“Podiatry is a unique path of medicine that in every treatment it affects whether patients may place weight on their foot or not…. This alone changes the whole aspect of their lives, it is similar to a mechanic that is changing tires on a car while the car is still in motion.”
Dr. Edward Shibli Azar has been practicing in the Inland Empire as Podiatric Foot & Ankle Surgeon Specialist since July 2016. Dr. Azar is a native Californian, born and raised in San Francisco, graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in Biology then completed a Master’s degree in Forensic Sciences, and graduated from California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt University in San Francisco Bay Area. He used to travel from SF to Upland while dating his wife during her educational process. Dr. Azar moved to the east coast for his 3-year surgical residency training in Brooklyn, New York, achieving “Best Surgery Award in 2015-16” at his residency program. He wanted to return to California and practice in the town he fell in love with, Upland. Dr. Azar joined Dr. Tepper’s office in July 2016 and currently resides in Upland, CA.
Dr. Azar is a compassionate, energetic, out-going doctor with interest in treating the foot and ankle, with emphasis on the importance of patient care and improving the quality of daily activity and life. Dr. Azar, from a very young age, was exposed to a well-rounded healthcare environment. Experiences that played a key role in his life decisions were his diabetic grandfather, who had several surgical toe amputations, his grandmother who had two ankle fractures while growing up that required surgical intervention, and his own foot problems from different athletic activities such as biking, hiking, skiing, soccer, and baseball. Dr. Azar also wore custom orthotics from early on in his childhood.
“I have trained and witnessed the busy streets of New York where the majority of patients primarily use public transportation and are on their feet constantly. Our lives are centered on movement, continuous walking and standing environment…. not being able to walk and preform our daily activities can not only be frustrating, but can also depreciate the quality of life. ‘If we don’t use it, we do lose it.’ I have witnessed the destruction from just limited activity in my own family and my own life and I chose to prevent that as much as possible in all my patients. We must keep motion and strength in all parts of our body.”
Dr. Azar is on Staff at San Antonio Regional Medical Center, Montclair Hospital, and Casa Coalina.