Presidential Timeline 1969 - 2016

2015 - 2016  Mark E. Easley, MD

  • Largest registration for free-standing annual meeting
  • Office suite expanded to accomodate program and staff growth
  • New online open access journal Foot & Ankle Orthopaedics (FAO) opens
  • Physician Resource Center launches as new member benefit
  • Research expands with OFAR patient-reported outcomes registry infrastructure
  • Overseas Outreach Project to Vietnam celebrates its 15th year
  • Foundation's Campaign 50 nears $1 million in donations/pledges
  • Lousanne "Zan" Lofgren, CAE, 2005-2016 executive director retires
  • Susan Oster, CAE begins as executive director

2014 - 2015  Bruce J. Sangeorzan, MD

  • AOFAS offices move to new Orthopaedic headquarters building in Rosemont, December 2014
  • Launch of new association management system provides technology upgrade for improved efficiency and reporting and platform for future member benefits 
  • Plans developing for expanded research opportunities through Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Research (OFAR) network 
  • FAI offers second scored and recorded CME exam 
  • Patient education content expanded on FootCareMD.org with Spanish language translations
  • Social media presence significantly increases website traffic
  • AOFAS contributes to "Choosing Wisely" program
  • Foundation launches Campaign 50 to raise $3 million by 2019

2013- 2014  Steven L Haddad, MD

  • ACCME awards six-year accreditation to AOFAS as CME provider
  • AOFAS hosts Triennial IFFAS Scientific Meeting in Chicago
  • Record breaking registration: 1,124 for AOFAS Meeting and 1,191 for IFFAS Meeting
  • Largest exhibit hall and largest number of abstracts received for IFFAS/AOFAS Meetings
  • 170 residents and fellows attended IFFAS and AOFAS Meetings, including 45 Resident Scholars
  • Bylaws amended to recognize Osteopathic and Canadian board certification for Active Membership
  • Guidelines approved on endorsement of other organizations' meetings
  • FootCareMD patient education outreach expanded with 70+ new articles 
  • Journal CME program launched with scored and recorded CME exam for FAI articles
  • Released new video -- "who are orthopaedic foot and ankle specialists"
  • Decision made to contribute to "Choosing Wisely" program

2012-2013  Lew C. Schon, MD

  • Membership tops 2,000
  • 814 registrants at Annual Meeting, a 26% increase over 2012
  • 43% increase in Pre-meeting Course registrants
  • Attendance at Research Forum and Young Physicians Forum doubles
  • International attendance at Annual Meeting increases to 38%
  • 167 residents and fellows at Annual Meeting, including  43 Resident Scholars
  • Largest exhibit hall ever
  • SAGE begins publishing Foot & Ankle International, January 2013
  • Members receive free online access to FAI archives to first issue in1982

2011-2012  Judith F. Baumhauer, MD, MPH 

  • Decision to transition FAI to SAGE as new journal publisher in January 2013
  • Launch of patient-reported outcomes research pilot study
  • Applications for 2012 fellowship match increased and exceeded number of positions offered
  • Webinar Series launched with nine broadcasts offered in 2012 without charge to members and residents
  • Annual Meeting registration hit all-time high; largest exhibit hall to date with 22 new companies
  • 37% increase in abstract submissions over 2011
  • 28 residents attended Annual Meeting as Resident Scholars
  • Live auction held at Annual Meeting to raise funds for OEF
  • Highest Specialty Day attendance in 10 years
  • Membership growth continues
  • Industry support up

2010-2011  Keith L. Wapner, MD

  • Conflict of Interest policies adopted for CME programs
  • Fellowship applications for 2011 match increased 43% over 2010
  • 31 residents attended the Annual Meeting as Resident Scholars
  • New Research Forum and Young Physicians Forum offered at Annual Meeting
  • AOFAS.org website upgraded; new FootCareMD.org microsite added for patients and the public
  • First "green paper-lite" meeting with electronic syllabus
  • "Speed dating" presentations increased opportunities for more podium presenters
  • AOFAS recognized OEF for 10 years of support in "Changing Lives, Sharing Knowledge"

