For the past two years, our Foot & Ankle Division has flourished under the direction of Sam Adams, Selene Parekh, and Mark Easley. Throughout this time the division has welcomed new faculty and APPs, expanded their presence in Wake County, and continued to grow their national and international reputation. Dr. Alman said, “It is with my deepest gratitude that I extend my thanks to this leadership team for their time and dedication in trialing this shared leadership model.”
As many in the department know, this past year Orthopaedic Surgery completed a review of this shared leadership model. As a part of this process, Dr. Russ Hall (Chair of Dermatology) and a departmental committee reviewed the division and its leadership structure. Based on the review, it was recommended that a single Division Chief be appointed. The department is delighted to announce that Mark Easley will now serve as the Division Chief for the Foot & Ankle Division, effective September 1.
Mark notes that while the potential within each of our foot and ankle team members is great, in his opinion the group can accomplish more. He plans to build on the division’s existing foundation, to enable the team of foot and ankle faculty to provide unparalleled evidence-based patient care, not only for our local and regional patient populations but also with national and international reaches. This goal requires concerted efforts in the clinical, educational, and research arenas. Mark is looking forward to continuing Duke Foot and Ankle’s strong tradition, coordinating the expansion of our far-reaching positive influence, and bringing out the best in each of our talented team members.
Although Sam and Selene will be stepping down as Division Chiefs, their involvement with leading the division has allowed them to hone in on their interests and the areas where they would like to expand their careers.
Selene will be taking on a new role as Director of Digital Strategy and Innovation for the Department. In his new role, Selene will be involved in overseeing the build of the department’s internet and social media presence. The goal is to have content that is engaging and consistent. In addition, he is interested in leveraging technology advancements to improve efficiencies and care. Selene will be working with Holley Broughton in this new role. As the inaugural director, he will be developing the role and laying the foundation for an expanded and dynamic digital footprint that will support all aspects of our department.
Sam will take on two responsibilities, one for the orthopaedic department and the other for the foot and ankle division. He will return to his role as an Associate Residency Program Director and take on a new responsibility as the Foot and Ankle division’s Director of Research. These are areas in which Sam is especially passionate, and these roles will allow him to use his unique skills to further support our educational and research programs.