Mills, Armstrong Bring Toe and Flow to Indian Health Service Symposium

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Joseph L. Mills, MD, Professor of Surgery, University of Arizona
David G. Armstrong, DPM, PhD, Professor of Surgery, University of Arizona

The renowned Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA) service of
the Department of Surgery at the University of Arizona had their
teamwork on full display this weekend in a novel simultaneous lecture
at the Native American Cardiology Program/IHS Conference, held in
Scottsdale, Arizona. “This was a truly fun program.”, noted Professor
Armstrong. “To be able to take the dynamic, debate, and camaraderie we
have in the clinic, on the wards and in the operating room to the
podium is a rare treat.” Professors Armstrong and Mills described the
now well-known “Toe and Flow” concept for amputation prevention.
Armstrong went on to suggest “It is a sad fact that amputations are
several times higher amongst Native Americans in the USA than for
other Americans. The fact that it is a fact, though, doesn’t make it
right or necessary. These problems are preventable. That’s why we come
together in symposia like this.” The program, chaired by noted
cardiologist Beth Malasky, included clinicians, scientists and
epidemiologists from throughout the nation.

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