Global Town Hall 2021

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The field of Orthopaedic foot and ankle surgery has flourished in the United States.  Particularly over the past 40 years, the academic community in foot and ankle has increased dramatically.  During this time period, surgical techniques, implants, hardware, and decision making has been refined.   Unfortunately, the growth of orthopaedic foot and ankle has been much slower in other parts of the world.  


In many countries globally, the surgical techniques for foot and ankle surgery are arcane.  Much of the foot and ankle surgery is performed by the general orthopaedic surgeon.  Although these individuals are performing cutting-edge arthroscopic surgeries and adult reconstructive surgeries, most of the scope of foot and ankle surgeries has been limited to foot and ankle trauma and external fixation work.  The reconstruction and tendon pathologies have been largely ignored.  


The Parekh Family Foundation, under the Foundation for Medical Education and Research (FMER) is a US-based non-profit organization.  One of the missions of this organization is to increase the awareness and education of foot and ankle pathologies, decision analysis, and surgical techniques globally.  Typically, this is done through live foot and ankle camps, surgeries, and a conference.  However, given the COVID pandemic, this will not be possible for the foreseeable future.  The pandemic has severely limited our ability to engage in any in-person training or charitable surgeries. However, it has presented an opportunity to provide innovative educational opportunities using technology.


To that end, we will be hosting a 24-hour Virtual Foot and Ankle Global Town Hall meeting. The meeting will start at 8 pm est on March 19, 2021.  The first session will take place from 8:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Then, the next session will begin at 8:00 p.m. CST, for one hour.  In this manner, there will be 24 sessions, for the 24 time zones of the world, with each session occurring at 8:00 p.m. in each time zone of the world. 

Global Town Hall Course Agenda

This will be a 24-hour Virtual Foot and Ankle Global Town Hall meeting. The meeting will start at 8 pm est on March 19, 2021. The tentative agenda for the course will be announced on January 1, 2021. 

Agenda Details

Day 1: March 19, 2021

TOPIC: Ankle arthritis/total ankle replacement

NYC/EST: 8:00 PM

Moderator: Mark Easley

Panelists: William Hodges Davis, Constantine Demetracopoulos, Tom SanGiovanni, Ned Amendola, & Timothy Daniels

TOPIC: Total Ankle Revision/Salvage

NYC/EST: 9:00 PM

Moderator: David Pedowitz

Panelists: Joe Daniel, Brian Winters, Justin Tsai, & Daniel Fuchs

Sponsor: Additive Orthopaedics

TOPIC: Management of Syndesmosis Injuries

NYC/EST: 10:00 PM

Moderator: Ken Hunt:

Panelists: Pieter D'Hooghe, Tom Clanton, Norm Waldrop, & NR

TOPIC: Peroneal tendons

NYC/EST: 11:00 PM

Moderator: Eric Giza

Panelists: Christopher Kreulen, Manuel Pelligrini, Anand Vora, & James Calder

Sponsor: Alafair Biosciences

Day 2: March 20, 2021

TOPIC: Ankle arthritis/total ankle replacement

NYC/EST: 12:00 AM

Moderator: Bruce J. Sangeorzan

Panelists: Ken Hunt, Alastair Younger, & Courtney Grimsrud

Sponsor: CurveBeam

TOPIC: Minimally Invasive Foot Surgery - The Way Ahead

NYC/EST: 1:00 AM

Moderator: Alastair Younger

Panelists: Beccy Cerrato, Peter Mangone, Andrea Veljkovic, & Kevin Wing

Sponsor: Stryker

TOPIC: OCL Why Alignment Matters

NYC/EST: 2:00 AM

Moderator: Andrea Veljkovic

Panelists: Eric Giza, Ken Hunt, Gowreeson Thevendran, & Cristian ortiz

TOPIC: Treatment of Hallux Valgus Deformities with Limited Resources - Scarf without Screws

NYC/EST: 3:00 AM

Moderator: Laurant Goubau

Panelists: Bernhard Devos Bevernage, Eduard Rabat, Adrien Ray, & Anthony Sakellariou

TOPIC: Current Concepts and advancements in Trauma. Syndesmosis injuries, Lis Franc Injuries,Talar OCD management

