Our Founder

Dr. Mark Whitesides

It is with deep sadness and sincere gratitude that we announce that Dr. Mark Whitesides, founder of Southwest Austin Foot & Ankle Clinic, retired from practicing medicine in July 2022 after being diagnosed with Primary Lateral Sclerosis (PLS).

Regarded as an expert in limb salvage and diabetic wound care, his services were widely sought in Central Texas for almost two decades. Dr. Whitesides brought an innovative spirit to podiatry and developed several novel surgical techniques in foot and ankle surgery. He will be deeply missed at the hospitals he served, where he was the consummate professional, mentor, and team player. Dr. Whitesides shared kindness, collaboration, and respect with all of his colleagues, friends, and patients.

An honors graduate of the California College of Podiatric Medicine, Dr. Whitesides spent his career serving his patients and advancing the field of podiatric medicine. Dr. Whitesides served as the Chief of Podiatric Medicine at St. David’s South Austin Medical Center from 2018-2021. He was active in the Texas Podiatric Medical Association, serving on the Board of Directors and Executive Board of directors from 2015-2022.

He was involved in student exposure to podiatry and potential recruitment of interested students from the University of Texas at Austin, as well as other local colleges and universities. He will remain in an active role with the TPMA as a member of the Admission and Scholarship committee for the new school of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery at the University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley.

Dr. Whitesides was beloved by his patients, who could always count on him to not only provide the best podiatric care, but also a listening ear and an empathic heart. Dr. Whitesides cared about each of his patients deeply and forged strong bonds with them over the years.

As Dr. Whitesides ends his medical career, he wishes the best to all of his patients, colleagues, mentors, and friends who have made this journey so special. He is especially grateful to his family for supporting him throughout his life and career.

Finally, Dr. Whitesides wants to express his confidence and deep appreciation for the doctors and staff that will continue to provide outstanding foot and ankle care to the patients at Southwest Austin Foot & Ankle Clinic.

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