New Dean and Associate Dean Named at California School of Podiatric Medicine

Oakland, Calif. (July 24, 2018) — Samuel Merritt University has made two major leadership appointments at the California School of Podiatric Medicine with the naming of Dr. Eric Stamps as dean and Dr. Cherri Choate as associate dean. 

“Samuel Merritt University is fortunate to have an academic faculty of demonstrated talent and commitment to both the University and the profession of podiatry,” said Academic Vice President and Provost Scot Foster, PhD.

Dr. Stamps graduated with honors in 1993 from the California College of Podiatric Medicine — now known as the California School of Podiatric Medicine (CSPM) at Samuel Merritt University. An assistant professor, Dr. Stamps has served as CSPM associate dean for clinical affairs since 2005. He is a certified member of the American Board of Podiatric Medicine. 

“I am honored and humbled to have been appointed dean of the California School of Podiatric Medicine, an institution that has been a leader in podiatric medical education since 1914,” said Dr. Stamps. “I look forward to advancing our mission of educating effective podiatric healthcare providers within an educational environment that is intellectually, socially and personally transformative.”

Dr. Choate earned her Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from the California College of Podiatric Medicine in 1990. After teaching part-time while in private practice, Dr. Choate joined the CSPM faculty in 2009 as an assistant professor of biomechanics and became director of curriculum development in 2010. Dr. Choate is a certified member of the American Board of Podiatric Medicine as well as a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association and the American Association of Women Podiatrists. 

“I have always felt a strong commitment to the educational program at CSPM, which prepared me for my professional life and where I have taught for more than 25 years,” said Dr. Choate. “I approach my new role as associate dean with optimism, excitement and a continued commitment to helping our students reach their fullest potential.”  

For more information, contact:

Debra Holtz, Samuel Merritt University, 510-409-7936,


Samuel Merritt University has been educating students since 1909 to become highly skilled healthcare practitioners who positively transform the experience of care in diverse communities.  More than 2,000 students are enrolled at SMU campuses in Oakland, Sacramento, and San Mateo as well as in online programs.  The University offers bachelor’s degrees in nursing; master's degrees in nursing and physician assistant; and doctoral degrees in nursing practice, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and podiatric medicine.  Samuel Merritt University is affiliated with Sutter Health, a not-for-profit network providing comprehensive healthcare in more than 100 Northern California communities. For more information, visit

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