ROSEMONT, Ill., July 17, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mark E. Easley, MD, of Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., has been named president of the 2,100-member American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS). In addition to leading the Society as president, Easley will also serve on the board of directors of the Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Foundation (The Foundation).
Easley will focus much of his term on AOFAS strategic development and optimizing education for orthopaedic surgeons and patients as it relates to disorders of the musculoskeletal system of the foot and ankle.
"I am honored to serve our membership as AOFAS president," Easley said. "I am following a tremendous line of leaders, mentors and role models, all of whom remain committed to the AOFAS. Moreover, I have the benefit of an active and motivated membership. It's a good combination, one that will ensure the continued success of our rapidly growing society."
Easley earned his medical degree from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., and completed his orthopaedic residency at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C. He spent his year of dedicated orthopaedic foot and ankle fellowship training at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore.
Easley is an Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Duke University Medical Center in Durham. He serves as one of the Directors of the Duke Foot and Ankle Fellowship Program.
During his 16-year career at Duke, Easley has enjoyed teaching residents and fellows in their orthopaedic foot and ankle curriculum. He contributes to furthering orthopaedic foot and ankle knowledge through original research and editing orthopaedic foot and ankle textbooks and other educational resources.
As a longtime member of the AOFAS, Easley has been program chair and faculty for AOFAS meetings, served on AOFAS committees and presented his primary research at AOFAS meetings. He has been recognized by the American Orthopaedic Association as an American-British-Canadian Traveling Fellow and has served as guest lecturer for numerous national and international orthopaedic foot and ankle meetings.
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. The Society creates public awareness for the prevention and treatment of foot and ankle disorders, provides leadership, and serves as a resource for government and industry as well as the national and international health care communities.
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. Orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeons use medical, physical and rehabilitative methods as well as surgery to treat patients of all ages. Relying on four years of medical school training, five years of post-graduate training and often a fellowship in orthopaedic foot and ankle care, orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeons perform reconstructive procedures, treat sports injuries, and manage and treat trauma of the foot and ankle.
SOURCE American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society