Silicon Valley Doctor Elected CPMA President

Silicon Valley Doctor Elected CPMA President


Podiatric physician and surgeon Thomas J. Elardo, DPM was installed as the 94th president of the California Podiatric Medical Association (CPMA) during the organization’s annual House of Delegates held in Anaheim, CA in June.

Addressing the group of more than 100 podiatric physicians, residents, podiatric medical students and others, Dr. Elardo challenged his colleagues to be proactive participants in the tremendous changes coming in healthcare rather than sitting back and reacting to changes by default.

"We owe it to our patients, the public and to our profession to be leaders in healthcare reform – to develop a brighter future that we help create," he said to the crowd.

A member of CPMA since 1997, Dr. Elardo has served in a number of leadership roles, including President-Elect, Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer of the California Podiatric Medical Association. Before being elected to the CPMA Board of Directors, Dr. Elardo previously served as President of the Santa Clara Valley Podiatric Medical Society for two separate terms in 2001-2003 and again in 2005-2006.

A native of New Jersey, Dr. Elardo, after finishing his high school career as State Gymnastics Champion, earned an Athletic Scholarship to compete in Gymnastics at San Jose State University. During his tenure at SJSU, he competed as a Division I Gymnast earning multiple awards including the prestigious Clair Jennet award for Outstanding Scholar Athlete. He received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Systems Physiology, with a minor in chemistry.

Dr. Elardo received his postgraduate medical training at the California College of Podiatric Medicine (CCPM) in San Francisco, where he earned his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) Degree in 1996. He went on to complete his surgical residency at the Veterans Hospital in Palo Alto and Stanford Health Services.

Board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery (ABPS) and a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, Dr. Elardo is currently in private practice in Los Gatos, California. He serves on the Credentials Board for Columbia Good Samaritan Hospital and works closely with the surgical residents at the Veterans Hospital in Palo Alto, teaching advanced surgical skills.

Dr. Elardo resides in the Almaden area of San Jose with his wife and their three daughters. He enjoys playing softball, skiing, hiking, paddle boarding and when he can find time in his busy schedule, vacationing in Maui, Hawaii.