North Fork Podiatry
About Dr. Buffone

Dr. William F. Buffone   |   What is a Podiatrist?   |   What is Board Certification?

    Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine
    Philadelphia, PA

    The Alumni Award: highest general average in four years of study.
    Pi Delta National Podiatry Honor Society
    Stirling Harford Anatomical Society
    The Clinical Sciences Award: highest general average in clinical science.
    The Orthopedics Award: outstanding scholastic proficiency in foot orthopedics.
    The Professor Anthony S. Kidawa Angiology Award: Academic excellence in the study of Angiology.
    Robert W. Barbuto Scholarship for Lower Extremity Anatomy

    Fourth Year Externships:
    Rolling Hill Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
    Peninsula Hospital, Far Rockaway, NY
    Metropolitan Hospital Central Division, Philadelphia, PA
    Kennedy Memorial Hospital, Turnersville, NJ
    Saint Mary Hospital, Philadelphia, PA

Post-Doctoral Training:

    Residency Training:
      St. Joseph's Hospital
      A Division of the Catholic Medical Center of Brooklyn and Queens, Inc.
      Flushing, NY
      Two year surgical residency (PSR-24).

      Chief Resident in Podiatric Surgery:
      Training in Forefoot surgery, rearfoot surgery, podiatric medicine, emergency room care
      Rotations in Vascular surgery, infectious disease, anesthesia, nursing home care

Professional Societies

Specialty Boards

Hospital Affiliation

Peconic Bay Medical Center
1300 Roanoke Avenue
Riverhead, NY 11901

John T. Mather Hospital
75 North Country Road
Port Jefferson, NY 11777

Eastern Long Island Hospital
201 Manor Place
Greenport, NY 11944

St. Charles Hospital
200 Belle Terre Road
Port Jefferson, New York 11777

North Shore Surgi-Center
989 West Jericho Turnpike
Smithtown, NY 11787

Podiatrists specialize in diagnosing and treating disorders of the foot, ankle, and lower leg. A podiatrist holds a doctor of podiatric medicine (D.P.M.) degree, which is a 4-year degree received from one of seven podiatric medical schools in the United States. These schools offer courses similar to the ones given at medical schools where graduates earn M.D.s to become medical doctors.

Podiatrists need to have expertise in orthopedics, radiography, sports medicine, dermatology, and surgery. Some of the conditions that podiatrists treat are ankle injuries, bunions, calluses, neuromas, running injuries, and toe deformities. They are often the first health professionals to diagnose vascular problems that have previously gone unrecognized. Podiatrists also contribute significantly to the areas of diabetic foot care and wound healing.

Dr. Buffone has dual certification in surgical and nonsurgical foot care.

Dr. Buffone is certified in Foot Surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery.

Podiatrists certified by this board have:

  • Completed a residency in podiatric surgery
  • Passed written and oral examination in podiatric surgery
  • Completed peer review of surgical cases performed while in private practice.

Dr. Buffone is certified in Podiatric Orthopedics and Primary Podiatric Medicine by the American Board of Podiatric Othopedics and Primary Podiatric Medicine.

Podiatrists certified by this board have passed written and oral examinations in:

  • Trauma
  • Physical therapy
  • Sports medicine
  • Biomechanics
  • Infectious disease
  • Radiology
  • Neurology
  • Orthopedics
  • Podiatric medicine
  • Prosthetics
  • Dermatology
  • Vascular disease

A board certified podiatrist completes the following educational training:

  • Baccalaureate degree in premedicine from an accredited university
  • Medical College Admissions Test
  • Doctor of podiatric medicine degree from one of seven nationally accredited podiatric medical schools
  • Medical rotations that are the same as in medical school
  • Clinical rotations in teaching hospitals with foot and ankle concentration
  • In depth clinical study of foot and ankle pathology
  • One to three years of podiatric surgical residency training
  • Six months to one year of fellowship training for foot and ankle subspecialty

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