William M Witt PhD ABD – Public Health Professional

William has always been interested in science and health. He attended a podiatry school, the New York College of Podiatric Medicine (NYCPM), for almost five years, but was unable to complete the program because NYCPM would not adequately accommodate his disability, multiple sclerosis (MS), the worst disease against mobility. After much reflection, he decided to put much of his efforts into fighting MS—advancing research, patient care, and advocacy. He is furthering this personal and professional goal by earning a doctoral degree in public health with a specialization in community health.

Michael J Trepal DPM FACFAS – Podiatrist Trepal v Witt

This webpage includes serving to air the fact that William Witt was expelled by a Trepal-packed disciplinary committee headed by Dr. Kevin Jules, who is in private practice with Dr. Trepal. There wasn’t a single faculty member on the committee who knew William well; nor was there any student representation. Colleagues were in such fear of retribution by Trepal that they declined to testify before the committee. Save one, his friend Monique, who was prevented entry into the hearing room by security at the order of Trepal. That is, he was single-handedly banished from the NYCPM community and the entire podiatric medical profession—as he effectively prevented him from transferring to another podiatry school—by that one powerful man: Dr. Michael Trepal. In fact, at first Dr. Trepal was kind to him, helping him with problems he was experiencing due to his illness. However, he came to fear that others might think him in an untoward relationship. In his office, he explained: “People are starting to wonder about the two of us.” Take that as you may. He then turned decisively against him, denying even his simplest of requests. In addition to that, and more importantly than that, he began to see him a threat to his authority.

He began to see him as an affront to his authority because he was requesting more time to complete the curriculum to accommodate his disability, the most salient symptom of which is abnormal fatigue. Trepal was not willing to give William more time in the DPM program but refused to divide the third year in two. There was no reason for this denial as none of the third-year courses had prerequisites other than the preclinical basic sciences (courses which he passed and was certified in by standardized examination) and all students take the courses in no one order. Why did he do it to him, then? He did it because of his authoritarian personality, rigidly and capriciously laying down the law and, by his own words, what any reasonable person would consider fear of being identified as a homosexual. Another example of his authoritarian personality to the point of pathology is his recent, February 1, 2016, edict that there be no communication with members of the NYCPM community. He even hired a Manhattan attorney to send him a letter warning him against putting a hyperlink on his own website which links to the NYCPM website. He writes against him communicating with anyone affiliated with NYCPM… as if he owned people (he is the supreme leader).

Needing to remediate a pediatrics course he did not do well enough in, he attended a class he needed while on leave but left unemployed, as he was not permitted to take any classes for that vacant year. (There was plenty of space in the room and he was just sitting there in an extra seat.) Trepal had him physically removed by school security and called the police to have him arrested. Indeed, he had ‘911’ called, oblivious to the fact that that could be ending someone’s life in a true emergency. That was a betrayal of both good citizenship and medical vows. That alone, for which wrongdoing was never admitted, is sufficient to warrant questioning his fitness as a physician. One must question whether he is more fit to be a third-world strongman than a kind, caring doctor.

Trepal has refused to apologize for the wrongs done William. He was put in tight handcuffs which hurt and was put behind bars with drug dealers and prostitutes. That was not enough. Trepal prosecuted him to the fullest extent of the law. He multiple times had to show up in court in lower Manhattan… a real inconvenience as he lived in the Bronx. Furthermore, adjuration as a criminal matter rather than a civil one was a grave injustice.

As Trepal acknowledged in his November 30, 2012 letter, medicine was his life-long goal. He lost it all. He lost medicine. His personal life was put on hold vying for resurrecting his career. So, Trepal ruined his whole life—both personal and professional. He is now 52 and not completely satisfied with either aspect of his life.

The whole thing is corrupt. He is sick and Trepal does not care. He vividly recalls his fax machine, interrupting his sleep, threatening him that, if he does not appear before the committee, judgment would be rendered in his absence.  That is regardless of illness. Is all this the way to treat a sick person? At a medical school. Indeed, at a podiatry school. MS is the worst disease against mobility. Is that the way to treat someone? At a school in a profession where the wheelchair is an ultimate enemy. Fortunately, he is not confined to a wheelchair—though he has one. He may need it because he has the progressive form of the disease; the progress is slow.

Lawyers wanted him to sue for personal injury done him upon his removal from NYCPM by the guards. He declined because he was not seriously injured by the guards: William rejected impugning the honor of the guards. However, the psychological toll proved heavy, replete with dreams turned to nightmares: the dream of being a physician nightmarishly snatched from him. Despite the fact that he did not sue, the school actually—after receiving almost $75,000 in tuition moneys—pursued him for remaining debt. He successfully overcame this with an internet campaign, though Trepal had him sent to prison again. If Dr. Trepal were to refund at least the private loans taken out on NYCPM’s behalf, that would help greatly. He would consider it a gesture of peace. He would not insist upon anything further, including not the honorary degree promised by Lou Levine but ruled out by Joel Sturm at Trepal’s behest.

Yes, the titular head of NYCPM, in a June 18, 2015 letter, offered him an unofficial honorary doctoral degree in podiatric medicine. William thought Trepal had finally—twenty years later—decided to put this all behind us. Instead, the letter was just Trepal mocking him. Trepal had him write as best he could arguing his case to Lou Levine, knowing that he was blocking his honorary doctoral-level degree himself. To further entice him, Trepal told him that—while the school doesn’t grant honorary doctorates in podiatric medicine—it does grant honorary doctoral degrees of letters. The latter is unacceptable because it is less than promised by Mr. Levine.

If granted an honorary doctorate in podiatric medicine (per Lou Levine’s letter), that would serve to acknowledge the many years he spent at NYCPM, including hard tests; serving patients; and fortified academic status at the highest professional level. If this is not in the offing (per Joel Sturm’s letter), the financial remedy would be acceptable to him instead given his current family needs. William is not greedy, seeking a quarter or half a million dollars. Most loans were discharged on the basis of disability. At issue is only two private loans amounting to $24,000.

Public Health Professional

  Ph.D. (xxxx) in Public Health (Community Health) from Walden University
M.S. (1999) in Health Policy and Management from New York Medical College
M.P.H. (1992) in General Public Health (Biostatistics) from New York Medical College
 ☼B.S. (1989) in General Science (Chemistry) from Fordham University
 Diploma (1982) from Fordham Preparatory School

The Walden Ph.D. in Public Health program focuses on seeking solutions to significant public health problems by applying and integrating knowledge into public health practice and research. The program fosters the development and demonstration of research and analytical skills to prepare students for careers in academia or in public and private organizations and institutions. Students may elect to pursue a program in Epidemiology or Community Health, the latter of which was chosen.

Public health at New York Medical College focuses on protecting and improving the health of individuals, families, communities, and populations. The department is dedicated to arming students with the knowledge and skills needed to develop, implement and monitor public health initiatives. Graduates work in the public, non-profit and private sectors and span many disciplines. Their work includes designing educational programs and interventions, developing policies, administering services, conducting research, and regulating health systems.

The real strength of a Fordham education comes from a much deeper place—the five-century tradition of Jesuit education that infuses every part of the Fordham experience. It’s a tradition that encourages curiosity, introspection and, most importantly, action—to reach out, to settle injustice, to leave a healing mark. 

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