Annual Meeting

Full Meeting Program


AOFAS Annual Meeting 2019
September 12-15, 2019
Hyatt Regency Chicago

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Pre-meeting Course  |  Resident Session  |  Allied Health Practitioner Session  |  Scientific Session 

Go to date:
Thursday, September 12  |  Friday, September 13  |  Saturday, September 14  |  Sunday, September 15


Schedule, faculty, and topics subject to change. All sessions held at the Hyatt Regency Chicago Hotel unless noted otherwise.

Pre-meeting Course

Thursday, September 12

6:00 – 7:00 am
Continental Breakfast

7:00 – 7:10 am
Welcome and Introduction


7:12 – 7:42 am 
Session 1: Hallux Rigidus
Moderator: Thomas H. Lee, MD

The Way It Was
A. Holly Johnson, MD

Experimentation with Osteotomies
Nelson F. SooHoo, MD

The Evolution of Fusion as a Solution
Kenneth J. Hunt, MD

Cheilectomy and Alternatives to Fusion
Gregory C. Berlet, MD

Anish R. Kadakia, MD



7:44 – 8:16 am
Session 2: Hallux Valgus
Moderator: Robert B. Adelaar, MD

The Way It Was
George B. Holmes, MD

Early Changes in Philosophy
Caio A. Nery, MD

How Far Can We Push a Chevron/Distal Osteotomy?
Thomas G. Harris, MD

Rotational Osteotomy
Emilio Wagner, MD

J. Kent Ellington, MD, MS



8:18 – 8:50 am
Session 3: Hindfoot Arthrodesis
Moderator: Steven D.K. Ross, MD

The Way It Was
Saul G. Trevino, MD

The Move From Autograft to Allograft
H. Thomas Temple, MD

Indications, Contraindications, Choices, and Techniques
Florian Nickisch, MD

Technique Evolution for Hindfoot Internal Fixation
Mark E. Easley, MD

Anand Vora, MD

8:52 – 9:24 am
Session 4: Ankle Arthrodesis
Moderator: Judith Baumhauer, MD, MS, MPH

The Way It Was
Harold B. Kitaoka, MD

Arthroscopic and Small Incision Technique
C. Thomas Haytmanek Jr., MD

Open Techniques: Anterior, Lateral, Posterior Technique with Plates
Christopher W. DiGiovanni, MD

The Downside of Ankle Fusion: Is There a Role for Takedown Arthroplasty?
W. Hodges Davis, MD

Paul T. Fortin, MD



9:26 – 9:43 am
Keynote 1

Christopher B. Hirose, MD

The Evolution of Foot and Ankle Surgery Over 50 Years
Lew C. Schon, MD


9:50 – 10:22 am
Session 5: Lesser Toes
Moderator: G. Andrew Murphy, MD

The Way It Was
Ronald W. Smith, MD

Hammertoes: Evolution of Treatment Past to Present
Sandra E. Klein, MD

Osteotomies to Realign Lesser Toes 
David I. Pedowitz, MD, MS

Plantar Plate: FTT to Plantar Plate Repairs
Michael J. Coughlin, MD

M. Truitt Cooper, MD



10:24 – 10:51 am
Session 6: Diabetes and Charcot Joint
Moderator: G. James Sammarco, MD

The Way It Was
James W. Brodsky, MD

Modern Advances in Surgical Management of Charcot
V. James Sammarco, MD

Michael S. Pinzur, MD



10:53 – 11:25 am
Session 7: Arthroscopy of the Foot and Ankle
Moderator: Robert B. Anderson, MD

