Annual Meeting

Full Meeting Program


AOFAS Annual Meeting 2021
September 22-25, 2021
Charlotte Convention Center
Charlotte, North Carolina

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Wednesday, September 22

Thursday, September 23

Friday, September 24

Saturday, September 25


Schedule, faculty, and topics subject to change. All sessions held at the Charlotte Convention Center unless noted otherwise.
The American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education (CME) for physicians. AOFAS designates the live Pre-Meeting Course for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and the live Scientific Session for a maximum of 17.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Course participants are required to submit a completed evaluation form at the end of the course in order to receive CME credit.
The American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Certified Athletic Trainers. The live Pre-Meeting Course is eligible for a maximum of 6.0 hours/CEUs and the live Scientific Session is eligible for a maximum of 17.5 hours/CEUs. Athletic Trainers should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program.


Tuesday, September 21

3:00 – 8:00 pm


Pre-meeting Course

Wednesday, September 22

6:00 am – 5:30 pm

6:30 – 7:30 am
Continental Breakfast


7:30 – 9:30 am 



Trauma: Sticks and Stones...
Moderator: John Y. Kwon, MD

Pilon Fractures: Advanced Techniques
Steven Steinlauf, MD

Ankle Fracture and Syndesmosis: Is the Sky Really Falling Down?
Daniel Guss, MD, MBA

Talus Fracture 360
Nicholas L. Strasser, MD

Calcaneus Fractures: The Same Old Custard Pie?
Todd A. Irwin, MD

Lisfranc Injuries: Beyond Fixing vs Fusing
Thomas G. Harris, MD

Revision Ankle ORIF: Getting It Right the Second Time
Anish R. Kadakia, MD



Charcot Reconstruction: The Best Solutions for the Worst Problems
Moderator: Carroll P. Jones III, MD

Avoiding Surgery if You Can
Vinod K. Panchbhavi, MD

Failed, Not Fused, and Maybe Infected
W. Hodges Davis, MD

The Infected Midfoot: Frame... Period
Michael S. Pinzur, MD

Ankle/Hindfoot: Nail It? Frame It? Both?
Clayton C. Bettin, MD

Midfoot: All Clean and All In
Carroll P. Jones III, MD

The Infected Charcot Foot: Management Strategies
Veerabhadra K. Reddy, MD


Support for this session is provided by an educational grant from Extremity Medical LLC.


Advanced Forefoot: The Final Frontier?
Moderator: Michael J. Coughlin, MD

1st TMT Fusion: Fad, Fiction, or Fact?
Emilio Wagner, MD

The Painful Implant: What Now?
Scott B. Shawen, MD

Complex/Salvage 1st Ray Surgery
Joseph S. Park, MD

Debate: Metatarsal Osteotomy
Donald R. Bohay, MD; Michael J. Coughlin, MD

Lesser MTP Instability: The Holy Grail
Jesse F. Doty, MD

Frieberg's and Lesser MTP Arthrosis: Do We Have Any Answers Yet?
Jason T. Bariteau, MD



9:30 – 10:00 am


10:00 am – noon 



Sports: Getting Back in the Game!
Moderator: Robert B. Anderson, MD

Ankle Instability: When Is Enough Not Enough?
J. Kent Ellington, MD, MS

Turf Toe and Sesamoid Problems
Kenneth J. Hunt, MD

Navicular Stress Fractures: Fix Now, Fix Later, Fuse Inevitable?
Jeremy J. McCormick, MD

Peroneal Tears and Tendinopathy
Steven K. Neufeld, MD

5th Metatarsal Fractures: What's the Latest, Sir Robert?
David A. Porter, MD, PhD

Stress Fractures in the Athlete: Treating More Than Just the Bone
Gregory R. Waryasz, MD



Cavovarus Foot: The Highs and Lows
Moderator: Gregory P. Guyton, MD

The Physical Exam and a Neurology Update
Gregory P. Guyton, MD

The Subtle Cavovarus Foot
J. Chris Coetzee, MD

Severe Cavovarus Deformity: Fusion vs. Joint Sparing vs. Little Bit of Both
Paul T. Fortin, MD

Addressing the Cavovarus Foot with Ankle OA
Karl M. Schweitzer Jr., MD

The Failed Cavovarus Foot Reconstruction: How Do I Salvage It?
David B. Thordarson, MD



