Dr. Brian McDowell, DPM

Dr. Brian McDowell, DPM

Geriatric Neurology  |  
Male  |  
75 y/o

Accepting new patients

I was born and raised in Boise, Idaho and educated at the College of Idaho. Following premed I went to the California College of Podiatric Medicine in San Francisco. I knew in the eighth grade that I wanted to be a physician and podiatry seemed to fulfill that desire. I took a two-year surgical residency in San Francisco at the California Podiatry Hospital with rotations at Highland Alameda Hospital in Oakland. I graduated with honors and in the top five of my class. I moved to Sacramento in 1975 and became the first podiatrist admitted to Mercy San Juan Hospital. I have served on numerous committees during my time at my location on Coyle Avenue. Fortunately I have been able to stay in the same location for all of my practice years. I became board-certified in several prestigious areas of podiatry and have maintained those certifications. Recently I have become very involved in the treatment of peripheral neuropathy. This has been incredibly satisfying and today is a large part of my practice. Fortunately I am also in practice with Dr. Gavin Ripp and Dr. Steven Medawar and they are both highly skilled in Foot and Ankle Surgery. They also specialize in podopediatrics otherwise known as pediatric foot care, trauma, sports medicine and foot and ankle surgery. My wife and I have three wonderful children and now are blessed with five grandsons. Our time is consumed with family and friends.

McDowell Podiatric Group

6620 Coyle Ave Ste 202

Carmichael, CA 95608
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Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • American Postal Workers Union Health Plan
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Beech Street (Multiplan)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
  • Health Net
  • Hill Physicians Medical Group
  • Humana
  • Mutual of Omaha
  • MVP Health Care

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Care Philosophy

When patient's arrive at our office they are escorted to the treatment rooms by a licensed medical assistant.  She in turn will take a complete history and physical and listen very carefully to the reason the patient's are there. It is very important for us to not only look at the foot, but the whole body as well. We believe in total health care when you come to our office. The medical assistant will then provide this information to the Dr. via the computer before the Dr. enters the room.

Each room is provided with a computer for medical education and handouts. We try to make sure that all of our patients are not only taken care of, but educated as well to their respective problem.  We find the more the patient knows about their own problems the more accountable they are in taking care of their problems in conjunction with the doctors diagnosis.  Education is of supreme importance in our office.

We also provide 24 hour emergency care as we have a doctor on call at all times. We have in office x-rays for those trauma patient's so that we can initiate care immediately. For our many diabetic patients we encourage them to call at any time because we find the earlier a diabetic is taken care of the better the results will be. We try to get all of these patients in the same day or within 24 hours. We also provide for our diabetics nutritional counseling via in house dietitians.  It is very important that we not only take care of the foot of our diabetics but their nutritional needs as well.

We have the most modern equipment available which includes complete electronic medical records that are available to the patient's at any time. We encourage our patient's to use our patient portal with any question they might have at any time and we strive to get back to them within 24 hours. We have ultrasonic visualization equipment along with digitalized x-ray made available in every treatment room. Four different types of lasers that are utilized in surgery, wound healing, treatment of fungus toenails and treatment of chronic injuries. We also have lasers available for the treatment of peripheral neuropathy, pain and inflammatory injuries.  Electro/analgesia is a new computerized program specifically for peripheral neuropathy and has been very successful in the treatment and relief of this particular medical problem.

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Dr. McDowell's Experience

Dr. McDowell's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Geriatric Neurology
  • Board certified in Foot Surgery and Podiatric Orthopedics and Primary Podiatric Medicine
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found