The Way It Was
Thomas O. Clanton, MD

Arthroscopic Ankle Techniques
Richard D. Ferkel, MD

The Evolution of Treatment of OCDs of The Ankle
Norman E. Waldrop, MD

Arthroscopy of Other Foot Joints
Alastair S.E. Younger, MBChB, ChM, FRCSC

Eric Giza, MD



11:30 am – 1:00 pm

1:00 – 1:30 pm
Keynote 2

Andrea Cracchiolo III, MD

Club Feet
Charles L. Saltzman, MD


1:32 – 2:04 pm
Session 8: Pes Planus
Moderator: Steven L. Haddad, MD

The Way It Was
Roger A. Mann, MD

Staging PTT and Indications for Treatment
Selene G. Parekh, MD

State of Art PTT Reconstruction
Scott J. Ellis, MD

Treatment of Stage 3 and 4 PTT Dysfunction
John G. Anderson, MD

Donald Bohay, MD, FACS



2:06 – 2:24 pm
Session 9: Achilles
Moderator: James Nunley, MD

Evolution of the Achilles Tendon Repair
Annunziato Amendola, MD

The Resurrection of Nonoperative Treatment
Andrea N. Veljkovic, MD, MPH, FRCSC

Carroll P. Jones, MD



2:26 – 2:58 pm
Session 10: Pes Cavus
Moderator: Jeffrey E. Johnson, MD

The Way It Was
Donald E. Baxter, MD

Structural Cavus: Evaluation and Treatment
Gregory P. Guyton, MD

Forefoot Issues With Cavus Foot: Evaluation and Treatment
Bryan D. Den Hartog, MD

Peroneal Tendon Dysfunction, Evaluation and Treatment
Rebecca A. Cerrato, MD

Christopher B. Hirose, MD



3:00 – 3:15 pm
Keynote 3

Patrick B. Ebeling, MD

Evolution of Internal Fixation in Trauma: A Real Change
Bruce J. Sangeorzan, MD

3:15 – 3:25 pm



3:25 – 3:50 pm
Session 11: Ankle Instability
Moderator: Glenn B. Pfeffer, MD

The Way It Was
Gordon Mackay, MD

Broström Repair
John G. Kennedy, MD, FRCS(Orth)

Anatomic Allograft Repair
Peter G. Mangone, MD

Brian C. Toolan, MD



3:52 – 4:22 pm
Session 12: Ankle Fractures and the Evolution of Treatment
Moderator: Arthur K. Walling, MD

The Way It Was
Timothy C. Fitzgibbons, MD

Fixing The Fibula: Techniques and Controversies
Mark J. Berkowitz, MD

Diagnosing and Fixing the Syndesmosis
Cesar de Cesar Netto, MD, PhD

Fixing the Posterior Malleolus
Eric M. Bluman, MD, PhD

Jesse F. Doty, MD



4:24 – 4:59 pm
Session 13: Total Ankle Arthroplasty
Moderator: Mark S. Myerson, MD

The Way It Was 
James K. DeOrio, MD

The Advent of TAR in America
Keith L. Wapner, MD

The Newer Two Piece Ankles
Constantine A. Demetracopoulos, MD

Salvage of Major Failures 
Yasuhito Tanaka, MD

Revisions, Failures, and Challenges For the Future
Timothy R. Daniels, MD, FRCSC

Steven M. Raikin, MD


5:00 – 7:00 pm
Welcome Reception (Exhibit Hall)

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Resident Session
Thursday, September 12

7:00 – 7:30 am
Breakfast and Welcome


7:30 – 7:35 am
Welcome/Introduction to the Resident Colloquium
Pamela C. Luk, MD


7:35 – 8:15 am
Resident Primer


8:15 – 9:00 am
Foot and Ankle Trauma

9:00 – 9:15 am


9:15 – 10:00 am
Introduction to Orthotics and Prosthetics


10:00 – 10:45 am
Physical Therapy for Foot and Ankle Disorders


10:45 – 11:30 am
Posterior Tibialis Tendon Dysfunction/Flatfoot Deformity
Niall A. Smyth, MD


11:30 am – noon

Noon – 1:30 pm
Lunch and Fellowship Fair


1:30 – 1:45 pm


1:45 – 1:50 pm
Welcome/Introduction to the Orthopaedic Resident Forum
Todd A. Irwin, MD


1:50 – 3:50 pm
Roundtable Case Discussions (broken up by PGY year)

Cavovarus Foot Reconstruction

Hallux Rigidus

Lisfranc Injury

Ankle Instability/OCD


3:50 – 4:30 pm
Informal Networking Time


4:30 pm


5:00 – 7:00 pm
Welcome Reception
(Exhibit Hall)


