Stephen M. Carley DPM
Rappahannock Foot and Ankle Specialists
Dr. Stephen Carley, a leading figure and co-owner at Rappahannock Foot & Ankle Specialists, has been a cornerstone of the clinic since his arrival in 1996. His journey in medicine began with a strong academic foundation, earning a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. With a keen interest in the intricate mechanics of the foot and ankle, Dr. Carley pursued further education at Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. It was there, in 1992, he achieved his Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine, marking the beginning of a distinguished career in podiatric medicine.
Dr. Carley’s postdoctoral training was extensive and rigorous. He was selected to join a prestigious Maryland Podiatric Surgical Residency Program, where he gained comprehensive surgical training across several renowned institutions, including the Greater Baltimore Medical Center, the Greater Baltimore Wound Care Center, Union Memorial Hospital Sports Medicine Center, Bon Secours Hospital, Maryland General Hospital, and St. Joe Hospital. This diverse residency experience equipped him with a multifaceted understanding of podiatric conditions and their treatments.
Further enhancing his surgical expertise, Dr. Carley completed an intensive one-year fellowship in reconstructive foot surgery with the esteemed New Haven Foot Surgery/Milford Podiatry group in Connecticut. This fellowship was instrumental in refining his skills, particularly in complex surgical interventions aimed at restoring foot and ankle function.
Dr. Carley is not just committed to clinical excellence but also to the advancement of his field. He is a prolific member of several professional bodies, including the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) and the Virginia Podiatric Medical Association (VPMA). His peers recognize him as a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and a Diplomate of the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery, both attestations to his high level of expertise. His proficiency extends to being certified in Foot and Ankle Surgery, a Fellow of the American Professional Wound Care Association, and an Associate of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine.
His commitment to podiatry and the welfare of his patients is reflected in the privileges he holds at multiple medical centers, such as Mary Washington Hospital, Stafford Hospital Center, Surgi-Center of Central Virginia, and Fredericksburg Ambulatory Surgery Center. These associations ensure that Dr. Carley's patients receive holistic and coordinated care across different healthcare settings.
Dr. Carley’s reputation in the medical community is stellar, a fact underscored by his recognition as a Top Doctor by Northern Virginia Magazine for three consecutive years, 2015 through 2017. Moreover, he earned the coveted 2016 Award Winner in Podiatry for Top Doctors from the same publication, solidifying his status as a leader in his field.
In his practice, Dr. Carley embraces a wide spectrum of podiatric medicine. He has a particular interest in pediatric care, sports medicine, trauma, reconstructive surgery, and the management of diabetes-related foot conditions. He is passionate about ensuring that each of his patients, regardless of age or the complexity of their condition, receives the highest standard of care. His approach is patient-centric, focusing on education, prevention, and personalized treatment plans designed to promote optimal foot and ankle health and, by extension, enhance the overall quality of life for his patients.
At Rappahannock Foot & Ankle Specialists, Dr. Carley is more than a physician; he is a dedicated professional committed to excellence, a testament to the clinic's reputation for providing top-tier podiatric care.