David G. Armstrong, DPM, PhD

Professor of Surgery

University of Arizona College of Medicine

Room 4318, Life Sciences North 412
1501 N. Campbell Avenue, P.O. Box 245072
Tucson AZ 85724-5072

(520) 626-1349
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  • California College of Podiatric Medicine, 1993 (DPM, Podiatric Medicine and Surgery)
  • Southeast Michigan Surgical Hospital, 1995 (Residency, Foot & Ankle Surgery)
  • University of Texas Health Sciences Center, 1996 (Fellowship, Diabetic Foot/Podiatry)
  • University of Wales College of Medicine, 2003 (Msc., Tissue Repair and Wound Healing)
  • Victoria University of Manchester Faculty of Medicine, 2004 (Ph.D., Medicine/Bioengineering)
Honors & Awards: 
  • Honorary Visiting Professor of Medicine at Cardiff University School of Medicine, United Kingdom
  • Co- Director (with Dr. Joseph Mills) , Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA), 2008 to present, to focus specifically on healing wounds to prevent amputation.
  • 25th Inductee, Podiatric Medicine Hall of Fame / Lifetime Achievement Award (youngest ever inductee), Honolulu, Hawaii, 2008
  • The 2008 Rosalind Franklin University Morris L. Parker Award for Meritorious Research (first podiatrist awarded), North Chicago, June, 2008
  • 2007 Georgetown Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award in Diabetic Limb Salvage (Inaugural), Washington, DC, September, 2007
  • Georgetown Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award in Diabetic Limb Salvage (Inaugural), Washington, DC, September, 2007
  • 2006 Chicago Father of the Year, National Father's Day Council/American Diabetes Association
  • 2005 International Health and Media Awards "The FREDDIE Awards", First Place, Diabetes Division, "Preventing Diabetic Foot Ulcers" with Family Health Media
  • 2005 APEX award (Award for Publication Excellence), Medical Writing Category, "MRSA: Where Do We Go From Here?" Podiatry, Today
  • 2005 Who's Who in America
  • 2005 The 2005 Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science Lawrence R. Medoff, MD Award for Excellence in Research, Teaching, and Service
Major Areas of Research Interest: 

Dr. Armstrong is Professor of Surgery (with Tenure) at The University of Arizona. Dr. Armstrong also holds a Masters of Science in Tissue Repair and Wound Healing from the University of Wales College of Medicine and a PhD from the University of Manchester College of Medicine, where he was appointed Visiting Professor of Medicine. He also co-founded the Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA).

Dr. Armstrong has produced more than 240 peer-reviewed research papers in more than two dozen scholarly medical journals as well as over two dozen book chapters and is co-Editor of the American Diabetes Association's (ADA) Clinical Care of the Diabetic Foot.

Dr. Armstrong was selected as one of the first six International Wound Care Ambassadors and is the recipient of numerous awards by national and international medical organizations including the inaugural Georgetown Distinguished Award for Diabetic Limb Salvage. In 2008, he was the 25th and youngest-ever member elected into the Podiatric Medicine Hall of Fame.

Dr. Armstrong is current Chair of Scientific Sessions for the ADA's Foot Care Council, and a past member of the National Board of Directors of the American Diabetes Association as well as an active commissioner with the Illinois State Diabetes Commission. He sits on the Infectious Disease Society of America's Diabetic Foot Infection Advisory Committee. Dr. Armstrong is the founder and co-chair of the International Diabetic Foot Conference (DF-Con), the largest annual international symposium on the diabetic foot in the world.

Selected Publications: 

Zerello, A.: Foot Care and Diabetes: What You Most Need to Know. (an interview with Erika M. Schwartz, DPM, a spokesperson for the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) and Dr. David G. Armstrong), Reader's Digest, July 2009.

Hinchliffe RJ, Valk GD, Apelqvist J, Armstrong DG, Bakker K, Game FL, Hartemann-Heurtier A, Löndahl M, Price PE, van Houtum WH, Jeffcoate WJ. "Specific guidelines on wound and wound-bed management", Diabetes Metab Res Rev. 24(S1):S188-S189, 2008.

Hinchliffe RJ, Valk GD, Apelqvist J, Armstrong DG, Bakker K, Game FL, Hartemann-Heurtier A, Löndahl M, Price PE, van Houtum WH, Jeffcoate WJ, "A systematic review of the effectiveness of interventions to enhance the healing of chronic ulcers of the foot in diabetes", Diabetes Metab Res Rev. 24(S1):S119-S144, 2008.

Bus SA, Valk GD, van Deursen RW, Armstrong DG, Caravaggi C, Hlav√°?ek P, Bakker K, Cavanagh PR, "The effectiveness of footwear and offloading interventions to prevent and heal foot ulcers and reduce plantar pressure in diabetes: a systematic review", Diabetes Metab Res Rev. 24(S1):S162-S180, 2008.

Boulton AJ, Armstrong DG, Baker NR, Rayman G, "Diabetic Podopathy: No Thanks!", Diabetologia, 11 March, 2008.

Sponsored Research Through MSRP: 

Michelle Sieffert (MSRP 2009): "Offloading modality effectiveness in diabetic pressure ulcer healing."

Timothy McDonald (MSRP 2010): "Instant Total Contact Cast to Heal Diabetic Foot Ulcers."

Ali Shihab (MSRP 2016): "Remissive Diabetic Foot Ulcer Treatment by Plantar Fat Grafting"

NIH High School Student Research Program: 

-David Gonzales, Sunnyside High School, 2009

-Shaquille Winston Begay, Tuba City High School, 2011

-Daniel Alejandro Badillo, Nogales High School, 2012

Last Updated: 
December 11, 2015