Dr Gavin was unanimously voted chief resident in a PSR-24 or Podiatric Surgical Residency by the members of the teaching staff. A PSR-24 is a 24 month training program with multiple rotations through the various departments in a teaching hospital. Dr Gavin completed his surgical training at Edgewater Hospital in Chicago from 1993-1995. Their responsibilities included scubbing, assisting and performing Foot & Ankle as well as all types of Orthopaedic and general Surgery at the Hospital as well as at Day Surgicenter at 18 S. Michigan Ave in Chicago, Day Surgicenter in Oakbrook Terrace and 25 East Same Day Surgery Center in Chicago. Dr Gavin led a team of six resident doctors in training covering 17 operating rooms 6 days a week, with approximately 110 Foot & Ankle surgeons working within the program. Dr Gavin received extensive training in forefoot reconstructive, rearfoot reconstructive, ankle, laser and arthroscopic surgery. Their responsibilities also included caring for hospital patients, journal club, working in dozens of Dr’s offices as well as rotations in General Medicine, Emergency Room, Trauma, Radiology, Pathology, Microbiology and Anesthesia.
Dr Gavin believes in using the least invasive course of action to treat his patients and only performs surgery as a last resort or when it is absolutely necessary. He prides himself on keeping up with technology and using the latest techniques in laser surgery, arthroscopy, and internal fixation for bone surgery and fractures. He performs all surgery on his patients himself, and currently teaches in three Podiatric Surgical Residency programs.
Many minor procedures, such as toenail surgery, laser surgery for plantar warts, biopsies and removal of foreign bodies are easily performed in the office under local anesthetic. More invasive procedures are performed in a hospital or outpatient surgery center, although the vast majority of procedures he performs are same-day outpatient procedures under I.V. sedation or “twilight sedation”. He is currently on Staff at Centegra Memorial Hospital in Woodstock, Norwegian American Hospital in Chicago, Advanced Ambulatory Surgical Center in Chicago, and Ashton Surgery Center in Hoffman Estates.