Pakistan-SALSA Toe and Flow Connection Highlights Vascular and Podiatric Surgery Synergies

The Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA) of the Department of Surgery, University of Arizona hosted Dr. Iram Naz, Consultant Vascular Surgeon from Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan. Her month-long experience will bring her in-depth exposure to the “Toe and Flow” philosophy of amputation prevention advocated by the SALSA team. “We’re so pleased to have Dr. Naz with us over the next month”, noted David G. Armstrong, Professor of Surgery and Director of SALSA, “To share experiences, tips and techniques is something that brings us closer together, no matter where we practice.” SALSA, which routinely plays host to visitors, worldwide, has developed in-depth relationships with centers from more than two dozen countries in this manner. “To develop a partnership with a shared vision to make a difference is, I should think, the reason that we all want to practice this craft in the first place–It’s part of our very fiber.” Pakistan, as with the rest of South Asia, has amongst the highest rate of diabetes and resultant diabetic foot problems in the world.

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David G. Armstrong and Iram Naz, Consultant Vascular Surgeon, Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan

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