ROSEMONT, Ill., July 27, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Jeffrey E. Johnson, MD, of the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has been elevated to president of the 2,200-member American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS). In addition to leading as president, Johnson will serve on the board of directors of the Society's Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Foundation.
Johnson will focus his one-year term on maintaining the integrity of the organization and its commitment to quality care, increasing public awareness of the unique skills of AOFAS members, and finding common areas for partnership with orthopaedic industry leaders to enhance foot and ankle research and education.
"I believe deeply in our patient-focused mission and the core values of our organization, especially in regard to knowledge-based shared decision-making, transparency of process and professionalism," Johnson said. "My goal is to facilitate educational opportunities for our orthopaedic surgeon members so that the care they provide their patients continues to be of the highest standard."
Johnson earned his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., and completed his orthopaedic residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He completed his dedicated orthopaedic foot and ankle fellowship training at the University of Texas in Houston.
Johnson, currently a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital, has served as Chief of Foot and Ankle Service for the past 20 years, and has served as a Foot and Ankle Fellowship Program Director since 1994. As a long-time member of the AOFAS, he has been program chair and faculty on many scientific programs, served on numerous committees, presented his primary research at AOFAS meetings, and served on the Board of Directors for the last four years.
Johnson participated in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons' Japanese-American Traveling Fellowship Program, and he has been a frequent guest lecturer on foot and ankle orthopaedic surgery both nationally and internationally.
About Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgeons Orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeons are medical doctors (MD and DO) who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment, both surgical and nonsurgical, of musculoskeletal disorders and injuries of the foot and ankle. Their education and training consists of four years of medical school, five years of post-graduate residency and often a fellowship year of specialized surgical training. These specialists treat patients of all ages and perform reconstructive surgery for deformities and arthritis, treat sports injuries, and manage foot and ankle trauma.
About the AOFAS As the professional organization of orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeons, the AOFAS supports the specialty and other health care providers through evidence-based and best-practice education and research. The Society provides leadership in foot and ankle surgery, serving as a resource for government and industry as well as the national and international health care communities, and promotes preventive foot and ankle care.