Wound Care Pioneer and Residency Director Robert Frykberg, DPM, MPH Announces Retirement




Wound Care Pioneer and Residency Director Robert Frykberg, DPM, MPH Announces Retirement from the Phoenix VA Health Care System

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Robert G Frykberg, DPM, MPH

Boca Raton, Florida – April 19, 2018

After 15 years of dedicated service to our Veterans, Robert G Frykberg, DPM, MPH has decided to retire from his role as Chief of Podiatry at the Phoenix VA Medical Center and as Director of the Phoenix VA Medical Center Podiatric Residency Program. He continues to hold the academic rank of Professor, University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix and Adjunct Professor, Midwestern University Program in Podiatric Medicine. During his time at the VA, Dr Frykberg grew the Podiatry Program from approximately 14,000 patient visits per year to almost 25,000 outpatient encounters and over 400 operative procedures annually, with 12 full time and part time podiatrists. The associated Residency Program also grew from a two year program of six residents to a fully approved three year Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Program, training 12 residents each year and more than 50 students from around the nation. His research and writing interests have included all facets of lower extremity disorders, but are specifically focused on diabetic foot ulcers, infections, Charcot foot, and wound care. The author of nearly 100 peer-reviewed publications, he has also been the Editor of two textbooks: The High Risk Foot in Diabetes Mellitus (1991) and the Diabetic Charcot Foot (2010). His expertise in the Diabetic Foot translated into hundreds of speaking invitations nationally and internationally with numerous lecture engagements in China, India, Russia, South America, the UK, Vietnam, Japan, Indonesia, Italy, and all across Europe.

PRESENT CEO Alan Sherman, DPM stated, “Bob Frykberg, DPM, MPH is a legend in the podiatry world that has had as great an impact on the profession as any figure in history. He has generously shared his scholarly approach to research and teaching, ingrained in him during his training at Harvard, to a generation of residents and practicing clinicians around the world. There is no greater evangelist of the podiatrist’s central role in preventing and treating diabetic lower limb disease than this man. We are excited to be working even more closely with him now, in this next phase of his career.”

Robert G Frykberg, DPM, MPH

(Above photos clockwise from top left) Robert Frykberg, DPM, MPH is most at home behind the podium teaching physicians as one of podiatry’s foremost evangelists of diabetic foot care. Often seen in southwestern regalia, Robert Frykberg, DPM, MPH is known around the world as a leading expert on diabetic foot care and limb preservation. Presenting Paul Brand Memorial Lecture Award to Alberto Piaggesi, MD at Desert Foot 2014 Conference. Presenting Paul Brand Memorial Lecture Award to Fran Game, FRCP at Desert Foot 2015 Conference.

A graduate of the California College of Podiatric Medicine in 1976, Dr Frykberg went on to complete his residency training at the New England Deaconess Hospital in Boston. He served as the President of the Massachusetts Podiatric Medical Society and a Member of the Board of Registration in Podiatry. From 1992 to 1994, he attended the Harvard School of Public Health and graduated with a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in quantitative methods. After 21 years of private practice, Dr Frykberg accepted the position as Clinical Dean of the Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery prior to moving to Phoenix. He is the former Chair of the Foot Care Council of the American Diabetes Association and a Past President of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Dr Frykberg was also the 2011 recipient of the prestigious Roger Pecoraro Award from the Foot Care Council of the American Diabetes Association.

Dr Frykberg is the Chairman and Founder of the Annual Desert Foot High Risk Conference and has worked closely with PRESENT e-Learning Systems, serving a key role on their Curriculum Development Committee. He serves as a co-chairman for the Superbones Superwounds Conferences and Residency Education Summit. His current hiatus from clinical practice will allow him to assume a greater role with PRESENT e-Learning Systems, as he looks forward to continuing with his educational, research, and clinical pursuits during the next chapter of his career.

Robert G Frykberg, DPM, MPH



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