IFAF would like to offer congratulates to Dr. Midori "Mimi" Higashi, an R2 at the Swedish Podiatric Surgical Residency in Seattle for her publication in the latest Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery. Well done Dr. Higashi! Higashi M, et al. Reliability of visual estimation of the first intermetatarsal angle. JFAF. 56 (2017)8-9. http://dx.doi.org/10.1053/j.jfas.2016.10.005

IFAF would like to congratulate Dr. Peter Bellezza, an R3 at the Swedish Podiatric Surgical Residency in Seattle for his case report series in the latest Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery. Well done Dr. Bellezza!

Congratulations to Drs.Kenneth Hegewald, Megan Wilder, Todd Chappell and Byron Hutchinson on the publication of their retrospective paper entitled: "Combined Internal and External Fixation for Diabetic Charcot Reconstruction: A Retrospective Case Series" in the Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery, 55:619-627, 2016.

Congratulations to Drs.John M. Schuberth, Melinda A. Bowlby and Jeffrey C. Christensen on the publication of their paper entitled: "Combined Total Ankle Arthroplasty with Posterior Tibial Tendon Transfer for End-Stage Cavovarus Deformity" in the Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery, 55:885-890, 2016.

Rex Z. Nilson, DPM, Board of Directors, IFAF, received the NW Podiatric Surgical Residency Consortium's 2016 MVP Award at the Forty-Six Podiatric Surgical Residency Graduation held at the beautiful Alani Room, Palisade Restaurant, in Seattle, WA, on June 18, 2016.

The Board of Directors of the International Foot & Ankle Foundation would like to welcome the following 2016 residents to the IFAF Podiatric Surgical Consortium. This year we are happy to welcome Drew Bekins, DPM, from Des Moines University, College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, and Ryan Schwanke, DPM, a graduate of Wm M Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine to the Swedish Podiatric Surgical Residency's 3-year podiatric residency program (PM&S-36) at Swedish Medical Center, Seattle, Washington.

We also want to welcome Amanda Kamery, DPM from the College of Podiatric Medicine at Kent State and Mallory Schweitzer, DPM, also a graduate of Wm M Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine to the Franciscan Foot and Ankle Institute's 3-year podiatric residency program (PM&S-36) at St. Francis Hospital, Federal Way. These outstanding physicians were presented their white coats by our graduating residents; Drs. Gina AmicaTerra, Melinda Bowlby, David Larson, and Casey Ebert at a ceremony on June 18, 2016. As we say goodbye to our graduates, we are looking forward to having these outstanding new doctors join our fraternal community.

Dr. Dock Dockery, Chairman of the International Foot & Ankle Foundation, presented Dr. Bradley Bakotic with the 2016 IFAF Outstanding Teaching Award, at the IFAF 38th Annual Seattle Summer Seminar, June 16, 2016. The award states: "FOR YOUR ADVANCEMENT OF FOOT & ANKLE MEDICINE AND SURGERY THROUGH DEDICATION TO CONTINUED MEDICAL EDUCATION AND THE TEACHING OF MEDICINE & SURGERY TO PODIATRIC RESIDENTS"

Recipients are nominated and voted on by the Residents, Medical Advisory Committee and Board of Directors of the International Foot & Ankle Foundation for Education and Research, and Delivered at the Forty-Six Graduation of the NW Podiatric Surgical Residency Consortium, in Seattle, WA.

Dock Dockery, DPM, IFAF Director, presenting the Outstanding Teaching Award to Bradley Bakotic, DPM, DO.

IFAF is pleased with the Residents and Attendings of the Franciscan Foot & Ankle Institute, who recently presented the following posters at the ACFAS 2016 meeting in Austin, TX:

The Relationship of First Metatarsal Frontal Plane Position and First Metatarsophalangeal Joint Range of Motion with Simulated First Tarsometatarsal Joint Arthrodesis: A Biomechanical Investigation
Casey C. Ebert, DPM/PGY III 1 ; Craig E. Clifford, DPM2 ; Todd M. Chappell, DPM/PGY II


Ankle Fusion Takedown to Total Joint Arthroplasty: A Case Series
Todd M. Chappell, DPM/PGYII 1 ; Casey C. Ebert, DPM/PGYIII 1 ; Kaitlyn L. Ward, DPM/PGYI 1 ; Peter E. Krumins, MD2 1


Simultaneous Distal Tibial Distraction Osteogenesis & Lower Extremity Reconstruction: A Retrospective Review
Todd M. Chappell, DPM/PGYII ; Casey C. Ebert, DPM/PGYIII ; Byron L. Hutchinson, DPM, FACFAS ; Kevin M. McCann, DPM, FACFAS


