Meet Our Podiatry Clinic Director
If you are looking to learn from a group of dynamic, caring, professional clinicians and researchers, at a world-renowned facility, then you have found the right place to apply. Our Podiatry team is passionate about helping their patients in the area of Limb Preservation, Wound Care, and Diabetes Related Lower Extremity Complications. Our fellowship program is housed in an off-campus, high-volume clinic, where we offer and guide our fellows in both clinical practice and research projects.
I graduated from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in 2002, completed my residency at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and joined the University of Michigan in 2006. I was honored with being named President of the Michigan Podiatric Medical Association (MPMA) and served from 2016 - 2018. In 2019, I received the Jeffrey Fredrick, DPM President's Award from the MPMA. I am also chairwoman of the Health Care Disparities subcommittee for the American Podiatric Medical Association. In addition, I am board certified with the American Board of Podiatric Medicine and a Certified Wound Specialist with the American Board of Wound Management.
Over the years, I have committed myself to building a highly professional team of doctors here at the University of Michigan. We are all passionate about our patients, and more importantly, willing to share and guide our fellows. I have experience in all aspects of podiatric medicine with a special interest in the management of the diabetic foot and wound care. I have a family connection to my passion which is what drives me to want to save as many limbs as I can from the complications of diabetes and knew when I entered medical school that I wanted to specialize in this area.
Should we get the pleasure of meeting, I look forward to getting to know you and collaborating as professionals. I am certain you will not be sorry that you have considered our program and taken the time to apply.
Crystal Murray Holmes, DPM, CWSP
Director, Podiatry Clinic
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine
Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology & Diabetes
Meet Our Fellowship Program Director
If your goal is to start an academic career in podiatry, specifically in the area of Limb Preservation, Wound Care, and Diabetes Related Lower Extremity Complications and conduct research in these areas and others, then you have found the right place to apply. The University of Michigan, the Podiatry Department, and myself are committed to working with high-quality fellows who will benefit from training at the top public university for research in the country and gain valuable experience and help us grow. Our program is designed to further train podiatrists interested in a career in research, teaching, clinical medicine, and surgery.
As a fellow, you will work with leading professionals in their area of expertise and learn to plan and conduct research opportunities. The educational opportunities in this program are quite rare. You will learn from not only patients with diabetes, but a full spectrum of lower extremity pathology. Our clinic is a general and surgical podiatry clinic that also specializes in limb preservation and wound care. Fellows will also have the unique opportunity to learn from the world’s leading experts in neuropathy; with the hope you will become an expert among Podiatrists in the field of peripheral neuropathy.
In the area of limb salvage, our fellows work with experts in vascular medicine, Infectious disease, and pedorthists/orthotists fabricating and adjusting braces and orthotic devices. Fellows will have 6 months of dedicated, protected time to write and conduct research. They will work with international experts who understand the mechanisms of diabetic complications, particularly in the area of diabetic peripheral neuropathy and lower extremity complications. There will always be something new to learn and experience in our program. Our fellows are also involved in cases that come from sports medicine, trauma, and palliative care. You will be regularly exposed to surgery and biomechanics. This emphasis of this program is the multidisciplinary specialty of wound care and limb preservation.
I graduated from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in 1999 and did my residency training at the Cleveland Clinic. I joined the University of Michigan in 2012. My clinical interests include diabetic foot care and wound care, sports medicine of the foot and ankle, common foot and ankle conditions, and bringing evidence-based medicine into our common treatment practices. Research-wise, I am interested in diabetic foot complications, wound care, and treatment of peripheral neuropathy and diabetic foot complications. My desire to help bring podiatry into the forefront of academic medicine has led me to developing this unique fellowship program.
Should you apply to our program, I will be in touch about the interview process and answer any of your questions.
Michael Munson, DPM
Director, Podiatry Research Fellowship Training Program
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine
Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology & Diabetes
Meet Our Fellowship Program Administrator
Welcome to our Podiatry Fellowship Training Program. Hopefully, as you are searching for a fellowship program, you are looking for program that is the ‘right match’ for you. I have spent the vast majority of my past 19 years in education, from K-collegiate, and know that finding the right match in a program is essential and will be one of the biggest indicators of success. We hope that the University of Michigan’s Limb Preservation, Wound Care, and Diabetic Lower Extremity Complications training program is right for you and that you apply. We have a one-of-kind program and a state-of-the-art clinic that exposes fellows to a wide range of cases. In addition, you get to work side by side with progressive doctors and researchers, who care deeply about their patients and their profession.
Being the fellowship coordinator means you and I are going to work closely on all the ‘nuts and bolts’ of the administrative details. I will be here to guide you through the application, interview, on-boarding and off-boarding process – plus any other process in between. It is my greatest professional accomplishment to be administrative support for the wonderful, professional doctors who I work with. I look forward to you being a part of our program and providing support to you as well.
Program Administrator, Podiatry Research Fellowship Training Program