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Eric Stamps

Dean, College of Podiatric Medicine DPM

Programs and Courses Taught

PM-781 Second year Simulation Center 

About Me

I am an almost life-long resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, having lived here since 1970 where I grew up in a medical family (my father was a general/vascular surgeon). I was one of those kids who knew they wanted to be a doctor since the age of 6 (when I received a small microscope as a gift). I got sidetracked in college, however, when I decided to pursue electrical engineering which wasn't what I expected (too much advanced calculus). I discovered podiatry by accident when, while working as a technical writer in Silicon Valley, I told my friend that I really still wanted to be a doctor. She said, "have you ever thought about podiatry?" What's that, I said. And, long story short, here I am. Best move I ever made. In addition to everything podiatric, I enjoy spending time with my wife and teenage daughter. My other interests include trying to stay fit, golf, hiking, travel and, most recently, finally improving at chess.


I received my undergraduate degree from the University of California at San Diego in 1985. I received my Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree with honors from the California College of Podiatric Medicine in 1993. I completed a podiatric surgical residency at Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Hayward, California in 1995. Since then I also attended the Harvard Macy Institute Program for Educators in Health Professions in 2010.

Teaching Interests

For the first part of my career, my teaching interests included musculoskeletal imaging of the foot and ankle, clinical reasoning and topics in podiatric medicine. Since becoming dean, I have limited my teaching to the SMU simulation center where I focus on teaching clinical reasoning to pre-clinical students.

Scholarly Interests

Having spent the majority of my professional time focused on teaching and educational administration, my time for research has been limited. However, given more research opportunities, I would focus on the fundamentals of podiatric medicine, for example, plantar fasciitis and intermetatarsal neuroma.


Stamps ED, A structured protocol for demonstrating institutional effectiveness. In: Souza JM, Rose TA, ed. Exemplars of Assessment in Higher Education, Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education; 2021: 229-239. 

Contributing author: Watkins L, Watkins’ manual of foot and ankle medicine and surgery, 4th edition, Wolters Kluwer, Philadelphia, 2016. 

Contributing author: American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine, Curricular Guide for Podiatric Medical Education, radiology content area, 2016.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

American Podiatric Medical Association 

California Podiatric Medical Association 

Redwood Empire Podiatric Medical Society

Community Service

Since high school, when I spent two summers in Central and South America, vaccinating children and working on a dental health project with Los Amigos de las Americas, I have had a strong interest in serving the underserved. My private podiatric practice, which I had from 1995 until 2010, was limited primarily to patients who had no insurance or who only had Medi-Cal insurance. In addition, I continue to enjoy participating in community service health-related events.

Honors & Awards

Dr. Milton Wolfson Memorial Scholar of the Year Award, 2004 

Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, 1993 

Pi Delta National Podiatric Honor Society, Epsilon Chapter, 1991 

California College of Podiatric Medicine - Honors list, 1989 – 1993