FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LOS ANGELES, CA – June 3, 2023 – David G. Armstrong, Professor of Surgery and Director of the Southwestern Academic Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA) at Keck School of Medicine of USC, became the first podiatric surgeon to deliver a lecture at a National Academy of Sciences event.
The workshop, titled “Developing Wearable Technologies to Advance Understanding of Precision Environmental Health,” was chaired by Dr. Rima Habre, a renowned researcher at USC and leader of the Geospatial Working Group in the national NIH Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) program.
Professor Armstrong’s lecture highlighted the cutting-edge work done at the National Science Foundation (NSF) Sponsored Center to Stream Healthcare in Place (C2SHiP). He emphasized our team’s ongoing efforts in diverse areas of wearable and implantable technology, from activity monitoring and smart socks to smart implantables and epidermal electronics.
“Our goal is to maximize hospital-free, activity-rich, dignity-filled days for our patients,” stated Prof. Armstrong, reinforcing the crucial importance of healthcare innovation to enhance patients’ quality of life. His forward-looking lecture underscored the remarkable potential of wearable technology and its applications in the field of health and wellness.
This historic participation by a podiatric surgeon at a National Academy of Sciences event reflects the increasing interdisciplinary approach of modern science and medicine. It also underscores the significant role that C2SHiP, the SALSA team, and the American Limb Preservation Society (ALPS), where Prof. Armstrong serves as the founding president, are playing in driving healthcare innovation. Both SALSA and ALPS are committed to an interdisciplinary approach to care, with an ambitious goal of eliminating preventable amputation over the next generation. He was joined by his C2SHiP colleague, noted biomedical engineer, Prof. Bijan Najafi of Baylor College of Medicine, who lectured on his work with the General Services Administration’s Wellbuilt for Wellbeing project
For additional information, please contact:
Alison Evans, American Limb Preservation Society (firstname.lastname@example.org)
About Prof. David G. Armstrong
David G. Armstrong is a Professor of Surgery and Director of the Southwestern Academic Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA) at Keck School of Medicine of USC. As a pioneer in podiatric surgery, Prof. Armstrong is also the founding president of the American Limb Preservation Society. He has devoted his career to advancing healthcare through innovation and cross-disciplinary collaboration.
About the Southwestern Academic Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA)
The SALSA team works to reduce the societal and economic impact of diabetes and its complications, and improve patient outcomes. The alliance is committed to interdisciplinary care, focusing on the goal of eliminating preventable amputation over the next generation.
About the American Limb Preservation Society (ALPS)
The American Limb Preservation Society (ALPS), led by founding president Prof. Armstrong, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to limb preservation and reducing preventable amputations. Through collaboration, research, and advocacy, ALPS strives to empower healthcare providers and patients with resources and innovative practices aimed at limb preservation.