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Welcome to the 4th edition of InStride. 

Despite continued uncertainty created by the pandemic, campus infection rates remain low, in large part due to the efforts, cooperation, and diligence of students, faculty, and staff in following CDC guidelines. Therefore, our classes remain in-person.

I am pleased to report that our 4th-year students did extremely well on Part 2 of the National Boards, with an average score >91%. Congratulations on a job well done!

Construction has begun on an expansion of our Jackson North clinic facility with permits pending at our Tamarac Clinic. We are in the final stages of negotiations with Arche Healthcare and hope to have our expanded Amputation Prevention initiatives in place shortly. This will further augment our community outreach to patients while heightening the student experience.

We continue to investigate the possibility of expanding our entering class size from 67 to 80 students, with plans to hire an architectural firm to assist in determining the feasibility of expansion. 

Our clinical research division remains robust with many ongoing trials. These include innovative initiatives involving the injection of genetic material into the lower leg to improve healing rates in patients with PAD, and a unique enzymatic debriding agent that could also deconstruct biofilm, among others. These research opportunities continue to encourage student involvement while gleaning peer-reviewed manuscripts that will aid in attracting high quality students.

As you may already know, Dr. Keith Kashuk recently passed away. Dr. Kashuk was an iconic figure and instrumental in formulating BUSPM during its early stages of development. He was an incredible teacher and mentor, helped initiate and participated extensively in the Yucatán Children’s Project, and ultimately served on the University’s Board of Directors. Dr Kashuk touched the lives of hundreds of students and thousands of patients during his illustrious career. We are working diligently with Dr. Jason Hanft to honor Keith’s legacy through augmentation of the Kashuk Family Endowment Fund among other initiatives. 

The robust turnout at our alumni function at the recent SAM conference in Orlando speaks to the commitment of our graduates to the School of Podiatric Medicine.

Your institution remains strong and vibrant as we continue to prepare our graduates to enter residency. 

I hope you enjoy this issue and welcome your feedback and participation. 

Barry Strong!



Robert J. Snyder, DPM, MBA, MSc, CWSP, FFPM RCPS (Glasgow)
Dean, School of Podiatric Medicine
Professor and Director of Clinical Research
Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine

We Mourn the Passing of Dr. Keith B. Kashuk

By: Jason R. Hanft, DPM, FACFAS |

Dr. Keith Kashuk

It is with intense sadness that I report the passing of Keith B. Kashuk, DPM, FACFAS.

Keith was not only a founding father of modern podiatric education and surgical training, but he was also essential in the establishment and growth of Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine. Without his passion, persistence, and effort, the school would not be where it is today.

Keith was a friend, teacher, residency director, and a mentor to many. He enthusiastically gave his time, sharing his knowledge and abilities with anyone possessing the desire to learn. He believed that quality education and training are the best foundations for advancement of our profession.

Sir Isaac Newton said, “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”  All of us who were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to spend time with Keith know that he offered us all the chance to ‘see further’ and achieve greater heights for our profession.

Our deepest sympathies go out to his family. Words simply cannot express the depth of the personal and professional void that we are feeling by the loss of Dr. Kashuk.

Rest in Peace

Dr. Bradley Haves Embodies Barry’s Core Values

Dr. Bradley Haves

Nearly four decades ago, when he applied to medical school, Dr. Bradley Haves didn’t consider venturing far from home. The Brooklyn native was planning to attend the New York College of Podiatric Medicine, when he learned about an exciting opportunity. “Barry’s School of Podiatric Medicine had just received its charter and was being overseen by the New York College dean, whom I had met during my interview process,” says Haves. “He offered me a spot to start six months earlier, and I accepted.”

