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

Dana Day

Dana Day

Students who nominated Dana stated: “Dana brings an incredible energy to our class. She has truly shined during out second year, both academically and personally. Dana is always helping others around her. She has accomplished many things this year and with all that’s on her shoulders, she manages to be in the top of her class. Though we go through so many trials, she continues to stay positive and lift our spirits in times of need.”



TRaIN Conference

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

ACGME Theme of the Month: Systems Based Learning

Format: Grand Rounds

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

One CE credit will be provided for each session


May 16: Dinner Dance

May 17: Wine & Cheese Event (sponsored by ABPM)

May 18: DPM 2016 Commencement

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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