The Future of Podiatric and Orthopedic Relationships

I’ve been in Podiatry my whole life and there has always been at least one constant…that is the relationship – or not so relationship – between our profession and orthopedics.

I remember my dad talking about a couple of orthopedic surgeons in the community we lived in as not being very nice and bad-mouthing my dad as a podiatrist. My dad tells a great story about his first experience at the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons and how he had to use his brother-in-law’s MD credentials to get into the meeting. Then he had to sneak into the foot and ankle society portion of the meeting only to hear one of their esteemed members get on stage and say, “what are we going to do about the podiatry problem.”

I also saw my dad try to build bridges with orthopedic surgeons by continuing to attend the annual AAOS and AOFAS meetings while also traveling abroad and attending international foot and ankle meetings. Following his ACFAS Presidency, he was on a committee with other Podiatrists and orthopedic surgeons discussing how to build bridges, but alas, nothing really came of it.

More recently there has been a lot of controversy over the VA program failing to pay Podiatrists fairly and that being supported by the orthopedic community.

I’ve been talking with both the podiatric and orthopedic representatives to a task force to finally build bridges. Thankfully I hear there has been some positive movement and developments.

Thomas Lee, MD has been at the center of a lot of that. Tom is an exceptionally unique person who started the first equal and integrated orthopedic and podiatric practice, began a Fellowship that trained MD’s, DO’s, and DPM’s side by side and equally, served as the President of the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society, has been a repetitive successful designer of orthopedic products and devices and a serial entrepreneur who has started medical businesses in the U.S. and Asia.

I’ve been friends with Tom for years and this year he’s agreed to come and give the keynote speech at the FABI Event and participate in other ways throughout the weekend.

This week’s video is a brief discussion with Tom about what he is adding to the Event.

Tom will provide an insiders look at the relationship between podiatry and orthopedics, his view on the future of healthcare and share stories of leveraging his medical and patient success into business success.

You are not going to want to miss this unique perspective that will not be seen at any other Podiatry meeting.

There are so many reasons to attend the FABI Event and this is just another one. Remember, we offer a 100% guarantee. If you do not think the first day was worth your time, we will refund your registration and reimburse you for travel expenses up to $500. That’s how confident we are in this Event. Don’t be the person who wishes they came. Be the person who comes and takes your business to the next level….NOW!

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Have a great week.


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