Pierce E. Scranton Jr., MD, was the founder and first president of the Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Outreach and Education Fund, now known as the Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Foundation. In 2001, under Dr. Scranton's leadership, the Foundation supported the first Overseas Outreach Project to Vietnam. The project brings AOFAS surgeons to underserved areas of Vietnam to treat patients with lower extremity injuries and deformities.
As a result of Dr. Scranton's vision and commitment, AOFAS members have performed more than 1,500 surgeries in Vietnam and evaluated more than 3,500 patients since 2001. Many of these patients are unable to afford advanced medical services and would get limited or no care without the Overseas Outreach Project. In 2019, the program expanded to Kenya and additional sites are being considered for the future.