IFAF would like to recognize the 3rd year residents of the Swedish Podiatric Surgical Residency, who presented the following posters at The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons Scientific Conference in Austin, Texas, February 11-14, 2016:

Gutter Disease Following Total Ankle Replacement: Diagnosis, Classification, and Treatment References Discussion and Literature Review. Jeffrey C. Christensen, DPM, FACFAS, DPM; Gina R. AmicaTerra, DPM; Melinda A. Bowlby, DPM


Mobile Bearing Fractures Following Total Ankle Replacement. Jeffrey C. Christensen, DPM, FACFAS, DPM; Gina R. AmicaTerra, DPM; Melinda A. Bowlby, DPM


IFAF would like to congratulate Dr. Casey Ebert, PGY2 Medicine and Surgery Resident with the Franciscan Foot and Ankle Institute in Federal Way, WA, whose poster took 1st place in the Case Studies Category, entitled "Focal Dome Osteotomy and Distraction Osteogenisis for Correction of a Post Traumatic Tibial Malunion" at the ACFAS annual meeting in Phoenix, February 2015. Congratulations on a fantastic job Dr. Ebert! We are proud of you and our association with your program.


Congratulations to Dr. Kristin J. Brown, PGY3 Medicine and Surgery Resident with the Swedish Podiatric Surgical Residency in Seattle, who's poster, titled "Utilization of SPECT/CT for Differentiating Unresolved Peri-Prosthetic Ankle Pain" won 2nd place in the Case Studies Category of the poster contest at the ACFAS annual meeting in Phoenix, February 2015. Way to Go Dr. Brown!!


Dr. G. 'Dock' Dockery

Director's Report 2016
G Dock Dockery, DPM: IFAF Chairman of the Board and Director of Scientific Affairs

The "International Foot & Ankle Foundation for Education and Research" has had another extraordinary year. We have added a number of new faculty speakers to our scientific courses and new venues for the meetings. We have added new workshops and a new Ankle Arthroscopy Skills Course in Phoenix. Our web site, www.internationalfootankle.org, shows increased activity and our Facebook friends continue to grow. The IFAF's official free access online journal, The Foot and Ankle Online Journal, www.faoj.org, under the guidance of Dr. Craig Clifford, Technical Editor, is continuing its rapid growth and international exposure. IFAF's newer and bigger headquarter facility has been another big improvement.

The Foundation's 2016 academic calendar is filled with exciting and stimulating programs in incredible and beautiful locations. A wide-ranging collection of new national and international seminars for 2016-7 has been approved, which will offer the latest and most up-to-date topics intended to augment your current knowledge. They were designed to provide you with helpful and no-nonsense clinical information that you can take back to work and put into practice right away.

All of these stimulating scientific programs are provided as a first-class opportunity of continuing medical education for obtaining medical and surgical information. You will also increase your knowledge about modern concepts and improved medical equipment, new techniques and surgical procedures for lower extremity care. Want to get even more out of the meetings? Consider becoming an IFAF Member. As a member you receive 20% discounts on meetings and much more.

Are you concerned about being away from the family in order to get your annual credit hours? We all know that many of us spend more time working and at the hospital than we do with our friends and our families! Perhaps you should consider taking them to work with you by attending an upcoming IFAF seminar in a beautiful location? Get top continuing medical education credits and a family vacation combined...it's a win-win solution! "Learning is like breathing, the more we breathe, the more we learn."

Residency Directors' Report 2016

Douglas Hale, DPM, FACFAS, Director, Swedish Foot and Ankle Surgical Residency Program at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle.

The Swedish Foot and Ankle Surgical Residency Program celebrated its 46th graduation in 2016. The residency is a 36-month Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency with Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery Credential. Each year two residents are selected for the 3-year program. The 2016 residency selection process was another successful one. We welcome the new residents Drew Bekins, DPM from Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery and Ryan Schwanke, DPM from Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine.

Many thanks to the current officers of the Residency Training Committee of the Swedish Foot and Ankle Surgical Residency Program and active Grand Rounds members who have been instrumental in continuing the positive academic environment for the residents: Resident Training Committee members, Dr. Kirk Alexander, Dr. Ryan Bierman, Dr. Eric Heit, Dr. Matt LaBella and Dr. Eric Powell; Educators and active Grand Rounds members, Dr. Richard Bouché, Dr. Gregory Grant and Dr. Michael Vickers. They continue to provide an environment of academic challenge for our residents. Also, thanks to the physicians who provide cases for our residents to become proficient in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery. Dr. Schuberth, a graduate of our program, is influential in providing further training to our residents in ankle replacement, complex trauma, revision surgery, and complex salvage reconstructions at Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco, California.

