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Paul T. Fortin, M.D.

Paul T. Fortin, M.D.Paul T. Fortin, M.D.

Professor, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine Orthopaedic Surgery of the Foot & Ankle

Paul Fortin, M.D. is an orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in disorders of the foot and ankle and lower extremity deformity correction. His area of expertise is in the surgical salvage of complex traumatic, congenital, and degenerative foot and ankle conditions.

Dr. Fortin is the Chief of Foot and Ankle Services at William Beaumont Health System. He is an Professor at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine and is active nationally and internationally in orthopaedic surgical education as an invited faculty member and speaker at numerous educational symposia. He has served on a number of committees for the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society. He has written and published numerous articles and book chapters concerning disorders of the foot and ankle and deformity correction. Dr. Fortin is actively involved in clinical and basic science research endeavors and has been awarded national educational grants for his research endeavors.

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Current Position

  • Director Foot and Ankle Services
    Associate Professor
    William Beaumont / Oakland University School of Medicine
    Royal Oak MI

Education

  • Michigan State University
    East Lansing Michigan
    1979-1982 (matriculated to medical school 1 year prior to BS)
  • Wayne State University
    School of Medicine
    Detroit,Michigan
    1982-1986 MD

Postgraduate Training

  • University of South Florida
    Tampa, Florida
    Orthopaedic Surgery
    1986-1990
  • University of Michigan
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    Orthopaedic Surgery
    1990-1992
  • Union Memorial Hospital
    Baltimore, Maryland
    Fellowship- foot and ankle surgery

Licensure and Certification

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
    Certified 1995, Recertification 2005
  • State of Michigan
    Licensed 1992

Appointments

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons Question Writing Comm 2011
  • Associate Professor Oakland University- WBH School of Medicine
  • Program Committee American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 2005-09
  • Moderator American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting
  • Field Task Force Committee American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery 2008
  • Editorial Review Board Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma 1998-2008
  • Public Education Committee American Foot and Ankle Society 2005-2008
  • Board Member Michigan Orthopaedic Society 2000-2003
  • President Detroit Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 1998-1999
  • Trustee American Leukemia Society 1998-1999
  • Consultant Reviewer Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery 1992
  • President Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society 1987

Honors and Awards

  • OREF AOFAS research grant recipient: “Bisphosphonates in fresh osteochondral allograft transplantation” 2011
  • American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society Goldner Award Finalist “The effects of hindfoot constraint on syndesmotic strain” 2007
  • William Beaumont Hospital Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Teacher of the year award 2003
  • Mid America Orthopaedic Association Phemister Award 2000 “Idiopathic Cavovarus and ankle arthritis”
  • Orthopaedic Trauma Association Bovill Award- coauthor 1993 “Prognositic CT classification system of calcaneal fractures”
  • Wayne State University 1985
    Alpha Omega Alpha

Research Grants

  • 2011 OREF/AOFAS annual grant recipient “Bisphosphonates in fresh osteochondral allograft transplantation”
  • 2007-2008 Depuy Corporation $50,000 “The effects of hindfoot constraint on syndesmotic strain”
  • 2009 William Beaumont Hospital educational grant for: “Retrieval analysis of Agility total ankle replacement”

Publications

  • Book Chapters
  • Fortin PT, Wiater PW Talus Fractures in Wiss ed. Masters Techniques in Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery 2011 in print
  • Fortin PT, Wiater PW Talus Fractures in Wiss ed. Masters Techniques in Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery 2006 Lippincott
  • Fortin PT Pilon Fractures in Nunley ed. Advanced Reconstruction Foot and Ankle 2004 AAOS
  • Fortin PT Acute Peroneal Tendon Dislocation in Nunley ed. Advanced Reconstruction Foot and Ankle 2004 AAOS

Journal Articles

  • Kou JX, Kippe M, Fortin PT Functional Results of Posterior Tibial Tedon Reconstruction Foot Ankle Int 33 2012.
  • Fortin PT, Matuszak S Adult Paralytic Foot Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Leonard Z, Fortin PT Accessory Navicular Foot Ankle Clin 2010.
  • Vaupel Z, Baker E, Baker K, Fortin PT Radiographic and Damage Mode Analyses of Retrieved Depuy Agility Total Ankle Arthroplasty Systems Foot and Ankle Int. 2009
  • Witkowski GP, Bilkhu SK, Siskosky MJ, Gates ME, Demetropoulus CK, Fortin PT Effects of Hindfoot Constraint on Syndesmotic Displacement Foot and Ankle Int 2009 30(4) 367-74.
  • Kou JX, Fortin PT Commonly Missed Peritalar Injuries Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 2009
  • Irwin TA, Kou JX, Fortin PT Classification and Treatment of Severe Ankle Articular Segment Deficits:Osteochondral Allograft Reconstruction Foot and Ankle Clinics 2007 12 (1) 41-55.
  • Fortin PT, Guettler J, Manoli A Idiopathic Cavovarus and Lateral ankle Instability: Recognition and Treatment Implications Relating to Ankle Arthritis Foot and Ankle Int 2002 23(11) 1031-7.
  • Fortin PT Posterior Tibial Tendon Insufficiency:Isolated Fusion of the Talonavicular Joint Foot and Ankle Clinics 2001 6(1) 137-51.
  • Fortin PT Balazsy JE Talus Fractures: Evaluation and Treatment Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 2001 9 (2) 114-27.
  • Fortin PT Walling AK Triple Arthrodesis Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research 1999 365 91-9.
  • Wise J Fortin PT Bilateral Exercise Induced Thigh Compartment Syndrome American Journal of Sports Medicine 25: 126-129. 1997
  • Fairbanks A Myerson M Fortin PT, Yahiro, J The effect of Calcaneal Osteotomy on Contact Characteristics of the Tibiotalor Joint Foot 5: 137-142, 1995
  • Fortin PT Myerson M Second Metatarsophalangeal Joint Instability Current Topic Review Foot and Ankle International 1995 16(5) 306
  • Fortin PT Freiberg A Johnson T Malignant Melanoma of the Foot Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery 1995 77A (9) 1396-1403.
  • Myerson M Fortin PT Use of Skin Z-plasty for Management of Extension Contracture in Recurrent Clawtoe Deformities Foot and Ankle 1994 15(4) 209-212
  • Sanders R Fortin PT Dipasquale T Walling AK Operative Treatment in 120 Displaced Intraarticular Calcaneal Fractures: Results Using a Prognostic CAT Scan Classification In Tscherne H Schatzker J (eds) Major Fractures of the Pilon, the Talus and the Calcaneus: Current Concepts of Treatment. Berlin; Springer-Verlag 1993
  • Fortin PT Louis DS Long Term Follow-up of STT Arthrodesis Journal of Hand Surgery 1993
  • Sanders R Fortin PT Dipasquale T Walling A Operative Treatment In 120 Displaced Intraarticular Calcaneal Fractures and Related Research 1993 290 87-107
  • Louis D Fortin PT Perineural Hemangiomas of the Upper Extremity Journal of Hand Surgery 1992 17-A 308-311
  • Sanders R Fortin PT Ross E Helfet D Outer Gloves in Orthopaedic Procedures: Cloth Compared to Latex Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. 1990 72-A (6) 914-917

