"A Copenhagen Summit for the Diabetic Foot": Harkless, Armstrong Headline Major Multinational Meeting on "Climate Change" in the Diabetic Foot

Photograph (from Left):
Lawrence B. Harkless, Vijay Viswanathan, and David G. Armstrong tour
the MV hospital for Diabetes in Chennai

CHENNAI, (Tamil Nadu, India)/ Hundreds of physicians, surgeons and
scientists from across South Asia gathered in Chennai today for a
first-ever symposium focusing on the multinational needs of amputation
prevention in the developing world. “This meeting has been a
revelation– it was a Copenhagen Summit for the Diabetic Foot”, noted
David G. Armstrong, Professor of Surgery and Director of the Southern
Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA) at the University of Arizona
College of Medicine, one of the keynote speakers at the symposium.
“Just as in discussions of climate change, care of diabetes in general
and the diabetic foot specifically may be very different in the
developing world when compared to more affluent nations.” The
symposium included world renowned physician and surgeon lecturers from
Africa, Asia, and the United States. The other US invited lecturer,
Lawrence B. Harkless, Founding Dean of Western University College of
Podiatric Medicine summed it up. “We have to work together if we’re
going to solve this problem. It is bigger than any one country or any
discipline.” The symposium, taking place this weekend, was organized
by Professor Vijay Viswanathan, of the MV Hospital for Diabetes in
Chennai. It was preceded by a government-sponsored meeting focusing on
adapting international diabetic foot guidelines for the developing
world. “We’re hoping for a Climate Change in how we focus on the
foot”, noted Armstrong. “I think we’re moving farther along in really
making a positive difference.”

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