Research and Teaching at the UPMC Podiatry Residency Program


Each year, residents are required to submit a research proposal or continue a prior research project coordinated in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh Institutional Review Board (IRB). During the first year, each resident must meet with an IRB staff member for research protocol orientation and then complete certification through the computerized tutorial. At the end of the third year, residents are expected to present a topic at the Annual Podiatry Conference. The conference is attended by podiatrists, allopathic physicians, and other health care professionals from the tri-state area and beyond. For more information about the conference, contact us.


Each resident is expected to contribute to the educational experience of the podiatric externs. This may include clinical and surgical experiential teaching, participation in Journal Club and Radiology Rounds, mock interviews, and/or dissecting labs.

UPMC Podiatry residents will also be provided with laboratory experiences at the UPMC Mercy South Side Outpatient Center Wet Lab, a hands-on facility devoted to the advancement of surgical skills of residents and students. The lab area has multiple work stations equipped for use with cadaveric specimens and anatomical models. Residents are introduced to the latest surgical techniques by program attendings, guest lectures, and sales representatives. The lab includes standard operating equipment, internal hardware, external fixation, and arthroscopy sets.

Our program is only one of a handful in the nation to offer wet lab experiences for podiatry residents.


Many of the UPMC Podiatry Residency Program faculty members are a part of the Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Center

  • Patrick R. Burns, DPM, FASPS,
    Residency Program Director
  • Clinton Lowery, DPM, FACFAS,
    Assistant Residency Program Director
  • Rodney Kosanovich, DPM, FACFAS
  • Nicholas J. Lowery, DPM
  • Richard Maleski, DPM, FACFAS
  • Jeffrey M. Manway, DPM
  • Alissa R. Parker, DPM
  • Michael T. Ryan, DPM
  • Rick Scanlan, DPM, FACFAS

Common Seminars

Common seminars that the podiatry residents usually attend include:

  • AO Basic Podiatric Course
  • AO Advanced Podiatric Course
  • ACFAS Arthroscopy Course
  • University of Texas Science Center’s International External Fixation Symposium
  • ACFAS Annual Scientific Conference
  • Diabetic Foot Global Conference (DFCon)
  • Georgetown University Hospital’s Diabetic Limb Salvage Conference

Contact Us

For more information regarding the UPMC Podiatry Residency Program, contact:

Debra A. Bodner
Senior Department Manager

Office of Medical Education and Research/Podiatry Residency Program
UPMC Mercy
1400 Locust St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Phone: 412-232-5515
Fax: 412-232-5529

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