Podiatry Leadership

Meet Our Program Leadership

Dr. Robert Warkala


  • Education: Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
  • Residency: Podiatric Surgery at Lakeview Hospital, Wisconsin.
  • President of the New Jersey Podiatric Society from 2002-2003
  • In Charge of Continuing Education for the New Jersey Podiatric Society
  • Previously the Podiatry Program Extern Director
  • Current Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Director
  • Various honors and awards in Podiatry

“Thank you for your interest in the Podiatry Residency Program at Jefferson Health - New Jersey. Formerly Kennedy University Hospitals, we have had a continuously running Podiatry Residency Program since the early 1970s. Our program has changed and evolved and offers the greatest level of training that new graduates could hope for. We are looking for self-motivated, hardworking residents who will continue to help grow the reputation of the program. Our program has the full scope and breadth of privileges, allowing for a diversity of cases for our residents. We have retained many recent graduates from our program. Please make every effort to visit us --  whether in person or virtually --  to get to know more about our residents themselves, as well as the Podiatry Residency Program at Jefferson Health - New Jersey.”

Dr. Crystal Gonzalez

Assistant Director

  • Education: New York College of Podiatric Medicine. New York, NY
  • Residency: Podiatric Surgery at Chestnut Hill Hospital, 2008-2011
  • AO/ASIF Fellowship in Foot and Ankle Trauma. Dresden, Germany
  • ACFAS and APWCA Member
  • Fluent in Spanish

“As the Podiatric Assistant Residency Director, I have had the pleasure of working with the residents for the past four years. During this time, I not only had the opportunity to teach them directly in the operating room, but also the chance to shape and mold the academic calendar with direct input from the residents themselves. I believe that this is the reason we have a remarkably high board qualification pass rate. This program attracts self-motivated residents, who work hard and bring excellent and well thought out ideas for improvement. I see this in their academic ventures, their performance on the floor with patients, and in the OR. The residents that graduate from this program are well-balanced and can do wound debridements to complex rearfoot fusions, and everything in between.”