Limb Preservation Fellowship

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Program Leadership:
Michael S. Conte, MD, Program Co-Director
Alexander M. Reyzelman, DPM, Program Co-Director

Administrative Staff:
Stacey Ma, Education Program Administrator
Matt Kuhn, Administrative Assistant

UCSF Limb Preservation Fellowship
School of Medicine
University of California, San Francisco
Campus Box 0222
400 Parnassus Avenue, Suite A-581
San Francisco, CA 94143
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Program Description


The mission for the UCSF Limb Preservation Fellowship is to educate and train a podiatric physician as a clinically skilled podiatrist in a multidisciplinary approach to the diabetic and vascular complications of the lower extremity, as well as generating new knowledge in the treatment, management and prevention of the lower extremity amputations. The cornerstone of this program is teaching at a level of excellence, which fosters excitement and enthusiasm for a lifetime commitment to scholarship. 

The UCSF Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Limb Preservation Fellowship is a one-year non-ACGME fellowship program for physicians who have completed podiatric training and who wish to further specialize in limb salvage. The fellowship is part of the education and training mission of the UCSF Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery. Fellows will rotate through vascular/podiatry multidisciplinary clinics at UCSF Medical Center at Parnassus, Saint Mary’s Medical Center (SMMC), and Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (ZSFG). 


Limb Preservation Fellowship will be based at UCSF and will be under the jurisdiction of the Division of Vascular/Endovascular Surgery. Fellows will be expected to cover UCSF, SMMC and SFGH vascular/podiatry multidisciplinary clinics. 

  1. Educational sites/methods
    1. Inpatient consult services
    2. Outpatient clinics
    3. Inpatient ward services
    4. Patient care conference  
  2. Evaluation tools
    1. Direct faculty observations using evaluation forms


This will be a one-year program, which will begin on August 1, and will end on July 31.

Specific Program Content

  • Peripheral arterial disease of the lower extremity
  • Critical limb ischemia (CLI)
  • Peripheral neuropathy of the lower extremity
  • Diabetic foot ulcerations
  • Ischemic foot ulcerations
  • Venous insufficiency ulcerations
  • Decubitus ulcerations
  • Charcot arthropathy
  • Foot amputations
  • Chronic renal insufficiency and diabetic lower extremity complications
  • ESRD and its effect on the lower extremity
  • Endovascular procedures
  • Lower extremity open revascularization procedures
  • Diabetic foot infections
  • Orthotics and prosthetics of the lower extremity

Ancillary Education

Fellow is expected to attend The Division’s weekly educational vascular surgery conferences at the Medical School, as well as attend all pertinent educational activities.

Fellow is expected to give four educational lectures during the year.

Medical Knowledge Objectives

Attend core conferences and teaching rounds to learn the pathophysiology, epidemiology, disease management and procedure and medicine management skills for common and uncommon inpatient/outpatient lower extremity complications.

Scholarly Activities

Fellows will be expected to have one publishable research project by the end of the academic year and present and abstract at a national vascular or podiatric conference.

Instructors and Resources

Teaching Staff

  • Michael Conte, MD, Professor of Surgery
  • Alexander Reyzelman, DPM, Associate Physician Diplomate
  • Monara Dini, DPM, Associate Clinical Professor
  • Mher Vartivarian, DPM, Clinical Instructor
  • Charles Eichler, MD, Professor of Surgery
  • Clara Gomez-Sanchez, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery
  • Jade Hiramoto, MD, Professor of Surgery
  • Shant Vartanian, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery

Instructional Facilities

  • UCSF Medical Center at Parnassus, San Francisco, CA
  • Saint Mary’s Medical Center (SMMC), San Francisco, CA
  • Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, San Francisco, CA