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Nathaniel Preston, DPM(USA), FACFAS(USA)

Registered Specialist | CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS

Central and Greater Melbourne based referrals are encouraged to seek consultation with colleague AProf Mark Gilheany. New South Wales / Queensland based refferals encouraged to seek consultation with colleague Dr Leah Cook.

Dr. Preston is a recognized expert in Foot and Ankle Surgical Reconstruction having published peer-reviewed research in multiple renowned medical journals.

Dr. Nathaniel Preston attended the Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine in the United States graduating summa cum laude with his Doctorate in Podiatric Medicine. He was recognized by the faculty and awarded the Michael L. Stone Award for his contributions to the College.

Dr. Preston then completed his residency in Foot and Ankle Reconstructive Surgery at Grant Medical Center; a level one trauma center located in Columbus, Ohio, USA. He was elected Chief Resident in his final year and served as both the Secretary and Legislative Action Point of Contact for the Ohio Foot and Ankle Medical Association Central Academy.

After completing Naval Officer Development School he reported to United States Naval Hospital Okinawa to serve as an active duty Foot and Ankle Reconstructive Surgeon at the United States’ largest forward deployed medical treatment facility. In addition to clinical duties, he served as the Command Research Integrity officer, Acting Command Research Coordinator, Division officer for the department of Orthopaedics & Podiatry, Acting Department Head of Orthopaedic and Podiatric Surgery, Subject Matter Expert (SME) for walking wounded mass casualty management, and was a member of the mass casualty management emergency surgical response team. During his time in service he was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal, as well as advanced qualification designations as both a Medical Researcher and Medical Executive. Prior to his honorable discharge Dr. Preston completed extensive training in Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) in addition to Combat Extremity Surgery, and was competitively selected for promotion to the rank of Lieutenant Commander.

Dr. Preston has remained active in medical education and was adjunct faculty to both the Japanese National Physician Graduate Medical Education Fellowship Program and the US Naval Hospital Orthopedics for the Primary Care Physician course. He is currently adjunct faculty at La Trobe University. 

He is a recognized expert in Foot and Ankle surgical Reconstruction having published peer-reviewed research in multiple renowned medical journals including the Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery, the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association, and Foot & Ankle Specialist. 

Dr. Preston is committed to individualized patient care, and strives to evaluate and treat every patient specific to their distinct presentation.

Dr. Preston has completed the American Academy of Foot & Ankle Osteosynthesis Comprehensive Internal Fixation Course, the American Academy of Foot & Ankle Osteosynthesis Advanced Internal Fixation Course, the American College of foot & Ankle Surgeons Operative Arthroscopy Course, and multiple Total Ankle Replacement cadaver courses.

Dr. Preston is a fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, a diplomate of the American Board of Podiatric Medicine, and Affiliate of the Australasian College of Podiatric Surgeons, and is board certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery in both foot surgery, as well as Reconstructive Rearfoot and Ankle Surgery.

After completion of military service Dr. Preston relocated to Melbourne with his wife and 2 children where he joined A/Prof Mark Gilheany and Dr. Leah Cook at Foot and Ankle Specialists Australia (FASA).

He is committed to the principles of evidence based medicine and has presented numerous research projects at national science conferences on a wide variety of topics including fracture management, trauma reconstruction, arthroscopy, stem cell therapy, ligament reconstruction, osteomyelitis management, soft tissue lesions, pathologic fracture management, bunion correction technique, fixation strength, complex ankle reconstruction, salvage reconstruction of failed Total Ankle Implants, and neuroma surgical management.

Publications / Presentations

  •  Evaluation of Fixation Strength for an Austin Bunionectomy: A Comparison Between Kirschner Wire and Screw Fixation. (2nd Place 2012 ACFAS ASC student research competition)

  • What Effect Does Release of the Deep Transverse Intermetatarsal Ligament Have on the Intermetatarsal 1-2 Angle? A Cadaveric Study Comparing Pre-Operative and Post-Operative Weight-Bearing Anterior-Posterior Radiographs. (2nd Place 2013 ACFAS ASC student research competition)

  • Surgical Management of Foot and Ankle Abscesses: Effects on Outcomes Based on Size and Location (Presented at OhioHealth research sharing day 2015)

