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KSB Podiatrist Kyle Swanson, DPM, Earns Second Board Certification

Congratulations to Dr. Swanson on earning his Rearfoot/Ankle Reconstructive Certification, his second board certification in a year.

“A minority of our profession obtains this certification,” says Podiatry Residency Director Brandon Gumbiner, MD. “It represents the most complicated and involved cases a foot and ankle surgeon can perform. There are places where podiatrists don’t get the types of cases we get here or lack the training to do them. Dr. Swanson is the first graduate of the KSB Residency Program to attain this level of certification, and I am very proud of him!”

Dr. Swanson’s KSB surgical residency training was from 2016 to 2019, and he is currently finishing his fifth-year post-residency. “I learned from our outstanding attending physicians in both surgical and clinical settings,” says Dr. Swanson. “I’ve always wanted to work in and serve a rural community, and my training directly reflected this. I was extremely fortunate to continue my career as an attending physician at KSB after graduation, and I am grateful to be able to serve Dixon and our surrounding communities.”

The American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgery Board Certification has two parts: forefoot and hindfoot/ankle surgery. Board certification in both means Dr. Swanson has the knowledge and experience to perform successful forefoot, hindfoot and ankle surgical cases involving elective and non-elective procedures, including trauma.

From the beginning of his career, Dr. Swanson wanted to pursue board certification in both areas. Given seven years to achieve certification after residency, forefoot certification must be achieved before rearfoot/ankle certification. The process includes logging surgical cases, and once the number is obtained to apply, the ABFAS committee selects random cases for review. All documentation from the initial clinical visit to the final visit is required, along with imaging, labs, ancillary service information, and a final discussion explaining if the patient’s goals and outcomes were met. The committee grades each case; board certification is awarded if a passing score is achieved.

“I wholeheartedly believe my training at KSB provided exactly what was needed to make this achievable,” adds Dr. Swanson. “This offers our patients treatment for a wide variety of foot and ankle ailments and offers our current residents the opportunity to learn these surgical techniques. We are blessed to have an outstanding team of residents, and I enjoy teaching and assisting them in their own journey to becoming board-certified one day.”

Dr. Swanson would like to thank his family for their continued support, Dr. Gumbiner for the work he has put into making KSB’s program one of the best in the country, and all colleagues and staff who played a vital role in the process.