 2009-2010 Charles L. Saltzman, MD

  • New resident outreach initiatives approved -- Resident Scholarships, Visiting Professor Program, Resident Review Courses; funding provided by the Outreach & Education Fund (OEF)
  • 21 residents awarded scholarships for Annual Meeting
  • Successful ACCME reaccreditation achieved for AOFAS-sponsored educational programs
  • Agreement with Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons to develop foot and ankle content for Orthopaedia; editor-in-chief and editorial board appointed
  • Successful fellowship match administered
  • Position paper on Total Ankle Replacement Surgery approved
  • Performance evaluations for Board members, committee chairs and committee members instituted

2008-2009 Robert B. Anderson, MD

  • 2008 Membership Assessment Survey data guided strategic planning
  • First OEF fundraiser honored Dr. Anderson; attendance included all but three of living AOFAS presidents
  • AOFAS Position on Podiatry Statement accepted by AAOS
  • Survey on resident education completed with 100% response rate
  • Membership totaled 1,736
  • Branding initiatives started
  • Policies and Procedures for Education Courses and Meetings adopted
  • Bylaws amended to send biographical information on Nominating Committee’s slate to members in advance of business meeting

2007-2008 Steven D.K. Ross, MD

  • David Thordarson, MD selected as FAI Editor-in-Chief following open search process
  • Successful negotiation with AAOS for four AOFAS educational meetings/year with 30-day non-compete window
  • Position Statement on Podiatry submitted to AAOS
  • Board of Directors’ governance practices enhanced
  • Revamped Web site launched with new integrated association management system to strengthen infrastructure
  • Optional afternoon CME sessions offered at Summer Meeting
  • Survey of orthopaedic residency programs undertaken to gather data on resident education in foot and ankle

2006-2007 Lowell H. Gill, MD

  • Military experiences in Afghanistan presented by Major (P) Scott B. Shawen, MD at Summer Meeting
  • Military Visitation Program held at Walter Reed Army Medical Center
  • 2006 Membership Assessment Survey conducted to guide strategic planning
  • Board adopted Position Statement on Podiatry under guidance of Steven Ross, MD
  • Updated patient-education brochures introduced

2005-2006 James W. Brodsky, MD

  • Board adopted new management model with in-house Executive Director and staff; governance training for AOFAS leadership
  • Lousanne “Zan” Lofgren, CAE selected as Executive Director; professional staff hired
  • Office moved to suite in AAOS building in Rosemont, IL
  • New business infrastructure and Web site with Web-based registration and transactions
  • AOFAS and OEF incorporated in Illinois
  • Renewed relationship with AAOS leadership and staff
  • Membership Assessment Survey conducted to guide strategic planning
  • AOFAS attained seat on Board of Governors at American College of Surgeons
  • AMA House of Delegates reaffirmed AOFAS delegate seat
  • New Bylaws ratified by membership
    ACCME four-year re-accreditation attained
  • FAI publishing contract with Data Trace renewed
  • Decision to reinstitute fellowship match through National Resident Matching Program
  • Board established transparency initiative for appointments and elections; biography- documented online ballot for Nominating Committee
  • Decision to dissolve AAOFAS

2004-2005 Mark S. Myerson, MD

  • Strategic discussions on future and organizational models
  • Decision to move from association management company in Seattle to free-standing organization model in Chicago area
  • Initiatives undertaken to increase international participation and recognize academic diversity
  • E. Greer Richardson, MD became FAI Editor-in-Chief
  • Traveling Fellowship Awards Program established

2003-2004 Glenn B. Pfeffer, MD

  • First Pre-Meeting Course offered in conjunction with Summer Meeting
  • Web site, FootcareMD, created for public education
  • OEF approved by IRS as separate 501(c)(3) organization
  • Decision to make composition of AOFAS and AAOFAS boards identical
  • AOFAS tag line created: "Reconstruction, Sports, Trauma and Technology"
  • Industry guidelines established
  • Committee structure revamped and number of committees reduced
  • Decision to support specialty society position in AAOS Washington office

