The physicians and staff of Foot & Ankle Institute are sad to announce the passing of one of our practice’s co-founders, Dr. Samuel Mendicino. After graduating from the Scholl School of Podiatric Medicine in 1985, Dr. Mendicino started practicing in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Two years after moving to Houston in 1995, he established Centers for Advanced Foot Care, later becoming Foot & Ankle Institute. In addition to serving his patients in private practice, Dr. Mendicino was a career-long champion of resident education, most notably serving as the Residency Director of the Harris County Podiatric Surgical Residency Program for 25 years (currently the HCA Houston Healthcare West Podiatric Medical and Surgical Residency Program). He was also a leader in the podiatric profession both statewide and nationally, serving as the President of the Texas Podiatric Medical Association and the President of the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. A brilliant and caring physician, his patients will undoubtedly miss his fierce commitment to their health and well-being as well as his characteristic wit and charm. We at Foot & Ankle Institute share the sadness brought by his passing with his patients, colleagues, friends and family. Our staff looks forward to working with Dr. Mendicino’s patients in the future and continuing his legacy of outstanding patient care.