Section of Podiatry

Section of Podiatry

The Section of Podiatry in the Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at the University of Arizona specializes in the treatment of the foot and ankle, including limb preservation and elective procedures to help maintain and improve mobility, independence and quality of life. 




The Section of Podiatry in the Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery


Foot health is key to a person's ability to stay active and fully live their daily life. Our team of podiatrists treats a wide range of foot and ankle issues including chronic wounds, bunions and arthritis. We utilize minimally invasive podiatric surgery to improve outcomes for patients by simplifying healing and lessening scarring. In addition, by prioritizing limb preservation using public health education, close clinical monitoring of high-risk patients, and reconstructive and regenerative techniques, we strive to address issues before they become limb-threatening, preserving mobility and preventing the cascade of morbidities that follow amputations.

Our podiatry team works closely with vascular and endovascular surgeons, orthopedic surgeons and other collaborators to bring patients individualized care to meet their needs. Additionally, our providers and researchers connect interested patients with clinical trials that will deepen our knowledge of podiatric treatment and improve outcomes for our patients and those seeking similar care across the U.S. We currently run multiple NIH-funded trials through our clinics.

Finally, our Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA) is a partnership between podiatrists and endovascular and vascular surgeons focused on conditions impacting blood flow. This multidisciplinary team in collaboration with additional specialities works to tackle multifactorial issues to reduce foot and limb health disparities, preventing amputations in Southern Arizona and beyond.

Podiatric Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery

Providing minimally invasive care whenever possible is a high priority for the podiatry team at the University of Arizona. Minimally invasive and robotic surgery tend to result in less pain, smaller incisions, fewer infections and complications, and less scarring. Our team members are early adopters of minimally invasive podiatry procedures nationally, integrating these techniques into patient care whenever possible.

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Making the Rounds: What your patient's feet may be telling you

Patients will experience soreness or discomfort in their feet from time to time, but usually won't see a specialist until symptoms become more severe. In many cases the symptoms are benign, but foot ailments can be the first sign of a more serious medical problem. During this episode of Banner Health’s "Making the Rounds" podcast, Alon Kol, DPM and Section Chief of Podiatry at the the University of Arizona and Banner - University Medicine Tucson, discusses podiatric medicine and what your patient's feet may be telling you. 

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Vascular Surgery Residency

The major goal of the Vascular Surgery Residency at the University of Arizona is to produce well-rounded vascular surgeons competent in all aspects of vascular surgery. To obtain this goal, our program provides incremental, progressive training in core surgery and vascular surgery during the five year program, focusing on areas that will be critically important to the needs of a practicing vascular specialist. 

Vascular Surgery Fellowship

The goal of the Vascular Surgery Fellowship at the University of Arizona is to produce well-rounded trainees in all aspects of vascular surgery and highly competent independent practitioners of our specialty. Our two year fellowship is an RRC accredited program.  Upon completion of the fellowship program, our graduates are board eligible for the Special Qualifications in Vascular Surgery granted by the American Board of Surgery.

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Do you suffer from chronic wounds or diabetic foot ulcers? Learn more about related clinical studies conducted with The Gurtner Lab

The Gurtner Lab in the University of Arizona Department of Surgery is participating in two clinical studies related to diabetic and chronic wound healing:

  • The NIDDK Diabetic Foot Consortium (DFC) is the first clinical network for the study of diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) – a common, expensive, and debilitating complication of diabetes that leads to over 100,000 amputations in the United States every year. 
  • In a collaboration with Indiana University, the University of Arizona is engaged in enrolling eligible participants in the Diabetic Foot Ulcer Biofilm Infection and Recurrence clinical study. 

Learn more about these clinical trials at

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University of Arizona Department of Surgery

Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery

PO Box 245072

Tucson, AZ 85724-5072

Office Phone: (520) 626-6670