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The IFFAS is an organization that grew out of increased collaboration among international orthopaedic foot and ankle societies around the worlld. It is a federation of regional federations of foot and ankle organizations, whose members are orthopaedic urgeons specializing in medical and surgical care of the foot and ankle.


  World Congress Foot and Ankle 2017 draws record attendance in Lisbon - September 29-30, 2017


A warm welcome at IFFAS 2017 ​​​ ​​Presidency passes to Dr. Martinus Richter
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Charles L. Saltzman, MD
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA​​​​​​​

2014-2017 President

​​Opening the 6th Triennial ​Scientific Meeting, Dr. Saltzman 
appreciation and congratulations to Professor Martinus Richter, IFFAS vice president and program chair of the meeting. 

He also thanked IFFAS Council representatives, the Scientific Committee and Symposia Committee for their contributions to the success of the meeting, and appreciation to the European Foot and Ankle Society (EFAS) for hosting the meeting.

"Interest in IFFAS meetings is growing as our specialty evolves and clinical and research information expands enabling us to improve care for our patients. For some, this is a first IFFAS meeting, while others have attended a previous meeting, or perhaps even all of the past triennial meetings since the federation's founding in 1999." 

"Our meeting includes leaders of many national foot and ankle societies from around the world and representatives of 63 countries. The IFFAS provides a specialty opportunity for us to learn from each other and increase understanding of foot and ankle, as well as gain an appreciation and understanding of other cultures. It has been an honor to serve as president of IFFAS." ​
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Lisbon:  A beautiful and historic host city


Portugal's cosmopolitan capital Lisbon, the oldest capital in Europe, served as the host city for the IFFAS meeting. With a rich history dating back to the Roman Empire, the city of discoveries today has a population of 550,000 and two million in the greater metropolitan area. 

Save the date for 2020 IFFAS meeting!

April 22-25, 2020, Vina del Mar, Chile

Hosted by the Latin American Federation (FLAMECIPP) 
Picture2.jpgVina del Mar,  located on Chile's coast just 45 minutes from Santiago's international airport, is a major meeting destination in South America. With an excellent facility and services, along with proximity to the beach, coastal promenade, parks, casinos, the arts, and recreational activities, it promises to be an ideal location for the 7th Triennial IFFAS Scientific Meeting.
Contact:  LIssette Araneda Zuniga, Meeting Manager

See the scenic beauty of Chile: 

With the close of the meeting, Charles Saltzman, MD installed Martinus Richter, MD, PhD as the 2017-2020 president. 

Photo:  IFFAS Council 

Letter from the President

_P5A4605.JPGOur IFFAS meeting, held as the "World Congress Foot and Ankle 2017," has come to a close. It is now my pleasure and honor to serve as IFFAS president .I am pleased to report that the IFFAS Council has elected Dr. Cristian Ortiz (Chile) as vice president/program chair for the 2020 meeting in Chile. Dr. Bruce Sangeorzan (USA) will continue as treasurer, and Dr. Jin Woo Lee (South Korea) was elected as secretary.
The IFFAS Council is considering how to make our federation more inclusive for foot and ankle surgeons who do not have a national or continental foot and ankle society, and this will require amending our Constitution and Bylaws at the next Council meeting. Currently, our website has been updated and will be further developed, and our secretariat will be put on a stable contractural basis.
Other suggestions to increase the value of IFFAS are welcome. Would it be useful to start projects based on the existing efforts of member societies, such as publications (journal, book, web-based formats), meetings, or relationships with industry partners (foundation)? Your input is welcome as the IFFAS Council considers how to move forward, and I would encourage you to provide your ideas. Above, all, we should always keep in mind that our primary goal, as a federation of societies, is education in order to improve care for patients with foot and ankle disorders. 

CME Accreditation

The IFFAS meeting has been accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME) for a maximum of 14 European CME credits (ECMECs). Each medical specialist should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the educational activity. 

Information on the process to convert EACCME credits to AMA credits can be found at www.ama-assn.org/go/international. 

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Martinus Richter, MD, PhD
Rummelsberg, Germany

2017-2020 President

The 6th Triennial International Federation of Foot & Ankle Societies (IFFAS) Scientific Meeting, held in Portugal's capital city in conjunction with the European Foot and Ankle Society's (EFAS) Advanced Symposium, drew high interest and a record number of registrants. 
Held every three years, the meeting brought together nearly 1,100 orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeons from 63 countries around the world. Attendees, including 91 invited faculty and speakers, gathered to share the latest research and techniques for improving outcomes in patient care.
The IFFAS meeting was held at the Lisboa Congress Centre on September 29-30 and hosted and organized by the European Foot and Ankle Society (EFAS). Most IFFAS meeting attendees also registered for the EFAS  Advanced Symposium pm September 28. The two meetings brought together a combined total of more than 1,300 meeting registrants, plus nearly 200 representatives of 63 exhibiting companies.
A total of 617 abstracts were submitted for the IFFAS meeting with 80 selected for oral presentations. The IFFAS meeting featured concurrent sessions for presentation of research papers and 12 expert symposia with faculty and audience discussion, and 476 selected scientific E-Posters. Feedback from registrants indicate that the program was very well received. The best clinical paper, best research paper, and the best E-Poster were recognized at the meeting with the Federation's prestigious awards. 
I look forward to serving as IFFAS president for the next three years.​​

Thank you to exhibitors​

The meeting's exhibit hall show
cased the latest surgical instruments, devices and services available from 38 exhibiting companies. Twelve break-out sessions presented by industry were offered for registrants.   

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