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[December 06, 2013]

Valley Presbyterian Hospital Announces Co-Director of Amputation Prevention Center

VAN NUYS, Calif. --(Business Wire)--

Valley Presbyterian Hospital is pleased to announce Ronald Belczyk, DPM, as the Co-Director of the renowned Amputation Prevention Center.

Ronald Belczyk, DPM, Co-Director of Amputation Prevention Center (Photo: Business Wire)

Ronald Belczyk, DPM, Co-Director of Amputation Prevention Center (Photo: Business Wire)

Dr. Belczyk joined the medical staff in September 2010 as a board-certified podiatric surgeon specializing in infection, deformity correction, and post-traumatic foot and ankle reconstruction. In his new role, he will work with Amputation Prevention Center Medical Director George Andros, MD, to lead the highly regarded team of podiatric and vascular surgery specialists to provide a multi-disciplinary approach to limb preservation.

"I'm honored to work with an expert team of physicians and staff to heal our patients' wounds, save their limbs and enhance their lives," Dr. Belczyk said. "Together, we make a difference in the lives of our patients each day."

Dr. Belczyk is a graduate of the California College of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt College in Oakland, Calif., and completed his podiatric residency and fellowship in limb salvage techniques at the University of Pittsburgh Mdical Center. He completed additional fellowships in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and an AO fellowship in orthopedics in Lugano, Switzerland. He has advanced surgical training in external fixation from the Russian Ilizarov Scientific Center for Restorative Traumatology and Orthopaedics in Kurgan, Russia, and from KAT General Hospital in Athens, Greece.

Dr. Belczyk is actively involved in teaching, research, and clinical trials. He lectures on the topics of diabetic Charcot reconstruction and soft tissue coverage of the diabetic foot. He also has published scientific articles on the topics of Charcot foot and podiatric surgical procedures.

"I'm pleased to announce Dr. Belczyk as Co-Director of Valley Presbyterian Hospital's Amputation Prevention Center," said Gus Valdespino, President & CEO. "His medical expertise and collaborative leadership will further the hospital's mission to improve the quality of health in our community."

About Valley Presbyterian Hospital

Valley Presbyterian Hospital is a 350-bed facility that ranks among the largest acute care hospitals in the San Fernando Valley. Founded in 1958, the nonprofit, non-sectarian, independent, community hospital provides high quality, patient-centered care through leading-edge technology and a full range of medical services. For more information, visit

About the Amputation Prevention Center at Valley Presbyterian Hospital

The Amputation Prevention Center at Valley Presbyterian Hospital is among only a handful of facilities nationwide that brings together the interdisciplinary expertise of vascular and podiatric surgeons, limb salvage and wound management specialists in one state-of-the-art setting. Patients with at-risk limbs receive integrated care in an 11,257-foot facility featuring the latest equipment and instruments to perform limb-saving procedures. For more information, visit

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