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Alex Dandashly, DPM

Podiatrist, Foot doctor Alex Dandashly, DPM in Ferndale, MI 48220, Milford, MI 48381 and Commerce Township, MI 48382

Alex Dandashly, DPM
Physician and Surgeon
of the
Foot and Ankle

Dr. Alex Dandashly immigrated to the United States with his family from Lebanon at the age of seventeen. Living in the Detroit metro area he calls Michigan his home. Ever since he was a young boy, Dr. Dandashly’ dream was to become a first-generation doctor. From an early age, education, hard work and strong values were emphasized at home which translated to his strong work ethic and concern for others less fortunate.

Dr. Dandashly received his bachelor’s degree in biomedical physics from Wayne State University, where he excelled in research and publications. While at Wayne State University, he spent time volunteering at the Detroit Medical Center, where he developed an appreciation for giving back to communities in need.

Dr. Dandashly received his Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine from Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine in Ohio, graduating in the top 10% of his class. Post graduate training brought him back home to Detroit to complete a rigorous three-year residency in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery focusing on reconstructive rear foot/ankle training at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University and Beaumont Hospital Royal Oak. He received extensive and specialized training in foot and ankle trauma, adult and pediatric reconstructive surgery, and diabetic limb salvage. Other rotations during his training included internal medicine, infectious diseases, vascular surgery, emergency medicine, general surgery, and orthopedic trauma.

Dr. Dandashly has special surgical interest in minimally invasive foot and ankle surgery, sports medicine, flatfoot, fracture, arthroscopy and reconstructive surgery of the foot and ankle. He maintains professional memberships with the American Podiatric Medical Association, Michigan Podiatric Medical Association, and the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.

Dr. Dandashly is excited to be a full-time physician and surgeon joining mentors Drs. Lefkowitz, Stock and Ward at both the Ferndale and Milford offices. He is devoted to serving the community and takes great pride in treating patients as his own family.

Outside of work, Dr. Dandashly enjoys simple things such as traveling, spending quality time with family and friends and trying different cultural cuisines. He loves spending time with his son and his better half, wife Sara, who is also a pharmacist. Dr. Alex and Sara together share great pride and passion helping others with their respective expertise in medicine to improve the health of their patients.

Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science
Wayne State University

Doctor of Podiatric Medicine
Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine
GPA: 3.85
Rank: 11 out of 111 (Top 10%)

Resident Physician
Detroit Medical Center & Beaumont Hospital – Royal Oak
July 2018 – June 2021

Extensive training in forefoot and rearfoot reconstructive surgeries, level 1 trauma, complex lower extremity deformity cases, diabetic limb salvage

Extensive clinical exposure at DMC Sinai-Grace Podiatric Clinic, wound care clinics, and orthopedics

Interested in minimally invasive foot and ankle surgeries and orthoplastics

Lower Extremity External Fixation Workshops

Orthoplastics lecture and cadaveric workshop with Dr. E. Rodriguez

DMC Cadaveric and Sawbone Workshops by
Arthrex, Stryker, Paragon28, Wright Medical, Integra, Synthes, and Smith & Nephew

Comprehensive Course of Internal Fixation for
Reconstructive Surgery and Trauma for Foot & Ankle

World Foot and Ankle Congress- Virtual

Stryker Total Ankle Replacement Cadaveric Workshop

ACFAS Arthroscopy course

American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) – member

American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) – member

Young Physician Institute – Representing Michigan

Michigan Podiatric Medical Association – member

Pi Delta - Podiatric National Honor Society – member

International Podiatric Medicine Student Association (IPMSA)
Previous President and a Founding Member

"Dual Incision Synovectomy and Adjuvant Irradiation as Definitive Treatment for Tenosynovial Giant Cell Tumor of the Ankle"
Submitted to The Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery 2020 and currently under review.

The following research was conducted at Wayne State University School of Medicine, Children's Hospital of Michigan, and Detroit Medical Center. Detroit, Michigan.

  • Santos FGDL, El-Dandachli AE, Buggs-Saxton C (2014) Regulation of Glucose Transporter 1 (Slc2a1) in the Pituitary Gonadotrope of Mice after Puberty. J Steroids Hormon Sci 5:138 doi:10.4172/2157-7536.1000138
  • Harris, V. M., Bendre, S. V., De Los Santos, F. G., Fite, A., El-Dandachli, A. E. Y., Kurenbekova, L., ... Buggs-Saxton, C. (2012). GnRH increases glucose transporter-1 expression and stimulates glucose uptake in the gonadotroph. Journal of Endocrinology, 212(2), 139-147. doi: 10.1530/JOE-11-0359
  • Research Poster Presentation at the Endocrinology Conference 2013. Colleen Buggs-Saxton, Omar Basha, A. EL-Dandachli and Francina Gonzalez De Los Santos. Overexpression of Glucose Transporter 1 (GLUT1) Modulates Gonadotrope Function. San Francisco, CA, June 15, 2013.

ACLS and BLS/CPR for Healthcare Providers
April 2020

Proficient and Fluent in English and Arabic

American College of Foot & Ankle Surgery Ankle Arthroscopy
October 2020

Hobbies and interests include spending time with my family, traveling, soccer, watersports, and exercise.

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