How to Heal a Heel: Lessons From the Malvern Diabetic Foot Conference

In today’s episode, Dr. Rachael Forsythe (@ROForsythe), consultant vascular surgeon at NHS Lothian, leads a fictional case-based discussion with leaders in managing diabetic foot ulcers. Joining the conversation are Professor Andrew Boulton, Mr. Patrick Coughlin, Dr. David Armstrong, Dr. Dane Wukich, and Dr. Edgar Peters.

Professor Boulton is a professor of medicine at Manchester University in England and is co-chair of the Malvern  Diabetic Foot Conference meeting. He served as president of numerous distinguished societies, including the International Diabetes Federation.

Dr.  Coughlin (@Coughlin_pa) is a consultant vascular surgeon in Leeds, England. He is a very active member of the Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland Council and has a special academic and clinical interest in peripheral artery disease.

Dr. Armstrong (@DGArmstrong) is a podiatric surgeon and professor of surgery at Keck School of Medicine of the University of California and director of the Southwestern Academic Limb Salvage Alliance. Dr. Armstrong is very well known for his work on amputation prevention, the diabetic foot and wound healing.

Dr. Wukich (@DaneWukich) is a professor and chair of the Department of Orthopedics at the University of Texas, Southwestern and Medical Director of Orthopedic Surgery at UT Southwestern University Hospitals. Dr. Wich has an interest in foot and ankle surgery, including the management of diabetes-related complications.

Dr. Edgar Peters is an associate professor of internal medicine, infectious diseases, and acute medicine at Amsterdam University Medical Centers, Dr. Peter's main interest is infection of the musculoskeletal system, particularly in patients with diabetes and is the Scientific Secretary of the International Symposium on the Diabetic Foot. 


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If this episode was of interest to you, please take a listen to this Transatlantic Series episode where we speak with the authors of the SVS, ESVS, and IWGDFU joint guidelines on the management of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) in patients with diabetes. 


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Tone, Alina, Sophie Nguyen, Fabrice Devemy, Hélène Topolinski, Michel Valette, Marie Cazaubiel, Armelle Fayard, Éric Beltrand, Christine Lemaire, and Éric Senneville. “Six-Week Versus Twelve-Week Antibiotic Therapy for Nonsurgically Treated Diabetic Foot Osteomyelitis: A Multicenter Open-Label Controlled Randomized Study.” Diabetes Care 38, no. 2 (February 1, 2015): 302–7.

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