- Reconstructive Foot and Ankle Surgery
- Revision Foot and Ankle Surgery
- Peripheral Nerve Surgery
- Wound management/reconstructive limb salvage
American Board of Podiatric Surgery
Certified in Foot Surgery
Certified in Reconstructive Rearfoot and Ankle Surgery
Dr. Douglas Blacklidge's education and training have been uniquely extensive in the profession of podiatric medicine and surgery. His premedical studies lead to a bachelor's degree in biological sciences from Purdue University. This was followed by 4 years of Podiatric Medical School in Chicago. He graduated as Salutatorian from Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine and was awarded the outstanding graduating student of podiatric surgery.
He then spent 3 years in a podiatric surgical residency program at Hutzel Hospital and the Detroit Medical Center Hospitals affiliated with Wayne State University. This included participation in the Diabetic Foot Clinic with the multispecialty Diabetes Center at Wayne State University's Health Center.
Additionally, Dr. Blacklidge completed a Trauma and Reconstructive Surgery fellowship with an AO Research Hospital in Mainz, Germany. He has also completed additional training for advanced techniques in peripheral nerve surgery.
Today, Dr. Blacklidge is affiliated with the American Health Network, a multispecialty medical group practice in Indiana. He provides foot and ankle care at offices in Kokomo and Lafayette, Indiana. He is a staff member of several hospitals and outpatient surgical facilities in north central Indiana.
He has lectured and published on a variety of podiatric surgery topics, and has helped advance podiatric surgical techniques such as joint fusions, internal fixation and peripheral nerve procedures. Dr. Blacklidge and his partners with the American Health Network in Indiana sponsor a reconstructive foot and ankle surgical training fellowship for already highly qualified foot and ankle surgeons seeking more training.
Dr. Blacklidge achieved board certification in 1998 with recertification in 2007 from the American Board of Podiatric Surgery in both available certification categories: Foot Surgery and Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Podiatric Surgeons and a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Additionally, he is a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association and the Indiana Podiatric Medical Association.
Dr. Blacklidge has an innovative interest and has been involved in developing solutions for foot and ankle problems. He does work as a paid consultant for orthopedic companies. Multiple companies producing devices for foot and ankle surgery have consulted with Dr. Blacklidge for his insight in product development and he has participated as an instructor for medical education events.