6:30 - 9:00 pm
Resident Scholars/Mentors Dinner (by invitation only)

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Allied Health Practitioner Session
Thursday, September 12


7:45 – 8:00 am
Welcome and Introduction
Moderator: Thomas M. Hearty MD, DPT

AOFAS Education Council: Team-based Education
William C. McGarvey, MD

American Physical Therapy Association Foot and Ankle Special Interest Group (APTA FASIG)
Christopher G. Neville, PT, PhD

Physician Assistants in Orthopaedic Surgery (PAOS)
James A. Sabetta, MPAS, PA-C


8:00 – 9:00 am
Session 1: The Foot and Ankle Exam

Anatomy of the Foot and Ankle

Biomechanics of the Foot and Ankle

Discussion and Questions


9:00 – 10:00 am
Session 2: Returning to Sports/Recreation for the Active Person

Operative Management and Imaging

Non-operative Management

Discussion and Questions


10:00 – 10:30 am
Break and Networking Time

10:30 – 11:30 am
Session 3: Trauma: Post Traumatic Return to Function

Operative Management and Imaging

Non-operative Management of Fractures

Discussion and Questions


11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Lunch and Industry Symposium


1:00 – 2:00 pm


Hands-on Foot and Ankle Exam (Grand Ballroom B)


Bracing/Orthotics (Grand Suite 5)


2:00 – 2:30 pm

Christopher G. Neville, PT, PhD

The Compression Wrapping Program


2:30 – 3:30 pm
Session 4: Degeneration: Managing the Older Patient

Operative Management and Imaging

Non-operative Management of Fractures


3:30 – 3:45 pm
Break and Networking Time

3:45 – 4:30 pm
Session 5: Forefoot

Operative Management and Imaging

Non-operative Management of Fractures

Discussion and Questions

4:30 pm

5:00 – 7:00 pm
Welcome Reception
(Exhibit Hall)

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Scientific Session

Friday, September 13

6:00 am – 3:00 pm
Exhibit Hall Open

6:00 – 7:00 am
Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall

6:55 – 7:05 am
Welcome and Introduction
Steven L. Haddad, MD, Program Chair


7:05 – 8:00 am
Symposium 1: Deceptions in Hindfoot Surgery: Missed Opportunities

The Dissatisfied Triple: Secondary Collapse or Overcompensation

The Dissatisfied Flatfoot Reconstruction: Overcorrection or Over Achievement?

The Dissatisfied Cavovarus Correction: Underpowered or Lack of Vision



8:00 – 9:00 am


Session 1A: Basic Science (Session Room)


Session 1B: Bunions and Forefoot (Grand Ballroom A)


9:00 – 9:45 am
Keynote Speaker: Rebecca D. Costa

Rebecca Costa is a sociobiologist, futurist, and author of the international bestseller The Watchman's Rattle: A Radical New Theory of Collapse. Her recent book, On the Verge, looks at advances in Big Data, genomics, and other technologies that have made it possible to predict and adapt to the future.


9:45 – 10:30 am
Break in the Exhibit Hall


10:30 – 11:30 am
Symposium 2: Forefoot

Is There a Rotational Component to Metatarsus Primus Varus?

Ligament Reconstruction of the Second Metatarsophalangeal Joint: Why Did Tendon Transfers Die?

Making MIS Bunion Correction Predictable: MISsed Opportunity?


11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Lunch and Industry Satellite Symposia


1:00 – 1:30 pm
Presidential Guest Speaker: Richard Kent, PhD

Over the course of his 20-year career, Dr. Kent has published more than 200 articles on the biomechanics of injury and the design and assessment of injury prevention countermeasures. Dr. Kent's background as an international expert in automotive crash injury prevention has informed the NFL's research to improve assessment tools for sports injury protection equipment.


