DFCon 2018 Addresses Diabetic Foot Problems
The 18th Diabetic Foot Global Conference (DFCon) was held Oct. 11-13, 2018 at the Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria. Over 350 clinicians, scientists and exhibitors attended the global meeting. 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. DFCon is 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 CPME through a joint provider agreement between the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) and the Texas Heart Institute. The upcoming 19th conference will be held Oct. 17-19, 2019 at the Hilton Universal Studios in Los Angeles.
DFCon is co-chaired by DFCon cofounder David G. Armstrong, D.P.M., M.D., Ph.D., professor of clinical surgery at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California 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 this year included Miguel Montero-Baker, M.D., associate professor and associate clinical chief in the Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy, and Bijan Najafi, Ph.D., MSc, professor of surgery and director of Clinical Research in the Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy at Baylor College of Medicine.
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. The 14th Edward James Olmos Award for Advocacy in Amputation Prevention was presented this year to Lawrence Lavery, D.P.M., M.P.H., professor of Plastic Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at UT Southwestern Medical Center.
Abstract winner He Zhou presents his poster to attendees
Dr. Brian D. Lepow presents wound care management
The Dermacell industry-sponsored workshop
The exhibitor hall packed with attendees