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Clinical Research on Diabetic Foot Conditions

The Podiatry Research Division is active in procuring grants and conducting groundbreaking clinical research on diabetic foot conditions. BIDMC podiatry has been the principal investigator on NIH, ADA and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) grants, as well as for several industry sponsored clinical trials.

BIDMC's Division of Podiatry is a national and international leader in research involving diabetic foot conditions, and has been awarded several National Institutes of Health (NIH) and ADA grants. A number of BIDMC studies have contributed to advances in clinical practice.

The division also sponsors a three-year residency program in foot and ankle surgery that is recognized as one of the top programs in the country. All of our physicians hold academic appointments in the department of surgery at Harvard Medical School.


Research performed in the division of podiatry has resulted in several improvements in the clinical care of diabetic foot ulcerations. Research conducted here was responsible for obtaining FDA approval of Apligraf®, a bioengineered skin substitute for diabetic foot ulcerations.

Current Research Interests

Current research interests include:

  • The effect of neuropathy on the microcirculation of the skin
  • Local tissue oxygenation of the diabetic foot and wound healing
  • Causes of Charcot joint disease in diabetic patients

Contact Information

Division of Podiatry
Department of Surgery
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Baker Building, 3rd Floor
185 Pilgrim Road
Boston, MA 02215