Podiatric Medicine & Surgery Residency Program (PMSR-RR/A)

Step into a Bright Future

The Ascension Wisconsin Podiatric Medicine & Surgery Residency Program is undergoing an exciting transition.  Two historically great programs in the Milwaukee area — Wheaton Franciscan St. Joseph’s Hospital and Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital — are merging to form the Ascension Wisconsin Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency Program.

This new program will continue to be one of the highest volume foot and ankle surgical programs in the country. It will be based at the downtown Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital with participation at more than 10 hospitals in the Southeastern Wisconsin area including:


  • Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital
  • Franklin Hospital    
  • Ozaukee Hospital
  • St. Elizabeth’s Hospital
  • St. Francis Hospital
  • St. Joseph’s Hospital

The program also is affiliated with multiple surgery centers and outpatient centers.


About the Program

Our Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency Program gives individuals the opportunity to learn in an innovative, educational environment, knowing each person will continue to help others in the future. We continue to strive to provide our community and region with the highest level of foot and ankle care possible. We expect our residents to get the vast experience they need to be successful contributors to the future of Podiatry medicine and surgery.

This comprehensive three-year program provides surgery, inpatient management, emergency department (trauma) and extensive clinical experiences. A strong emphasis is placed on all phases of foot and ankle surgery. The program fulfills all the requirements of The Council of Podiatric Medical Education. Residents work with staff at multiple hospitals, surgery centers and outpatient centers with wide diversity of attending physicians including podiatrists and orthopedic surgeons.

The program also provides medical and surgical rotations through in:

  • Anesthesia
  • Biomechanics
  • Clinical podiatry
  • Diabetic limb salvage and wound care
  • Emergency medicine
  • General surgery and Burn medicine
  • Internal and Hospitalist medicine
  • Infectious Disease
  • Radiology
  • Vascular medicine and surgery

Our program is a CPME approved 36-month Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency with added credential in Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery (PMSR-RR/A), providing excellence in training in the field of foot and ankle pathology.


Our Mission

The mission of our program is to provide a sound foundation of academic, clinical, and surgical education and training. The program has been developed with an emphasis on an interactive multidisciplinary approach to lower extremity disorders.  



Program Director:

Dr. Randall Dei, DPM, FACFAS

Dr. Dei has been involved in podiatric education his entire career. He is the past president of the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. He serves on and has chaired the Council of Teaching Hospital board. He is the past president of and serves on the board of the Podiatry Residency Resource (PRR) logging service. He is a podiatric residency program site reviewer for the Council on Podiatric Medical Education (CPME). 

Assistant Directors:

More than 50 engaged attending podiatric and orthopedic faculty realize the importance of education in preparing the future leaders of medical professions. Our training resources provide a multidisciplinary approach to medical education that is challenging and rewarding.



The new Ascension Wisconsin program will take a total of four residents per year starting in July of 2019.

Applications to the program will be accepted through CASPR with interviews conducted through CRIP.  Current externs through the legacy Wheaton Franciscan and Columbia St. Mary’s will be given strong consideration for the new program.  For students who have not completed an externship at either program, visiting our program and/or communicating with our residents is highly recommended.  Please visit the legacy websites or contact our faculty for more information.

A new website for the Ascension Wisconsin program is expected in winter 2018.