fixation in the United States and Mexico.

In addition, Dr. Rodriguez has extensive experience in flap reconstruction procedures and peripheral nerve microsurgery. He has successfully completed over 600 lower extremity nerve cases to date, using the following procedures:

  • Nerve transpositions with combined reconstructive flaps

  • Nerve anastomosis with nerve graft

  •  Internal neurolysis of tibial and peroneal nerves for revisional cases

  • External neurolysis with limb lengthening His special interest is in pediatric deformity correction.

He travels several times a year to Latin America on medical missions to donate his services to individuals, primarily youth, in need. Many of the conditions treated via the medical mission include deformities such as cavo-varus, spastic-equinus, and severe soft tissue contractures in burns victims and congenital clubfoot.

Dr. Rodriguez regularly collaborates with Dr. Alexander Cherkashin and Dr. Mikhail Samchukov, Co-Directors for the Center for Excellence in Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, one of the finest pediatric hospitals in the country, to help train doctors on multi-planar corrections.

He also hosts several surgeons at his practice throughout the year from the U.S. and around the world as part of educational, hospital-based observation preceptorship programs to learn the Ilizarov method of deformity correction, neurologic and autologous therapies, and peripheral nerve and flap reconstructive skills. His passion for surgery and advancing the profession is evident!

A wonderful discussion – Enjoy!


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