Katie M. Swanstrom, DPM, D.ABFAS — Washington (Incumbent)

Katie M. Swanstrom, DPM, D.ABFASBiography


Katie Swanstrom, DPM, D.ABFAS, is board certified in both Foot Surgery and Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery. She is in private practice as an owner of the Spokane Foot Clinic and is president of the Northwest Surgery Center. She also serves her local medical community as vice chief of staff of Valley Hospital—the first podiatric surgeon to serve in this role—and chair of the hospital’s Credentialing Committee. Since 2015, Dr. Swanstrom has served on multiple ABFAS committees and in multiple volunteer roles. She currently serves on the ABFAS Computer-based Patient Simulation (CBPS) Examination Committee and as a Case Reviewer.  In 2020, Dr. Swanstrom was elected to the ABFAS Board of Directors.

She earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology, cum laude, from George Fox University and earned a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, summa cum laude, from Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. Dr. Swanstrom completed the Swedish Residency Training Program PM&S-36 in Seattle, Washington, in 2011.

Born and raised in Spokane, Washington, she is a mother and enjoys being outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

Personal Statement

It has been my privilege to serve as a board member for the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery for the past three years. I am proud of the work we have done in this tumultuous time and will continue to protect the value of certification for ABFAS Diplomates.

I have served on multiple ABFAS committees. Each committee appointment has shown me a new facet of the organization and provided insight into the complexity of developing a fair and representative certification process. I strive to make the process more approachable for those seeking board qualification and certification status.

My background as a small business owner in private practice and as president of an ambulatory surgery center has expanded diversity to the ABFAS Board of Directors. I am strong in organization, efficiency, and teamwork. I have high expectations for myself and those with whom I collaborate.  Certification through the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery is the highest standard for foot and ankle surgeons and should remain so. I would be honored to continue to serve as a board member for ABFAS.