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Melissa M. Galli, DPM, MHA

largeMelissaGalliMelissa M. Galli, DPM, MHA is a board qualified and dual fellowship-trained reconstructive foot and ankle surgeon specializing in sports medicine, external (frame) fixation, trauma, total ankle replacement and reconstruction of the forefoot, hindfoot and ankle. She is certified in various total ankle replacement systems.

Dr. Galli completed her fellowship at Coordinated Health in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania where she received comprehensive reconstructive training, including primary and revision ankle joint replacement. In addition, she studied abroad for a 5-week international external fixation fellowship in limb deformity correction with Dr. Alexander Kirienko in Milan, Italy. Prior to obtaining her fellowship training, Dr. Galli completed her podiatric surgical residency in the Department of Orthopedics at The Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center. During her residency, Dr. Galli received extensive training in orthopedic surgery, general surgery, vascular surgery, reconstructive plastic surgery, emergency and internal medicines, infectious disease, diabetic limb salvage and endocrinology. Her medical involvement extended into the community where she served on a local diabetes organization’s Medical Board allowing diabetic children the access to a summer camp experience. In addition, she assisted in the founding of their Young Professionals’ Board, YPGluco.

Dr. Galli received her medical degree from Des Moines University’s College of Podiatric Medicine & Surgery and simultaneously completed her Master of Health Care Administration from the College of Health Sciences. Her medical business knowledge was utilized by Chicagoland’s Advocate health system during an internship. After election as Class President by her medical colleagues, her leadership skills were rendered on the IPMSA Executive Council and Des Moines University’s Council of Presidents. Dr. Galli obtained her Bachelor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies from Miami University graduating cum laude and with honors with distinction. During her undergraduate schooling, she received numerous research grants to study the implications of environmental and public health policies as it pertained to diseases harbored in large African mammals.

Dr. Galli continually challenges her knowledge base through research and collaboration. She continues to educated patients through research and advanced her profession by means of publications and lecturing. She is an active member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS), American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), Arizona Podiatric Medical Association (AzPMA) and is an ongoing trauma section editor for its Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery. Dr. Galli believes in educating and empowering the next generation and serves as a Miami University Class Agent encouraging educational endowments.

Education/Training

  • International External Fixation Fellowship: Milan, Italy
  • Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Fellowship: Coordinated Health
  • Residency: The Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center
  • Medical School: Des Moines University
  • Postgraduate in Health Care Administration: Des Moines University
  • Undergraduate: Miami University

Accolades

  • 2012 - Two Honorable Mentions for Research Manuscript at ACFAS Annual Scientific Conference
  • 2011 - 3rd Place at 7th International External Fixation Symposium for most challenging resident case
  • 2009 - College of Podiatric Medicine & Surgery Award for Clinical Proficiency
  • 2009 - ACFAS Michael L. Stone Award & Honorarium for Professional Conduct

Primary Areas of Interest

  • Ankle Arthroscopy
  • Reconstructive Rearfoot and Ankle Surgery
  • Forefoot Deformity Correction
  • Total Ankle Replacement
  • Sports Medicine
  • External Fixation
  • Trauma

