College of Podiatric Medicine
Alumni Speaker Series

Join the Samuel Merritt College of Podiatric Medicine for an engaging Alumni Speaker Series. Experience the valuable insights and experiences generously shared by our amazing alumni, who are established professionals. Don’t miss out! Sign up below and be a part of this captivating event. 

Event - Sports Medicine in Podiatry

Thursday, January 25 at 5:30 pm


Arman Kirakosian, DPM
Residency Director of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, Department of Veterans Affairs, San Francisco
Team Podiatrist and Consultant, San Jose Earthquakes
Team Podiatrist and Consultant, Sacramento Republic Football Club
Team Podiatrist and Consultant, Armenian Women’s National Soccer Team, San Francisco


Dr. Kirakosian, a distinguished 2005 graduate, brings over 17 years of dedication to podiatric medicine. With roles as the Team Podiatrist for San Jose Earthquakes and Sacramento Republic, and as the Residency Director of Podiatric Surgery at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, he has significantly contributed to sports medicine and veteran healthcare.

Richard Blake, DPM
Orthopedic and Sports Institute, San Francisco, CA

Dr. Blake, with a 41-year career, is an expert in biomechanics and sports medicine. As a proud 1979 graduate, he annually teaches Biomechanics at SMU, serves as past President of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine, and contributes to the field through books, blogs, and lectures at KevinRootMedical, sharing accessible biomechanics insights.

Event - Fellowship Opportunities in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery

Wednesday, January 10 at 5:30 pm


Ramez S. Sakkab, DPM, AACFAS
Fellow, Foot & Ankle Surgery
Phoenix Foot & Ankle Institute, Scottsdale, AZ 

Dr. Sakkab, a distinguished podiatric physician and surgeon, graduated Magna Cum Laude from Samuel Merritt University in 2020. With expertise honed during his residency at Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Valley, he’s currently undertaking a prestigious fellowship at Phoenix Foot & Ankle Institute, displaying dedication to advancing the field.