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As the weather remains nice, more and more people are hitting the pavement in the quest for more physical exercise. But as their exercise increases, so does their chance of getting a foot or ankle injury. But UPMC has a new face, with just the experience to get people fixed and back on their run. As of Sept. 1, UPMC Health System welcomed MaCalus Hogan, MD, its newest and first African-American orthopaedic surgeon.

“The opportunity to be here (in Pittsburgh) is a good one. Having family support, a good job opportunity and a promising community, I think are all positives and the (keys) of success,” Hogan said. “I look forward to learning from Pittsburgh as well as becoming more of a son of Pittsburgh. Me and my wife are hopeful for a positive and long career going forward and raising our family here.”

Hogan, who will also be a faculty member in the Foot and Ankle Division of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh, will be seeing patients at the UPMC Shadyside and UPMC East locations.

“We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Hogan into our Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.  Dr. Hogan completed his orthopaedic training at some of the nation’s top programs, and needless to say, after recruiting him we were thrilled to hear when he and his family chose Pittsburgh,” said Freddie Fu, M.D., professor and chair, Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences and UPMC. “Dr. Hogan is a terrific person, family man, surgeon and researcher and will be a great addition to our department in all aspects, including clinically, scientifically and educationally.”

It was in high school that Hogan, a Muscle Shoals, Ala., native, realized his interest in orthopaedic surgery, after fracturing his ankle during a football game. With the surgeon who fixed his ankle as his mentor, Hogan’s interest developed from there. After high school, Hogan went onto attend Xavier University of Louisiana as a bio chemistry and pre-med major, then medical school at Howard University in Washington, D.C., followed by his orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Virginia, and the Hospital for Special Surgery and New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical College for his specialty in the foot and ankle. Hogan was also a Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) scholar during his undergraduate education.

Along with his extensive academic background, Hogan also has research expertise to match. He has been involved with a number of basic and clinical research projects. He is the 2013 recipient of the Leonard Goldner Award, which he received at the 2013 annual meeting of the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society in Hollywood, Fla. He has also worked as a consultant for a number of professional sports teams and organizations.

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