Hospitals/Surgery Centers/Sub-Acute Facilities

  • Banner Desert Medical Center
  • Mercy Gilbert Medical Center

Publications

  • A retrospective comparison of cost and efficiency of the medial double and dual incision triple arthrodeses.
    Galli MM, DPM, MHAScott RT, DPM; Bussewitz B, DPM; Hyer CF, DPM, MS. Foot Ankle Spec. 2014 Feb; 7(1): 32-6.
  • Ankle valgus after hindfoot arthrodesis: a radiographic & chart comparison of the medial double & triple arthrodeses.
    Hyer CF, DPM, MS; Galli MM, DPM, MHAScott RT, DPM; Bussewitz B, DPM; Berlet GC, MD. J Foot Ankle Surg. 2014 Jan-Feb; 53(1): 55-8.
  • Utilization of silver hydrogel sheet dressing on postsurgical incisions: a pilot study in foot and ankle surgery. 
    Galli MM, DPM, MHAProtzman NM, MS; Brigido SA, DPM. Foot Ankle Spec. 2013 Dec; 6(6): 422-33.
  • Achilles tendon ruptures: risk assessment for aerial and ground athletes.
    Wertz J, DO; Galli MM, DPM, MHABorchers JR, MD, MPH. Sports Health. 2013 Sep; 5(5): 407-9.
  • Pinning across the metatarsophalangeal joint for hammertoe correction: where are we aiming and what is the damage to the metatarsal articular surface? 
    Galli MM, DPM, MHA; Brigido SA, DPM; Protzman NM, MS. J Foot Ankle Surg. 2013 Jul 18. {epub ahed of print}
  • Hallux rigidus: what lies beyond fusion, resectional arthroplasty and implants?
    Galli MM, DPM, MHAHyer CF, DPM, MS. Clinics in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery. 2011 Apr; 28(2): 385-403.

Oral Presentations

  • The role of allograft subchondral bone in treatment of shoulder lesions of the talus: clinical results with two-year follow up.
    Galli MM, DPM, MHAProtzman NM, MS; Bleazey ST, DPM; Brigido SA, DPM. 2014 ACFAS Annual Scientific Conference. Orlando, FL.
  • The relationship between BMI and tendinous & ligamentous ankle pathology: a comprehensive review of MRIs in the atraumatic, asymptomatic lateral ankle population. 
    Galli MM, DPM, MHAProtzman NM, MS; Mandelker EM, MD; Malhotra A, MD; Schwartz E, DPM; Brigido SA, DPM. 2014 ACFAS Annual Scientific Conference. Orlando, FL.
  • Evaluating component migration following modular stem-fixed bearing total ankle replacement. Wobst G, DPM;
    Galli MM, DPM, MHA; Protzman NM, MS; Brigido SA, DPM. 2014 ACFAS Annual Scientific Conference. Orlando, FL.
  • Examining the relation of osteochondral lesions of the talus to ligamentous and lateral ankle tendinous pathology: a comprehensive MRI review in an asymptomatic lateral ankle population. 
    Galli MM, DPM, MHA; Protzman NM, MS; Mandelker EM, MD; Malhotra A, MD; Schwartz E, DPM; Brigido SA, DPM. 2014 ACFAS Annual Scientific Conference. Orlando, FL.
  • Hindfoot arthrodeses: outcomes & lessons from taking a ‘less is more’ approach. 
    Nov 2013. Solothurn, Switzerland.
  • That's a flat foot so now what?! Examining the deformity through the ages. 
    Coordinated Health CME Lecture, Spring 2013. Bethlehem, PA.
  • Surgical efficiency of medical double arthrodesis versus standard triple arthrodesis 
    Hyer CF, DPM, MS; Galli MM, DPM, MHA; Bussewitz B, DPM. 2012 AOFAS Annual Scientific Conference. San Diego, CA.
  • Ankle valgus after hindfoot arthrodesis: a comparison of the medial double & triple arthrodesis 
    Hyer CF, DPM, MS; Galli MM, DPM, MHA; Scott RT, DPM; Berlet GC, MD. Awarded Honorable Mention at 2012 ACFAS Annual Scientific Conference. San Antonio, TX.
  • The medial double arthrodesis with lateral column sparing & arthrodiastasis 
    Berlet GC, MD; Hyer CF, DPM, MS; Scott RT, DPM; Galli MM, DPM, MHA. Awarded Honorable Mention at 2012 ACFAS Annual Scientific Conference. San Antonio, TX.
  • Resident competition: my most challenging case. 
    Awarded 3rd Place at the 7th International External Fixation Symposium, Dec 2011. San Antonio, TX.