The commitment to research with regards to the surgical biomechanics of the foot and ankle remains one of the important focal points of our program. Under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey Christensen, Research Director, our residents continue to thrive in an environment conducive to research excellence.

Our 2016 graduating residents will be Gina AmicaTerra, DPM and Melinda Bowlby, DPM. Their commencement ceremony will be held with the St. Francis Residency Program. We appreciate the surgical and academic strength of our R2 residents Chad Seidenstricker, DPM and Peter Bellezza, DPM.

Our collaboration with the St. Francis Program and International Foot & Ankle Foundation has allowed both programs to achieve new levels of excellence and continue being two of the best programs in the country. We greatly appreciate the hard work and commitment of the board members of the International Foot & Ankle Foundation and Waldo Foundation.

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Byron Hutchinson, DPM, FACFAS, Medical Director, Franciscan Foot & Ankle Institute at Saint Francis Hospital in Federal Way, Washington

The Franciscan Foot & Ankle Institute celebrated its 25th Graduation in conjunction with the Swedish Foot and Ankle Surgical Residency Program in 2016. The consortium provided by the International Foot and Ankle Foundation has helped our two programs become two of the best programs in the country. I would like to thank the Board of Directors of the International Foot and Ankle Foundation and the Waldo Medical Foundation for their unwavering commitment to our two programs.

We are very proud of our graduating residents this year! Dr. Casey Ebert will be seeking employment in her home state of Wyoming. Dr. David Larson will be completing a fellowship at the Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Center in Ohio. They have both done an exceptional job and we wish them all the best!

We would like to welcome our incoming first-year residents, Mallory Schweitzer and Amanda Kamery. Our two second-year residents are Kaitlyn Ward and Anthony Romano. Finally, our third-year residents are Todd Chappell and Christyn Rossiter.

The Franciscan Foot & Ankle Fellowship has been approved by CHI/Franciscan and recognized by the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and our first fellow is Abdulaziz Kimawi, MD, DPM. He will be a fantastic ambassador for the continued development of this fellowship and we are excited to have him start in July. I would also like to thank CHI/Franciscan for their commitment to our new Fellowship.

To all the members of our training committee and all the other physicians within CHI/Franciscan who have participated in the training of our residents, we thank you! Without their dedication, time and support we could not train some of the best residents in the country.

International Foot & Ankle Foundation Continues Its Commitment to Barry University's Yucatán Crippled Children's Project
Dr. Dock Dockery, Chairman of the International Foot & Ankle Foundation for Education and Research--IFAF (formerly, The Northwest Podiatric Foundation) along with Dr. Byron Hutchinson, Board of Directors, recently traveled to the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico, as part of the medical team for Barry University's Yucatán Crippled Children Project--YCCP.

While there, Dr. Dockery presented Dr. Keith Kashuk, of the YCCP, with a check from IFAF in the amount of $5,000. Donations were raised by 31 friends and colleagues of Dr. Dockery specifically for the YCCP. This was just part of a long-standing commitment, IFAF and Dr. Dockery have with this project. Last year in November, following a fund-raising pediatric seminar held in Mérida, IFAF donated $4,800 to the YCCP to help buy supplies and equipment for the humanitarian trips.

The YCCP was established in 1996 by Charles "Chip" Southerland, DPM to aid the needy children and families of the Yucatán Peninsula. The Seattle and Miami teams have been volunteering and traveling together for the YCCP twice a year for the past 13 years. During each trip several needy children with foot and leg deformities are treated with corrective surgeries. A local Mexican orthopedic surgeon works with the American surgeons at the Star Médica Hospital in Mérida and does all the postoperative follow-up care. Once the patients are stable, they are referred to a rehabilitation specialist for physical therapy and rehabilitation, along with bracing or orthotics as needed.

During the trip of November 10-12, 2010, the Seattle team also included two surgical residents, Dr. Craig Clifford and Dr. Jeffrey Robertson. They were joined by the Miami team, headed by Dr. Keith Kashuk, along with four Miami residents. Local support for the project is provided by the Desarrollo Integral de la Familia (DIF), which is a Mexican public institution of social assistance that focuses on strengthening and developing the welfare of Mexican families.

IFAF will continue its support of The YCCP through various fundraising efforts and its twice-yearly medical/surgical trips.

Presentation of $5,000 donation to the YCCP.
L-R: Alejandro Ojeda Manzano, Director of Rehabilitation, Progreso; Dr. Dock Dockery, Seattle Team Leader; Dr. Byron Hutchinson, Senior Surgeon; Mar�a Magadán Alonzo, President, DIF Progreso; Dr. Miriam Gutiérrez Flores, Director, DIF Progreso; Dr. Keith Kashuk, Miami Team Leader.