  • Medial Column Reconstruction Following Excision of Osteomyelitic Medial Cuneiform: A Case Report (Presented at ACFAS ASC 2015, OhioHealth research sharing day 2015)

  • Amniotic Membrane Injection Therapy for Recalcitrant Plantar Fasciitis: A Prospective Case Series (Presented at
    ACFAS ASC 2016, Ohiohealth research sharing day 2015)

  • Plantar Midfoot Glomangiopericytoma: A case report (Presented at OhioHealth research sharing day 2016 and ACFAS ASC 2017)

  • ATFL augmentation / repair using a synthetic bio-absorbable tissue scaffold: A technique guide (Presented at ACFAS ASC 2017, presented at OhioHealth research sharing day 2017, Accepted for publication in Clinical Medicine Insights: Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Disorders)

  • ATFL augmentation / repair using a synthetic bio-absorbable tissue scaffold: A retrospective case series (Presented at ACFAS ASC 2017, presented at OhioHealth research sharing day 2017)

  • Epidermal Inclusion Cyst with Rupture & Foreign Body Giant Cell Reaction Treated with Surgical Excision and Rotational Flap Closure: A Case Report & Review of the Literature (Presented at ACFAS ASC 2017, presented at OhioHealth research sharing day 2017, Published in Proceedings of Singapore Healthcare 2018)

  • Reconstruction of a Traumatic Partial 1st Ray Amputation with the Use of an Induced Pseudosynovial Membrane & Cortico-Cancellous Autograft: A Case Report (Presented at ACFAS ASC 2017, presented at OhioHealth research sharing day 2017, Accepted for publication in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association 2018)

  • Open reduction and Internal Fixation of a Neglected Posterior Pilon Variant Fracture in an Uncontrolled Diabetic with Peripheral Neuropathy: A Case Report and Literature Review (Presented at ACFAS ASC 2017, presented at OhioHealth research sharing day 2017)

  • Severe ingrown toenail with hypertrophic skin bridging: A case report and review of the literature (Presented at OhioHealth research sharing day 2017, Published in Proceedings of Singapore Healthcare 2018)
  • Intermediate- to Long-Term Longevity and Incidence of Revision of the Modified Broström-Gould Procedure for Lateral Ankle Ligament Repair: A Systematic Review (Presented at ACFAS ASC 2017, presented at OhioHealth research sharing day 2017, published in the Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery 2017, Gerard V. Yu Scientific Poster Competition Winner 2017)
  • Salvage Arthrodesis of a Failed Total Ankle Replacement Using a Custom 3D Printed Cage Implant: A Case Report and Review of the Literature (Presented at ACFAS ASC 2017, presented at OhioHealth research sharing day 2017, Published in Proceedings of Singapore Healthcare 2018)
  • Deep Transverse Metatarsal Ligament Transection in Morton’s Neuroma Excision: A Cadaveric Study Examining Effects on Metatarsal Alignment (Presented at ACFAS ASC 2017 and OhioHealth research sharing day 2017, Published in Foot & ankle Specialist 2017)
  • First Ray Reconstruction Using the Masquelet Technique: A Case Series (Presented at ACFAS ASC 2020 and OhioHealth research sharing day 2020)
  • Arthroscopic management of diffuse ankle osteochondromatosis: A case report (Presented at ACFAS ASC 2021)
  • Arthroscopic management of a symptomatic posterior talar body unicameral bone cyst: A case report (Presented at ACFAS ASC 2022)
  • Exercise Induced Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome Secondary to an Accessory Muscle in a Pediatric Patient: Case Report and Literature Review (Submitted for Presentation at ACFAS ASC 2023)

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Qualifications

Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) (USA)

Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons

Diplomate, American Board of Podiatric Medicine

Board Certified, Foot Surgery, American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery

Board Certified, Reconstructive Rearfoot and ankle Surgery, American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery

Veteran, United States Navy, Medical Service Corps.

Member, Australasian College of Podiatric Surgeons

Adjunct Faculty, La Trobe University

Awards

Navy Achievement Medal - 2021

Grant Medical Center Leadership Award - 2017

American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery, Michael L. Stone Award — 2014

Outstanding Doctoral Research Presentation Award - Kent State University - 2013

President of the Pi Delta National Honor Society — 2013 (Beta Chapter)

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