Poster Presentations

  • Examining the relationship between pathologies of the peroneal, Achilles, and posterior tibial tendons: A comprehensive MRI review in an asymptomatic lateral ankle population. 
    Galli MM, DPM, MHA; Protzman NM, MS; Mandelker EM, MD; Malhotra A, MD; Schwartz E, DPM; Brigido SA, DPM. 2014 ACFAS Annual Scientific Conference. Orlando, FL.
  • Evaluating component migration: comparing stemmed and non-stemmed fixed bearing total ankle replacements. 
    Wobst GM, DPM; Protzman NM, MS; Galli MM, DPM, MHA; Brigido SA, DPM. 2014 ACFAS Annual Scientific Conference. Orlando, FL.
  • An examination of anatomic variants & incidental peroneal tendon pathology: a comprehensive MRI review. 
    Galli MM, DPM, MHA; Protzman NM, MS; Mandelker EM, MD; Malhotra A, MD; Schwartz E, DPM; Brigido SA, DPM. 2014 ACFAS Annual Scientific Conference. Orlando, FL.
  • Utilization of silver hydrogel sheet dressings on post-surgical wounds: a pilot study in foot & ankle surgery. 
    Galli MM, DPM, MHA; Brigido SA, DPM; Protzman NM, MS. ACFAS 71st Annual Scientific Conference, Las Vegas, NV, February 11-14, 2013. E-poster at the AOFAS Annual Scientific Meeting, Hollywood, FL, July 17-20, 2013.
  • An examination of incidental peroneal tendon pathology: a comprehensive multi-center review of ankle MRIs. 
    Galli MM, DPM, MHA; Schwartz E, DPM; Brigido SA, DPM; Protzman NM, MS. E-poster at the AOFAS Annual Scientific Meeting, Hollywood, FL, July 17-20, 2013.
  • The enhanced Lapidus arthrodesis: crossed screw technique with middle cuneiform fixation further reduces sagittal mobility. 
    Galli MM, DPM, MHA; McAlister JE, DPM; Berlet GC, MD; Hyer CF, DPM, MS. ACFAS 71st Annual Scientific Conference, Las Vegas, NV, February 11-14, 2013. E-poster at the AOFAS Annual Scientific Meeting, Hollywood, FL, July 17-20, 2013.
  • Arthrodiastasis of the lateral column with medial column fusion: a retrospective examination of the medial double, Lapidus & talonavicular arthrodeses. 
    Galli MM, DPM, MHA; Brigido SA, DPM; Protzman NM, MS. ACFAS 71st Annual Scientific Conference, Las Vegas, NV, February 11-14, 2013. E-poster at the AOFAS Annual Scientific Meeting, Hollywood, FL, July 17-20, 2013.
  • A retrospective comparison of cost & efficiency of the medial double and dual incision triple arthrodesis. 
    Galli MM, DPM, MHA; Scott RT, DPM; Bussewitz BW, DPM; Hyer CF, DPM, MS. ACFAS 71st Annual Scientific Conference, Las Vegas, NV, February 11-14, 2013.
  • Anatomic description of the naviculocuneiform articulation.
    McAlister JE, DPM; Galli MM, DPM, MHA; Hyer CF, DPM, MS. ACFAS 71st Annual Scientific Conference, Las Vegas, NV, February 11-14, 2013.
  • Allogenic, cancellous sponge improves fusion, pain & function: a prospective case series of 45 foot & ankle arthrodeses compared to the literature. 
    Galli MM, DPM, MHA; Brigido SA, DPM; Protzman NM, MS. ACFAS 71st Annual Scientific Conference, Las Vegas, NV, February 11-14, 2013.
  • Mid-term follow-up using demineralized allograft subchondral bone in the treatment of shoulder lesions of the talus. 
    Galli MM, DPM, MHA; Brigido SA, DPM; Protzman NM, MS. ACFAS 71st Annual Scientific Conference, Las Vegas, NV, February 11-14, 2013.
  • Pseudoaneurysm of the posterior tibial artery following manipulation under anesthesia of a total ankle replacement: a case report. 
