‘WORLDWIDE TSUNAMI’ OF DIABETIC
AMPUTATIONS DRIVES PARTICIPATION ATDFCON 2010
Organizers of DFCon 2010, set for the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles March 18-20, 2010, say they expect strong attendance and participation at the eighth diabetic foot global conference, driven by the growing “worldwide tsunami” of diabetes and diabetic foot amputations.
“With an amputation performed every 30 seconds, we are dealing with a worldwide amputation tsunami. DFCon serves as something of an early warning system for doctors worldwide,” said David G. Armstrong, DPM, PhD, conference co-chair.
About 1,000 delegates from all 50 U.S. states and 40+ foreign countries, along with more than 70 corporate exhibitors, are expected to be on hand for the three-day event, held at the site of the Academy Awards®. Participants benefit from education on the latest treatments and technologies in diabetic foot care from more than 40 distinguished international faculty. DFCon is considered the premier international, interdisciplinary diabetic foot conference.
Co-chair George Andros, MD, a vascular surgeon, said, “The World Health Organization says that up to 85 percent of amputations are preventable. The education program at DFCon is aimed at helping clinicians achieve that goal.”
Warren S. Joseph, DPM, of Philadelphia, editor of theJournal of the American Podiatric Association, is the conference’s 2010 honoree for the Edward James Olmos Award for Amputation Prevention. Presenting sponsor of the CME meeting is Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys, Calif. DFCon is produced and managed by International Conference Management; the conference director is Dennis A. Vitrella.