Some 641 physicians, surgeons, scientists, engineers and their trainees hailing from 50 nations participated in this year’s historic International Diabetic Foot Symposium (DFCon). Nicknamed “#DFCONline” because of its virtual, peri-pandemic nature. Co-Chairs David G. Armstrong of USC, Joseph L. Mills of Baylor College of Medicine and Michael S. Conte of UCSF welcomed a characteristically eclectic group of renowned speakers from every continent speaking on topics ranging from next generation vascular and podiatric surgery to wearable robots to early modern human biomechanics to interdisciplinary limb preservation in Soweto Township. Stephanie Wu, DPM, MSc, Dean of Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science was selected as the 2020 Edward James Olmos Honoree for her work in advancing limb preservation, worldwide. Another major announcement at this year’s symposium included the introduction of the American Limb Preservation Society (ALPS). This program, which will now serve as the US organ of the International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot, is designed to bring together the next-generation of surgeons, physicians and other clinicians caring for the high risk limb.
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