Dr. Hutchinson

Dr. Byron Hutchinson Appointed to ACFAS Board
IFAF is proud to announce that Dr. Byron Hutchinson has been elected to serve a 3-year term on the Board of Directors of the American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS). To prevent any potential issues with conflict of interest, Dr. Hutchinson has stepped down from his Board of Directors and Officers positions with IFAF. He will continue his duties as Residency Director for the St. Francis Residency Program.

Congratulations, Dr. Hutchinson, we applaud your new position.


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Now that we have changed our name to The International Foot & Ankle Foundation for Education and Research, many positive things have occurred. The new name more closely embodies the spirit and philosophy of the Foundation and it is apparent that physicians in many different countries have taken note. We have received several inquiries for information about the Foundation and requests for membership in the Foundation from Australia, China, Spain, England, and Mexico. Activities at our resort seminars has increased as has the number of submissions of scientific articles in the Foot and Ankle Online Journal. This change symbolizes our ongoing dedication to providing the highest level of continuing medical education programs in exciting venues around the world and providing increased revenue for residency research and education with the Residency Consortium Program.

IFAF would like to congratulate Dr. Eric Powell for winning the Scientific Format with his poster report: Tibiocalcaneal Fusion via Peg-in-Hole Technique with Combined Ilizarov External Fixation Method, at the ACFAS 71st Annual Scientific Conference in Las Vegas. Dr Powell is a PSR-3 with the Swedish Foot and Ankle Surgery and Medicine Residency in Seattle. Great job Eric!


2013-14 IFAF Award Winners
Dr. G Dock Dockery, Chairman of the Board, International Foot & Ankle Foundation for Education & Research, USA, presented the 2013-14 IFAF Awards to three outstanding physicians at the 43rd Annual NW Residency Consortium Graduation Ceremony. The program was held at the beautiful Alani Room of Palisade Restaurant in Seattle following the IFAF Seattle Summer Seminar, June 29, 2013. The National Service Award and the Outstanding Teaching Award winners were all voted on by the Swedish and St. Francis Podiatric Surgical Residents, the teaching faculty of both programs and the members of the IFAF Board of Medical Advisors and the Board of Directors. The Dr. G. Dock Dockery Special Achievement Award winner was selected by the IFAF Board of Directors.

The National Service Award was presented to Mary E. Crawford, DPM.
The Outstanding Teaching Award was presented to Ryan Bierman, DPM.
The Dr. G Dock Dockery Special Achievement Award was presented to Daniel J. Hatch, DPM, by last year's recipient, Dr. Guido LaPorta.

Mary E. Crawford, DPM
Daniel J. Hatch, DPM
Ryan Bierman, DPM

Dr. G. 'Dock' Dockery

Director's Report 2013
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 a very busy year. We have added new members to our Board of Advisors and several new faculty speakers. Our web site, www.internationalfootankle. org, is also extremely busy and our Facebook group continues to grow. The IFAF's official online journal, The Foot and Ankle Online Journal, www.faoj.org, is going well with nonstop submissions of excellent articles and is now up to 3,000 'hits' per day of readership.

The Foundation's academic year is filled with stimulating and original programs in outstanding resort locations. A widespread collection of new national and international seminars for 2013 has been approved which will offer timely and very state-of-the-art topics intended to expand your general knowledge and offer you useful and practical clinical information that you can take back to work and apply right away.

New and thought-provoking programs and unparalleled conferences will be offered in magnificent resort locations such as the January 19-26th Caribbean Cruise Seminar aboard the Brilliance of the Seas Ship. Next is the marvelous ski meeting at the 26th Annual Lake Tahoe Ski Seminar at Embassy Suites Resort on January 30-February 2nd. We will be co-sponsoring the very popular Annual Dermatology, Pathology, & Plastic Surgery Course on May 17-18th, the Conference and Workshop will be held at the Hilton Gardens Hotel, Portland, Maine, in conjunction with the American College of Lower Extremity Surgeons. The 9th Annual Seattle Summer Seminar on June 27-29th, will once again be held in our home city with great speakers featuring nationally known doctors, as well as graduates from both the Seattle & St. Francis Residency Programs. Then, there is an outstanding combination of Paris-Rhone River Cruise-Barcelona Seminar, August 19-September 2nd. This will be followed by, our two premier seminars at the fabulous Wynn Resort, 19th Annual Las Vegas Seminar, September 19-21st, and the 32nd Annual Hawaii-Kauai Seminar on October 12-19th at the Hyatt Regency Resort.

