Abdul Foad, MD is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Fellowship-trained in Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy. He received his medical degree from Penn State University and completed his residency in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Texas Medical Branch. He also completed his fellowship in Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy from Ulleval Hospital at the International Olympic Trauma and Research Center in Oslo, Norway where he had the opportunity to work on Olympic and professional athletes.
Dr. Foad publishes and gives presentations on the national and international level. He recently published a simpler and less invasive technique in shoulder surgery with a successful two-year outcome study. He continues to publish several peer-reviewed, evidence-based research papers regarding knees and shoulders. He advocates service with science and specializes in Sports Medicine.
Dr. Foad practices at Mercy Specialty Clinic – Clinton in Clinton, Iowa and at the Sunderbruch Building in Davenport, Iowa. His policy is to see injured patients in a very timely fashion, usually the next day if possible. Office appointments can be made by calling 563.244.5900.
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If you are reading this review, then you must be going through what I went through a little over a year ago, looking for a good doctor. I was living with severe shoulder pain from years of playing tennis (Eastern Michigan University), as well as being active in martial arts for over 20 years. It was during a family vacation when the frustration became too much, and I told myself that I needed to get my shoulder repaired. I couldn’t throw a ball, nor raise my arm – I could not reach overhead storage space to get to my dishes. It was impossible to get a good night’s sleep. I was miserable. It was my chiropractor in Moline who recommended that I went to see Doctor Foad. I am so glad that I did. Not only is Doctor Foad a wonderful and caring doctor, he is also a genuinely nice person. Not to mention, his expertise and knowledge in shoulder repair is beyond compare. And if Doctor Foad doesn’t feel that it is something he is comfortable operating on, he will not hesitate in recommending you to a doctor whom he trusts (this is speaking from a personal experience involving my husband). There are a couple of familiar orthopedic establishments here in the QC I could have gone to (and I did six months earlier), but I am so thankful that I followed my chiro’s recommendation and had Doctor Foad fix my shoulder - he repaired a torn rotator cuff and a ripped bicep tendon. Today, I am back to playing tennis and using my shoulder/arm without any more pain. Thank you, Doctor Foad and staff. You guys are the BEST!!
Growing up I loved sports. Everything about them had an impact on my personality, and at the end high school, my mind was ready to keep playing but my left knee was not. Lasting knee pain made me question if collegiate athletics were even possible. However, after consultation with Dr. Foad, I felt relieved that I would not have to give up an integral part of my life. Upon meeting Dr. Foad I was immediately put at ease by his calming and friendly demeanor, the way he explained my injury in a way that I could understand, and his willingness to connect with me through experiences of his own. I underwent a knee scope in which Dr. Foad fixed the pain in my knee I had dealt with for the last three years. After which, I began my collegiate athletic career as a football player at Wartburg College. I am now a senior, have earned a varsity letter in each of my four seasons, have been a part of two separate conference championships, and maintained healthy knees all the while. Dr. Foad should be approached for his expertise in orthopedic surgery, but also for his willingness to go above and beyond to make his patients feel comfortable when faced with difficult injuries and procedures. Throughout the last four years he has continued to stay in contact, asking both the status of my knee and the status of our football team, making my health and continued success a major priority of his. If I would never have consulted him before I started college, it is likely I would have given up on a fundamental part of my life. Because of Dr. Foad however, I was able to participate and excel.
In the last few years, my prior careers in the military and as a golf professional have caught up to me. I've had several chronic injuries that required professional care including a knee and elbow. I'd seen several local physicians for these injuries and found that the treatment was both ineffective and the consultations very impersonal. At the recommendation of a close friend, I visited Dr. Foad. From our first appointment, I found Dr. Foad to be extremely engaging, clear and deliberate in his thoughts, and found his approach to care aligned with my desire to be able to return to the gym and continue to play golf. More importantly, his first thoughts were not of surgery but of rehabilitation, and his been highly effective. When rehabilitation did not prove effective. Dr. Foad explained the risks and rewards of surgery plainly and succinctly and set expectations for recovery perfectly. He took a genuine interest in me as a patient and in my successful recovery - for which I could not be more appreciative. In both instances, my surgery was highly successful and the outcomes could not have been better. Lastly, as an owner of several gyms and fitness centers, I have sent several of members who have struggled with chronic injuries and poor care to visit with Dr. Foad. I have yet to hear anything but glowing responses when asked how their visits went with him. I cannot recommend Dr. Foad more highly or more enthusiastically!
For many years, I competed in road races and triathlons including completing the Louisville Ironman. Soon after that event, I transitioned into Crossfit and began competing. The years of strenuous activity took a toll on my body resulting in tears of the rotator cuff and labrum in both shoulders. As a mother of three young boys and a competitive middle aged athlete, it was important for me to maintain an active lifestyle. Dr. Foad performed back to back shoulder surgeries, six months apart. I am now back to my active and competitive self, feeling as strong as ever. Dr. Foad has been a combination surgeon, counselor, and friend through the whole process. Without hesitation, I would highly recommend him for your orthopaedic care.
I had injured by shoulder playing volleyball and knew it was torn, but didn't quite know how bad. After graduating from college and starting a family, I put surgery on the back burner. Then as my children got a bit older and as I was able to devote more time to fitness again, I realized that I wanted (and deserved) a healthy and functional shoulder, and began my search for the perfect shoulder surgeon - one who had lot's of experience with current and former athletes who desire to make fitness a part of their lives, forever. After asking around, Dr. Foad's name kept coming up! Now I know why!
As soon as I met him, I liked him. He is a wonderful listener with lots of experience, and did a great job of answering my questions, asking me about my goals, and making me feel comfortable. My right labrum was completely torn, and he was able to repair it so well that I have more strength in that shoulder than ever before, and I am able to do anything I want! Even CrossFit! Granted, I worked very hard to rehab that shoulder with the help of an awesome Physical Therapist who Dr. Foad recommended. They both helped me stay positive and focused throughout the rehab process, and without them, I wouldn't have the quality of life that I have today.
Dr. Foad is a true professional and one of the best physicians in his field. I feel so lucky to have him as my surgeon, and friend, and would recommend him to anyone and everyone! I am living proof that a serious injury does not have to prevent you from having the lifestyle that you want. With a great surgeon, physical therapist, and a lot of hard work, you can be pain free and as active as you want to be.
Thank you, Dr. Foad, for giving me my life back!
He has shown my daughter compassion and understanding while being thorough and direct in her diagnosis and post-operative care, especially in what it will take to get back to soccer in the future.
He took the time to help my daughter anticipate the upcoming physical and emotional stages of her recovery, which has helped her recover quicker and more fully. He helped to take a lot of the fear out of the whole ordeal for my daughter, which really helped the whole family.
He is accessible and truly offers great care for his young patients, because that is exactly how he would want his own children treated. I recommend Dr. Foad to everyone.