NYC/EST: 4:00 AM

Moderator: David Shepherd

Panelists: Pete Stavrou, Tim Schneider, Jeff Ling, & Dawson Muir

TOPIC: Calcaneal Fractures

NYC/EST: 5:00 AM

Moderator: Simon Platt

Panelists:Arvind Puri, Terence Chin, Nick Jorgensen, & Jefferey Peereboom

Sponsor: In2Bones

TOPIC: Subtalar Instability

NYC/EST: 6:00 AM

Moderator: Andy Goldberg

Panelists: Nicola Krähenbühl, Alexej Barg, Gino M.M.J. Kerkhoffs, & NR

Sponsor: Artelon

TOPIC: How I wish I did things differently : ' A Case that Taught Me So Much '

NYC/EST: 7:00 AM

Moderator: Gowreeson Thevendran

Panelists: Yeap Ewe Juan, Chayanin Angthong, Masato Takao, & NR

Sponsor: Breg

TOPIC: Acquired Flatfoot

NYC/EST: 8:00 AM

Moderator: Chuanshun Wang, M.D.

Panelists: Keen Wai Chong, Siu Wah Kong, Yuan Zhu, & Chua Yeok Pin

TOPIC: Arthroscopic Surgery in Foot and Ankle

NYC/EST: 9:00 AM

Moderator: Bavornrit Chuckpaiwong

Panelists: Chayanin Angthong, Jirun Apinun, Chamnanni Rungprai, & Songwut Thitiboonsuwan

Sponsor: Lasso

TOPIC: Midfoot Injury

NYC/EST: 10:00 AM

Moderator: Mandeep Dhillon

Panelists: Khairul Mohammed, Jiten Mangwani, Balwinder Rana, & Sampat Dhumbre Patil

Sponsor: Paragon 28

TOPIC: Neglected Foot & Ankle Injuries (Ankle, Calcaneus, Talus)

NYC/EST: 11:00 AM

Moderator: Rajiv Shah

Panelists: Yeok Pin Chua, Nurretin Heybelli, Siu Kwai Ming, & Andri Primadhi

TOPIC: Cavovarus foot deformity

NYC/EST: 12:00 PM

Moderator: Ezekiel Oburu

Panelists: Ossama Elshazly, Ahmed Kholeif, Amr Farouk, & NR

TOPIC: Charcot arthropathy

NYC/EST: 1:00 PM

Moderator: Mohamed Mokhtar

Panelists: Federico Usuelli, Altug Tanriover, Sundararajan Ramasamy, & Alan Yan

TOPIC: Progressive Collapsing Foot Deformity

NYC/EST: 2:00 PM

Moderator: Lew Schon

Panelists: Scott Ellis, Cesar César de Neto, Jeff Johnson, & NR

Sponsor: SouthTech

TOPIC: Hindfoot trauma, Diabetic hind foot reconstruction, Hindfoot arthritis

NYC/EST: 3:00 PM

Moderator: Kartik Hariharan

Panelists: Chris Blundell, Mark. B. Davies, hiro Tanaka, & Senthil Kumar

Sponsor: MiRus

TOPIC: Forefoot surgery

NYC/EST: 4:00 PM

Moderator: Cristian Ortiz

Panelists: Gabriel Khazen, Eric Giza, Jorge Acevedo, & Manuel Pellegrini

Sponsor: Ossio

TOPIC: Ankle Fractures (bimal, post mal, deltoid, etc)

NYC/EST: 5:00 PM

Moderator: Diego Zanolli

Panelists: Pablo Mococain, Andres Keller, Stephane Elgueta, & Leonardo Lagos

Sponsor: MedComm Carolinas

TOPIC: Hallux Rigidus

NYC/EST: 6:00 PM

Moderator: Cesar de Cesar Netto

Panelists: Mark Drakos, Alexandre Godoy Santos, Michael Johnson, & Lauren Roberts

TOPIC: Judy’s Zoomers FOOT & Ankle Cases in Covid Times!

NYC/EST: 7:00 PM

Moderator: Mark Glazebrook

Panelists: Judy Baumhauer, Keith Wapner, Tim Daniels, & Sheldon Lin

Sponsor: Stryker


The 24-hour Virtual Foot and Ankle Global Town Hall meeting will begin at 8 pm est on March 19, 2021.  We expect about 1000 orthopaedic surgeons to attend this conference throughout this 24-hour event.

Dates and Times

The 24-hour Virtual Foot and Ankle Global Town Hall meeting will begin at 8 pm est on March 19, 2021.  We expect about 1000 orthopaedic surgeons to attend this conference throughout this 24-hour event.  Speakers are subject to change depending on the availability of speakers.


Registration will be required and is open now.  Registration is open for all foot and ankle surgeons, health care providers, and the general public at large.  Global opinion leaders from around the world will be selected as moderators and faculty for this course.  The US and international faculty will be updated over the next few weeks.




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