Howard L. Schultheiss, Jr., DPM
Imagine visiting your diabetic grandfather in the hospital. Everything seems fine and as far as you know, the only problem is a wound on his leg. Sadly, he passes away not too long after your visit. Dr. Schultheiss recounts this childhood memory as one of his most vivid. Little did he know, this moment in time would eventually propel him into the field of Podiatry.
Born and raised in Queens, New York, Howard had a strong family oriented childhood. He attended Bayside High School where he participated in competitive swimming, became the team captain and led the 200 medley relay team to win and hold the New York state record for seven years. He attended St. Francis College in Brooklyn, NY on a full swimming scholarship majoring in Chemistry. Early leadership aspirations expanded swimming into water polo, being a team captain again, and proudly leading his team to a dramatic win at the prestigious West Point Academy. He developed and presided as President of the Science and Botanical Society and loved caring for his prized Gardenias. Education, competition and a desire to travel, he soon became a highly decorated tri athlete. A 3rd place overall win in Oxford, MD qualified him for the Iron Man Triathalon in Hawaii. Graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, Howard was interested in working in a research laboratory, but also considered post graduate study. There was still that childhood calling to have a role in helping grandparents and grandchildren spend more quality years together. He made his decision to become a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine. This felt natural, as he could combine his love of chemistry, the love of his grandfather and his nurturing yet competitive nature to make positive changes in many peoples' lives.
Temple School of Podiatric Medicine was his first move away from family and brought many challenges. These years developed his very conservative, frugal and resourceful lifestyle. He completed his residency at the Wilmington Veterans Administration. The experience of caring for our countries veterans, seeing the depth in their eyes and seeing the loss of limbs, was the fuel that sparked the fire to combine all of his skills and become a leader in proactive wound care, limb salvage and overall foot health and function. He is now a member of multiple State and National Podiatry and Wound Care organizations and has dual Board Certification in Podiatric Medicine, Surgery and Wound Care.
In 1991, Dr. Schultheiss started his practice in Bel Air and was blessed with rapid growth and quickly rose from 35 patients a week to 35 patients a day! As the diversity of cases grew so did the quest for advanced education and services. Dr. Schultheiss was determined to bring the specialists needed for complex cases right here to the community. Having been teamed with Maryland Vascular Associates for many years, a full service vascular laboratory was built to provide rapid and even same day vascular testing. This team approach continues to flourish and early intervention of vascular complications has been crucial in preventing amputations. In 2009, Harford Lower Extremity Specialists became the first Podiatric specific Ambulatory Surgical Center in Maryland to achieve the gold seal of approval with accreditation by the Joint Commission. This accreditation brought an even higher standard for patient safety and infection control.
After years of hard work and dedication, Dr. Schultheiss and Harford Lower Extremity Specialists has become a highly referred to destination for patients. The practice is very dynamic, dedicated to continually seeking advanced technology and techniques. The next challenge is finding another Podiatrist with the same passion and commitment to carry on the mission of Harford Lower Extremity Specialists.
- Clinical Assistant Professor (Adjunct) - Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine
- Founder of the Maryland Chapter of Save a Leg, Save a Life, (SALSAL)
- Faculty, Global Wound Development Program; St. Louis, MO; May 4, 2006
- Gout Advisory Network
- Takeda Pharmceuticals, NA, June, 2011
- Faculty Speaker, Pamlab, LLC, May, 2011
- Advanced Wound Care Preceptorship, The Wound Treatment Center, Opelousas General Health System, Opelousas, Louisiana May 3, 2010
- Advanced Techniques in Surgical Wound Management; Tucson, AZ; April 4, 2008
- Clinical Experience Program for Wound Care - Georgetown University; Washington DC; September 16, 2007
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Please convey to Dr. Schultheiss and the staff on how they made my first visit so comfortable and pleasant! I've never met a doctor that made me feel so ease from the very beginning! For the first time in years, I think I'm in a healing process - and, if not, I know that I'm in good care.