VAN NUYS, Calif.— George Andros, MD, Founder & Medical Director
of the Amputation Prevention Center (APC) at Valley Presbyterian Hospital,
will co-chair the 13th annual, Diabetic Foot Global Conference (DFCon),
which takes place March 19-21 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel.
As the premier international, multidisciplinary diabetic foot conference
in North America, DFCon connects more than 400 physicians who diagnose
and manage the diabetic foot, which is particularly vulnerable to wound
complications and amputation. The conference attracts vascular surgeons,
podiatrists, orthopaedists, general practitioners, infectious disease
specialists, family physicians, wound care/enterostomal nurses, diabetes
educators and vascular technologists from more than 30 countries, who
share the goal of creating effective, multidisciplinary teams.
“Our experience over the past few decades has shown that interdisciplinary
teams including physicians, vascular surgeons and foot care specialists
from a wide range of specialties have achieved the best results in saving
diabetic limbs,” said Dr. Andros, internationally known vascular
surgeon who co-founded and co-chairs DFCon with David G. Armstrong, DPM,
MD, PhD. “We are proud to provide this important platform for medical
experts to collaborate on innovative techniques that can ultimately save
limbs –and improve lives of high-risk patients.”
DFCon will include a formal lectures panel, 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 centerpiece of the conference is the presentation of the Edward James
Olmos Award for Advocacy in Amputation Prevention. The award is named
in honor of the celebrated 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,
has either died or lost limbs as a result of diabetes. He has made it
a personal mission to educate his community, which has one of the highest
rates of diabetes and limb amputation.
The 2015 Edward James Olmos Award honoree is Nicolaas C. Schaper, MD. An
internationally recognized physician, researcher and educator, Dr. Schaper
is professor of Internal Medicine and is the head of the Division of Endocrinology
at Maastricht University Hospital. The author of more than 75 articles
in peer-reviewed journals, Dr. Schaper focuses his clinical research on
lower-extremity disease in diabetes. He is the founder and coordinator
of the European Research Consortium on the Diabetic Foot (Eurodiale, supported
by an EC grant), co-founder and scientific secretary of the International
Working Group on the Diabetic Foot and member of the transatlantic intersociety
consensus on peripheral vascular disease (TASC). A proponent of a multidisciplinary,
team approach to diabetic wound care, Dr. Schaper is closely involved
in several national and international projects on guideline development
and is the editor-in-chief of the Dutch diabetes education website.
“Dr. Schaper's work demonstrates both the dedication to patient-oriented
research and clinical care and the national and international scope of
leadership that the Edward James Olmos award was created to honor,"
said Dr. Andros. "He has made a direct impact in the care and treatment
of the diabetic foot, with the ultimate result being to give hope to patients
who thought they were out of options."
Drs. Andros and Armstrong will moderate the opening symposium at DFCon,
"The Diabetic Foot in Global Relief: Views from 30,000 Feet Up From
the Sole," which will include expert perspectives by medical specialists
from Cuba, Italy, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States.
The co-chairs will also moderate the final symposium of the conference,
"Articulating About Disarticulating: Endpoints and Conclusions."
Valley Presbyterian Hospital and its Amputation Prevention Center (APC)
are sponsors of 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.