2002-2003 E. Greer Richardson, MD

  • AOFAS hosted IFFAS meeting in San Francisco, Sept. 2002
  • Strategic plan solidified by Board of Directors; Bylaws updated
  • OEF continued to expand fundraising
  • FAI publishing services moved to Data Trace

2001-2002 Pierce E. Scranton, Jr., MD

  • Outreach & Education Fund (OEF) set up to advance education, research and humanitarian endeavors
  • OEF supported first AOFAS Overseas Outreach Project to Vietnam to treat lower extremity injuries and deformities
  • Volunteers for first Vietnam project were Drs. Scranton, Richard Coughlin, Robert Veith, and Naomi Shields
  • ACCME re-accreditation attained

2000-2001 Michael J. Shereff, MD

  • Fundraising efforts initiated under Pierce Scranton, MD and Judy Smith, MD
  • AOFAS collaborated with AAOS on patient education Web site Your Orthopaedic Connection
  • AOFAS Web site revamped
  • AOFAS introduced scope of practice resolution at AAOS Board of Councilors
  • FAI advertising services moved to Data Trace Publishing Company

1999-2000 Thomas O. Clanton, MD

  • “2000 A.D. – Year of the Diabetic Foot” launched at Summer Meeting
  • AOFAS, AAOFAS, AAOS, and American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons Position Statement on Care of Lower Extremities adopted
  • Work began for standardized foot and ankle curriculum in all orthopaedic residency programs
  • FAI management and publishing moved in-house at AOFAS office in Seattle

1998-1999 Ronald W. Smith, MD

  • Summer Meeting in Puerto Rico with Program Chair Robert Anderson, MD
  • The Diabetic Foot – theme for the year; Outreach project was Special Olympics
  • Outreach to national organizations, including AAOS, AMA, American Diabetic Association and Arthritis Foundation
  • Saving the fellowship match program a major issue
  • College International de Medecine et Chirurgie du Pied (CIP) is closed; IFFAS founders meeting held in Kyoto, Japan

1997-1998 James A. Nunley, MD

  • 1998 Annual Summer Meeting theme: “The Current State of Total Ankle Replacement” eventually led to FDA review of mobile-bearing ankle replacements
  • Summer Meeting featured presidential guests Hakon Kofoed, MD of Denmark and Beat Hintermann, MD of Switzerland
  • Reception on ship in Boston Harbor during fireworks for presentation of Tall Ships
  • Research Grants Program awarded first grants
  • Membership survey conducted
  • ACCME re-accreditation attained

1996-1997 G. James Sammarco, MD

  • AOFAS initiated program for professional relations with other foot and ankle societies
  • Initial steps to form International Federation of Foot & Ankle Societies (IFFAS)
  • Membership increased substantially; Doctors of Osteopathy brought into membership
  • AOFAS mourned death of Vice President Francesca Thompson, MD

 1995-1996 Donald E. Baxter, MD

  • ACGME accreditation attained for foot and ankle fellowships
  • ACCME re-accreditation attained
  • Visits to foot and ankle societies in Brazil and Japan on behalf of the AOFAS
  • American Association of Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgeons (AAOFAS) incorporated in California, Feb. 1995
  • ACCME re-accreditation attained

1994-1995 Robert S. Adelaar, MD

  • AOFAS office moved to Seattle under Richard Cantrell and Associates
  • Public relations program continued under Carol Frye, MD, chair, and Thomas Clanton, MD, ex-officio
  • Dialogue with podiatric hierarchy on common grounds for advancement of the foot and relationship between societies
  • Kenneth Johnson Memorial Lectureship developed by his fellows
  • American Association of Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgeons (AAOFAS), a 501(c)(6) trade organization, formed to educate payors and physicians on orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeons

