New Surgical Technology and Innovations Top AOFAS Specialty Day Program

ROSEMONT, IL, Jan. 28, 2011 – New surgical technology and innovations are changing the way orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeons care for their patients, providing greater surgical options and outcomes.  Recent research, current data reflecting clinical trends, and emerging surgical techniques for common orthopaedic foot and ankle conditions such as bunions, ankle instability, flatfoot, and ankle deformity will be reviewed and debated during the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society's (AOFAS) 2011 Specialty Day program held in conjunction with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Annual Meeting on February 19 at the San Diego Convention Center, Room 6C.

Leading national and international orthopaedic surgeons specializing in foot and ankle surgery will participate in the program which consists of presentations on original research, surgical technique videos, focused symposia, current concepts, clinical insights and debates on a variety of topics related to orthopaedic foot and ankle care.  Program Chair, Thomas H. Lee, MD of Columbus, Ohio will preside over the program.  

In addition, the program will include a joint two-hour session with the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA) titled: Arthroscopic Surgery of the Foot and Ankle: The New Gold Standard?  Advances and Controversies in Foot and Ankle Arthroscopy. The joint session will focus on key areas of orthopaedic foot and ankle arthroscopic surgery, dually presented by AANA Program Chair Larry D. Field, MD and AOFAS Program Chair, Thomas H. Lee, MD.

Specialty Day program highlights include sessions on:

Total Ankle Replacement

  • Moderators: James W. Brodsky, MD, Dallas, Texas and Mark M. Casillas, MD,San Antonio, Texas

Bunion Techniques

  • Moderators: Roger A. Mann, MD, Oakland, California and David A. Katcherian, MD, West Bloomfield, Michigan

Ankle Instability

  • Moderators:  Thomas O. Clanton, MD, Vail, Colorado and Kenneth J. Hunt, MD, Redwood City, California


  • Moderators:  Robert S. Adelaar, MD, Richmond, Virginia and William C. James, III, MD, Columbia, South Carolina


  • Moderators:  Donald E.  Baxter, MD, Houston, Texas and John S. Early, MD, Dallas, Texas

Ankle Deformity

  • Moderators:  G. Andrew Murphy, MD, Germantown, Tennessee and John S. Reach, Jr., MD, MSc, New Haven, Connecticut

The program also features original research of AOFAS members on a variety of foot and ankle topics and two new segments titled: Journal Club:  Best Article I Read This Year moderated by: James A. Nunley, II, MD, Durham, North Carolina; and International Forum: What's New in Asia, moderated by: Xiangyang Xu, MD, Shanghai, China and Hong-Geun Jung, MD, PhD, Seoul, South Korea.  

Press badges are required to cover the program.  Media may register in the AAOS press office located in Rooms 23A/B of the San Diego Convention Center. 

About the AOFAS
The AOFAS promotes quality, ethical and cost-effective patient care through the education, research and training of orthopaedic surgeons and other health care providers. The Society creates public awareness for the prevention and treatment of foot and ankle disorders, provides leadership, and serves as a resource for government and industry as well as the national and international health care communities.​
About Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgeons
Orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeons are medical doctors (MD and DO) who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders and injuries of the foot and ankle. Orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeons use medical, physical and rehabilitative methods as well as surgery to treat patients of all ages. Relying on four years of medical school training, five years of post-graduate training and often a fellowship in foot and ankle care, orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeons perform reconstructive procedures, treat sports injuries, and manage and treat trauma of the foot and ankle.


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