Graduate Medical Education

Podiatric Medicine & Surgery Residency with Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery Residency

Offering the only podiatric residency program in the Lehigh Valley area, St. Luke’s has been able to develop a dedicated and enthusiastic teaching staff. Three students who have graduated from an approved podiatric medical school are selected to begin a three-year residency program encompassing podiatric medicine and surgery.

The St. Luke’s Podiatry Residency program encourages community service through the active role of our residents in several foot health clinics. Patient care, in the sponsoring institutions, is raised to a higher level through interdisciplinary cooperation. Interaction of our residents with students, interns, residents and attendings in other disciplines raises the level of awareness of all involved of the role of podiatric medicine in our health care system. Core specialty rotations are diverse and generally are scheduled in the earlier years of the program. Podiatric surgery and more specialized rotations are emphasized in the last years of the program.

The podiatric surgical portion of the program provides in-depth training in preventative, diagnostic and treatment considerations. Extensive instruction is provided in forefoot and rearfoot surgery. Particular emphasis is placed on diabetic foot care. A Charcot and Reconstructive Foot program is in place. Clinics provide sophisticated instruction in wound care. Basic knowledge, attitudes and clinical skills development are emphasized. Upon completion of the program, our residents are eligible to seek board-qualified status by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery.

Robert Diamond, DPM
Program Director

“Our residents grow to understand the interrelationship between podiatry, general medicine and the social problems experienced by our patients, as well as the effect of these interactions on treatment outcomes”

– Robert Diamond