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Podiatric Surgery Residency

Our Program:

Norwegian American Hospital’s podiatric surgical residency was established in 1988 and has successfully trained 40+ residents which currently practice in a variety of settings in many areas of the country.

Our three-year residency program is fully approved and accredited by the Council of Podiatric Medical Education. Over the years, our physicians have acquired a strong reputation with the surrounding community of healthcare providers and patients for providing excellent care for all patients with symptoms presenting in the foot and ankle.

Our podiatry medical and surgical residency is a thirty-six month program providing comprehensive training in primary care and surgery for all conditions of the foot and ankle. Rotations take place at Norwegian American Hospital as well as affiliated surgery centers. In addition, residents participate in a very busy hospital based clinic that is conducted three days a week.

The current rotations offered are Podiatric Surgery, Family Medicine, Behavioral Health, Radiology, Anesthesia, General Surgery, Pathology, Emergency Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery, Vascular Surgery and Infectious Disease.

The section of podiatric medicine at Norwegian American Hospital specializes in treating all foot and ankle deformities, diseases and injuries. The podiatric surgeons that provide the residents with surgical training practice in a variety of settings in several office locations, surgery centers and hospital clinics in the Chicago land area. There are 25 Podiatric Surgeons currently involved in the training of our residents and some have been providing podiatric services to the community for over 30 years. The medical staff is fully accredited and board certified to treat all deformities, diseases and injuries related to the foot, ankle and lower leg.

The residents treat the following, among many other pathologies of the foot and ankle:

  • Deformities which can be treated with elective procedures
  • Trauma (i.e. fractures and soft tissue injuries)
  • Athletic injuries
  • Pediatric deformities and gait abnormalities
  • Diabetic foot conditions and deformities

Many medical conditions including cardiovascular disease, neuromuscular disease and diabetes can present with symptoms in the foot, ankle and lower leg, and the podiatric physician is often the first provider to identify and direct treatment in these complex cases. A team based, multi-specialty approach is emphasized during the residents’ training and has proven to be an effective way to treat and care for patients presenting with these complex conditions. The team also provides guidance on how to be proactive and assist in preventative measures to allow patients to maintain health feet and an active lifestyle.


All applicants must be a graduate of an accredited school of Podiatric Medicine. Applicants must have taken and successfully passed National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners Step 1 and Step 2 exams.

How to apply:

We fill one residency position each year and participate in the Central Application Service for Podiatric Residencies (CASPR) for resident selection. Please follow the standard podiatric application process if interested.

Admission into the program is not based on race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, equal pay, disability or genetic information.

Louis M. Santangelo, DPM has been the program director of the Norwegian American Hospital Podiatric residency program since 1988. He is a graduate of the Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine and completed his surgical residency in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Santangelo is married and the father of 3 adult children.
Douglas Basso, DPM earned his Bachelor’s degree in Biology at Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville while researching G-Protein Coupled Receptors. He went on to earn his DPM from Midwestern University of Glendale. In his spare time he enjoys traveling, hiking, and playing his drum set.
Linnea Gann, DPM, is a graduate of Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine, a native of Dayton, Ohio, and member of ACFAS, APMA and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
Nicholas “Nick” Podkowirow, DPM, earned his Bachelor’s degree in Science at the University of Miami in Coral Gables Florida. He went on the earn his DPM at Dr. William M Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine. He is a native of Crystal Lake Illinois and in his spare time enjoys traveling and running the lake shore trail.

Additional Information:

For additional questions or information, please contact the Program Director, Louis Santangelo, DPM at

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