July 09, 2010 12:59 ET

Keith L. Wapner, MD Installed as President of American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society

Philadelphia Orthopaedic Surgeon to Lead National Medical Society

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD--(Marketwire - July 9, 2010) -  Philadelphia orthopaedic surgeon, Keith L. Wapner, MD, was installed today as President of the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS) during the Society's 26th Annual Summer Meeting in National Harbor, Maryland. In this position, Wapner will also serve on the Board of Directors of the Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Outreach & Education Fund (OEF).

"I am committed to the continued growth of our Society in the areas of education, membership, fellowship training, and charitable work. I work well with the current members of the Board with whom I have strong relationships. I feel this will allow a congenial and progressive environment to forward the goals of our Society," said Wapner.

Dr. Wapner is currently Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Pennsylvania, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Adjunct Professor, Drexel College of Medicine, Department of Orthopedic Surgery. He earned his medical degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, completed his orthopaedic residency at the University of Pennsylvania, and completed a fellowship in joint reconstruction with Thomas Mallory, MD in Columbus, Ohio and a fellowship in foot & ankle with Roger Mann, MD, in San Francisco, California.

In addition to serving on the AOFAS Board of Directors, Dr. Wapner is a member of the AOFAS Finance Committee, and the presidential line representative to AAOS Board of Specialties. He served as chair of the 2010 AOFAS Advanced Foot & Ankle Course; he was one of four surgical volunteers on the 2008 AOFAS Overseas Outreach Project to Vietnam, served on the Industry Relations Committee and the Coding Committee. Dr. Wapner was program chair for 2000 Specialty Day program, and the Annual Summer Meeting.

Active in several professional societies, Dr. Wapner served as chair and co-chair for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Foot and Ankle Surgical Skills course, and Comprehensive Foot & Ankle Surgery course. He is an ABOS Board Examiner and member of the AOA-Kellogg Leadership Series Committee. He served as a reviewer for several scientific journals including the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, The American Journal of Sports Medicine, and Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research.

The American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society is a professional society of more than 1,800 orthopaedic surgeons specializing in diagnosis, care and treatment of patients with disorders of the musculoskeletal system of the foot and ankle. 

About the AOFAS
The AOFAS promotes quality, ethical and cost-effective patient care through education, research and training of orthopaedic surgeons and other health care providers. It creates public awareness for the prevention and treatment of foot and ankle disorders, provides leadership, and serves as a resource for government, industry and the national and international health care community.

About Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgeons
Orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeons are medical doctors (MD and DO) who specialize in the diagnosis, care, and treatment of patients with disorders of the musculoskeletal system of the foot and ankle. This includes the bones, joints, ligaments, muscles tendons, nerves, and skin. Orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeons use medical, physical, and rehabilitative methods as well as surgery to treat patients of all ages. They perform reconstructive procedures, treat sports injuries, and manage and treat trauma of the foot and ankle.

Orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeons work with physicians of many other specialties, including internal medicine, pediatrics, vascular surgery, endocrinology, radiology, anesthesiology, and others. Medical school curriculum and post-graduate training provides the solid clinical background necessary to recognize medical problems, admit patients to a hospital when necessary, and contribute significantly to the coordination of care appropriate for each patient.

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