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David B. Thordarson, MD, named AOFAS® Board Treasurer

by AOFAS | Oct 13, 2020

Los Angeles Orthopaedic Surgeon to Serve Leading Foot and Ankle Society

Rosemont, Ill. (October 1, 2020) – Foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeon, David B. Thordarson, MD, has been named Treasurer of the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS)®, the leading organization for lower extremity medicine and foot and ankle surgery. In addition to serving as Treasurer, Dr. Thordarson will serve on the Board of Directors of the Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Foundation, the philanthropic arm of AOFAS.

As Treasurer of the 2,400-member Society, Dr. Thordarson’s focus is to ensure AOFAS remains the premier global organization for foot and ankle care. “I will work to maintain our financial strength to provide our members with the best educational content and research opportunities, as well as humanitarian experiences through the Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Foundation,” he said.

Dr. Thordarson attended the University of California in Los Angeles for medical school, orthopaedic surgery residency, and foot and ankle orthopaedic surgery fellowship. Currently, he is Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Director of Orthopedic Research, and Foot and Ankle Fellowship Director at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Prior to being elected AOFAS Treasurer, Dr. Thordarson served as Editor-in-Chief of Foot & Ankle International (FAI), the scientific journal of the AOFAS. Under his leadership from 2008-20, FAI experienced tremendous growth, increasing its impact factor from 1.061 in 2008 to 2.292 in 2019. In 2019, he also assumed the Editor-in-Chief role for Foot & Ankle Orthopaedics (FAO), the Society’s open access journal.

“I am honored to be named AOFAS Treasurer following my tenure as Editor-in-Chief. This position will allow me to stay actively involved and promote further success of the Society,” said Dr. Thordarson.

Dr. Thordarson has been a strong supporter of the AOFAS mission for nearly two decades. He has served in numerous leadership roles, including Program Chair of the Annual Meeting in 2003, Member-at-Large on the Board of Directors from 2004-06, Chair of the Advanced Foot and Ankle Course in 2008, and faculty member for more than 40 orthopaedic courses.

About Foot and Ankle Orthopaedic Surgeons

Foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeons are medical doctors (MD and DO) who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders and injuries of the foot and ankle. Their education and training consist of four years of medical school, five years of postgraduate residency, and a fellowship year of specialized surgical training. These specialists care for patients of all ages, performing reconstructive surgery for deformities and arthritis, treating sports injuries, and managing foot and ankle trauma.

About the AOFAS

The American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS) mobilizes our dynamic community of foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeons to improve patient care through education, research, and advocacy. As the premier global organization for foot and ankle care, AOFAS delivers exceptional events and resources for continuous education, funds and promotes innovative research, and broadens patient understanding of foot and ankle conditions and treatments. By emphasizing collaboration and excellence, AOFAS inspires ever-increasing levels of professional performance leading to improved patient outcomes. For more information visit the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society online at


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