Unprecedented Collaborative Podiatric and Vascular Surgical Focus at International Working Group

Delegates from more than 77 nations were on hand for the 6th International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot in Noordwijkerhout (IWGDF), Netherlands this past week. The combined podiatric research units of Scholl's Center for Lower Extremity Ambulatory Research (CLEAR), represented by Bijan Najafi, PhD and Ryan Crews, MS and the University of Arizona's Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA) under the leadership of David G. Armstrong, DPM, MD, PhD, Joseph Mills, MD and Manish Bharara, PhD, presided over more than ten lectures, workshops, posters, and program chairmanships. “The level, variety, and collaboration seen in works this year was simply unprecedented”, noted David G. Armstrong, Professor of Surgery and Director of SALSA. “The 'toe and flow' was well represented here in Noordwijkerhout. It bodes well for the future in this area. I'm so very honored to participate with such a great group of collaborators.” The meeting, held every four years, was preceded by a consensus conference with appointed delegates from each nation. New or updated consensus documents detailing diagnosis and care of peripheral arterial disease, infection and wound healing were ratified and disseminated this year. 

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Younes Jahangiri, MD of University of Tehran, the Iranian delegate with David G. Armstrong, DPM, MD, PhD, USA delegate at this year's IWGDF. 

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