As the saying goes, the rest is history. Since graduating from Barry in 1990, Haves has continued to live and work in Miami, serving the community as a podiatry specialist and acting in key leadership roles within his profession. Currently, he is the Chief of Podiatry Service for Heart and Vascular Center of Miami. “We are a multi-specialty group consisting of cardiovascular interventionalists, internal medicine doctors, wound care physicians, and podiatric physicians,” he says. In this role, he works at a variety of facilities and with different patients and teams of medical professionals. The job suits not just his expertise as a veteran of podiatric medicine but also his love for cross-disciplinary collaboration. “What can I say, I’m a people person,” he says. “I enjoy the interactions.”  

The feeling is clearly mutual. Among his colleagues, Haves has garnered respect and admiration. In 2009, he was elected to serve as the 69th president of the Florida Podiatric Medical Association. He counts this position among his greatest privileges and recalls the thrill of being sworn in before his grandmother, parents, and sister. “To be given that honor by my colleagues was a day I will never forget,” he says.

Haves says his time at Barry instilled him with the knowledge and values that have enabled him to flourish. In and out of the classroom, he seized every opportunity to learn, connect, and grow. From his memberships in Journal Club and Surgery Club to his participation in many intramural teams, he immersed himself in Buccaneer life. “Barry taught me how to be a professional,” he says. “It taught me charity and humanity. It also taught me humility. It made me a better physician and human being.” 

He feels particularly indebted to Dr. Charles Southerland, whom he counts among his greatest mentors. “His presence was remarkable,” Haves says. “He served as an Army Ranger and could play a mean bagpipes while wearing a kilt. His decades of work and service with the Yucatán Children’s Project that now bears his name was extraordinary and well recognized by the American Podiatric Medical Association.”

Barry’s philosophy of giving back—as embodied by Southerland’s humanitarian work—still inspires Haves. He continues to support the School of Podiatric Medicine and its charitable endeavors and encourages alumni and students to do the same. Most notably, he remains a committed advocate for the Charles Southerland Yucatán Children’s Project and enjoys teaching others about this limb- and life-saving charity, which he hopes all past, present, and future Barry students will support.

Dr. Jacqueline Brill: Consecrating Her Life to the Service of Humanity

Dr. Jacqueline Brill

Dr. Jacqueline Brill is a full-time clinical faculty member at Barry University, where she has served as a Professor of Podiatric Surgery for the past 24 years. Dr. Brill practices at the Barry University Foot and Ankle Institute located in the Jackson North Medical Center, where she also serves as the Podiatric Surgery Residency Director and Chief of Podiatry. Prior to her affiliation with Jackson North, she served in the same capacity at Mount Sinai Medical Center for over 18 years. Dr. Brill is Board Certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and the American Academy of Wound Management. In keeping with the mission of Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine, Dr. Brill volunteers with many local non-profit organizations to provide medical care to the indigent and underserved, including the Miami Rescue Mission which provides support for the homeless in the Miami area, and the Special Olympics, where she serves as a Clinical Director, providing podiatric services to special needs patients during community sporting events. Dr. Brill also volunteers her time to promote the education and training of podiatric students, residents, and faculty, with her work on the Council of Teaching Hospital (COTH) of the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine where she served as a Regional Director for over nine years.

Dr. Brill has also participated in various medical mission trips.  One of her most memorable experiences was a trip to Haiti as part of the University of Miami’s Project Medishare after the catastrophic 7.0-magnitude earthquake in January 2010. After watching the media coverage of the vast destruction in the region and the desperate need for medical service, Dr. Brill knew that she needed to help. This trip was like no other she had ever experienced. The tent hospital outside of the Port-au-Prince airport had to be guarded by the National Guard due to desperate community members turning to violent measures to survive. Dr. Brill and the medical team saw up to 70 patients per day while working 12-hour shifts, performing many life-saving limb procedures in the chaotic days immediately following the earthquake. Dr. Brill mostly treated severe crushing and traumatic wounds and fractures that were a direct result of the earthquake; however, her team was also challenged with treating patients suffering from gunshot and stab wounds. Dr. Brill states that her time in Haiti “was a life-changing experience, it made me realize the importance of what we do and how our efforts in treating patients, especially those in need, changes lives!”