1:30 – 2:30 pm
Symposium 3: Sports Without the Slick
Moderator: Robert B. Anderson, MD

Deltoid Sprain, Chronic Medial Ankle Pain: Not a Good Rhyme

Navicular Stress Fractures: If You Can Diagnose It, You Can Treat It

Return to Play in the Modern Sports Setting, Tips in Making the Call

Discussion and Cases


2:30 – 3:30 pm


Paper Session 2A: Sports (Session Room)


Paper Session 2B: Osteochondral Lesions of the Talus (Grand Ballroom A)


3:30 - 4:15 pm
Symposium 4: Where Is Weight Bearing CT Taking Us?: An Open Discussion
Moderator: Cesar de Cesar Netto, MD

The Science Behind the Scans
Alexej Barg, MD

Case Discussion Panel: How Does WBCT Change Opinions on Pathology and Biomechanics?
Alexej Barg, MD; Martinus Richter, MD, PhD; Scott J. Ellis, MD


4:15 - 5:15 pm
Posters with the Presidents (Exhibit Hall)


5:00 – 6:30 pm
Foundation Reception (Plaza Ballroom) (by invitation only)


6:00 – 7:30 pm
Women's Leadership Reception (Grand Suite 5) (by invitation only)


7:30 – 9:00 pm
Hermes Society Reception
(by invitation only)

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Saturday, September 14

7:00 am – 1:30 pm

Exhibit Hall Open

7:00 – 8:00 am

Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall


8:00 – 9:00 am
Symposium 5: Trauma to the Foot and Ankle

I've Got a Crush on You: Rebuilding the Smashed Midfoot

Tibial Pilon Fractures: How Has Management Changed Since the AO Changed the World

Calcaneal Fracture Incision Decision: Does All the Marketing Really Make a Difference?



9:00 – 9:30 am
Research Speaker: James G. Wright, MD, MPH, FRCSC, FRCSEd 

Dr. Wright is a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon and scientist well known for his work to advance evidence-based orthopaedics. Currently he is an adjunct senior scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) Research Institute in Toronto, Canada, and chief of economics, policy, and research at the Ontario Medical Association.


9:30 – 10:15 am
Break in the Exhibit Hall


10:15 – 11:15 am


Paper Session 3A: Basic Science (Session Room)
Moderator: Harold B. Kitaoka, MD


Paper Session 3B: Trauma (Grand Ballroom A)


11:15 am – 12:05 pm
Presidential Remarks and Award Presentations

12:05 – 12:20 pm
Business Meeting

12:20 – 1:30 pm
Lunch in the Exhibit Hall


1:30 – 2:30 pm
Symposium 6: How I Changed the World of Foot and Ankle... Well, Maybe Not
Moderator: Jeffrey E. Johnson, MD

Kenneth A. Johnson Symposium on Controversies in Foot and Ankle Surgery


2:30 – 3:30 pm


Paper Session 4A: Opioids and Their Counterparts (Session Room)


Paper Session 4B: Outcomes (Grand Ballroom A)


3:30 – 5:00 pm



Symposium A: Coding and Practice Management (Session Room)


Symposium B: Research Forum (Grand Ballroom A)


Symposium C: Humanitarian Service (Grand Suite 5)


6:30 – 9:30 pm
Celebrate Chicago Event (Museum of Science and Industry)


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Sunday, September 15

7:00 – 8:00 am
Continental Breakfast


8:00 – 9:15 am
Symposium 8: Total Ankle Arthroplasty

Can the Center of Rotation of the Ankle Joint Be Replicated in Total Ankle Arthroplasty?

Osteolysis: Why So Soon? (And… Does Bone Grafting Work?)

Why Isn't There One Method or Algorithm to Predictably Correct Deformity?



9:15 – 10:00 am
Symposium 9: Defending Your Life: The Debate

MIS (Minimal Incision Surgeons) vs. MIS (Maximal Incision Surgeons) Smackdown

  • Is there really a role for MIS in anything but the most simple cases?

  • And, what is the real accuracy of alignment post surgical with either camp?


10:00 – 11:00 am


Paper Session 5A: Total Ankle Arthroplasty (Session Room)


Paper Session 5B: Big and Little: Hindfoot and Arthroscopy (Grand Ballroom A)


11:00 am – noon
Symposium 10: Aren't You Glad You Stayed Until the End?: Tips and Tricks in Foot and Ankle Surgery



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