About Us

About Us

The International Foot & Ankle Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1979, by Dr. Dock Dockery, and is dedicated to providing the highest level of continuing medical education on foot and ankle care, with emphasis on medicine, surgery and research. With scientific meetings, conferences, workshops and advanced postgraduate courses, in venues around the globe, IFAF engages foot and ankle specialists worldwide. Revenues help support the following entities:

  • Swedish Podiatric Surgical Residency Program,
  • Franciscan Foot and Ankle Institute’s Podiatric Surgical Residency and Fellowship,
  • NW Podiatric Surgical Biomechanics Research Laboratory in Seattle, Washington,
  • Ankle Arthroscopy Courses,
  • Seattle Lower Extremity Surgical Symposium (SLESS) – A Multidiscipline Approach to Advanced Management of Lower Extremity Problems,
  • Lower Extremity Research Projects,
  • Foot and Ankle Online Journal (FAOJ.Org),
  • Residency Graduation for the NW Podiatric Residency Consortium
  • Sponsorship of Charitable Events and supporting programs:
    • Barry University Yucatan Crippled Children Project
    • North Colorado Podiatric Surgical Residency
    • The Gerald T. Kuwada, DPM, Memorial Leadership Fund

Mission Statement:

The mission of IFAF is to provide the highest level of continuing medical education worldwide on the foot and ankle, with emphasis on medicine, surgery and research. The funds generated support residency training programs to advance the next generation of foot and ankle physicians and the care they provide to the community. IFAF also delivers financial support and active participation in international medical missions to extend comprehensive foot and ankle care to those in need.

Vision Statement:

The vision of IFAF is to bring every practitioner’s level of medical knowledge, comprehension, competency and application of expertise in foot and ankle care to the highest level possible, all with an emphasis on collegiality and improving patients’ lives.

  • Doctors looking at an x-ray in a lab
  • Doctors in a lab
  • Group of doctors posing for a photo
  • People watching a slideshow presentation
  • Dock and others posing for group photo
  • Doctors looking at an x-ray in a lab