“As a professor, my goal is to teach podiatry students and residents the didactic information and clinical skills needed to become successful Podiatric Surgeons, and share my gift in mentoring our students so that they develop a true aspiration to help people, especially those in need! As physicians, we make a pledge to ‘do no harm,’ but more importantly we must pledge to consecrate our lives to the service of humanity.”

Get to Know your Peers: Justin Vilaseca

Justin Vilaseca

When it came time to decide where to attend medical school, I considered many factors. Among the most important were the quality of education and opportunity that a school could provide. Barry’s several clinics offer a unique experience that puts its students ahead of those at other schools. Also, the fact that I was born and raised in South Florida definitely played into my decision!

Of the many captivating courses in Barry’s curriculum, my favorite so far has been Anatomy, both Gross and Lower Extremity, with Dr. Cawley. Being able to utilize the cadaver lab offered invaluable hands-on experience that reinforced what was taught in the classroom. The knowledge I gained from this course has been applicable to almost every other course in this program and provided a strong foundation that will help me my entire career. 

There are a few reasons I chose to study Podiatry. I have been an athlete for most of my life, competing in sports like baseball, football, and martial arts. Over that time, I have experienced a handful of foot and ankle injuries that enlightened me to the often-taken-for-granted health of the lower extremity. Additionally, from a young age I’d always say I wanted to be a doctor, mainly because I wanted to do something that would help people. That interest was maintained throughout my educational career and led me to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences at Florida State University. It was during that pursuit that my understanding of Podiatric Medicine began to grow. After doing some research and spending hours shadowing, it became clear that a career in Podiatry was my primary goal.

As President of the Class of 2023, I serve my classmates as their representative and their biggest advocate. This position has taught me the importance of building professional relationships, collaborating with colleagues, and learning how to communicate effectively. These lessons will continue to prepare me to be a future leader in the Podiatric Medicine community. The skill of adaptability is one that my studies at Barry have helped me develop. Each year, semester, and course presents a unique challenge that requires patience, creativity, and perseverance to overcome. School, like life, requires you to adjust to different situations to be successful.

I would recommend Podiatry to anyone considering a career in healthcare. While it is a rigorous path to take, it is a rewarding one. Podiatry is a critical field that serves an enormous population in need. It is also a field that continues to evolve, grow, and foster innovation. Barry encourages its students to be at the forefront of that innovation and advance the field to new heights. It is an environment I am grateful to be a part of and one I would tell any prospective student to consider. From the first day of the first semester, BUSPM prepares its students to not only be competent and knowledgeable, but to be leaders in the clinical setting. We are taught the medicine, how to apply it, and how to communicate it to every kind of patient. That’s essential to being a great doctor.

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World-Renowned Diabetologist Presented Evidenced-Based Lecture to the SPM

Andrew J.M. Boulton, MD, FRCP

Dr. Andrew Boulton, world-renowned specialist and leading international expert on diabetes, diabetic neuropathy, and diabetic foot disease, recently presented an evidenced-based lecture to our students on the challenges of treating patients with diabetes who develop foot ulcers. 

Dr. Boulton served as President of the International Diabetes Federation for 2020-21. He currently serves as President of the Worldwide Initiative for Diabetes Education and is Chair of the European Alliance for Diabetes Research. 

With more than 550 peer-reviewed publications, he has over 38 years of experience in research to understand causation and management of peripheral neuropathy and complex diabetic foot problems. Dr. Boulton is the Founding Chair of the Diabetic Foot Study Group, served as President of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes, and has chaired the American Diabetes Association Working Party on the assessment of the diabetic foot, which resulted in the publication of the Comprehensive Diabetic Foot Exam.

