Meet A Doc: Michael Gentile
Dr. Gentile focuses his practice on traumatic and non-traumatic disorders of the foot and ankle for both adult and pediatric patients. He firmly believes that health care is only successful when his patients’ well-being is his singular focus. He is dedicated to continuing his own medical training as well as advancing the skills of his peers by giving frequent lectures and surgical workshops across the nation. His particular areas of clinical interest and research include arthroscopic surgery, repair of cartilage, ligament and tendon, surgery for flatfoot deformity and high-arched feet, bunion correction, tarsal tunnel syndrome, neuromuscular disorders, and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.
He earned his degree at the California College of Podiatric Medicine in Oakland, California. He then went on to complete his residency at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center – Reconstructive Foot and Ankle Surgery in Denver, Colorado.
We asked Dr. Gentile some questions to get to know him better:
Why did you decide to pursue medicine?
It was either medicine or rock-star and medicine seemed more stable.
What do you love most about your job?
Solving problems that can improve someone’s life.
What is a fun, interesting, or unusual fact about your job?
The human foot has 28 bones, 30 joints, and more than 100 muscles, ligaments and tendons, and I get to fix nearly all of them!
What is your best achievement?
What is the most challenging part of being a doctor?
When you try your best to fix someone and they don’t get as well as either of you would like.
What hobbies help you relax or de-stress?
Cooking, walking/hiking, enjoying a good glass of wine, and reading and listening to music and audible books
What is the best advice anyone has given you?
There is no use in acquiring knowledge if you don’t pass it on.
What advice can you give for people who aspire to be where you are?
Find something that lights your fire and give yourself fully to learning as much as you can, pushing yourself as far as possible, and passing your wisdom on to the next generation.