MIS: Savoring the Small Things
Moderator: Rebecca A. Cerrato, MD

How You Get Started
Jonathan R.M. Kaplan, MD

MIS Hallux Valgus
Oliver N. Schipper, MD

MIS Calcaneal Osteotomies
Ettore Vulcano, MD

MIS Lesser Toes
A. Holly Johnson, MD

Mama Said There Would Be Days Like This: Managing MIS Complications
Jorge I. Acevedo, MD

MIS Potpourri
Chris R. Miller, MD



12:15 – 1:45 pm
Industry Symposia


2:00 – 4:00 pm 



Complex TAR: Not Your Average Joint Replacement
Moderator: Mark E. Easley, MD

To Stage or Not to Stage? That Is the Question
Steven L. Haddad, MD

A Failed TAR Is Not a Failure
W. Hodges Davis, MD

TAR to Fusion, Fusion to TAR: How, When, and Why?
William C. McGarvey, MD

Balancing the TAR and Why It's Critical
Craig S. Radnay, MD, MPH

Need Me Now, Later, or Never?
Ryan M. Garcia, MD

My TAR Looks Great, but My Patient Still Hurts
Lew C. Schon, MD



Practice Management: It's Not Surgery but It's Still Work
Moderator: Bruce E. Cohen, MD

Overview: Healthcare 2021 and Beyond
Bruce E. Cohen, MD

Coding, Documentation, and More
Gregory T. Ardoin, MD

Working with Companies: You and Industry
Gregory C. Berlet, MD

Debate: Types of Practice - Employed vs. Independent
John T. Campbell, MD; Raymond J. Sullivan, MD

Practice and ASC Optimization
R. James Toussaint, MD

Managing Conflict: Patient and MD
Casey J. Humbyrd, MD



Flatfoot: Too Much Is Never Enough
Moderator: Scott J. Ellis, MD

Conservative Treatment: What Works and What Doesn't
Irvin Oh, MD

Flexible Deformity: Which Procedures and Why?
Clifford L. Jeng, MD

Stage IV Flatfoot Management
Mark S. Myerson, MD

New Calcaneal and Midfoot Osteotomies
Keith L. Wapner, MD

Reconstruction vs. Fusion: Beyond Rigid vs. Flexible
Michael P. Clare, MD

I've Corrected Their Deformity... and They Still Hurt
Jonathan T. Deland, MD



4:00 – 6:00 pm
Welcome Reception (Exhibit Hall)

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Resident Program
Wednesday, September 22

6:00 am – 5:30 pm

6:30 – 7:30 am
Continental Breakfast


7:30 – 9:30 am
Resident Colloquium

Presented by the AOFAS Young Physicians Committee

Practice Management
Samuel E. Ford, MD

Amiethab A. Aiyer, MD

Joseph E. Bellamy, MD

Adam D. Bitterman, DO


9:30 – 10:00 am


10:00 am – noon
Case Review Session

Presented by the AOFAS Postgraduate Education & Training Committee

Discuss cases with your peers and experienced AOFAS members. Groups are assigned by residency year, allowing you to engage at the level of your training.

Discussion topics:

  • Calcaneus Fractures
  • Achilles Tendinosis
  • Cavus Deformity


12:15 – 1:45 pm
Fellowship Fair

Meet directors and faculty from Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Fellowship Programs in an informal setting. Following the Fellowship Fair, residents may join the afternoon ICLs.


4:00 – 6:00 pm
Welcome Reception
(Exhibit Hall)


7:30 – 10:30 pm
Resident Scholars/Mentors Dinner (by invitation only)

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Allied Health Practitioner Program
Wednesday, September 22

Support for this program is provided by an educational grant from Bioventus.

6:00 am – 5:30 pm

6:30 – 7:30 am
Continental Breakfast


8:30 – 9:30 am
Lateral Ankle

Functional Assessment and Nonoperative Management of Lateral Ankle Instability
Stacey Meardon, PT, PhD

Surgical Options: How Do You Decide?
Jonathan R.M. Kaplan, MD

Controversies in Postoperative Care
Thomas M. Hearty, MD, DPT



9:30 – 9:45 am


9:45 – 10:45 am
Progressive Collapsing Flatfoot

Outcomes (PROMIS) Across Diagnoses
Jeff R. Houck, PhD, PT

Preoperative Management and Knowing When to Recommend Surgery: Surgeon Perspective
Kelly K. Hynes, MD

Outcomes and Expectations After Surgery
MaCalus V. Hogan, MD, MBA



10:45 – 11:00 am


11:00 am – noon
Ankle Arthritis

Preoperative Management: Bracing and PT Modalities
Stephanie Albin, DPT, PhD

Surgical Options: How Do You Decide?
Elizabeth A. Martin, MD

Postoperative Functional Outcomes: Fusion vs. TAR
John S. Reach Jr., MD



Following the program, attendees may join the Industry Symposia and afternoon ICLs.


