VAN NUYS, Calif. — George Andros, MD, the Founder & Medical Director
of the Amputation Prevention Center at Valley Presbyterian Hospital, will
co-chair the Diabetic Foot Global Conference (DFCon). DFCon is the premier
international, multidisciplinary diabetic foot conference in North America,
and it will be held March 20-22 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel.
Now in its 13
th year, DFCon brings together more than 400 physicians who diagnose and
manage the diabetic foot to heal wounds and prevent amputation. The conference
attracts vascular surgeons, podiatrists, orthopaedists, general practitioners,
infectious disease specialists, family physicians, wound care/enterostomal
nurses, diabetes educators and vascular technologists who share the goal
of creating effective, multidisciplinary teams.
"When working together in multidisciplinary teams, physicians, vascular
surgeons and foot care specialists from a wide range of disciplines have
achieved the best results in diabetic limb salvage," said Dr. Andros,
a world-renowned vascular surgeon who co-founded and co-chairs DFCon with
David G. Armstrong, DPM, MD, PhD. "Learning how to collaborate on
new and innovative techniques will enable dedicated teams to provide these
high-risk patients with access to the latest education and treatments
that can save their limbs and improve their lives."
DFCon will include talks, panel discussions, Q&A sessions, specialty
symposia and workshops that delve into diagnostic and interventional strategies
for diabetic foot ulcers and amputation prevention. Featuring a world-renowned
international faculty, DFCon offers the opportunity to review state-of-the-art
concepts and techniques. Advanced discussions address the challenges of
establishing teams that provide care that is both comprehensive and expeditious
to avoid the harmful effects of delayed treatment.
A highlight of the conference will be the 11
thAnnual Edward James Olmos Award for Advocacy in Amputation Prevention The
award is named in honor of the renowned actor and director
Edward James Olmos, who has been active in raising awareness of the ravages of diabetes and
the importance of limb preservation in the Latino community. Every male
member of Olmos's family, including his father and all of his uncles,
either died or lost limbs as a result of diabetes. He has made it his
mission to educate his community, which has one of the highest rates of
diabetes and limb amputation.
This year's award honoree, Dr. Michael Edmonds, is a world-renowned
expert in the field of diabetes and care of the diabetic foot, and is
globally recognized as a pioneer in utilizing a multidisciplinary approach
for treatment. In 1981, he established King's College Diabetic Foot
Clinic in London, England, the world's first diabetic foot clinic,
which now is widely accepted as an ideal model of care. Within three years
of its inception, the clinic achieved a 50% reduction in major amputation.
"The Edward James Olmos Award for Advocacy is a special honor given
to a physician whose philosophy on diabetes care and medical accomplishments
represent hope for diabetic patients and the future of diabetes care,"
said Dr. Andros. "Dr. Edmonds has made an indelible mark in the medical
community devoted to diabetes care and treatments for the diabetic foot.
His devotion to teamwork and success in amputation prevention has taught
and inspired each and every one of us."
Dr. Andros will be moderating the Thursday morning session of the conference,
which will showcase case studies from around the globe, including reports
from Cuba, Australia, Italy, India, the United Kingdom, Los Angeles and
Washington DC. On Friday morning, he will moderate a group of lectures
highlighting the vascular aspects of modern diabetic amputation prevention.
Valley Presbyterian Hospital and its Amputation Prevention Center (APC)
sponsor DFCon. The APC is among only a handful of facilities nationwide
that brings together the interdisciplinary expertise of vascular and podiatric
surgeons, limb salvage and wound management specialists in one state-of-the-art setting.
ABOUT VALLEY PRESBYTERIAN HOSPITAL
Valley Presbyterian Hospital (VPH) is an independent, nonprofit and nonsectarian
hospital serving the medical needs of the San Fernando Valley community
for more than 50 years. VPH has grown to become one of the largest acute
care hospitals in the Valley region and continues to provide patient-centered
care for a healthy community. The 350-bed facility offers advanced technology
and a full range of medical services to improve and save lives.