University Foot and Ankle Institute Doctors Named to LA Magazine’s Top Doctors List

Best Podiatrist In Los Angeles, University Foot and Ankle Institute, Top Doc LA Magazine

We don’t like to brag, but… Okay, LA, if you insist! LA Magazine recently released the first edition of their Top Doctors list, and can you guess which group has been awarded the most bragging rights? It’s UFAI!

Dr. Bob Baravarian,Best Podiatrist Los Angeles

Dr. Baravarian serves as Co-director at University Foot and Ankle Institute

That’s right. The University Foot and Ankle Institute is the only foot and ankle medical group that can claim not one, but TWO doctors who made it onto the list. They are esteemed podiatrists Dr. Stephen Schwartz and Dr. Bob Baravarian. Please join us in congratulating these two physicians on this well-deserved honor, for making such a remarkable impact on the Southern California communities!

The Top Doctors list is the first of its kind from Los Angeles Magazine, although lists like it are a “staple” for many other city magazines across the country. The data were compiled via a rigorous peer-to-peer survey, by specialty research firm Professional Research Services based out of Troy, Michigan.

While these methods aren’t strictly scientific, they do give the list some hefty weight. The careers of the doctors on this list have been carefully reviewed and long-admired by other doctors in their respective fields, so patients know that they’re getting the cream of the proverbial crop.

Dr. Baravarian is the co-director of the University Foot and Ankle Institute and was named one of the best foot and ankle specialists on Los Angeles’ Magazine’s best doctors list. He is a board-certified foot and ankle surgeon, specializing in sports medicine, reconstructive surgery, and revision surgery and practices out of our Santa Monica and Sherman Oaks offices

Dr. Baravarian can also be found jetting around the country training other surgeons in the use of the latest minimally-invasive techniques and surgical devices.

Dr. Stephen Schwartz, Best Podiatrist Los Angelse

Dr. Schwartz’s stands out for his dedication to underserved communities

Dr. Stephen Schwartz is another distinguished UFAI podiatrist identified as one of LA Magazine’s Top Doctors. He is a board-certified foot and ankle surgeon, whose long career stands out for its dedication to underserved communities. He practices out of UFAI’s Mid-Wilshire location.

For over 30 years, Dr. Schwartz has been involved with Operation Footprint (formerly known as the Baja Crippled Children’s Project), which provides training to medical staff and surgical services to children born with clubfoot deformities, and now serves as co-director and Chief Surgeon Emeritus.

But that’s not all… The University Foot and Ankle Institute was also recently awarded the Best Foot and Ankle Surgery Group in California, from Top Doctors! “This is a great honor for our group and shows that our entire group offers exceptional care for foot and ankle problems” said Dr. Gary Briskin, a co-director at the Institute.

Dr. Baravarian says it’s this award that is the greatest honor of them all. “Our entire group deserves the Top Doctors award. It means so much to us that they’ve chosen UFAI for this distinction. It goes to show just how much hard work and dedication the team here has put into this practice.”

University Foot and Ankle Institute is the largest foot and ankle group in the greater Los Angeles area. With 10 doctors, 3 physical therapists, a surgical center, MRI, CT and diagnostic facilities, our 10 locations offer state-of-the-art care in your backyard. To make an appointment, please call (877) 736-6001 or visit

The UFAI Education Team

For almost fifteen years, University Foot and Ankle Institute and their nationally recognized physicians have been providing the most technologically advanced medical care for the foot and ankle with the highest success rates in the country.

As a teaching institution, University Foot and Ankle Institute’s Fellowship Program is among the most advanced in the nation.

We at UFAI are 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. From start to finish, we are with you every step of the way.

The UFAI Education Team works to help empower our patients and website visitors with the most up-to-date information about foot and ankle conditions, treatment options, recovery and injury prevention. Our goal is to pass on truly useful information to our readers.

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