Foot and Ankle Surgeon Celebrates 10 Years


Although a Cleveland native (don’t hold this against him, Steeler fans!), William Saar, DO, never regrets relocating his family to Pittsburgh 10 years ago, when he joined the Tri Rivers team.

“It was difficult to move away from our families, but I was impressed with Tri Rivers right from the start,” Dr. Saar said. “I came from a big health-system practice, so I loved that Tri Rivers had more of a family feel, and it was still a well-run operation, so our patients got the best of both worlds.”

Surprisingly, Dr. Saar wasn’t always interested in medicine. After high school, he planned to attend Carnegie Mellon as an engineering major. However, his “then girlfriend” – who later became his wife – convinced him that Pittsburgh was too far from Cleveland, so he attended John Carroll University instead. Quickly, Dr. Saar realized he didn’t like physics or engineering and needed a new career path. Lucky for Tri Rivers patients, his counselors recognized his interest and abilities in the sciences and redirected him to a career in medicine.

Once in medicine, Dr. Saar quickly selected orthopedic surgery and settled on foot and ankle care, feeling it was an underserved subspecialty. After practicing in Ohio for his first nine years, he joined Tri Rivers on Jan. 2, 2011, as our first foot and ankle surgeon, and was busy from Day 1. With several busy years under his belt, Dr. Saar suggested adding another foot and ankle specialist, and he was instrumental in bringing Christopher Edwards, MD, into the practice in 2017.

“I love the collaboration and friendships I’ve formed with my partners,” Dr. Saar said. “I also enjoy working with our APPs (advanced practice providers) and the foot and ankle fellowship program, because these mentoring opportunities keep me on my toes and at the top of my game.

“However, what I find most rewarding is being able to help extremely debilitated patients who are struggling with life,” Dr. Saar said. “We perform procedures that allow them to turn things around, and that’s what is most fulfilling to me.”

Recognized multiple times as a Best Doctor by both Pittsburgh Magazine and Cleveland Magazine, Dr. Saar sees patients in our Butler-Clearview and Slippery Rock offices. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Saar or any Tri Rivers provider, click here or call 1-866-874-7483.