Western University of Health Sciences College of Podiatric Medicine Western University of Health Sciences

Lawrence B. Harkless, DPM

Message from the Dean

Lawrence B. Harkless, DPM

It is with enthusiasm and pride that I welcome you to Western University of Health Sciences, College of Podiatric Medicine (WUCPM). Podiatric Medicine is an outstanding career opportunity that is often overlooked by pre-medical students, as it is considered an alternative instead of an option. As a podiatric medical practitioner who spent 30 years in an academic health science center, I can say without a doubt that podiatric medicine is an exciting, challenging, and rewarding profession. We are a specialist in the foot and ankle.  We are the dermatologist, neurologist, rheumatologist, and orthopedist of the foot and ankle. More…




About Our Program


The field of podiatry has changed dramatically. Podiatric medicine is exciting and benefits people in ways you’ve never imagined. A podiatric physician can help prevent amputations while saving limbs and lives. By the time you graduate, you will be able to apply the cutting edge technology of living cell and gene therapy to the field of diabetic wound healing. Podiatric medicine opens doors to research and participation in clinical trials for novel treatments and technologies. Whether you open up your own practice after graduation, participate in research, government consulting or join the pharmaceutical field, podiatric medicine is a diverse and financially rewarding medical career choice. More

Patient Care Services


The Foot & Ankle Center is a state-of-the-art facility staffed by nationally recognized experts in podiatric medicine and surgery. Our team is proud to offer critical expertise to help patients manage serious foot and ankle problems caused by chronic conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, cardiovascular disease and obesity. We also offer the highest quality and innovative evaluation and treatment of may conditions effecting the lower extremity. Learn more about our staff and schedule an appointment today!



Mission Statement


The mission of Western University of Health Sciences, College of Podiatric Medicine is academic excellence achieved through an innovative curriculum, interprofessional education and research that trains podiatric physicians and surgeons to integrate into the healthcare system as compassionate specialists for patients with lower extremity conditions


The global leader of innovative and integrated Podiatric Medical Education

Core Values

Embody a humanistic tradition that encompasses compassion, humility, integrity, truth, quality and service.

Giving: Support the College of Podiatric Medicine 

For information about how to support the College of Podiatric Medicine, please contact the Office of Annual Giving and Donor Relations: (909) 706-3476.

Why I Love WesternU-CPM

“I love both the unity & collaboration that is strong within each class and the strong collaboration between ourselves and the other colleges. Our knowledge matches our DO counterparts due to our foundation, and I am aware how unique and special it is to have this opportunity as a podiatry student. WesternU CPM offers a learning environment that keeps us at the forefront of our profession.” – Niccale Alibin, DPM Class of 2018

CPM Student of the Month

Trent Brookshier

Trent Brookshier

Students who nominated Trent stated: “Trent demonstrates the ideal DPM student. He is constantly motivating and encouraging the class to reach our potential! He also keeps everyone informed. Trent has a really outstanding attitude no matter the situation. He is very positive, uplifting, encouraging, and loving. His cheerful and optimistic demeanor always helps motivate the entire class. Trent is also ready and willing to help his classmates!”



Upcoming TRaIN Conferences

Tuesday, February 9, 2016
ACGME Theme for the Month:  Practice Based Learning & Improvement

Topic: Comprehensive Approach to Complex Wound Management
Presenters: Leland Jaffe DPM, FACFAS, CWSP

7:00AM – 8:00AM at HEC Classroom F or via web conferencing through Zoom

Upcoming Events

February 6: 2016 Treasure Hunt – 7am – 5pm

February 11-14: ACFAS 74th Annual Conference

March 3: Inaugural CPM Dean’s Lecture featuring Julie Freischlag, MD – 5:30pm

April 14-16: Dr. Labovitz speaking at UCSF Vascular Symposium 2016

June 23-26: 2016 Western Foot & Ankle Conference



WesternU ConnectThe Alumni Office recently launched WesternU Connect. Through this online networking platform, you will be able to reconnect with your classmates, stay up to date on campus news, provide and/or receive career advice, and even connect with alumni in your area.

We love to hear all your exciting news, so please share new contact information, jobs, publications, presentations, awards, honors, marriages, births, etc… Anything you would like to share, we would love to hear about it and share it with your classmates in the Class Notes section of the WesternU View!  We also welcome all photos pertaining to your updates. Click here to share your news!



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