Karl M. Schweitzer Jr., MD Karl M. Schweitzer Jr., MD

Karl M. Schweitzer Jr., MD

Foot and Ankle Orthopaedic Surgeon

4.6 out of 5  (490 ratings, 83 reviews)
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919-862-5093 Office number
919-862-5605
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WHERE I PROVIDE CARE
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ABOUT ME

My pursuit of a career in orthopaedics has come as no surprise to those around me. Growing up on our family horse farm in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, afforded me many mechanical tasks. Foot and ankle orthopaedics was an obvious choice: the diverse patient population, challenging surgeries, and the ability to help my patients get back to the activities they enjoy most. As medical missionary, Dr. Albert Schweitzer said, “At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by the spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” It is my responsibility, but also privilege as a surgeon, to empower my patients with ‘that light’, through optimism, knowledge and ultimately relief, through both non-operative and surgical means. I perform a variety of reconstructive procedures, including: fore/midfoot surgeries, ankle arthroscopy and cartilage restorative surgery, tendon/ligament repair/reconstruction, lower extremity fracture care, ankle replacement and fusion, diabetic Charcot reconstruction (including use of Ilizarov thin-wire frame techniques) and advanced deformity reconstruction for conditions related to arthritic, neurologic, congenital or acquired conditions.

LANGUAGES I SPEAK
English
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Experience
Orthopaedic foot and ankle team

I am part of an orthopaedic foot and ankle team that offers expert care and treatment for foot pain and injuries and ankle pain and injuries. This includes arthritis, fractures, ankle instability, bunions, claw toes, diabetic foot, hammer toe, heel pain, heel spurs, ligament and tendon injury, plantar fasciitis, rheumatoid foot disorders, and sports-related injuries.

My surgical specialties
  • Foot surgery
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  • Leg and ankle surgery
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  • Foot fusion surgery
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  • Removal of hardware from bones
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Note: All surgical experience data is from July 2014 through June 2017 and is calculated by individual Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes. 

Surgeries Performed by the Foot and Ankle Team
17,209
Surgeries Performed by the Foot and Ankle Team
17,209
My surgical specialties
  • Foot surgery
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  • Leg and ankle surgery
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  • Foot fusion surgery
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  • Removal of hardware from bones
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Procedures I Perform the Most

Note: All surgical experience data is from July 2014 through June 2017 and is calculated by individual Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes. 

Training
EDUCATION
MD, Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University (Pennsylvania), 2008
RESIDENCY
Orthopaedic Surgery, Duke University Medical Center, 2013
FELLOWSHIP
Foot and Ankle Surgery, OrthoCarolina Foot and Ankle Institute (North Carolina), 2014
BOARD CERTIFICATION
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery - General
Clinical Focus and Research
MY RESEARCH INTERESTS

As an orthopaedic foot and ankle specialist, I believe research, whether benchtop or clinical, is essential to advance the field, in order to improve patient care and outcomes. I enjoy participating in clinical research, which thus far has focused on ankle arthritis, total ankle replacement including functional outcomes, and foot and ankle trauma.

PUBLICATIONS
View Karl Schweitzer's publications on PubMed
Ratings and Reviews

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Overall provider rating
4.6 out of 5 (490 ratings, 83 reviews)
PATIENT REVIEWS
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Industry Relationships and Collaborations
This faculty member has no reported relationships with industry.