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Our Doctor
San Francisco House Calls Podiatrist
Christopher P. Segler, DPM
Dr. Christopher Segler 
Our foot & ankle surgeon has a unique perspective on foot and ankle injuries.  He is a rock climber, skier, marathon runner, and Ironman triathlete.  Because of this, he undestands when someone has an injury and wants to get better, just to get back to activity.  He understands that the common doctor's notion of "just stop running" or "find another hobby," or "take up Scrabble" are all unacceptable to the athletically minded.  He believes that any active athlete can suffer an injury yet return to sport stronger than ever.
Dr. Segler completed his undergraduate studies in English and Biology, with independent research in Organic Chemistry, at the University of Houston. He went on to attend medical school in San Francisco at the California College of Podiatric Medicine.

 

During medical school, Dr. Segler became actively involved in medical research and student government. He also became interested in developing innovations in foot and ankle surgery. He designed and patented the Tarsal Joint Distractor—a new surgical instrument to simplify foot and ankle surgical procedures—and went on to found a medical instrument firm, Tarsal Instruments, LLC, to manufacture and distribute his invention. Today, the Tarsal Joint Distractor is used by Orthopaedic and Podiatric Surgeons across the United States, in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. 

After medical school, Dr. Segler went on to attend a 3-year Podiatric Surgical Residency at the University of Utah. His extensive training included trauma, limb salvage and surgical reconstruction, arthroscopic surgery, external fixation, and general podiatric surgical procedures. He has also had heavy training in biomechanics, wound care and inpatient medical management. In his final year of residency, Dr. Segler was selected to serve as Chief Resident where he was responsible for designing and overseeing academic, didactic, and research activities of thirteen podiatric surgical residents and fellows. 

Dr. Segler is extensively involved in medical research. He has currently published over 70 scientific papers and abstracts and has received several awards related to his research including the Award for Excellence in Research from California College of Podiatric Medicine as well as multiple awards from the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and the American Podiatric Medical Association. He participates in numerous scientific conferences and has presented findings from his research at medical conferences in the US, Canada, and New Zealand. In addition to conducting research, he is active in the editorial process and has served as an editor and peer reviewer for multiple scholarly medical journals. He is also a contibuting editor of the Journal of the Podiatric Medical Assciation.  Dr. Segler’s achievements, all before even completing his residency training, have led to him being recognized in four separate editions of Marquis Who’s Who in America: Medicine and Healthcare, Science and Engineering and the 60th Diamond Anniversary editions. 

Dr. Segler has a keen interest in Sports Medicine and has lectured on running injuries and authored a chapter in a Sports Medicine textbook. On a more personal note, he has completed several marathons and is a 4-time Ironman Triathlon finisher with a personal best of 10:59:07. In addition to running, cycling and swimming he enjoys rock climbing, white-water kayaking, paragliding and water skiing. He has climbed El Capitan in Yosemite, attempted a new alpine climbing route in the Alaska Range, completed the swim from Alcatraz to San Francisco, and is a motorcycle road racing endurance champion. He has chosen the Bay Area because it offers the widest range of outdoor activities , and is the most beautiful part of the world.  

He lives and trains in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he can be found riding over Mount Tam, swimming at Aquatic Park, or running along the Great Highway and Marina Green. You may even bump into him high on a wall in Yosemite.

 

Honors and Achievements
• Untied States Patent #7,097,647: Tarsal Joint Space Distractor.
• 1st Place, American Podiatric Medical Association Annual Scientific Conference 2006 
   Outstanding Resident Research Abstract Competition. 
• 3rd Place, American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons 2006 Scientific Research Poster
   Competition, Institutional Category.
• 2nd Place, American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons 2005 Scientific Research Poster
   Competition, Institutional Category.
• Chief Resident, University of Utah/VAMC, July 1, 2005 - June 30, 2006.
• Marquis Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, 6th Edition, 2006-2007.
• Marquis Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, 9th Edition, 2006-2007.
• Marquis Who’s Who in America, 60th Diamond Edition, 2006.
• Award for Excellence in Research, California College of Podiatric Medicine.
• Honors: Podiatric Medicine Clinical Sophomore Rotation.
• Recipient: Aircast® Grant Funding For Diabetic System Clinical Trials.
• Recipient: American Alpine Club Research Grant: Gilkey Memorial Fund.
• Research Dean's List: Spring Semester 2002, Published as sole author.
• Research Dean's List: Fall Semester 2001, Published as sole author.
• Research Dean's List: Spring Semester 2001, Published as sole author.
• Omicron Delta Kappa: National Leadership Honor Society, Lifetime Member.
• Alpha Epsilon Delta: National Pre-Medical Honor Society, Lifetime Member.
• Sigma Tau Delta: International English Honor Society, Lifetime Member.

Associate of the American Board of Podiatric Surgey

Education
Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, California College of Podiatric Medicine, San Francisco, CA.
Bachelor of Arts in English, University of Houston, Houston, TX.
Minor Study in Biology.

Experience
07/03-06/06 University of Utah, DVA Health Care System, Salt Lake City, UT.
Podiatric Surgical Resident (PM&S-36).
01/05-Present Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association, Bethesda, MD.
Peer Reviewer.
01/07-Present - Tarsal Instruments, LLC (Medical Instrument Firm), Daly City, CA. Design
Principal and Founder.
06/03-12/07 - Orthovation, LLC (Medical Instrument Firm), Houston, TX. Design
Principal and Co-Founder.
06/02-05/03 National Foot and Ankle Review, Oakland, CA.
Senior Editor.
03/01-08/01 California College of Podiatric Medicine, Dept. of Podiatric Medicine.
Biomechanics Tutor.
06/00-06/02 California College of Podiatric Medicine, Dept. of Basic Sciences.
Medical Illustrator.
06/00-05/01 Foot and Ankle Review, San Francisco, CA.
Journal Editor.
08/98-07/99 California College of Podiatric Medicine, San Francisco, CA.
Committee Chair, Education Committee.
01/97-02/98 Harris County Psychiatric Center, Houston, TX.
Psychiatric Technician.
04/95-01/97 Sharpstown General Hospital, Houston, TX.
Psychiatric Technician.
01/94-01/97 University of Houston, Department of Chemistry, Houston, TX.
Research Assistant.
01/94-08/95 Hospice at the Texas Medical Center, Inpatient Unit, Houston, TX.
Hospice Volunteer.

 Current Research Projects
• The Effects of L-Arginine Supplementation on Peripheral Vascular Disease: a Prospective Randomized Placebo Controlled Double-Blind Study. (project proposal approved and underway VAMC, Salt Lake City, UT)
• Osteomyelitis of the Calcaneus: Margin of Resection Required to Affect a Cure. (project proposal approved and underway VAMC, Salt Lake City, UT)
• Cortical Hypertrophy as a Response to Marathon Training: A Case Study in Wolf’s Law. (project underway at Ankle & Foot Center)

 

Dr. Segler is the first qualified foot and ankle surgeon to establish a house calls based practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. He prides himself on providing the best podiatry care possible by offering increased individualized attention, unparalleled convenience and unrivaled expertise. If you have a question about a foot or ankle problem, you can reach Dr. Segler directly at (415)-308-0833. 

 
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