Vito Speciale, DPM – South Carolina

Dr. Speciale practices in Summerville, South Carolina, with Coastal Carolina Podiatry. He is active in his hospital community serving on the credentials committee of Trident Medical Center and is actively involved in lecturing and continued progression of the podiatric profession in one of the few remaining states without an ankle law.

Dr. Speciale attended Purdue University and received his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine. In 2002, he completed a Primary Podiatric Medical Residency at The Western Pennsylvania Hospital and went on to complete his surgical residency at West Houston Medical Center in 2004. He received ABFAS certifications in Foot Surgery and in Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery in 2009. Dr. Speciale is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS). He was also the former director of the Kingwood Medical Center Residency Program.

Dr. Speciale has been actively involved with ABFAS since 2009, beginning with field testing of examinations, and was an oral examiner from 2009 to 2014. He has served as a case reviewer and currently serves on the Cognitive Examination Committee.

Statement

I have been active with ABFAS since 2009 starting with field testing of the oral exams to being an oral examiner. It has been an honor to serve on the Credentials Committee and the Cognitive Examination Committee. This experience has given me insight into the knowledge and time involved in putting together the quality exams that have become the standard in our profession. I have been proud to serve our profession in this manner that has shaped me into the surgeon I am today.

We continue to see progressive changes to ABFAS which are in line with the current practice standards, skills, and knowledge of our graduating residents. The past and current leadership did not sit idly by and allow outside forces to deter from achieving its goals of making this organization the standard name in foot and ankle surgery. I can continue to bring that same passion and dedication to our board and will continue to pursue the goals of ABFAS as a board member. My passions are helping to ensure a fair and quality certification process, and protecting the public.

I look forward to serving as an ABFAS board member and supporting the progressive changes in our profession as we do what we were trained to do.