David G. Armstrong, Professor of Surgery and Director of the Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA) at the University of Arizona held a morning-long seminar at Seoul’s renowned 2700-bed Asan Medical Center. “The Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Community as well as the Orthopaedic Community in Korea shoulder a tremendous burden in caring for diabetic foot disease”, noted Armstrong. “I think there is great interest to develop a specialty dedicated to diabetic foot and limb salvage in this and many other nations.” Armstrong, who was hosted by Joon Pio Hong, Associate Professor and Director of the Diabetic Foot Unit at Asan, toured the impressive facility, which boasts its own mall, restaurants, supermarket and even a karaoke center. “I’m grateful to Dr. Hong and his superb team of Reconstructive Surgeons at Asan. It’s humbling and inspiring to see the massive difference they’re making in this area.”
Members of the Diabetic Foot Community from Seoul and the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Service at Asan Medical Center. Armstrong is at center, with Joon Pio Hong, Host of the Visiting Professor Program, to Prof. Armstrong’s left.