In the photo, from left to right: Dr. Sanjay Sesodia (Professor, Anatomy/Neurophysiology and Associate Dean), Dr. Andrew Boulton, Dr. Robert J. Snyder (Dean, School of Podiatric Medicine), and Dr. Graham Shaw (Professor, Biomedical Sciences and Chair of Pre-Clinical Sciences)

More recently, together with Dr. Rodica Pop-Busui, he chaired the American Diabetes Association writing group on the 2017 Position Statement on diabetic neuropathy. He is the recipient of the American Diabetes Association’s Harold Rifkin Award for distinguished international service in the field of diabetes. Dr. Boulton currently serves as a Consultant Physician (Diabetes) and Professor of Medicine at the University of Manchester in England and has a 36-year history of collaboration with the University of Miami that continues today.

Racing to Combat Hunger: 40,000 Meals in 4 Hours 

The Barry University Health & Sports Center was alive with activity last November as students and employees raced to prepare 40,000 food packs, most bound for Haiti, in only four hours. The event, a partnership with Cross Catholic Outreach, featured a human assembly line, with tables staffed by volunteers preparing the packs in record time. Dr. Shanika Hill and Sandra Rampersad represented the School of Podiatric Medicine packing meals.

The event was part of Barry University’s Founders’ Week celebration honoring the institution’s Adrian Dominican heritage and ideals, and it put into practice Barry’s enduring commitment to collaborative service.

Watch the Video →

On the Horizon: BUSPM Partnership with PICA

Dr. Robert Snyder and President Mike Allen welcomed Dr. Ross Taubman, President and Chief Medical Officer of Podiatric Insurance Company of America (PICA), to Main Campus in January for a discussion on further growing the organization’s partnership with the School of Podiatric Medicine. We remain grateful for Dr. Taubman’s and PICA’s ongoing support and generosity to Barry. Looking forward to what comes next!

Pictured from left to right: Dr. Robert Snyder, Dean; Dr. Mike Allen, President; Dr. Ross Taubman, President and Chief Medical Officer of PICA; Bernadine Douglas, Vice President for Institutional Advancement; Dr. John Murray, Provost.

Hands-on Experience: Mobile Surgical Lab Visits Campus

BUSPM received a two-day visit from a mobile operating room, where faculty, students, residents, and alumni were allowed to get hands-on experience with both forefoot and rearfoot surgeries.

From left to right: Dr. Aloma, Dr. Rodriguez, and Dr. Stewart – all clinical faculty within the BUSPM.

This was an educational event with a unique mobile truck carrying all the equipment inside for students, residents, and physicians to learn, practice, and enhance surgical skills. Companies like Synthes go around the nation offering this type of mobile education and training. This gives us a unique opportunity at Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine to provide all students with hands-on experience, especially first- and second-year students who would otherwise have to wait until their third year to experience this type of environment.

This event allowed us to bring alumni who are currently in their respective residency programs in South Florida back to the school and have them interact with current students.

While the mobile lab was on campus, we performed both forefoot and rearfoot surgeries, including hammertoe correction, bunionectomies, open reduction with internal fixation of fractures, and flatfoot reconstructions.

Joining Forces: Podopediatrics and Biomechanics Clubs Organize Total Contact Casting Workshop

In February, the Podopediatrics Club and the Biomechanics Club joined forces to bring the Total Contact Cast workshop to second- and third-year students to teach them how to put on a total contact cast in a more efficient way in the office.

The Podopediatrics club is meant to bring awareness to the Pediatric subspeciality in Podiatry, and the Biomechanics club is meant to teach students about how the biomechanics of how people walk and move can cause various pathologies. The Podopediatrics Club (President Beejal Desai, Vice President Nicole Schultz, and Treasurer/Secretary Anurati Thiru) and the Biomechanics Club (President Josh Joseph, Vice President Malisha Pahari, and Treasurer Justine Blair) organized this workshop with the support of Dr. James Losito, Dr. Daniel Stewart, and Dr. Sunny Jhanji. The event was sponsored by Integra Life Sciences, represented by Cara Golbourne and it was a complete success.

