(Medical Track Speakers on Day 1 & 2: click on images to read their profiles)
Andrew M Belis, DPM is a double board certified foot and reconstructive rearfoot/ankle surgeon who treats all types of foot and ankle conditions in both the adult and pediatric population.
He is a pioneer in his field and has helped developed multiple medical devices and procedures. He specializes in sports and work injuries, adult and pediatric reconstructive procedures, and elective forefoot procedures. He is qualified in wound care and has extensive experience with skin grafts and tissue flaps.
He has a special interest in arthroscopic ankle procedures, ligament repair, Achilles tendon problems, and hammertoe/bunion correction. He is a national educator and lectures around the country to both Podiatric and Orthopedic Surgeons teaching cutting edge surgical techniques.
Dr. Belis received a Bachelor of Science in Human Physiology from Boston University after growing up in Long Island, NY. He attended Temple University Medical School in Philadelphia where he earned a Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine. After completing a comprehensive residency at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY, he received additional extensive surgical training at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Maryland.
Dr. Belis is very involved in his profession and is Past President of the Florida Podiatric Medical Association, Past Chairmen of the Board for the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons, and is a national lecturer. His interest in education has extended into founding and Directing the Foot and Ankle Surgical Fellowship at the Orthopedic Center of Florida in Fort Myers, FL.
Dr. Andrew Belis enjoys travelling with his lovely wife and 3 children. He is active with boating, golfing and tennis.
Graduate Podiatrist Since 1989 - State Diploma; PhD of Paul Sabatier University, laboratory of physiology in 2006, Master's degree in Cognition from the University of Poitiers. Teacher in clinical posturology - Inter university diploma since 2002. He joined the Movement, Balance, Performance and Health Laboratory (EA 4445), of the University of Pau and Pays de l'Adour, Department of Sports Sciences, Tarbes, France as an Associate Researcher in 2018. He is involved in university teaching on multisensory integration, clinical evaluation in learning disorders and the effect of stimulation on the Balance Function at the universities of Dijon, Toulouse in France and Bologna in Italy
Prof. Lázaro-Martínez is Full Time Professor at the University of the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM). He got his PhD degree at the same university doing his doctoral thesis on biomechanics of the diabetic foot. He is an expert in Podiatric Surgery certified by a Fellowship Board of the New York College of Podiatric Medicine. He holds a Master of Science Degree on Health’s Research (MSc) by UCM. He is the Head of the Diabetic Foot Unit at UCM. He is Director of both Research Groups in diabetic foot at UCM and at the Institute of Health Investigation of the Hospital Clínico San Carlos at Madrid. He was the Coordinator of the Diabetic Foot Working Group of the Spanish Diabetes Society. He is the Scientific Secretary of the Diabetic Foot Study Group (DFSG) belonging to the European Association of the Study of Diabetes. He is President-elect of Diabetic Foot International. He is a member of the Editorial Committee of the Journal Diabetic Foot and Ankle. He has numerous publications in international journals indexed in the journal citation report (JCR- more than 70). He has conducted 16 doctoral theses in the field of diabetic foot at the Complutense University of Madrid. He is the organizer and director of the annual course of diabetic foot that is celebrated at UCM with more than 19 editions. He has been vice president of the I, II and IV national congress of diabetic foot and president of the III national congress of diabetic foot. He has participated in more than 300 conferences at the national and international level, in countries such as USA, Mexico, Brazil, Costa Rica, Portugal, Italy, United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Slovenia, Poland, Dubai, Iran, Abu Dhabi, Lebanon, India, Qatar, France, Colombia, Chile, Turkey and Romania.
Margaretha Astrid van Putte, MD, n is a aenior teacher/lecturer at Fontys University of Applied Sciences; School for Podiatry
Dr. Tracey Vlahovic is a Clinical Professor and J. Stanley and Pearl Landau Faculty Fellow at the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine (TUSPM) in Philadelphia, PA. She is also a member of the Faculty of Podiatric Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Glasgow).
Dr Vlahovic graduated from Yale University with a BS in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and received her medical degree from TUSPM. After finishing her surgical residency at St Luke’s University Health Network in Allentown, PA, she was the first podiatrist in the US to complete a fellowship in podiatric dermatology under the supervision of Stephen Schleicher, MD.
She is board certified in foot surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and in podiatric medicine by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine. Dr. Vlahovic currently teaches the Fundamentals of Dermatology course at TUSPM and has received numerous teaching awards. She has authored several articles in peer-reviewed journals and is involved in multiple clinical research trials for various dermatological therapies and devices.
She is the author of Skin Disease of the Lower Extremities: A Photographic Guide (HMP Communications) and Onychomycosis: An Illustrated Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment along with Antonella Tosti and Roberto Arenas (Springer).