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Dr. Pougatsch is a fellowship-trained podiatric surgeon specializing in advanced wound care, surgical limb salvage, and reconstruction of the diabetic foot and ankle. He is board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine.
He currently serves on the teaching faculty in the Department of Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he is actively involved in training residents and medical students from the United States and internationally. He also serves as a Clinical Instructor of Surgery at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California and is a Visiting Professor at the SIPO Polytechnic University of Health Sciences in Shanghai, China.
Dr. Pougatsch’s practice revolves around using advanced surgical and non-surgical modalities in healing wounds and treating deformities in a difficult patient population. He is currently involved in multiple clinical trials, has authored numerous clinical papers, and has lectured around the United States and internationally on topics from wound care and diabetes to biological tissues and reconstructive surgery.
Dr. Pougatsch grew up in Los Angeles and attended UCLA for his undergraduate studies where he served as a research associate in the UCLA Olympic Analytical Lab assisting with developing testing for blood doping - recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEPO). He continued his medical education at the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine in Chicago.
He completed his surgical residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, including serving as chief-resident in his final year.
Dr. Pougatsch was accepted as the inaugural fellow in diabetic limb salvage / reconstructive foot and ankle surgery in a combined program with the Western University of Health Sciences and the Amputation Prevention Center in Los Angeles.
Dr. Pougatsch’s passion is to do anything and everything to prevent limb amputations. As they say, “save a leg, save a life!"