Dr. Nelson appointed Interim Dean of the School of Podiatric Medicine
Contact: Gladys Amador
Miami Shores, Fla. - Barry University is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. John (Jack) Nelson, D.P.M., as Interim Dean of the School of Podiatric Medicine. Dr. Nelson, a member of the Barry community since 1988, will continue to work closely with faculty, staff and students in his new position.
“I am honored to assume this role,” said Nelson. “I think we can make a positive difference and improve the roles of both the school of podiatric medicine and physician assistant program.”
Nelson went on to say he was grateful for the university’s support and value it places on creating future doctors.
“There is a tremendous need for more podiatrists and PA’s and Barry is fulfilling that need.”
Aside from his new position, Nelson is also the Associate Dean of Clinics and oversees the clinical training of podiatric medical students at local area hospitals.
A graduate of Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine and undergraduate of Rutgers University, Nelson is also an associate professor of podiatric medicine and serves as faculty advisor for the Pi Delta Honor Society at Barry.
Nelson is a member of many organizations including the American Podiatric Medical Association and American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. He is also board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery, the American Board of Podiatric Medicine and Orthopedics and the American Academy of Wound Management.
Throughout South Florida, Nelson shares many hospital affiliations including Cedars Medical Center, Mt. Sinai Medical Center, Hialeah Hospital and Westchester General Hospital, to name a few.
Dr. Nelson replaces Dr. Chet A. Evans, who left the university after 22 years as dean. Under his leadership, the podiatric medicine program, which had been in existence for less than a year, increased its enrollment from the first class of 16 to more than 200 podiatric medical students this academic year. Evans was instrumental in the development of several graduate programs, most notably the physician assistant program. He is also well known for his work furthering the profession of podiatric medicine at the local, state and national level. He is also a familiar presence in Tallahassee educating legislators about the profession and helping defeat threats to limit the scope of practice of podiatrists.