Village Podiatry Merges with Peachtree Podiatry Group

Tucker, GA (April 1, 2007) “Peachtree Podiatry Group is a tremendous addition to our organization,” said Dr. David Helfman, CEO of Village Podiatry Group. “We’re honored to merge with the most prominent podiatry group in the country which was founded by the renowned surgical innovator and medical author, Dr. E. Dalton McGlamry.”

Peachtree Podiatry Group physicians, Dr. Alan Banks and Dr. John Ruch, are each accomplished surgeons and teachers in the field of foot and ankle medicine and surgery. They have served the community of metro Atlanta and beyond from their location in Tucker, Georgia for over 30 years. Dr. McGlamry retired from the group in the 1990’s.

“Our physicians are very excited to be joining the Village Podiatry Centers team, the largest and most progressive podiatry group in the country,” said Dr. Ruch.

Dr. Banks is a recognized authority on foot and ankle surgery and receives referrals from across the United States for evaluation and treatment of the most complex problems. He has lectured extensively in the United States and Europe and published over two dozen chapters for medical textbooks, as well as, articles for medical journals. He was chief editor of the third edition of McGlamry’s Comprehensive Textbook of Foot and Ankle Surgery, the standard reference text in the podiatric profession. He has served as an editorial advisor to the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association and is currently a member of the manuscript review panel of the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association and the Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery.

Dr. Banks is current director of the residency program at DeKalb Medical Center, previously serving as residency director at Northlake Medical Center from 1989 until 2006. He is a faculty member of the Podiatry Institute, an internationally recognized foundation for reconstructive foot and ankle surgery.

Dr. Ruch is recognized for his advanced surgical skills in reconstructive surgery of the foot and ankle and his years of devotion to education. He has been awarded the Meritorious Service Award by the American Podiatric Medical Association and been recognized by his colleagues as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from Podiatry Management in 1999.

Dr. Ruch has authored numerous medical articles on reconstructive surgery and been a major contributor to McGlamry’s Comprehensive Textbook of Foot and Ankle Surgery, recognized as one of the primary texts for foot and ankle surgery throughout the world. He has produced many teaching films and videos demonstrating advanced surgical techniques for the foot and ankle. Dr. Ruch has served as a teacher, educator, lecturer and course chairman in hundreds of continuing education courses throughout the United States and Europe.

Village Podiatry Centers started in July 1992 as the solo practice of Dr. David Helfman. As of September 2007, it is the largest foot and ankle group in Georgia with 23 podiatric surgeons in 19 locations and more than 100 support staff. VPG is affiliated with two, state-of- the-art Foot and Ankle Surgery Centers and the only high field extremity MRI center in Atlanta.

Village Podiatry Centers physicians are among the most highly trained foot and ankle surgeons in the country and are put through a rigorous selection process to ensure they will offer patients not only the highest level of care, but also have the bedside manner that supports the group’s mission and values. With more than 90,000 patient visits each year, Village Podiatry Group continues to grow.

“We are proud of the fact that the majority of our new patients are from existing patients’ referrals and physician referrals,” stated Dr. Helfman. “Our group is the most preferred by Atlanta’s physicians to care for their patients. We welcome the podiatric surgeons of Peachtree Podiatry Group with their unmatched knowledge. Their skills are a tremendous resource for our physicians and for our patients.”

Village Podiatry Centers offers comprehensive care for all ages for all foot and ankle conditions, disease and trauma.