    Bleazey ST, DPM; Brigido SA, DPM; Oskin TC, MD; Galli MM, DPM, MHA; Protzman NM, MS. ACFAS 71st Annual Scientific Conference, Las Vegas, NV, February 11-14, 2013.
  • Modular stem-fixed bearing total ankle replacement: a three-year follow up of 21 cases 
    Galli MM, DPM, MHA; Brigido SA, DPM; Protzman NM, MS. ACFAS 71st Annual Scientific Conference, Las Vegas, NV, February 11-14, 2013.
  • Pinning across the MTP joint with hammertoe correction: what’s the damage to the metatarsal articular surface? 
    Galli MM, DPM, MHA; Brigido SA, DPM; Protzman NM, MS. ACFAS 71st Annual Scientific Conference, Las Vegas, NV, February 11-14, 2013.
  • Digital arthrodesis using a 2-Piece intra-medullar locking implant
    Galli MM, DPM, MHA; Brigido SA, DPM; Protzman NM, MS. ACFAS 71st Annual Scientific Conference, Las Vegas, NV, February 11-14, 2013.
  • Structures at risk with medial double hindfoot fusion: a cadaveric study 
    Bussewitz B, DPM; Hatic S, DO; Galli MM, DPM, MHA; Scott RT, DPM; Hyer CF, DPM, MS. ACFAS 70th Annual Scientific Conference, San Antonio, TX, 2012.
  • A torus fracture of the 1st metatarsal 
    Galli MM, DPM, MHA; Atway S, DPM. The OSU Medical Center Research Day, 2010.
  • Internal fixation of osteoporotic bone: a case of staged procedures 
    Frerichs J, DPM; Galli MM, DPM, MHA. CPMS Research Day, Des Moines, IA, 2009.
  • Wave form analysis’ efficacy for the determination of severity & course of PAD 
    Bennett J, DPM; Galli MM, DPM, MHA; Comstock K, DPM, MS. Heartland Conference, Des Moines, IA, 2009.
  • Pinning across the MTP joint with hammertoe correction: what’s the damage to the metatarsal articular surface? 
    Galli MM, DPM, MHA; Brigido SA, DPM; Protzman NM, MS. ACFAS 71st Annual Scientific Conference, Las Vegas, NV, February 11-14, 2013.
  • Digital arthrodesis using a 2-piece intra-medullar locking implant 
    Galli MM, DPM, MHA; Brigido SA, DPM; Protzman NM, MS. ACFAS 71st Annual Scientific Conference, Las Vegas, NV, February 11-14, 2013.
  • Structures at risk with medial double hindfoot fusion: a cadaveric study
    Bussewitz B, DPM; Hatic S, DO; Galli MM, DPM, MHA; Scott RT, DPM; Hyer CF, DPM, MS. ACFAS 70th Annual Scientific Conference, San Antonio, TX, 2012.
  • A torus fracture of the 1st metatarsal.
    Galli MM, DPM, MHA; Atway S, DPM. The Ohio State University Medical Center Research Day, 2010.
  • Internal fixation of osteoporotic bone: a case of staged procedures 
    Frerichs J, DPM; Galli MM, DPM, MHA. CPMS Research Day, Des Moines, IA, 2009.
  • Wave form analysis’ efficacy for the determination of severity & course of PAD 
    Bennett J, DPM; Galli MM, DPM, MHA; Comstock K, DPM, MS. Heartland Conference, Des Moines, IA, 2009.

Leadership Roles

  • Elected CPMS ’09 Class President by her medical peers [2006 to 2009]
  • Member of IPMSA Executive Council [2006 to 2009]
  • Served on Des Moines University’s Council of Presidents [2006 to 2009]
  • Audio Visual Supervisor
  • Des Moines University Physical Diagnosis Teaching Assistant

Community Involvement

  • Physician representative on Central Ohio Diabetes Association’s Medical Advisory Committee & Camp Hamwi board providing diabetic children an outdoor summer camp experience [2009 to 2012].
  • Proud founding member & VP of Advocacy for YPGluco, the young professionals’ board of CODA.