4:00 – 6:00 pm
Welcome Reception
(Exhibit Hall)


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Scientific Session

Thursday, September 23

6:00 am – 5:00 pm

6:00 – 6:55 am
Continental Breakfast

6:00 – 7:30 am
Industry Symposia

7:25 – 7:30 am
Welcome and Introduction
Carroll P. Jones, MD, Program Chair


7:30 – 8:30 am
Symposium 1: Innovations in Orthopaedics
Moderator: J. Kent Ellington, MD, MS

Total Talus: Totally Cool or Total BS?
Samuel B. Adams, MD

The Magic of Nitinol
John S. Lewis, MD

3D Printing: The Basics
James R. Jastifer, MD

From Paper to Patient: Custom Implants
J. Kent Ellington, MD, MS


Support for this session is provided by an educational grant from Paragon 28.


8:30 – 10:00 am
Symposium 2: Controversies in Total Ankle Replacement (Kenneth A. Johnson Symposium)
Moderator: Steven L. Haddad, MD


Kenneth A. Johnson Speaker: Victor Valderrabano, MD
Ankle Osteoarthritis and Mobile Total Ankle Arthroplasty

Dr. Valderrabano is a Swiss orthopaedic surgeon and scientist specializing in sports traumatology, osteoarthritis surgery, and reconstructive surgery of the lower extremity. Since 2015, he has served as Chairman of the Swiss Ortho Center in Basel, Switzerland, and Head of the Orthopaedic Traumatology Department of the Basel Pain Clinic.


Total Ankle Replacement vs. Ankle Arthrodesis (TARVA): A Randomized, Multicenter Trial
Andrew J. Goldberg, MD, OBE, FRCS(Tr&Orth)

Lew C. Schon, MD

James W. Brodsky, MD

Case Presentations and Discussion


10:00 am – 2:15 pm
Exhibit Hall Open

10:00 – 10:30 am
Foundation Updates and Awards


10:30 – 11:15 am
Break in the Exhibit Hall/Poster Presentations


11:15 am – 12:15 pm



12:15 – 1:45 pm
Lunch and Industry Symposia


1:45 – 2:45 pm



2:45 – 3:15 pm
Research Speaker: Rachel M. Frank, MD
Not All Cells Are Created Equal

Dr. Frank is an Associate Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, where she also serves as Director of the Joint Preservation Program and the Biologics Physician Champion for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. She has strong research interests in surgical and non-surgical joint preservation techniques for the knee and shoulder, including novel and minimally invasive biologic therapies.

Support for this session is provided by an educational grant from Paragon 28.


3:15 – 4:15 pm
Symposium 3: Talus OCD: Often So Simple, Occasionally So Not
Moderator: Gregory C. Berlet, MD

Microfracture: We Can Do This Better!
Daniel Ocel, MD

Microfracture: Are We Making a Bad Situation Worse?
Christopher W. Reb, DO

So I Did What I Do: To Weightbear or Not to Weightbear
W. Bret Smith, DO

LARGE Defect: Go Big or Go Home
Christopher E. Gross, MD



4:15 – 5:15 pm
Symposium 4: Achilles Ruptures: High and Low, New and Old
Moderator: Norman E. Waldrop III, MD

Insertional Ruptures: Technique Tricks
Carroll P. Jones III, MD

Classic Ruptures: What I've Tried and Where I Am
Michael C. Greaser, MD

Subacute Ruptures: Filling the Gap
David R. Richardson, MD



6:00 – 7:00 pm
Foundation Reception (by invitation only)


7:00 – 8:00 pm
Women's Leadership Reception

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Friday, September 24

6:30 am – 4:30 pm


6:30 – 8:00 am

Continental Breakfast

8:15 am – 1:00 pm

Exhibit Hall Open


7:45 – 8:45 am



8:45 – 9:30 am
Break in the Exhibit Hall/Poster Presentations


9:30 – 10:30 am
Fireside Chat with Jeff Gordon

Jeff Gordon is a four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, analyst for Fox Sports, and one of the most iconic names in racing. He ranks third on NASCAR's all-time win list with 93 victories. Off the track, he established Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation, which supports pediatric cancer research, treatment, and patient support programs. Jeff Gordon will talk with AOFAS President Bruce E. Cohen, MD, and Program Chair Carroll P. Jones, MD, about his career, accomplishments, and challenges in this special Fireside Chat.


