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Joseph S. Park, MD, Joins Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Foundation Board of Directors

by AOFAS | Nov 01, 2021

University of Virginia Foot and Ankle Orthopaedic Surgeon to Serve Philanthropic Arm of AOFAS®

Rosemont, Ill. (October 22, 2021) - Joseph S. Park, MD, Associate Professor at the University of Virginia (UVA) Health System, has been installed as a member-at-large for the Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Foundation Board of Directors. The Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS)® that advances the Society’s mission by funding and promoting education, research, and humanitarian endeavors.

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“I am honored to join the Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Foundation Board of Directors,” said Dr. Park. “I am looking forward to highlighting the clinical excellence of our members and collaborating with peers from all over the world to expand the Foundation and advance patient care.”

Dr. Park earned his medical degree from UVA and completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at New York University Hospital for Joint Diseases. Following a fellowship in foot and ankle surgery at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, he joined the orthopaedic faculty at UVA, where he currently serves as Head of the Foot and Ankle Division and Associate Director of the Foot and Ankle Fellowship Program. His research interests include clinical and biomechanical testing of orthopaedic implants, and he holds a secondary appointment in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at UVA.  

Prior to joining the Foundation Board of Directors, Dr. Park was a member of the AOFAS Health Policy Committee for six years and served as the chair of the Physician Resource Center Committee. He was instrumental in developing the AOFAS Orthopod-cast in 2020 and is a host of the podcast. In addition, Dr. Park is a reviewer for Foot & Ankle International and Foot & Ankle Orthopaedics, the official journals of AOFAS, as well as the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. His research has been published in Foot & Ankle International and other orthopaedic journals.

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 Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Foundation

The Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS), is a 501(c)(3) organization that advances the AOFAS mission to improve lives through exceptional orthopaedic foot and ankle care. Through its funding of humanitarian endeavors, educational outreach programs, and innovative research, the Foundation enhances foot and ankle care for patients around the world. For more information, visit the Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Foundation online at