Whenever you think of a podiatrist, the first thought that likely comes to mind is about feet! That is, unless you meet Dr. George Vito, owner of Ankle and Foot Centers of Western New York. Dr. Vito can treat and even operate on conditions impacting the feet, ankle, and leg, up to the knee.
With a practice history that spans almost 30 years, Dr. Vito functions on what he calls a hub and spoke model. The hub is his office located in LeRoy, New York, with spokes, otherwise known as ancillary locations, located in Rochester, Batavia, Cheektowaga and soon to be Buffalo. At his main hub location in LeRoy, Dr. Vito has developed a JCAHO certified surgery suite, where he is able to perform many surgeries involving the foot, ankle, or leg, including laparoscopic repair. As a result, the surgery is much less invasive than if he operated in the hospital, and the patients can walk out the same day. For the patients seen in Cheektowaga and soon to be Buffalo, Dr. Vito performs these surgeries at the Amherst Surgery Center, located on Sheridan Drive. Are you a clinician in the Genesee County area, and in need of somewhere to perform outpatient surgeries? Good news! Dr. Vito leases his surgery space to other clinicians, as well as coordinates with his anesthesia providers!
With such an impressive background and business development, it seemed only appropriate to ask Dr. Vito what advice he would give to new Podiatry graduates. He provided his advice surrounding the importance of training and emphasized his opinion on the importance of considering the private practice route. He said, “So many aspects of Podiatry now, they want to bring you into a hospital situation…. But then if something doesn’t work out, then you’re left on your own, with no business, no idea of how to run a business; so, the big suggestion is, learn how to run a business”. He further elaborated on his thoughts surrounding the risks of being employed by a hospital system. Be sure to tune into the video to see what he says!
Lastly, the question was posed to Dr. Vito as to whether he would still choose Podiatry if given the chance to do it all over again. The short response was, yes. The more elaborated version surrounded his ability to be autonomous as a private practice owner, and the fact that he still wakes up each morning, with the excitement to continue what he does! Check out the video to learn all he has to say, as well as be a part of the tour of his surgery suite!
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