Dr. Mark Hinkes is a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine who recently retired from clinical care after 40 years’ service. 20 years in private practice in Miami, FL and 20 years at the Veterans Affairs Medical Centers. In Nashville, Tennessee he served as the Chief of Podiatry Services and Director of Podiatric Medical Education. He has been the Chairman of the Preservation Amputation Care and Treatment (PACT) Program for over a decade.
His service was responsible for providing the full spectrum of foot health care including primary podiatric medicine, pedal biomechanical evaluations, orthotic/prosthetic services, preventive foot care for patients with diabetes and at-risk limbs, wound care and foot surgery. He also provided consultation services for primary care, emergency care services, and specialty service clinics.
Before moving to Nashville, Dr. Hinkes was the Chief of the Podiatry Service at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Salem, Virginia. He served as National Field Advisor for Quality Assurance for Podiatric Medicine for the Veterans Administration. Dr. Hinkes has been a consultant for hospitals, extended care facilities, and corporations. He has served on multiple hospital committees, lectured nationally and internationally for community groups and schools, and has published peer-reviewed journal articles. He is the author of two books on diabetic foot health, Keep The Legs You Stand On, and Healthy Feet for People with Diabetes. Dr. Hinkes participated in teaching podiatric medicine at the graduate level at Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine in Miami, Florida from 1987 to 1998 as Adjunct Associate Professor of Podiatric Medicine. He is bilingual, English-Spanish, and has been a consultant to the electronic and print media in both languages. He has been President of the Dade County (Florida) Podiatric Medical Association. He has served as a clinical investigator for Novartis Pharmaceuticals.
Dr. Hinkes started his podiatric medical career in Miami, Florida where he completed his American Podiatric Medical Association-approved medical/surgical residency training at Westchester General Hospital. Dr. Hinkes graduated in May 1976 from Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio as a member of Phi Alpha Pi Professional Fraternity. In January 1973, he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Loyola University of Chicago, Illinois. His teaching at post-graduate level included Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and Geriatric Medicine in Nashville that focused on common foot problems with an emphasis on the diabetic foot, ulcer and amputation prevention in the at-risk patient.
Dr. Hinkes is certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and the American Professional Wound Care Association. He is a diplomat of the American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons. His professional memberships include the American Podiatric Medical Association, American Podiatric Writers Association, American Professional Wound Care Association and Association for the Advancement of Wound Care. He is a frequent blog contributor to several wound care blogs including Podiatry Today Magazine and his personal LinkedIn site. He is President and CMO of ePrevenir, a company who offers a cloud-based tool for Primary Care Providers to manage the four comorbidities of diabetes. In his leisure time, Dr. Hinkes enjoys raising roses, traveling, playing backgammon, and creating stained glass art.