David G. Armstrong, DPM, MD, PhD

Professor, Surgery
Director, Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA)
Deputy Director, Arizona Center for Accelerated Biomedical Innovation (ACABI)
Professor, BIO5 Institute
Professor, Public Health
Professor, Biomedical Engineering

David G. Armstrong, DPM, MD, PhD

Academic / Professional Bio: 

Dr. Armstrong is Professor of Surgery (with Tenure) at The University of Arizona and Deputy Director of the Arizona Center for Accelerated Biomedical Innovation (ACABI). Dr. Armstrong holds a Master’s 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 was appointed Deputy Director of the Arizona Center for Accelerated Biomedical Innovation (ACABI) and co-founder of its “augmented human” initiative, which places him at the nexus of the merger of consumer electronics, wearables and medical devices. Dr. Armstrong has produced more than 430 peer-reviewed research papers in dozens of scholarly medical journals as well as over 75 book chapters. He is co-Editor of the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) Clinical Care of the Diabetic Foot, now in its third edition. Dr. Armstrong was selected as one of the first six International Wound Care Ambassadors and is the recipient of numerous awards and degrees by universities 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. He was the first podiatric surgeon to become a member of the Society of Vascular Surgery and the first US podiatric surgeon named fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, Glasgow. He is the 2010 and youngest ever recipient of the ADA’s Roger Pecoraro Award, the highest award given in the field. Dr. Armstrong is past 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 a former commissioner with the Illinois State Diabetes Commission. He sits on the Infectious Disease Society of America’s (IDSA) Diabetic Foot Infection Advisory Committee and is the US appointed delegate to the International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot (IWGDF). Dr. Armstrong is the founder and co-chair of the International Diabetic Foot Conference (DF-Con), the largest bi-annual international symposium on the diabetic foot in the world.

Research Interests: 

Wound healing Amputation prevention Consumer electronics, wearables and medical devices Infectious diseases Biomechanics Epidemiology of diabetes complications Clinical inflammatory markers Non-invasive imaging/testing systems Bioinformatics/personal health networks Intelligent patient monitoring Interdisciplinary management

DPM: California College of Podiatric Medicine, 1993
MS: University of Wales College of Medicine - Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom, Tissue Repair and Wound Healing, 2003
PhD: Victoria University of Manchester Faculty of Medicine - Manchester, United Kingdom, Medicine Mitigation of Pressure in the High Risk Diabetic Foot, 2004
MD: University of Manchester, United Kingdom
Honors and Awards: 
Distinguished Fellow, National Academies of Practice, 2015
Gold Award, 2013 National Health Information Awards, “Your Annual Diabetic Foot Exam”, December 2013
University of Arizona/Tech Launch Arizona 2013 Leading Edge Researcher, March, 2013
The Podiatry Management VIP List, Most Influential Podiatric Physicians, 2011
Monsignor Clement Kern Hospital for Special Surgery, Foot and Ankle Surgery, 1995
The University of Texas Health Science Center, Department of Orthopaedics, Diabetic Foot Fellowship, 1996
Board Certifications: 
American Board of Podiatric Surgery, 1999
Podiatric Surgery