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Resurgens Orthopaedics’ Surgeons Help Homeless Men Through Our Hearts to Your Soles Event

Published December 1, 2015

Drs. Gary Stewart, Sourendra Raut, Phillip Walton and Deborah Kowalchuk, orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeons at Resurgens Orthopaedics, continued the practice’s commitment to serving others by providing free foot exams and shoe fittings to homeless men in metro Atlanta during Our Hearts to Your Soles event.

The 2015 Our Hearts to Your Soles event, held Nov. 23 at the Central Night Shelter in downtown Atlanta, served 95 men. Each man received a foot exam, a new pair of shoes, and a new pair of socks.

Dr. Stewart began working with the Our Hearts to Your Soles project during his fellowship in Pittsburgh, and says it’s his favorite volunteer activity.  Since then, he has brought this event to Atlanta, and with the help of other physicians in the practice, it has grown over the nine years Resurgens Orthopaedics has been participating.

“It is important to remember to give back, especially this time of year,” said Dr. Stewart. “There is so much need in the world, and to some, a foot exam and new shoes can go a long way.”  

“We were happy to help provide foot care and education for the men at the Central Night Shelter,” said Dr. Phillip Walton.  “These events offer an opportunity to help those in need, and serves to underscore the true meaning of the holiday season.   To a man, everyone with whom we interacted voiced their appreciation for our care, and a desire to remain engaged in their own foot care moving forward. I certainly look forward to participating in this and other events next year.”

In addition to the four Resurgens Orthopaedics physicians who came out to support this cause, there were two residents, Ben Rogozinski, MD, fourth year Resident at Atlanta Medical Center, Department of Orthopaedics and Damien Wood, fourth year medical student at Morehouse School of Medicine.  Numerous Resurgens Orthopaedics employees and their families assisted at the event, including Dr. Stewart’s two young children.

Nationwide, there are about 50 Our Hearts to Your Soles sites, and the program provides shoes to nearly 5,000 people each year.

Learn more about the program at www.heartstosoles.com.

Dr. Gary Stewart specializes in sports-related injuries of the foot and ankle; total ankle replacements; reconstructive surgery related to trauma, arthritis, or a deformity; complex fracture care; the role of electrical stimulation in foot surgery; and the treatment of diabetic foot disease. He earned his medical degree at Drexel University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, where he also completed his residency and a fellowship in foot and ankle surgery.  Dr. Stewart practices at Resurgens’ Fayetteville, Griffin, McDonough and Morrow offices.

Dr. Sourendra Raut is a foot and ankle and sports medicine specialist. He is certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Canadian Orthopaedic Association, American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, and the American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine. He received his medical degree and completed his residency at McGill University Health Center in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  Dr. Raut practices at Resurgens’ Cumming office.

Dr. Deborah Kowalchuk received her medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and completed her residency at the University of Massachusetts in Worcester, Massachusetts.  She completed a Fellowship in foot and ankle surgery at the Foundation for Orthopaedic Athletic and Reconstructive Research in Houston, Texas.  She is an active member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.  Dr. Kowalchuk practices at Resurgens’ Johns Creek office.

Dr. Phillip Walton, Jr. received his medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee.  He then completed his residency at the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program in Boston, Massachusetts.  He continued with his studies with an orthopaedic surgery and foot and ankle Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.  He is an active member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.  Dr. Walton practices at Resurgens’ Lawrenceville and Snellville offices.

Resurgens Orthopaedics, one of the nation’s largest orthopaedic practices, has 21 offices throughout metro Atlanta, serving the residents of Georgia, the southeast and beyond. Resurgens Orthopaedics provides comprehensive operative and non-operative musculoskeletal care in a single location, from injury diagnosis and treatment to rehabilitation and imaging services. With more than 90 physicians, Resurgens Orthopaedics provides specialized expertise and broad experience in the areas of sports medicine, joint replacement, neck and back surgery, foot and ankle surgery, shoulder and elbow surgery, non-operative spine care, hand surgery, arthroscopic surgery, epidural steroid injection, general orthopaedics and trauma care. 

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