Invited Guest Lecturer/ Course Faculty Appointment

  • North Pacific Orthopaedic Society Annual Meeting 2011
  • Michigan Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting 2011
  • Combined English Speaking Orthopaedic Assoc Meeting Glasgow 2010
  • American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society Complications Course 2009
  • Genesys Health Systems Orthopaedic Surgery Grand Rounds 2009
  • Henry Ford Hospital Orthopaedic Surgery Grand Rounds 2008
  • University of Michigan Foot and Ankle Review Course 2008, 2000-2011
  • Michigan State University Orthopaedic Education Course 2007-11, 1998, 1999
  • William Beaumont Hospital Rheumatology Grand Rounds 2006
  • Advanced Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Course 2003-2007
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Instructional Course Lecturer AAOS/AOFAS Learning Center Surgical Skills Course 2005 2006
  • Western Orthopaedic Association Annual Guest Lecturer 1999
  • AAOS/OTA Trauma Skills Course 2000
  • AO/ASIF Foot and Ankle Trauma Skills Course 1994, 1997, 1999, 2004

Presentations

  • Combined Meeting English Speaking Orthopaedic Assoc
    Glasgow Scotland 2010
    Complex Forefoot Trauma
    Compartment Syndrome
  • American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society Complications Course
    Albuerquque NM 2009
  • Genesys Health Systems Grand Blanc Michigan
    Department of Orthopaedic Surgery – Grand Rounds 2009
    Ankle Arthritis-Emerging Surgical Techniques
  • Henry Ford Hospital Detroit Michigan
    Department of Orthopaedic Surgery – Grand Rounds 2009
    Commonly Missed Peritalar Injury
  • University of Michigan Ann Arbor Michigan 2008
    Annual Foot and Ankle Review Course
    Commonly Missed Peritalar Injury
  • Michigan State University Osteopathic Orthopaedic Education
    Troy, Michigan Foot and Ankle Review 2007
    Commonly Missed Peritalar Injury
  • Zimmer Advanced Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Reconstruction
    Miami Beach Florida 2007
    Chondral and Osteochondral Injury
  • AO/ASIF Foot and Ankle Trauma Course 2006
    Sun Valley Idaho
    Malleolar Fractures
    Ankle Instability
    Midfoot Fusion
  • William Beaumont Hospital Royal Oak Michigan 2006
    Department of Rheumatology Grand Rounds
    Ankle Arthritis
  • University of Michigan Ann Arbor Michigan 2006
    Foot and Ankle Review Course
    Talus Fracture
    Syndesmotic Injury
  • University of Michigan Ann Arbor Michigan 2006
    Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Lecture Series
    Cavovarus Foot
  • Zimmer Advanced Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Reconstruction
    Fajardo Puerto Rico 2004, 2005, 2006
    Calcaneal Fracture
    Chondral and Osteochondral Injury
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery 2005
    Advanced Techniques in Foot and Ankle Surgery
    Orthopaedic Learning Center Rosemont, IL
    Cavovarus Foot Correction
    Surgical Techniques for Insertional Achilles Tendinopathy

What to Expect from Foot & Ankle Surgery – Paul Fortin, MD

The human foot is a very complex structure with 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 100 ligaments and muscles working together to achieve a unique combination of stability and flexibility.

What you do on a daily basis and what you’re wearing on your feet could be factors that could lead you to eventually have foot or ankle surgery.

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Glad to share the news that Paul Fortin, MD and Kevin Baker, Ph. D. are the investigators on an American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society funded research grant studying a new stem cell-based technique for enhancing the surgical repair of the Achilles tendon. Achilles tendon ruptures are very serious injuries for athletes and non-athletes alike. When a rupture occurs in an athlete, it means surgery and several weeks away from the sport – in some cases entire seasons are lost. Recent statistics show that after a rupture, players will only reach 75%-80% of their former strength/speed/endurance. They are focusing on a new “in situ tissue engineering” technique to improve the strength and quality of the surgical repair, which they hope will also translate to improved patient outcomes. All research will take place at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI. The grant was recently announced at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) in New Orleans, LA.

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