All of these scientific programs are provided as a first-class opportunity of continuing medical education for obtaining medical and surgical information and increasing your information about modern concepts and improved medical equipment, new techniques and surgical procedures for lower extremity care.

What about my family, you ask? Well, let's face it: many of us spend more time with our careers than we do with our loved ones! How about taking them to work with you by attending an upcoming IFAF seminar in a beautiful resort location? Top CME and family vacation combined...it's a win-win solution!

"Enjoy life now because yesterday is gone and tomorrow is never promised!"

Residency Director's Report 2013
Douglas Hale, DPM, FACFAS, Director of Podiatric Medical Education, Swedish Foot and Ankle Surgical Residency Program at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle

The Swedish Foot and Ankle Surgical Residency Program celebrated its 42nd graduation in 2012. The residency is a 36-month Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency with Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery Credentials. Each year two residents are selected for the 3-year program. The 2012 residency selection process was another successful one. We welcome the new residents, Kristin Brown, DPM, from Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago, Illinois, and Ian Burtenshaw, DPM, from the Arizona School of Podiatric Medicine at Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona.

Many thanks to the current officers of the Residency Training Committee of the Swedish Foot and Ankle Surgical Residency Program who have been instrumental in continuing the positive academic environment for the residents: Assistant Director, Dr. Ryan Bierman; Extern Director, Dr. Matt LaBella; Grand Rounds Chair, Dr. Eric Heit; Clinical Director, Dr. Dan Lowinger; and Educators and Active Grand Round members, Dr. Richard Bouché, Dr. Kirk Alexander, and Dr. Gregory Grant. 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 2013 graduating residents are Drs. Erik Powell and Francis Chan. Their commencement ceremony will be held in combination with the St. Francis Residency Program at Bell Harbor, World Trade Conference Center, Seattle. We appreciate the surgical and academic strength of our R2 residents Drs. David Wood and Dr. Gavin Ripp.

Our collaboration with the St. Francis Program and the International Foot & Ankle Foundation for Education and Research 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 the Waldo Medical Foundation.

Residency Director's Report 2013
Byron L. Hutchinson, DPM, FACFAS, Director of Podiatric Medical Education,Foot & Ankle Institute at St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way

The Franciscan Foot & Ankle Institute at Saint Francis Hospital is now a 36 month Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Program (PSMR) with a certification in Rearfoot and ankle surgery. The International Foot & Ankle Foundation consortium has been very successful in providing resources for residency education and research this past year for our two programs. I would like to thank our industry partners and members of the residency training committee for their commitment to residency training. We could not have the exceptional programs that we have in Puget Sound area without their support.

This past November we had a very successful humanitarian trip to the Yucatan and we were able to take two surgical technicians with us from Saint Francis Hospital. I would like to thank Tonya Vujcevic and Allison Sweetenham for volunteering their time to make a difference in the lives of some less fortunate children.

All of our residents have been very busy this year attending a number of conferences and working on research projects as well as publications. I would like to introduce our first year residents, Megan Wilder and Nick Dang. Our two second year residents are Scott Berg and Kenneth Hegewald and they have been involved in a number of research projects within our hospital system as well as with Texas Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas.

Our third year residents are Sarah Shogren and Sara Zelinskas. Their graduation ceremony will be held at the consortium graduation with Swedish in June at the World Trade Conference Center in Seattle.

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; María Magadán Alonzo, President, DIF Progreso; Dr. Miriam Gutiérrez Flores, Director, DIF Progreso; Dr. Keith Kashuk, Miami Team Leader.