ROSEMONT, Ill., Aug. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Columbus area orthopaedic surgeon Thomas H. Lee, MD, has been elevated to president of the 2,200-member American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS), the leading organization for lower extremity medicine and foot and ankle surgery. In addition to his role as president, Lee will serve on the Board of Directors of the Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Foundation (The Foundation).
Lee will focus his one-year term on maintaining foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeons' leadership in lower extremity care and on expanding educational and research opportunities to healthcare professionals in the US and internationally.
"The AOFAS represents the very best in orthopaedic surgery when we collaborate to learn, to teach, and to grow," Lee said. "As healthcare evolves rapidly around us, the AOFAS will remain relevant to our members and responsive to the important issues they face."
Lee earned his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City and completed his orthopaedic residency at the New York Orthopaedic Hospital at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. He received his fellowship training in foot and ankle orthopaedic surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.
Lee is a foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeon in private practice in Pickerington, Ohio. He is active in humanitarian outreach, having volunteered as a surgeon for the AOFAS Overseas Outreach Project to Vietnam, as well as projects in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Haiti. A longtime member of the AOFAS, he has been a member and chair of numerous committees, served as president of The Foundation, and served for the last four years on the AOFAS Board of Directors.
About Foot and Ankle Orthopaedic Surgeons
Foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeons are medical doctors (MD and DO) who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders and injuries of the foot and ankle. Their education and training consists of four years of medical school, five years of postgraduate training, and often a fellowship year of specialized foot and ankle surgical training. Foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeons treat patients of all ages, performing reconstructive procedures, treating sports injuries, and managing foot and ankle trauma.
About the AOFAS
As the professional organization of foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeons, the AOFAS promotes quality, ethical, and cost-effective patient care through education, research, and training of orthopaedic surgeons and other healthcare providers. The Society creates public awareness for the prevention and treatment of foot and ankle disorders and serves as a resource for government and industry as well as the national and international healthcare communities. For more information, visit www.aofas.org.
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