Who we are


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The Southwestern Academic Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA) has a broad social interest in helping measure and manage how people move through their world.  We envision a future where we can help people stay active and informed as they move through that world. We believe that every day we see glimpses of the future in our clinics, in the operating room, in our laboratories, and in our community. We want to help to leave a legacy of improving mobility and stability, worldwide. To do that, we work on a daily basis on projects that create more activity-rich and ulcer-free days for people.

At its core, SALSA is a collaborative clinical and research alliance that is dedicated to advancing care of the diabetic foot and preventing amputations in North America and worldwide.   SALSA is the most productive research unit of its kind in the world and, with more than 10,000 patient visits per annum is one of the busiest such clinical units.

Our central unit is located at the Department of Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.



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Our SALSA Team in consists of physicians, surgeons, engineers, and scientists from 14 nations.

Translational and mHealth Research 
Clinical trials are a key part of our research mission. These trials are led by USC surgeons, and the faculty collaborates with investigators in other programs as part of a multidisciplinary team offering the widest treatment options to patients.  The scope and breadth of the current research includes expertise ranging from outcomes-based research in vascular reconstruction to tissue regeneration to 3D printing and the fusion of consumer electronics with medical devices.

SALSA’s Interdisciplinary Consortium on Advanced Motion Performance (iCAMP) includes expertise not only from physician and surgeon-scientists, but also biomedical engineering, microbiology, app development, chemistry, optics, and architecture. It conducts next-generation high-value research ranging from development of intelligent textiles to fall prevention to exploration and phenotyping of the human microbiome.




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