History of ACFAS

2017 marks the 75th anniversary of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. The ACFAS story is a classic American tale of modest beginnings, a hardfought evolution and a bright future. And the story has 10,000 characters—all of the Fellows and Associate members over 75 years—who transformed chiropody into foot and ankle surgery and changed the history of American medicine.

This story will be told throughout 2017 in ACFAS publications but primarily in a new book—The Evolution of a Profession: The First 75 Years of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Written by historian Kenneth Durr, PhD, with Jerome S. Noll, DPM, FACFAS, the book is available to members in print and online (see below). Numerous appendices include a list of all known regular members since 1942.

The 75th anniversary observance would not have been possible without the passion and commitment of Jerome S. Noll, DPM, FACFAS. Dr. Noll first expressed an interest in archiving the College’s past as the 70th anniversary approached in 2011. Oral histories of past presidents were recorded in 2009–2014. Meanwhile, Dr. Noll started compiling and assembling 70+ years of documents.

Get your copy of The Evolution of a Profession by emailing Jolinda Cappello, or by viewing or downloading at acfas.org/evolution.

The Evolution of a Profession: The First 75 Years of ACFAS (Book)
ACFAS by the Decade

ACFAS Past Presidents
Lessons from a Legend