10:30 – 11:30 am
Symposium 5: Leadership and Mentorship: Lessons Learned and Challenges for the Next Generation
Moderator: Bruce E. Cohen, MD

Michael J. Coughlin, MD

Thomas O. Clanton, MD

Charles L. Saltzman, MD

Mark S. Myerson, MD

Jeffrey E. Johnson, MD


11:30 – 11:45 am
Business Meeting (AOFAS Active Members only)

11:45 am – 12:45 pm
Lunch in the Exhibit Hall


11:45 am – 12:45 pm
Fellowship Program Director Town Hall (by invitation only)


12:45 – 1:45 pm
Symposium 6: Women of Orthopaedics
Moderator: A. Holly Johnson, MD

Presentation of 2021 Women's Leadership Awards
A. Holly Johnson, MD

Andrea N. Veljkovic, MD, MPH, Career Development Award Recipient

A Woman in a Man's World
Barbara Piclet-Legré, MD, Career Impact Award Recipient

When It's More Than Just a Bunion: Maximally Invasive Bunion Correction
Kathryn L. Williams, MD

History of Women in Orthopaedics
Theodora C. Dworak, MD

Fat Flat Foot and How You Treat It
Sara H. Galli, MD



1:45 – 2:30 pm
Presidential Remarks and Award Presentations


2:30 – 3:30 pm
Symposium 7: The Seven (8) Dwarfs: Midfoot DJD
Moderator: W. Hodges Davis, MD

Midfoot Overview: Who's Guilty and Who Gets Fused?
G. Andrew Murphy, MD

Not So Simple: This One Needs Advanced Carpentry
John G. Anderson, MD

Often Overlooked, Never Forgotten: The Lateral Midfoot
James A. Nunley, MD

Case Presentations and Discussion


3:30 – 5:00 pm


Research Forum

Tracking Orthobiologic Impact and Success with Patient Reported Outcomes
Judith F. Baumhauer, MD, MPH

The Role of Bone Marrow and Other Adjuncts Upon Bone Graft in Arthrodesis
Sheldon S. Lin, MD

Rebuilding Musculoskeletal Tissues with BioPrinting
Samuel B. Adams, MD

Rachel M. Frank, MD


Coding and Practice Management Forum
Moderator: John A. DiPreta, MD

Your Practice During COVID-19: Tips for Survival
Raymond J. Sullivan, MD

Handling the Blues: Engaging Payors in Developing Authorization Guidelines
Michael S. Aronow, MD

Panel Discussion: Rules of the Road: Proper and Improper Coding
Peter G. Mangone, MD; David Pedowitz, MD; Raymond J. Sullivan, MD; John A. DiPreta, MD

Questions & Answers: Where Do You Need Help in Coding?
John A. DiPreta, MD


5:00 – 6:00 pm
FAI/FAO Reviewer Reception (by invitation only)

6:00 – 11:00 pm
Celebrate Charlotte Pub Crawl 


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Saturday, September 25

7:00 am – noon

7:00 – 8:00 am
Continental Breakfast


8:00 – 9:00 am



9:00 – 10:00 am



10:00 – 11:00 am
Symposium 8: The Opioid Epidemic: How We Got Here, Where We Are, and What the Future Holds
Moderator: Todd A. Irwin, MD

It's Easier to Stay Out of Trouble Than Get Out of Trouble: Orthopaedic Lessons Learned in the Opioid Crisis
James R. Holmes, MD

Balancing Comfort and Safety in Pain Management: Non-Pharmaceutical Strategies
Joseph R. Hsu, MD

The CORE Project: An Overview and Update
Nady Hamid, MD

Narcotic Free Bunion Surgery: Say What?
Todd A. Irwin, MD



11:00 – noon
Symposium 9: The Power of Social Media: Promotional to Pitfalls
Moderator: Adam D. Bitterman, DO

Social Media for the New Kid on the Block
David N. Garras, MD

Instagram for #Instasuccess
Jonathan R.M. Kaplan, MD

Wanna Link? LinkedIn for Promotion and Education
Oliver N. Schipper, MD

Orthopaedic Entrepreneurship 101
Selene G. Parekh, MD, MBA




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