Dr. Allen Raphael Achieves Board Certification

Smyrna, GA (August 15, 2009) Staff Surgeon, Allen Raphael, DPM, has been named a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (FACFAS), joining an elite group of physicians.

The ACFAS reserves Fellow membership status for foot and ankle surgeons who earn board certification from the American Board of Podiatric Surgery (ABPS). Dr. Raphael was recently board certified in foot surgery.

Dr. Raphael’s path to board certification and ACFAS Fellow membership began when he earned his B.S. in Biology at Kennesaw State University. He was then accepted into Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia where he completed his doctoral training in podiatry. Following a three-year surgical residency at Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Decatur, Dr. Raphael passed the ABPS’ rigorous written examination to become board qualified. As a board qualified foot and ankle surgeon, he met the requirements for ACFAS Associate membership. Dr. Raphael continued his journey toward board certification by submitting patient cases to the ABPS. This process can last as long as seven years. After the certifying board’s detailed review of these cases, Dr. Raphael sat for his oral examination in Chicago, in June. After passing the oral exams, he achieved board certification in foot surgery.

“Dr. Raphael’s patients are being treated by a foot and ankle surgeon who has dedicated years of his education, training and experience to achieving this prestigious Fellow membership status,” said Daniel J. Hatch, DPM, FACFAS, president of the ACFAS.

The ACFAS is a professional society of more than 6,000 foot and ankle surgeons. Founded in 1942, the College’s mission is to promote research and provide continuing education for the foot and ankle surgical specialty and to educate the general public on foot health. Foot and ankle surgeons provide comprehensive medical and surgical care for a wide variety of conditions including common to complex disorders and injuries that affect people of all ages.

ACFAS members are uniquely qualified to detect the early stages of diseases that exhibit warning signs in the lower extremities, such as diabetes, arthritis and cardiovascular disease and manage foot conditions which may pose an ongoing threat to a patient’s overall health.

Dr. Raphael’s office is located in Smyrna at 3969 South Cobb Drive on the campus of Emory Adventist Hospital where he treats all ages.