#DFCon13: 50 Nations, 50 U.S. States, 3200 delegates, One Goal- Reducing Amputations in Diabetes

The Diabetic Foot Global Conference (DFCon) completed this week in Hollywood, California, with some 1000 guests/delegates and nearly 2200 joining live on-line, was the largest ever.
Co-founded and chaired by vascular surgeon George Andros of Valley Presbyterian Medial Center and podiatric surgeon, David G. Armstrong, Professor of Surgery and Director of the University of Arizona’s Souther Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA), this symposium featured top physicians, surgeons, scientists and policymakers from around the world. “This symposium gets the response it does because the delegates and speakers are able to share cutting edge findings as well as practical tips– often in one conversation.”noted Dr. Armstrong, “The ability for a hospital CEO to mingle with a nurse practitioner, a podiatrist, a movie star and a vascular surgeon in a single hallway is decidedly unusual– but at DFCon it is commonplace.”

DFCon13 featured the annual 2013 Edward James Olmos Award for Advocacy in Amputation Prevention, given this year to Lawrence B. Harkless, DPM, Dean of Western University’s College of Podiatric Medicine and founder in 1987 of the American Diabetes Association’s Foot Care Council. The symposium is back in March 20-22 of 2014 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, home of the Oscars.

During the Edward James Olmos Award Presentation
From L: Lee C. Rogers, Edward James Olmos, David G. Armstrong, Lawrence B. Harkless, Joseph Mills, Andrew J.M. Boulton, Dennis Vitrella, Gary Gibbons

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