About University Foot and Ankle Institute

Updated 8/31/2018
UFAI's co-directors discuss what makes their care and outcomes different than other treatment centers.

How does University Foot and Ankle Institute differ from other podiatric and orthopedic medical practices?

 

1) Our friendly professionals never take a “cookie-cutter approach” to treatment. One solution never fits all. 

2) We carefully craft individual treatment plans that embrace each patients specific injury, anatomy and even lifestyle (a critically important component when it comes to recovery).

 

3) We're well known as one of the most technologically advanced foot and ankle practices in the nation. 

4) Our success rate is among the very highest in the world..

 

We're driven to get our patients back to their normal activities with the highest level of function, in the least amount of time, using the least invasive treatments possible.

University Foot & Ankle Institute, Always Forward Thinking

When we opened the doors to our practice in 2003, our goal was to provide true leading edge care, from start to finish. Many of the forward-looking measures we installed 10 years ago, such as electronic medical records and low radiation digital x-rays, are only now becoming the norm. Utilizing state-of-the-art technology and the latest diagnostic techniques, many of which we helped develop,  we also teach other doctors in our field how to use them

 

We have been a leader in the field of regenerative medicine for over 10 years. There is no foot and ankle practice that has more experience or success in the development and  use of human regenerative medicine. From platelet-rich plasma therapy and stem cell therapy to cartilage replacement, we are the leaders in the field.

 

Patients Gain From Our Experience

While other practices advertise “the latest and greatest,” we’ve been researching and performing these techniques for years. As a result, we have superior experience in evaluating what procedures will give you the outcome that matches your individual lifestyle.

 

Our physicians are sought after to participate in leading-edge research throughout North America and Europe. This experience, combined with UFAI’s personalized approach to care, will help you select your best medical option.

 

We take great pride in furthering the quality of foot and ankle care for everyone. Our doctors have trained more Southern California podiatrists on the latest procedures and modalities than anyone else.

 

Being at the leading edge of foot and ankle treatment, we are continually participating in studies designed to improve patient procedures, techniques, and products. As a recognized leader, our group has lectured in almost every state in the country, as well as around the world. We’ve written the book, literally, on foot and ankle surgery, as well as authoring over 300 journal publications. Other doctors visit our offices to learn from our physicians. We also provide free lectures to the public through UCLA Health System.

 

Timely and Efficient Patient Care

 

When you call us, our friendly staff picks up on the first or second ring, and in most cases you will not have to wait more than a day or two for an appointment.  For the convenience of our patients, we have our own digital x-ray, MRI, and ultrasound equipment at many of our locations. We even have our own top-rated physical therapy practice.

 

As our patient, your well-being is always foremost in our mind. For example, with MRIs of the foot and ankle, insurance companies reimburse us a flat rate based on four views or “images.” But because we have our own equipment, we can afford to take six to ten images (which is what we consider a full study) so you receive more images than your insurance pays for, and we get better diagnostic information to improve your outcome.

 

Our nine locations are affiliated with the most modern surgical centers in Southern California. It is vital that you have the right equipment and support staff in conjunction with the best medical skill. Health care is a team effort and having a direct partnership with a surgery center puts us in a position to ensure you get the best care, period.

 

Please call 877-989-9110, or click here to request a consultation online so that we can discuss your situation.

Over 200,000 happy UFAI patients and growing
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    The whole staff at University Foot & Ankle Institute is wonderful!!
    Nathalie R.
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    I love Dr. Gary Briskin, Gray O' Brien & the physical therapy staff in Santa Monica. Super nice people, and very helpful getting me back on my feet!
    Kira L.
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    I had some PT done to my hip flexers. I'm an avid runner and cyclist. The staff is very knowledgeable and knows athletes. So if you're an athlete and need some repairs, I highly suggest this staff. Suzanne is an I...
    Tracy H.
  • HealthGrades
    Dr. Yau takes time with his patient(s) and explains the foot condition professionally. I highly recommend Dr. Yau as a podiatrist.
    Art H.
  • CustomerSure
    Dr. Briskin is fantastic. A great doctor, as well as a warm caring person.
    Elisa B.
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    I was very impressed with my experience at your office. From the quick appointment I got to the minimal wait upon arrival and the professionalism from the staff and doctor was all exceptional. I am very happy I chose ...
    Jamie L.
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    I felt I was listened to when I had something to say. I appreciated the communication between the doctors and the Physical Therapist in relation to specific treatment and overall condition.
    Harry T.
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    Have been impressed with the attitude and professionalism of the staff. Waiting times are minimal - it is appreciated.
    David A.
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    The medical care (at UFAI) is the best of the best.
    Douglas C.
  • Yelp
    I had foot surgery here in November 2014 with Dr. Baravarian and as far as surgeries go, it was a pleasant experience. The staff is incredibly helpful and nice and Dr. Baravarian was great! I was given very thorough p...
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