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Jin Woo Lee, MD, PhD
Republic of Korea
Message from the IFFAS President
Dear Colleagues and Friends,
I am very pleased to invite you to IFFAS 2024, the 8th Scientific Meeting of the International Federation of Foot and Ankle Societies, hosted by the Asian Federation of Foot and Ankle Surgeon (AFFAS) to be held in 2024 at the Coex Convention Center in Seoul, Korea.
Since 2020, most International meetings have been delayed or canceled because of the crisis caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic. Consequently, IFFAS 2020 was delayed to 2022, and IFFAS 2023 was also delayed to 2024. Despite this, I believe that IFFAS 2024 will be a wonderful international gathering of scientists and clinicians from all continents like previous IFFAS meetings.
IFFAS 2024 will be an international platform for exchanging in-depth knowledge and new treatment methods on both traditional and new topics in the field of foot and ankle orthopedic medicine. Moreover, IFFAS 2024 will be the first international event in Asia after the COVID-19 crisis. This meeting will inform both the characteristics of Asian foot and ankle problems and Asian academic development in this field, and it will provide plentiful opportunities for exchange. The AFFAS meeting will be held on May 30, 2024—in advance of IFFAS 2024 which will take place from May 31 to June 1, 2024.
The Korean Foot & Ankle Society (KFAS), the main organizing group of IFFAS 2024, was established in 1991 and celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2021. The KFAS, one of the world’s leading societies in the foot and ankle fields, has almost 600 members and has recently been making great achievements in the academic field.
In addition, the host city, Seoul—a megalopolis with 600 years of history as a capital city, where visitors can feel both the beauty of the past and the prosperity of the present—provides convenient and world-class facilities. In addition to attending high-quality conferences, visitors will be able to experience the beauty of the past while enjoying Seoul, the home of K-pop and K-culture, a leading cultural phenomenon in the modern world.
I look forward to seeing you in Seoul, Korea from May 30 to June 1, 2024.
Jin Woo Lee
The International Federation of Foot & Ankle Societies (IFFAS) is an organization that grew out of increased collaboration among orthopaedic foot and ankle societies around the world. It is a federation of regional federations of foot and ankle organizations, whose members are orthopaedic surgeons specializing in the medical and surgical care of the foot and ankle.