The Zivot Limb Preservation Centre, located at the Peter Lougheed Centre in Calgary Alberta provides expert care for Diabetics with foot ulcers and/ or infection. The centre is staffed by Podiatric Surgeons who maintain close contact with physicians specializing in vascular surgery, infectious disease, plastic/reconstructive surgery, orthopaedic surgery, nephrology and endocrinology, along with wound care nurses and orthotic technicians – see below for the full team list or visit their website

Amputation Prevention

Each year over 700 Albertans undergo a diabetes related lower-limb amputation. Sadly, 90% of these amputations are preventable. The potential implications resulting from an amputation are even more concerning – studies show that the five year survival rate following an amputation is lower than many forms of cancer. It is safe to say amputations are not benign.

The Diabetic Foot & Limb Preservation Centre is committed to promoting excellence in the clinical care of diabetes related foot complications, research, and education with the overall goal being limb preservation.

Expert Care

Thanks to the expertise of the team and state-of-the-art technology available the clinic is able to provide patients with rapid and integrated evaluation and treatment. Through assessment the patient’s blood flow, underlying architecture of the foot and type and extent of infection are determined followed by the implementation of the most appropriate treatment. If foot ulcers and infection are detected early and the most appropriate treatment is implemented swiftly an amputation can often be avoided.

Speciality Services

The Zivot Limb Preservation Centre provides a variety of speciality services including:

  • Patient Education – Patient education programs that emphasize proper home foot care to decrease the likelihood of diabetic complications such as infection, ulcerations, peripheral vascular disease and amputations.
  • Prophylactic Foot Care – The debridment of diseased nails and debridement of corns and callus in the high-risk patient population
  • Vascular Care – Advanced revascularization techniques for limb-threatening ischemia and non-healing wounds
  • Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Surgery – Expertise in reconstructive foot surgical procedures in patients with a diabetes related foot complication with the goal of limb preservation and restoring a functional lower extremity. Surgical expertise in reconstructive surgery of the unstable and/or chronically ulcerated Charcot foot.
  • Wound Care – State-of-the-art wound healing modalities such as vacuum-assisted closure, living skin equivalents and topical growth factors.
  • Off-loading, Orthotics & Shoes – Orthotic technicians and prosthetists who produce custom-made off-loading devices to assist wound healing. orthoses and prostheses.

*The Zivot Limb Preservation Centre is a licensed prescriber of Therapeutic Footwear through the Alberta Aids to Daily Living (AADL) Therapeutic Footwear Program. This is a cost-sharing program run by Alberta Health that provides funding for footwear management for the neuropathic foot. Specialists at the clinic work closely with suppliers to ensure the best quality of off loading and therapeutic footwear. To learn more about the program, its benefits and patient eligibility refer to the AADL Therapeutic Footwear Program Manual.

Referring Patients

The Zivot Limb Preservation Centre is dedicated to seeing patients referred to the clinic in a timely manner. Our doctors triage referrals and patients are scheduled based on urgency but our goal is to see all patients referred in a timely manner. Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for you and your patients when you entrust us with their care.

Please complete the Referring Physician Form and fax it to (403) 943-6428. 

Download DFLPC Referral Form

The Team


Francois M. Harton, DPM, FACFAS

Chief, Section of Podiatric Surgery

Clinical Lecturer – Department of Surgery, University of Calgary


Karim Manji, DPM, FACFAS

Director, Zivot Limb Preservation Centre

Clinical Lecturer – Department of Surgery, University of Calgary

President, Association of Alberta Podiatric Surgeons


Phillip M. LeLievre, DPM, FACFAS

Clinical Lecturer – Department of Surgery, University of Calgary

Director, Diabetic Limb Salvage Service

John Toole, DPM, AACFAS

Clinical Lecturer – Department of Surgery, University of Calgary


Darrell Paul, DPM, FACFAS

Clinical Lecturer – Department of Surgery, University of Calgary


Kenneth J. Unger, DPM, FACFAS

Clinical Lecturer – Department of Surgery, University of Calgary



Donna Holton, MD, FRCP(C)

Infectious Disease Specialist

Clinical Associate Professor – Department of Medicine, University of Calgary


Kenneth Lam, MBBS, FRCP(C)

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Clinical Assistant Professor – Department of Surgery, University of Calgary


Allan Lin, MD, FRCS(C)

Section of Plastic Surgery

Clinical Assistant Professor – Department of Surgery, University of Calgary 

Iain S. Russell, MD, FRCS(C)

Director, Charcot Foot Service

Clinical Assistant Professor – Section of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Calgary


Jeffery Clark, MD, FRCS(C)

Co-Director, Diabetic Foot & Limb Preservation Centre

Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, Vascular Surgery

Contact Information

Zivot Limb Preservation Centre


Peter Lougheed Centre – 5th floor, East Wing, Room 5905 3500 26 Ave NE, Calgary, Alberta T1Y 6J4


(403) 943-6400


(403) 943-6423

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