Yucatán Children’s Project - Update

The November trip went as planned, except no surgeries were performed due to COVID. Numerous consults were performed at the D.I.F. Clinic located in Progreso.

The next trip, which included eight surgeries, was scheduled for February but was also delayed due to COVID and rescheduled for April 5. The April trip will bring together, for the first time in 25 years, Dr. Southerland (Director), Drs. Docker and Hutchinson (Seattle), and Dr. Hatch (Colorado). Dr. Rodriguez (Barry) will be attending as well, along with two residents from each program. Surgeries will be performed at the Orthopedic Red Cross Hospital located in Merida, and additional consults will be performed at the D.I.F. Clinic located in Progreso.

About the Yucatán Project

The Dr. Charles C. Southerland Jr. Yucatán Children’s project began as an outgrowth of humanitarian relief after hurricane Gilbert ripped through the region in 1988. Dr. Southerland, a professor of podiatric medicine at Barry University, working with other health care professionals and public officials in Mexico, hoped to bring medical care to the children in the Yucatán as an ongoing project.

Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine offers its students many opportunities to volunteer in the local and global community consistent with the mission of the institution. Select third- and fourth-year students are permitted to participate in the Yucatán Project mission trips, which normally take place several times per year. The team typically consists of one surgeon, three residents, and one student per trip.

Learn more about the Yucatán Project →

AAWP Supports Yucatán Project with a Toy Drive

My name is Zaib Latif-Jangda, and I am the current American Association of Women Podiatrists (AAWP) Chapter President. AAWP’s mission is to be the leading organization cultivating personal and professional development of female podiatry physicians through education, advocacy, leadership, mentorship, and networking endeavors. 

The Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine (BUSPM) chapter for AAWP has been involved in donating to the Yucatán Children’s Project for the past few years. Every semester, we work for the cause and collect toys or socks for children. Apart from that, we also donate to the Lotus House Women’s shelter, providing items such as blankets, feminine hygiene products, baby wipes, diapers, toothbrushes, and more.  

Apart from our fundraisers, we hold meetings to help enrich the success and mentorship to our peers here at Barry. We have held meetings on how to have a successful first year to those new to the program. We have also held meetings to guide our second-year students in successfully passing their boards. We have also worked with the National AAWP members on how we can become better externs the following year.

Overall, AAWP aims to bring success to its members and those around us. We are so happy to have been able to donate all these toys for the past few years to the children in the Yucatán, and hope that this tradition continues. 

Learn more about AAWP →

And the Winners Are ...

Each year, Human Resources hosts the Barry Excellence Awards, a recognition program created to honor staff members that show exemplary service and dedication to the institution. Award nominations are received in Human Resources and eligible nominations are compiled for review by members of the Administrative Staff Council (ASC). Top nominees per category are presented to the President’s Cabinet for final review and approval.

On this occasion, two of the four prestigious awards went to our very own SPM colleagues: 

Sister Jeanne O’Laughlin Administrative Professional Award

This award, in honor of Barry University’s president from 1981-2004, is given for outstanding leadership and professional excellence in the area of administrative and/or technical support. The recipient of this award supports the mission of Barry University by their work ethic, leadership abilities, personal integrity, and contributions to the University and/or community.

Ianka Rodriguez – Winner
Office Manager for the Jackson North Clinic and Yucatán Project Coordinator

Impact Award for Excellence

This award honors an employee who has made remarkable contributions to the University within their first three years of employment. The winner demonstrates outstanding performance to enhance processes and/or operations resulting in improved services and has exemplified collaboration, innovation, teamwork, and embodiment of the University mission.

Dr. Steven Backer - Winner
Clinics Administrator over the three Barry Podiatric Medicine Clinics

Each award recipient received a monetary prize and a plaque presented by Dr. Mike Allen, Barry University President, during the “Day of Recognition” event in November.

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