Bradley W. Bakotic, D.P.M., D.O.
Dr. Bakotic is Founder of the Rhett Foundation for the Advancement of Podiatric Medical Education. Prior to his latest venture, he Founded, was acting CEO, and served as principal consulting dermatopathologist at Bako Integrated Physician Solutions, for nearly 10 years. Dr. Bakotic earned his Master of Biomedical Sciences and Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine from Barry University between 1988 and 1992. He matriculated through his initial doctorate degree as valedictorian. As the result of a lower back injury, which would have greatly limited his future surgical practice, Dr. Bakotic sought an alternate medical specialty that would allow him to take advantage of his podiatric training. In that vein, he made the decision to embark on a subsequent career in pathology, with focus on the various aspects of podiatric pathology.
In June of 1992, over a 2 week period, Dr. Bakotic sat for, and passed the previous freshman class’s midterms and final examinations, and entered the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine as a sophomore, ultimately graduating cum laude. During his years as an Osteopathic Medical student, he created a successful podiatric medical practice. Following the didactic portion of his medical training, Dr. Bakotic completed a composite pathology residency at Tufts University/Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts, and at the University of Miami/Mount Sinai Medical Center, in Miami Beach, Florida. During these years, he served as chief pathology resident. To provide him with unique expertise in podiatric pathology (skin, bone, soft tissue), Dr. Bakotic went on to complete fellowship training in oncologic surgical pathology at the world renowned Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and in dermatopathology at the Ackerman Academy/Columbia University, both in New York, New York. He currently holds specialty boards in anatomic and clinical pathology through the American Board of Pathology, and subspecialty boards in dermatopathology through the American Board of Dermatology and the American Board of Pathology.
In 2008 Dr Bakotic founded Bako Pathology Services, which under his leadership, became the pre-eminent National provider of pathology services to the podiatric profession. Never abandoning an altruistic theme, he supported a broad array of podiatric institutions, both financially, and through his time and effort, on a level that had not been seen before. In parallel, he published dozens of research articles, several book chapters, and served as Special Editor for the comprehensive podiatric textbook Principles and Practice of Podiatric Medicine. He has served on the editorial boards of 3 medical journals, and as an adjunct faculty member for 4 schools of podiatric medicine.
In 2017 Dr Bakotic founded the Rhett Foundation for the Advancement of Podiatric Medical Education with his career-long business partner Joseph “Jody” Hackel, M.D.. Initially self-funding the Foundation with $2,000,000.00, the Rhett Foundation has quickly become one of the most recognized brands in the podiatric industry. This purely benevolent foundation has charged itself with advancing podiatric medical education while uniquely focusing on lower extremity dermatology. Its endeavors include initiatives as disparate as internet-based resident education, a commercial newsletter, research funding, publication of a podiatric dermatology textbook, an on-site resident learning center, podiatric institution refurbishment, association sponsorship, student endowments, and continuing medical education lectures nationwide.