Our Physicians

The Team

Our Physicians specialize in the medical and surgical care of the foot and ankle. We serve patients in three convenient locations. Visit us in our Glenview, Lake Forest, and Gurnee offices. We invite you to read about each of our doctors. We created this web site to help patients learn about our group, the conditions we treat, and to help you pick a podiatrist for your own foot and ankle needs.

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Paul J. Chamas, DPM, FACFAS

Credentials

  • Board Certified, American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery
  • Fellow, American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons

Appointments

  • Evanston Northwestern Hospitals
  • Highland Park Hospital
  • Glenbrook Hospital
  • Lake Forest Hospital

Education

  • Medical - Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine, DPM
  • Podiatric Surgical Residency: St. Vincent Mercy Hospital, Toledo, OH
  • Rotating Podiatric Residency: Philadelphia Veterans Administration Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA

Practice Philosophy

  • I specialize in providing care for patients who need to be seen regularly by a podiatrist. This allows me to develop relationships with my patients and that has been very satisfying. My goal is to make patients as comfortable as possible during their time in our office. I encourage and respect input from my patients, their physicians and their family members regarding their care.

About Myself

  • I enjoy traveling, hiking, gardening, and attending concerts.
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Gary Friend, DPM, FACFAS

Credentials

  • Board Certified, American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery
  • Fellow, American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
  • Fellow, American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine

Appointments

  • North Shore University Health Systems (Highland Park, Glenbrook, Skokie and Evanston Hospitals)
  • Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital
  • Lecturer, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

Education

  • Undergraduate - State University of New York at Buffalo, BA- Biology
  • Medical - Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine, DPM
  • Residency - Northlake Hospital, podiatric surgical residency
  • Post Graduate - Northwestern University, MA- Counseling Psychology

Practice Philosophy

  • I strive to create a warm and friendly environment for my patients. I believe that my patients and I are partners who consult together to select a course of treatment. While I enjoy treating all foot problems, I am especially interested in heel pain, bunions, hammertoes, and sports medicine.

About Myself

  • I became interested in photography in junior high school and have been taking pictures since. I enjoy travel and have made six trips to Cuba where I learned about that country's surprisingly sophisticated medical system. I am also a certified SCUBA diver.
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James Robert Gosse, DPM, FACFAS

Credentials

  • Board Certified, American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery
  • Fellow, American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons

Appointments

  • Lake Forest Hospital - Attending Staff
  • Evanston Northwestern Hospitals, Highland Park Hospital - Attending Staff
  • Glenbrook Hospital - Attending Staff

Education

  • 1991 - 1993 Podiatric Surgical Residency - Oakwood Downriver Medical Center - Lincoln Park, MI
  • 1990- 1991 Podiatric Orthopedic Residency - West Roxbury Veterans Medical Center
  • 1986 - 1990 DPM - Temple University, College of Podiatric Medicine - Philadelphia, PA

Practice Philosophy

  • My goal is to develop a relationship with each patient. This relationship allows me to meet each patient's needs. Educating my patients about their foot and ankle problems is a priority. I am especially interested in sports medicine, heel pain, bunions, pediatrics, and foot surgery.

About Myself

  • I am active in sports, including softball, weight training, yoga, and running.
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Kathryn S. Grace, DPM, FACFAS

Credentials

  • Board Certified, American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery
  • Fellow, American College of Foot and Ankle Surgery

Appointments

  • Evanston Northwestern Healthcare
  • Highland Park Hospital
  • Glenbrook Hospital
  • Evanston Hospital
  • Lake Forest Hospital

Education

  • Residency - Lincoln West Hospital Podiatric Surgery
  • Medical - Dr. William M. Scholl college of Podiatric Medicine
  • Undergraduate - Loyola University of Chicago

Practice Philosophy

  • I believe successful treatment depends on a partnership with my patients. I strive to provide the information pertinent to the patient's condition, including new state-of-the-art options, to enable the patient to make the best decision for their care. I have special interest in complicated foot deformities, bunions, pediatric foot problems, and sports medicine.

About Myself

  • In my spare time, I enjoy spinning classes, paddle tennis, and spending time with my family.
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Rebecca L. Leapman, DPM, FACFAS

Credentials

  • Board Certified, American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery
  • Surgery Fellow, American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons

Appointments

  • Lake Forest Hospital - Attending Staff
  • Evanston Northwestern Hospitals
  • Highland Park Hospital - Attending Staff
  • Glenbrook Hospital - Attending Staff

Education

  • Residency - Northern Virginia Podiatric Residency
  • Plastic Surgery Fellowship with an emphasis on lower extremity wound care and limb salvage
  • Medical School - Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, Chicago, IL
  • Undergraduate - Washington University in St. Louis, MO

Practice Philosophy

  • I think of the patient and doctor as a team, working together to formulate a treatment plan. While I enjoy treating all foot and ankle conditions, my training focused on surgery of the foot and ankle, trauma, and the special foot concerns of diabetic patients.

About Myself

  • I am the mother of three young children. In my spare time, I enjoy skiing, gardening, and baking.
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Jeffrey Mitchell, DPM, AACFAS

Credentials

  • Associate, American College of Foot and Ankle surgery

Appointments

  • Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital
  • NorthShore University Health System

Education

  • Residency - Rush University Medical Center
  • Medical - Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine
  • Undergraduate - University of Southern Indiana

Practice Philosophy

  • As a well-trained foot and ankle surgeon, I feel confident about meeting my patient's needs. I realize surgery can have a major impact on a patient's life, which is why I strive to utilize conservative treatment options, including state of the art advanced technologies, prior to recommending surgery. I treat a wide variety of foot and ankle conditions in people of all ages.

About Myself

  • I enjoy running with my lovely wife, Rachel, and dog, Pepper. We spend a lot of time taking advantage of the beautiful Lake Michigan lake front trails and going to the dog beach. I also enjoy strength training and riding my bike.
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Howard A. Stone, DPM, FACFAS

Credentials

  • Board Certified, American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery
  • Fellow, American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons

Appointments

  • NorthShore University Health System - Attending Staff
  • Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital - Attending Staff
  • Illinois Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Surgery Center

Education

  • Undergraduate - University of California at San Diego
  • Medical School - Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine
  • Residency - Highlands Presbyterian/St. Luke's Podiatric Medicine and Surgical Residency, Denver, CO

Specialty Areas

  • Foot & Ankle Reconstructive Surgery
  • Pediatrics
  • Sports Medicine
  • Soft tissue laser therapy
  • Difficult cases
  • Pain following trauma
  • Advanced tendon repair
  • Advanced cartilage repair procedures

Practice Philosophy

  • I work closely with my patients to accurately diagnose and treat their foot or ankle condition. I believe it is very important to use the latest technologies available. My areas of specialty include foot surgery, ankle reconstructive surgery, and difficult cases including tumors, childhood deformities, and pain following trauma.

About Myself

  • I enjoy spending time with my family, golfing, and traveling.