Dr. Chia-Ding (JD) Shia

Chia-Ding (JD) Shih

Assistant Professor DPM, MPH, MA (Med. Sci.)

Programs and Courses Taught

PM 758 Public Health, PM 724 Introduction to Evidence-Based Medicine, PM 782 2nd year Clinical Skills

About Me

Dr. Chia-Ding (JD) Shih holds a faculty position as an Assistant Professor at the California School Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt University where he spearheads many research projects with the goal of improving clinical and population health outcomes. Aside from teaching, Dr. Shih is board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine (ABPM) and qualified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery (ABFAS). He practices in San Francisco. His believes in evidence-based medicine, exemplified by a number of his peer-reviewed articles in various journals as well as his role as a reviewer with a number of peer review journals. His goal is to ensure his patients stay mobile, as mobility is the key to a good quality of life. When he finds time outside of his clinical, research, and teaching duties he enjoys spending time with his family and cheering for the Bay Area sports teams.


Dr. Chia-Ding (JD) Shih graduated with his B.S. in Microbiology and Nutritional Science from UC Davis in 2006. He received his Master of Arts (MA) in Medical Sciences from Boston University School of Medicine in 2009. In Boston, he learned about podiatry and subsequently finished the training at the California School of Podiatric Medicine (CSPM) at Samuel Merritt University in 2014 with honors. He then completed a three-year surgical residency at the West Los Angeles VA/UCLA Olive View Medical Center. He was then selected to be the 2017-18 Podiatric Public Health fellow of the APMA and obtained his Master of Public Health (MPH) at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College. Following his public health training, he completed his second fellowship, Lawrence B. Harkless Limb Preservation at Keck School of Medicine of USC in 2019.

Teaching Interests

Population health, health care delivery, health equity

Scholarly Interests

Clinical studies in amputation prevention and population studies in health care delivery and equity


● Tanzim Khan, Anastasia Plotkin, Gregory A. Magee, Laura Shin, Stephanie Woelfel, Kenneth R. Ziegler, Chia-Ding Shih, Fred A. Weaver, David G. Armstrong, Vincent L. Rowe. Functional ambulatory status as a potential adjunctive decision-making tool following wound, level of ischemia, and severity of foot infection assessment. J Vasc Surg. 2020 Aug;72(2):738-746. doi: 10.1016/j.jvs.2019.11.064. Epub 2020 Apr 6. PMID: 32273222. ● Chia-Ding Shih, Laura Shin, David Armstrong, Offloading in Diabetic Foot Ulcer, Local Wound Care for Dermatologist, Ed. Afsaneh Alavi and Ed. Howard Maibach. New Jersey: Springer 2019. [In printing] ● Chia-Ding Shih, Dyane Tower, Plain radiograph utilization for Non-Infected Diabetic Foot Ulcer Management. Poster presentation at the National Scientific Meeting 2019 ● Chia-Ding Shih, Tanzim Khan, Karen D’Huyvetter, Laura Shin, David G. Armstrong, Sole Searching: Administrative Delays for Prescriptive Shoes as a Cause of Re-ulceration in Early Diabetic Foot Remission. Poster presentation at APMA The National Scientific Meeting 2019 & International Symposium Diabetic Foot 2019 ● Chia-Ding Shih, Laura Shin, Karen D’Huyvetter, William Padula, David G. Armstrong. Refocus DFOCUS: An Update to the Diabetic Foot Online Clinic Utilization Score to Help Predict Clinical Volume. Poster presentation at the National Scientific Meeting 2019 & the International Symposium Diabetic Foot 2019 ● Tze-Woei Tan, Chia-Ding Shih, Kristin C. Concha-Moore, Muhanad M. Diri, Bo Hu, David Marrero, Wei Zhou, David G. Armstrong, Disparities in Inpatient Management and Outcomes of Diabetic Foot Infections, PLoS One. 14(2): e0211481. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0211481 ● Stephanie Woelfel, Chia-Ding Shih, Laura Shin, Tanzim Khan, David G. Armstrong, Toe, Flow & Go: A Novel Program for Diabetic Limb Preservation. Poster presentation at APMA The National Scientific Meeting 2019 & the International Symposium Diabetic Foot 2019 ● Chia-Ding Shih, Laura Shin, David Armstrong, 4 Building Blocks for a Successful Limb Preservation Program, Podiatry Management Nov/Dec 2018 ● Chia-Ding Shih, Irina Bazarov, Tara Harrington, Mher Vartivarian, Alex Reyzelman, Initial Report on the Use of In-Office Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) Scanner for Early Diagnosis of Osteomyelitis in Diabetic Patients, Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association: March 2016, Vol. 106, No. 2, pp.128-132.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

● Manuscript reviewer, Editorial ManagerTM ● Special Expert of Public Health and Preventive Podiatric Medicine Committee, APMA ● Member of Social Media Task Force, APMA ● Chair of Social Media, American Public Health Association (APHA) ● Mentor of American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine o Member of Public Health Committee, California Podiatric Medical Association (CPMA) ● Journal reviewer, Journal of American Podiatric Medical Association ● Program Chair, Podiatric Health Section APHA Annual Meeting & Expo ● Observer of Public Health and Preventive Podiatric Medicine Committee, APMA ● Councilor of Public Health and Preventive Podiatric Medicine Committee, APMA

Community Service

Faculty Organization Research Committee and Faculty Development Committee

Honors & Awards

●  John and Janet Carson Public Health Advocacy Award, Foot & Ankle Health Section, APHA 2020 ● Symposium on Advanced Wound Care (SAWC) Spring 2020 Wound Care Podiatrist Scholarship 2020 ● Pi Delta National Podiatric Honor Society, Epsilon Chapter 2014 ● American Public Health Association (APHA) Podiatric Health Section Student Participation Award 2013 ● California Foundation for Excellence in Podiatric Medicine Scholarship Award 2013 ● Dr. William and Phyllis Lowe Podiatric Medicine Scholarship Award 2013