The CHRISTUS Ochsner St. Patrick Hospital Podiatric Medicine and Surgical Residency Program welcomes foot and ankle specialist David Chandra, DPM, as their newest resident. The program is a partnership with the Center for Orthopaedics. Dr. Chandra began the three-year program this month.
Dr. Chandra is originally from Farmington Hills, Michigan. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan and earned a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) degree from Kent State University School of Podiatric Medicine in Independence, Ohio.
While pursuing his degrees, Dr. Chandra worked in a variety of medical-related positions, including as a teaching assistant, home health caregiver, emergency department scribe and research assistant. Dr. Chandra was very active in student organizations on campus and in those related to his field. These included the International Podiatric Medical Students Association, the Ohio Podiatric Medical Student Association and the American Podiatric Medical Student Association. He also participated in the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Journal Club and the St. Vincent Charity Medical Center Radiology Conference, as well as multiple medical symposia and workshops. Dr. Chandra is currently a member of the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons and the American Podiatric Medical Association.
The CHRISTUS Ochsner Podiatric Residency is a surgically oriented program in which Dr. Chandra will focus on foot and ankle surgery and comprehensive podiatric medicine. He will receive training in CHRISTUS Ochsner St. Patrick’s operating room, CHRISTUS Ochsner Lake Area Hospital, CHRISTUS Imperial Calcasieu Surgical Center, and West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital. He will gain extensive direct patient care experience in the areas of wound care, diabetic care and podiatric research, and will receive podiatric and orthopedic training, including clinical and practice management in the hospital and office settings. Dr. Chandra will also rotate through various specialties at CHRISTUS Ochsner St. Patrick Hospital, including emergency medicine, internal medicine, general surgery, pediatrics and radiology. Sports Medicine training, at both the collegiate and high school levels, will be a focus as well.
This residency is in partnership with the Center for Orthopaedics (CFO), the region’s largest musculoskeletal group, which also gives Dr. Chandra the opportunity to work closely with experienced orthopaedic surgeons, pain management physicians, physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists, a neurosurgeon and a rheumatologist. He will also work within the group’s Sports Medicine Program, providing services to 16 area high schools and McNeese State University.