DFCon Diabetic Foot Global Conference Finds New Home in Houston
The 17th Diabetic Foot Global Conference (DFCon) was held on March 23-25, 2017 at the Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria in Houston, Texas. Over 350 clinicians, scientists and exhibitors from 50 nations attended this remarkable global meeting. The conference was an enormous success thanks to the energetic leadership of faculty and the hard work done by the department staff planning committee in the Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine.
DFCon is the world’s premier interdisciplinary diabetic foot conference in North America that offers the opportunity to review state-of-the-art concepts and techniques. In its 17th year, DFCon is a course designed for a wide spectrum of generalists and specialists who diagnose and manage diabetic foot problems. The conference is comprised of didactic talks, panel discussions, Q&A sessions, specialty symposia, hands-on workshops and exhibitors that explore diagnostic and interventional strategies for diabetic foot ulcers and amputation prevention. This year’s medical education program was designated by the ACCME-certified Texas Heart Institute in partnership with Baylor College of Medicine, and Council on Podiatric Medical Education-approved UT Health Science Center at San Antonio.
DFCon was co-chaired by DFCon cofounder David G. Armstrong, D.P.M., M.D., Ph.D., professor of surgery and deputy director of the Arizona Center for Accelerated Biomedical Innovation (ACABI) at the University of Arizona, and Joseph L. Mills Sr., M.D., professor and chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy in the Department of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine and medical director of STEP (Save the Extremity Program) at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center. Course directors includedMiguel Montero-Baker, M.D., Associate Professor of Surgery, and Bijan Najafi, Ph.D., MSc, Professor of Surgery and Division Director of Clinical Research in the Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy at Baylor.
The conference opened with a well-attended international panel on “Strategic Amputation Limitation” addressing topics that included the global diabetes burden, the National UK Diabetic Foot Audit, amputation prevention in Native American nations, the evolution of the disease, and specialty care in Romania.
In the “Devices” panel, Dr. Miguel Montero-Baker delivered the presentation, “Wearables Are Passé: How about Injectables?”
Dr. Benjamin Lipsky from Oxford University Hospital debuted a new Cochrane review on topical therapy for infections during the panel entitled, “A Topical Discussion on Topical Therapy.”
Moderated by Dr. Mills, the “Videos” session featured demonstrations byDr. Neal R. Barshes and Dr. Montero-Baker on complex open revascularization and endovascular techniques; Dr. Najafi on new frailty diagnostics; and Dr. Mills and Dr. Jeffrey Alan Ross, associate professor in the vascular division, on high-tech imaging techniques for foot salvage.
An attendee visits some of the scientific posters presented at the meeting.
Dr. Montero fields questions at a workshop on atherectomy data.
In a panel on “Limb Salvage Maintenance,” Dr. Najafi delivered a presentation colorfully entitled, “Sensors and Sensibility: Romantic or Pain Jane? Pride or Prejudice?, ” where he discussed the latest innovative research in wearable sensor technology to improve patient self-care and post-intervention outcomes being done at Interdisciplinary Consortium on Advanced Motion (iCAMP) in the Department of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine.
Dr. Montero-Baker and Dr. Mills delivered lectures on new approaches to treating “Peripheral Artery Disease” during a panel dedicated to the topic.
The Saturday morning industry-sponsored workshops immersed attendees in the areas of noninvasive testing, offloading, pedal access and skin substitutes and were led by BCM faculty Dr. Mills, Dr. Ross, Dr. Najafi, Dr. Montero-Baker, Dr. Brian D. Lepow and Dr. Eric Espensen from the University of Arizona.
Jayer Chung, M.D., MSc, assistant professor in the vascular division, gave a lecture entitled, “To Stent or not to Stent? What Lesions Require Stenting and What Stent Should Be Chosen?” during the “Vascular” panel.
Dr. Brian D. Lepow moderates a skin substitute workshop.
Dr. Joseph L. Mills, Sr. moderates a workshop on non-invasive testing.
Neal R. Barshes, M.D., MPH, associate professor of surgery in the Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy, delivered a talk entitled, “How can We Collectively Raise our C Average? Improving Care for a Common, Costly and Complex Condition.”
The 13th Annual Edward James Olmos Award – For Advocacy in Amputation Prevention recipient was Dr. George Andros, Diabetic Foot Professor Emeritus affiliated with Valley Presbyterian Hospital in California. Edward James Olmos presented the award.