David G. Armstrong, Professor of Surgery and Director of the Southwestern Academic Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA) at the Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California’s Vascular Surgery Division was one of seven international experts named to a think tank designed to devise strategies to prevent the rise of wounds and amputations in people with diabetes.
“We are honored to have Prof. Armstrong serve in this capacity”, noted Kristien Van Acker, President of D-Foot International. “He brings to the table many years of expert knowledge in podiatric research and medicine. More importantly for the role of member of the Advisory Committee, he offers strategic and organisational experience, not in the least as ambassador and driving force in various professional associations and alliances. David has a truly pioneering spirit: a great asset for the think tank. He has a clear vision, which he is not shy to share in an altruistic and humble way, and in good spirits. David can represent a crucial link to developing stronger relationships between diabetic foot and the wider surgical healthcare community worldwide.”
D-Foot International is the leading, authoritative global organisation to create awareness of and improve diabetic foot management and facilitate prevention worldwide. The aim of D-Foot and its global network of delegates is to prevent and reduce the number of amputations from diabetes worldwide. The association has a special focus on Low and Middle Income countries, where 80% of the diabetic foot burden is situated. D-Foot is an international non-profit association headquartered in Belgium.
Armstrong, a podiatric surgeon, also serves as the US Delegate to the International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot. He has produced more than 500 peer reviewed research papers, books or book chapters and nearly 1400 invited lectures in more than 40 nations, worldwide. His two year term on the think tank will begin in 2018 at the General Assembly meeting to be held in Dubai.