1993-1994 Lowell D. Lutter, MD

  • AOFAS -- first orthopaedic specialty organization to attain seat in AMA House of Delegates
  • Decision to move AOFAS office from Chicago to Seattle under management of Richard Cantrall and Associates
  • Name of Foot and Ankle journal changed to Foot & Ankle International
  • Decision to fund research project on Heel Pain under direction of Glenn Pfeffer, MD
  • Decision to develop public relations program under Thomas Clanton, MD and Public Education Committee
  • AOFAS mourned death of Past President and FAI Editor Kenneth Johnson, MD
  • Dr. Lutter appointed FAI Editor-in-Chief

1992-1993 William G. Hamilton, MD

  • Presided over the 23rd Annual Winter Meeting in San Francisco, March 1993, and 9th Annual Summer Meeting in Asheville, NC, August 1993
  • ACCME re-accreditation attained

1991-1992 John E. McDermott, MD

  • Annual Summer Meeting featured first Board meeting with committees
  • Outreach trip to Far East brought Complete Foot Care Course to Singapore and Taiwan
  • AOFAS sponsored first independent Sports Injuries Course
  • 33 foot and ankle fellowships offered
  • Corresponding Membership category approved
  • Cantrall Communications, Seattle, provided public relations and course management
  • AAOS Specialty Society Office provided administrative services
  • Membership reached nearly 750

1990-1991 Michael J. Coughlin, MD

  • First Advanced Foot Course held under joint AAOS/AOFAS sponsorship
  • Series of Foot & Ankle Resident Review Courses held in multiple cities
  • AOFAS public information office opened by Cantrall Communications, Seattle
  • AOFAS launched public relations program to interface with AAOS and public
  • First AOFAS membership directory published
  • ACCME re-accreditation attained
  • Committees revamped with assigned tenures

1989-1990 Lamar L. Fleming, MD

  • Banff -- site of first Summer Meeting held in Canada
  • Membership totaled 500
  • 17 foot and ankle fellowships; efforts initiated to increase number of fellowships

1988-1989 Kenneth A. Johnson, MD

  • Past presidents’ terms on Board reduced from five years to three years
  • Two Members-at-Large added to Board
  • Fellowship match implemented with National Resident Matching Program
  • Kenneth Johnson, MD becomes FAI Editor-in-Chief

1987-1988 Andrea Cracchiolo, III, MD

  • Elections moved to Annual Summer Meeting
    Summer Meeting opened to all orthopaedic surgeons
  • First open Summer Meeting held in Santa Fe, July 1987, with 215 registrants
  • Dr. Cracchiolo served 18 months, longest term of any AOFAS President

1986-1987 R. Luke Bordelon, MD

  • Second members-only Summer Meeting held in Vail, July 1986, 49 members present
  • First Complete Foot Care Course held in Milwaukee with faculty from orthopaedics, nursing, physical therapy and pedorthics
  • ACCME re-accreditation attained

1985-1986 John S. Gould, MD

  • Son of a past president elected to same office
  • First Annual Summer Meeting (members only) held July 1985, Greenbrier Hotel, with Robert Adelaar, MD, program chair
  • AAOS dissolved society affiliation agreements to allow societies to meet independently
  • COMSS developed plan for AAOS Annual Meeting reorganization
  • Affiliate Membership category eliminated; Candidate Membership category approved
  • AOFAS office moved to Park Ridge, IL with AAOS, Oct. 1985

1984-1985 Wallace E. Miller, MD

  • Decision to hold first independent AOFAS Summer Meeting in July 1985
  • AAOS established Council of Musculoskeletal Specialty Societies (COMSS); John Gould, MD and Kenneth Johnson, MD to represent AOFAS

1983-1984 William S. Stryker, MD

  • Program and Membership Committees appointed
  • Drs. Miller and Gould appointed to re-evaluate committee structure
  • AOFAS office moved to Rochester, MN under Kenneth Johnson, MD, April 1984

