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Three new doctors join Ankle & Foot Care Centers

Friday, August 10, 2018

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DR. MICHAEL STAS.

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DR. AJAY GHAI.

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DR. BRADLEY BACKOFF.

On Aug. 1, Ankle & Foot Care Centers announced the addition of Dr. Michael Stas, Dr. Bradley Backoff and Dr. Ajay Ghai to its staff of physicians and surgeons.

Stas and Backoff’s practices include foot and ankle surgery, diabetic foot care and treatment of heel pain and other lower-extremity ailments.

Ghai joins Ankle & Foot as a fellow, working alongside Dr. Lawrence DiDomenico, training in advanced surgical procedures such as total ankle replacements, diabetic Charcot foot reconstruction and reconstructive rearfoot and ankle surgery.

“We’re excited to welcome three physicians who bring a wide range of skills from different backgrounds,” said Michael Vallas, practice administrator at Ankle & Foot Care Centers. “Their addition enables us to broaden our scope of care.”

Stas joins Ankle & Foot from St. Luke’s University Hospital in Allentown, Pa., where he completed a two-year fellowship in podiatric dermatology. Prior to that, he completed a three-year podiatric medicine residency at Heritage Valley Health System in Beaver, Pa., with a focus on reconstructive rearfoot and ankle surgery.

He earned his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine in 2013. He completed externships at five hospitals in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Ohio. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in natural science from the University of Pittsburgh in 2008.

Backoff comes from University Hospitals in Richmond Heights where he completed a three-year surgical residency with a focus on diabetic limb salvage, foot and ankle surgery and wound care.

He earned his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine in 2015. He completed externships in Georgia, Tennessee and Ohio. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in zoology from Miami University in 2010.

Stas and Backoff are board-qualified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery.

Ghai brings a background in surgical training in rearfoot and ankle, forefoot, complex trauma and reconstruction, Charcot reconstruction, wound care and diabetic limb salvage from his three-year residency at Virginia Tech School of Medicine’s Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, Virginia.

He graduated with his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine in 2015 from Western University of the Health Sciences in Pomona, Calif., with honors in internal medicine, general surgery, orthopedic surgery and podiatric surgery. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in biology in 2008 from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.