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Christopher M. Yardan, DPM, brings his intensive experience in cutting-edge podiatry and related reconstructive surgery back to his hometown.
Since July, Chris has been a new a physician practicing with Dr. Lee M. Hurney, DPM, offering podiatry and foot surgery services at Branford Podiatry Center. Chris is a surgical attending at Yale-New Haven Hospital.
Chris is a graduate of Notre Dame High School, Boston College, and Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine.
"The school at Ohio has an excellent program," explains Chris. "Podiatry is a four-year degree, and the third and fourth years included added focuses of foot and ankle surgery. Medical students do general rotations, which we also do, but we perform foot and ankle surgery as a student."
He then spent an additional three years in surgical residency in reconstructive surgery of the foot and ankle in Plantation, Florida.
"Podiatrists now coming out of residency are so good and proficient at treating the foot and ankle. My training literally allows me to do just about anything below the knee."
However, the scope of practice and board certifications are different in Connecticut, so performing certain surgeries for which he's qualified requires an orthopedic surgeon proctor in the room here.
"I understand that," says Chris, adding he's "building my way" toward Connecticut's additional layers of requirements.
Chris did procedures on a patient as young as 11 months old, up to a 95 year-old with an ankle fracture, and everything in-between. As the only residency program in the hospital, the podiatry team also treated many emergency room and trauma cases.
"South Florida, for this training?there is no better place. It's a cultural melting pot and there's a lot of diversity in terms of treatment. There's a young active community you'll see for injuries, and a large elderly community."
Chris's prowess in surgery garnered great job offers in Florida and Colorado. While he appreciates the diversity he found in Florida and, as a self-described "die-hard" snow boarder, could easily picture a practice in Colorado, the pull to come back to Branford won out.
"I was gone 12 years and went through a lot. You kind of forget where you came from. I was starting to lose touch," says Chris, now a Short Beach resident.
Chris joined Hurney, whose son also went to Notre Dame; both families also summered together at Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club. In joining the Branford practice, Chris found another local connection: one of the office staff had his mom as a teacher.
Since coming home, Chris has also found "there are a lot of podiatrists in this area. I look forward to building community among each other. At the end of the day, it's about providing the best healthcare."
Chris also hopes to promote the integrity of podiatry and the significance of this medical field.
"The medicine and the surgery of podiatry is what really drew me to the profession," Chris says, noting most folks don't recognize the pivotal use of the foot and ankle until a problem arises.
"You can have a lot of surgeries-even heart surgery-and go back to a relatively regular lifestyle within a couple weeks. Major foot and ankle surgery can mean your life's altered for up to a year," he says, adding, "Most people don't give the foot and ankle enough respect or credence for involvement in your daily life. If you look back to the Greeks, some of the earliest documentations are observations of foot and ankle deformity. Even back then, people had a greater appreciation of the importance of the foot."