World Congress of Podiatry - November 14-16, 2019 - Miami, USA

Introducing our Medical Track Speakers

(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.

Howard Dananberg practised podiatric medicine and biomechanics for over 40 years. He is world renowned for his work in understanding the relationship between foot function, gait and chronic postural ailments. He has lectured worldwide on this and other topics and has received numerous awards for his work. He is the 1994 recipient of the Scholl's Award for the Outstanding Clinical Paper of the Year published in JAPMA. He is also an MIT-Lemelson Inventor of the Week award winner for his development of Insolia. He is now semi-retired and living in Stowe, Vermont, one of the original ski resorts in North America.
I have always proud to be a clinical podiatrist. I have over 40 years of experience in general practice and as a partner in a busy private practice. For the last 20 years I have also worked as a part time lecturer and researcher at Staffordshire University biomechanics Lab. I am now a visiting Research Fellow. I was instrumental in the production of the post graduate programme particularly the MSc in Clinical Podiatric Biomechanics. I am proud to be an inaugural fellow of the College of Podiatry and of the Faculty of Podiatric Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. My academic and research role along with my clinical experience has led me to work with elite athletes and national and international sports teams. I am the podiatrist to Stoke City Football Club and was part of the medical team at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2012. My clinical and research interest is in footwear and the biomechanics of the at-risk foot and I have worked in a variety of related clinical situations notably in association with AR hospital in Chennai, India. I am very proud to have been the Chair of Council and the Board of Governors of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists and the College of Podiatry in the UK. Currently I am the chairman of the International Recruitment Committee of the International Federation of Podiatrists (FIP).

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.

Matthew Regulski, D.P.M., Physician Certified in Wound Care C.M.E.T., F.A.P.W.C.A., F.C.C.W.S., W.H.S. F.A.P.W.H.© Dr. Regulski is a Graduate of Temple University School of Medicine, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. He performed his residency at the Main Line Health System in Philadelphia, PA and is currently the Medical Director of the Wound Care Institute of Ocean County. Dr. Regulski is also Co-Director of The Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine at Community Medical Center, as well as being involved at the Wound Care Center at the Kimball Institute. He has been the principle investigator for several clinical trials for chronic leg ulcers and diabetic foot ulcers and has authored several peer-reviewed articles for the treatment of chronic wounds. He is an accomplished speaker for several wound care conferences and is a wound care certified physician. Dr. Regulski is a fellow of the Academy of Physicians in Wound Healing and a Fellow of the American Professional Wound Care Association. He is a National Delegate for the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care and is a member of the Wound Healing Society.

Margaretha Astrid van Putte, MD, n is a aenior teacher/lecturer at Fontys University of Applied Sciences; School for Podiatry

  • Trained as a medical doctor (MD) in Maastricht (The Netherlands) from 1979 – 1984
  • Assigned as head of the School for Podiatry in 1984, promoted to Associate lector in 2006  till 2011 and working now as senior teacher/lecturer
  • Educator and publisher in the field of the diabetic foot since 1990
  • Organised and taught courses in Diabetic foot care, prevention and treatment of diabetic foot problems in many countries: Belgium – France – UK – Iceland – Sweden – Norway – Finland – Danmark – USA – Switserland – Tjech Republic – Aruba - Suriname
  • 1997 – now    Volunteer in organising better footcare for diabetic patients in Kosovo, Aruba and Suriname. Decorated by FIP with the voluntary award in 2010         
  • 2007 – 2010    President of the Organising Committee of the XXth World Congress of the International Federation of Podiatrists (13-15 May 2010 Amsterdam)
  • 2002 – now    Member organising committee Symposium on the Diabetic Foot 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015
  • 2005 – now    Advising member of the Foundation Langerhans:
  • 1995 - now     Member and teacher medical committee Dutch Basketball Association
  • 2003 - now     Boardmember basketballclub Almonte , Eindhoven, The Netherlands
  • 2009 – 2015    Boardmember of the Dutch Association for Podiatrists (NVvP) assigned with international affairs, delegated to the FIP AGM, scientific research and life long learning.
  • 2010 – 2015    Member of the professional Board for Medical Pedicures in The Netherlands (ProVoet)



  • Frequently in PodoSophia, Dutch magazine for podiatry and Podopost, Dutch magazine for pedicures
  • Several publications in magazines for nurses, doctors en specialists in The Netherlands:
    EADV-magazine, WCS nieuws; Nursing, Huisarts en Wetenschap, Medisch Contact, Modern Medicine, The Foot, Podiatry Now, DiabeteSpecialist
  • MA de Heus – van Putten, NC Schaper, K Bakker
    The clinical examination of the diabetic foot in daily practise
    Diabetic Medicine 1996; vol.13: S55-S57
  • MA van Putten, NC Schaper
    The performance of two new tests to predict an ulcer in daily practise
    Proceedings Symposium on the Diabetic Foot 2003
  • MA van Putten, NC Schaper
    The preventive value of Podiatry for the Diabetic Foot at risk for ulceration
    Proceedings Symposium on the Diabetic Foot 2003
  • Time to Act – Diabetes and Foot Care
    Author Chapter Podiatry Worldwide
    IDF 2010,  ISBN2-930229-40-3
  • Published three books in Dutch:
    Diabetes and Feet (1999 – 2nd edition 2001 – 3rd edition 2008)
    Reumatoid Diseases and Feet (2002 – 2nd edition 2009)
    Diabetic feet and the risk qualification (2012)

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).

Dr. David A. Yeager, DPM FASPS FACFAS currently practices at Morrison Community Hospital in Morrison, Illinois. He is a graduate from Seattle University with a dual degree in General Science and English and graduated from the Honors Program. He is a graduate of Rosalind Franklin Chicago Medical School at Finch University where he received his Doctorate in Podiatric Medicine. He graduated residency from Cambridge Health Alliance with is affiliated with Harvard Medical School. He is dual Board Certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery in Foot and Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery. He is past Chair of the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons and is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. He is a past board member of the American Podiatric Medical Association and Past President of the Illinois Podiatric Medical Association. He is a past residency director and actively promotes educating the young practioners of podiatry. He has several publications and recently was guest Editor for Foot and Ankle Quarterly and has performed several research projects. He has lectured both nationally and internationally on a wide range of topics from wound care to advanced foot and ankle reconstruction. He has volunteered locally and nationally for several organizations and is honored and privileged to lecture at this years World Congress of Podiatry.

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