  • Geriatric Neurology
  • Adolescent Neurology
  • Adult & Pediatric Neurology
  • Adult Neurology
  • Adult Orthopedic Surgery
  • Adult Reconstructive Orthopedic Surgery
  • Adult Rehabilitation Orthopedic Surgery
  • Bone & Joint Non-Surgical Orthopedics
  • Joint Reconstruction Orthopedic Surgery
  • Joint Replacement & Reconstruction Orthopedics
  • Joint Replacement Orthopedic Surgery
  • Metabolic Neurology
  • Neurology
  • Neuropathy
  • Neurosurgery
  • Non-Surgical Orthopedics
  • Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Surgery
  • Orthopedic Fracture Care
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation and Pain Management
  • Orthopedic Sports Medicine
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopedic Trauma Surgery
  • Pediatric Podiatry
  • Peripheral Nerve Surgery
  • Podiatric Surgery
  • Podiatry
  • Podiatry Sports Medicine
  • Reconstructive Orthopedic Surgery
  • Sports Medicine Orthopedic Joint Reconstruction
  • Sports Neurology

Board Certifications

  • Foot Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery
  • Podiatric Orthopedics and Primary Podiatric Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Podiatric Medicine

Conditions Treated

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Alcoholic Neuropathy
  • Alcoholic Polyneuropathy
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Avulsion Fracture
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Bone Disorders
  • Bunion
  • Chronic Pain
  • Complex Fractures
  • Compound Fracture
  • Compression Fracture
  • Diabetic (Charcot) Foot
  • Diabetic Neuropathy
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • Extra-Articular Fracture
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Foot Injuries
  • Foot Sprain
  • Foot and Ankle Injuries
  • Fracture
  • Fungal Nail Infection
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Hammer Toe
  • Inflammatory Neuropathies
  • Inflammatory and Toxic Neuropathy
  • Insomnia
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Intra-Articular Fracture
  • Joint Fracture
  • Narcolepsy and Cataplexy
  • Neuromas
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Pathologic Fracture
  • Pediatric Fractures
  • Peripheral Autonomic Neuropathy
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Pinched Nerve
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Spine Disorders
  • Sports Injuries
  • Stress Fracture
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Traumatic Injuries
  • Tuberous Sclerosis
  • Vascular Disease


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  • Bunion Surgery
  • Diabetic Foot Care
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Diagnostic Ultrasound
  • Endoscopic Plantar Fasciotomy
  • Foot and Ankle Ligament and Tendon Repair
  • Nail Avulsion and Excision
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Conduction Studies
  • Nerve Decompression and Repair
  • Neuroplasty
  • Orthotic Treatment
  • Sports Medicine Related Procedures
  • Ultrasound

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • College Of Idaho
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1965
  • California College of Podiatric Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1969
  • California College of Podiatric Medicine
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1970
  • Highland Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1970
  • California College of Podiatric Medicine
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1971
  • Highland Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1971
  • Fellow Of The American Board Of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
    Other Education | Completed 1976
  • Fellow Of The Association Of Extremity Nerve Surgeons, Fellow Of The American Board Of Foot & Ankle Surgeons, Fellow Of The American Board O
    Other Education | Completed 2010
  • Fellow Of The College Of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
    Other Education | Completed 1985

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Mercy San Juan Medical Center

is a Recipient of a Healthgrades Excellence Award
Neurosciences Excellence Award

Hospital Quality Award

Dr. McDowell is on the medical staff at our top-rated hospital.

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Dr. McDowell's Performance
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  • Time well spent
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  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
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Dr. McDowell accepts 19 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna PPO
  • American Postal Workers Union Health Plan
    American Postal Workers Union (APWU)
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO
    Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
  • Beech Street (Multiplan)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Shield of California
    Blue Shield of California HMO
    Blue Shield of California PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
  • Health Net
    Health Net HMO
    Health Net PPO
  • Hill Physicians Medical Group
  • Humana
    Advantage Plus
    Choice Care
  • Mutual of Omaha
  • MVP Health Care
  • PacifiCare Health Systems
  • Tricare
  • UnitedHealthCare
    United Healthcare
    United Healthcare HMO
    United Healthcare PPO
  • Western Health Advantage
    Western Health Advantage HMO
  • Worker's Compensation
    Worker's Compensation WC

Hospitals where Dr. McDowell has admitting privileges

Mercy San Juan Medical Center
6501 Coyle Ave
Carmichael, CA 95608
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