1982-1983 Roger A. Mann, MD

  • Annual meeting in Anaheim drew 562 registrants
  • Membership voted unanimously to change name to American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS), March 10, 1983
  • Administrative office transferred to Renaberke Associates, Chicago, Summer 1983
  • ACCME accreditation attained to sponsor Category 1 CME credit

1981-1982 Donald M. Qualls, MD

  • First issue of In~Stride newsletter published; John McDermott, MD, editor
  • President J. William Fielding, MD served February to April 1981; resigned to assume AAOS leadership position

1980-1981 Richard H. Kiene, MD

  • First issue of Foot & Ankle journal published
  • 11th Annual Meeting held in Las Vegas, February 1981
  • Symposium of the Foot and Ankle held in April 1981

1979-1980 J. Leonard Goldner, MD

  • Associate Membership category established
  • Secretary-elect and Treasurer-elect positions added to Board of Directors

1978-1979 Henry R. Cowell, MD

  • Board voted to establish Foot & Ankle journal
  • J. L. Goldner, MD became chair; Melvin Jahss, MD named editor

1977-1978 Arthur W. Trott, MD

  • Liaison Committee for Continuing Medical Education approved AOFS annual meeting for Category 1 CME credit
  • ABOS agreed to include at least one foot question on oral exams
  • Past President N. Giannestras, MD served as program chair
  • Membership totaled 212

1976-1977 William H. Blodgett, MD

  • AMA Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education evaluated AOFS meeting for Category 1 CME credit
  • AAOS extended CME accreditation to affiliate organizations’ programs

1975-1976 James E. Bateman, MD

  • First Canadian to assume AOFS leadership
  • Corresponding members invited to first International Meeting of the Foot Society

1974-1975 Moore Moore, Jr., MD

  • Corresponding Membership category approved
  • Membership totaled 173

1973-1974 Melvin H. Jahss, MD

  • Dr. Jahss’ presidential address published in Orthopedic Clinics of North America
  • Placement of AOFS members on AAOS committees encouraged

1972-1973 Robert L. Samilson, MD

  • AOFS agreement signed with AAOS as its first affiliate organization
  • Vice President position added to presidential line

1971-1972 Nathaniel Gould, MD

  • First AOFS publication appeared in Clinical Orthopaedics & Related Research, June 1972
  • Initial Klinkicht Award Paper presented by G. James Sammarco, MD on Biomechanics of the Ankle: A Kinematic Study

1970-1971 Nicholas J. Giannestras, MD

  • Bylaws approved; AOFS incorporated in Illinois; 501(c)(3) tax-exemption status attained
  • First scientific meeting held in San Francisco, March 6, 1971
  • Official AOFS pin presented to Active Members; membership totaled 149

1969-1970 Robert J. Joplin, MD 

  • Founders meeting held May 17, 1969, Chicago
  • First elected President of the American Orthopaedic Foot Society (AOFS)

Annual Meeting Locations

2016    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2015    Long Beach, California
2014    Chicago, Illinois (in conjunction with IFFAS Triennial Scientific Meeting)
2013    Hollywood, Florida
2012    San Diego, California
2011    Keystone, Colorado
2010    National Harbor, Maryland
2009    Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
2008    Denver, Colorado
2007    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2006    LaJolla, California
2005    Boston, Massachusetts
2004    Seattle, Washington
2003    Hilton Head, South Carolina
2002    Traverse City, Michigan
2001    San Diego, California
2000    Vail, Colorado
1999    San Juan, Puerto Rico
1998    Boston, Massachusetts
1997    Monterey, California
1996    Hilton Head, South Carolina
1995    Vail, Colorado
1994    Coeur D'Alene, Idaho
1993    Asheville, North Carolina
1992    Napa, California
1991    Boston, Massachusetts
1990    Banff, Alberta, Canada
1889    Sun Valley, Idaho
1988    St. Paul, Minnesota
1987    Santa Fe, New Mexico
1986    Vail, Colorado
1985    White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia​​