ACFAS Clinical & Scientific Research Grant

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The ACFAS Clinical and Scientific Research Grant provides financial assistance to members studying topics in the foot and ankle surgery arena. The program seeks to educate members in the implementation of evidence-based medicine for the advancement of their clinical practice in areas related to the betterment of foot and ankle surgery for the patients they serve. The research must be clinical or laboratory based, with clearly defined research goals meeting all the criteria for grant submission. ACFAS research grants are partially funded by the College's 14 regional divisions. The regional divisions also provide local education programs, support to residents and students, scholarships for poster authors, and support on state health policy issues when necessary. For more information, visit our Regional Division center.

Are you interested in submitting a grant application but don't know where to start? Look at some research tips put together by the ACFAS Research Committee, read an interview on how to design a research study, or look at Research Resources for more.


  • Projects capable of obtaining EBM Levels of Evidence 1, 2 or 3 will be given preference, but cadaveric, animal or bench-top in nature will also be considered.
  • Evidence-Based Medicine has been added to the grading process as a judging criterion on the Levels of Evidence for Primary Research Chart.
  • Use of a scoring scale is encouraged, including the ACFAS Scoring Scale.
  • The Primary Investigator must be a member of ACFAS in good standing and cannot be a student, resident, or fellow.
  • Quarterly status reports must be submitted to ACFAS. Grant recipients not in compliance may be requested to refund award monies.
  • If your research involves human subjects, funded grantees will be expected to complete a course in Human Subjects Training prior to receiving funds. The ACFAS Research Committee has identified free online courses from NIH/CITI.

Grant Award
In 2017, up to $30,000 can be awarded to grant winners. Half of the grant money is payable within four weeks following announcement/acceptance of the award, completion of or documentation of human subjects training and submission of receipts. The second half is payable upon submission of a manuscript, representing the awarded proposal, to The Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery (JFAS). Award recipient must provide to ACFAS, JFAS acknowledgement of submission. 

2017 Research "Wish List"
Each year, the ACFAS Research Committee creates a “wish list” of research topics it would like to see among the submissions for the College’s annual research grant awards The committee identifies areas of foot and ankle surgery warranting further investigation and encourages researchers to design studies that address these topics:

  • Hammertoe implants
  • Total ankle implants vs. screws

Application Process 
The 2017 Research Grant application is due by 5pm (CDST) on September 15, 2017. For questions, or to submit your grant application, please email

To apply, download the 2017 grant application.

ACFAS Congratulates Previous Grant Winners

Robert Budny, DPM, FACFAS
Altoona, PA
The Effect of Rocker Sole Shoes on Gait Following Total Ankle Arthroplasty 

Adam Fleischer, DPM, MPH, FACFAS, Brett J. Waverly, DPM, AACFAS, Rachel H. Albright, DPM, Erin Klein, DPM, MS, FACFAS, Lowell Weil, Jr. DPM, MBA, FACFAS, Lowell S. Weil, Sr. DPM, FACFAS
Chicago, IL
Percutaneous Kirschner Wire versus Commercial Implant for Hammertoe Repair: A Cost-effectiveness Analysis

Erin Klein, DPM, MS, FACFAS, Sarah Haller, DPM, AACFAS, Lowell Weil, Jr. DPM, MBA, FACFAS, Lowell S. Weil, Sr. DPM, FACFAS, Adam E. Fleischer, DPM, MPH, FACFAS
Chicago, IL
Cost-effectiveness Analysis of Primary Arthrodesis versus Open Reduction Internal Fixation for Primarily Ligamentous Lisfranc Injuries

D. Scot Malay DPM, MSCE, FACFAS, Brittany K. Winfeld, DPM, AACFAS;; Eric VonHerbulis, DPM, AACFAS; Paul Niziolek, MD, PhD; Viviane Khoury, MD; Raafae Hussain, DPM, ACFAS; Lauren E. Pruner, DPM,  Chrisbel Dafeamekpor, DPM
Philadelphia, PA
Ultrasound-guided vs. Topography-guided Injection Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Andrew Meyr DPM, FACFAS, Todd A. Hasenstein, DPM
Philadelphia, PA
Printed three-dimensional Computerized Tomography scanned ankle fractures as an educational instrument

Alan Catanzariti, DPM, FACFAS, Lisa Grant, DPM, Matthew Hentges, DPM, AACFAS
Pittsburgh, PA
Research title: Seeking Proof - Does Charcot Reconstruction Improve Physical Function?

Katherine Dux, DPM, FACFAS, Jonathan Matzkin-Bridger, DPM
Chicago, IL
Research title: Plantar Plate Integrity Post Direct Surgical Repair: A Case Series

Paul Dayton, DPM, FACFAS, Mindi Feilmeier, DPM, FACFAS
Des Moines, IA
Research title: Objective Determination of the Effects of Foot Position on Clinical Measurement of Ankle Joint Dorsiflexion

Richmond Robinson, DPM, AACFAS, Craig Wirt, PhD, Adam Fleischer, DPM, MPH, FACFAS, Arezou Amidi, DP, Robert Joseph, DPM, PhD, FACFAS
Research title: Cost-Effective Analysis of Pharmacologic DVT Prophylaxis Following Select Foot and Ankle Surgeries

Naohiro Shibuya, DPM, MS, FACFAS, Jakob Thorud, DPM, MS, AACFAS, Daniel C. Jupiter, PhD
Research title: Functional and Mechanical Changes Following Arthroscopic Lateral Ankle Stabilization and Assessment of the ACFAS Model 4 Scoring Scale

Jarrett D. Cain, DPM, MS, FACFAS, Stephen J. Piazza, PhD, Rebecca K. Rogers, CPO, MS
Research title: Quantification of Altered Gatt Mechanics and Energetics Following Partial Foot Amputation

Katherine Dux, DPM, FACFAS, Michael Pinzur, MD, Natalie Domek, DPM, Frances Weaver, PhD
Chicago, IL
Research title: The Association Between Hemoglobin A1C and Surgical Morbidity in Elective Foot & Ankle Surgery

Georgeanne Botek, DPM, FACFAS, James Connors, DPM; PGY-2, Mark Hardy, DPM, FACFAS, Lauren Kishman, DPM, PGY-3 
Cleveland, OH
Research title:Charcot Pathogenesis: A Study of RANKL and OPG Gene Expression

Erin E Klein, DPM, MS, AACFAS, Craig Wirt, PhD, Rachel Greenley, PhD, Lowell Weil, Sr., DPM, FACFA, Lowell Weil, Jr., DPM, MBA, FACFAS, Adam Fleischer, DPM, MPH, FACFAS 
Chicago, IL
Research title: Do Biopsychosocial Patient Attributes Influence our Outcomes in Hallux Valgus Surgery? 

Lowell Weil, Jr., DPM, MBA, FACFAS, Lowell Weil, Sr., DPM, FACFAS, Daniel Hare, DPM, Erin Klein, DPM, MS, AACFA, Michael Bowen, DPM, AACFAS, Nathan Kramer, DPM, Adam Fleischer, DPM, MPH, FACFAS
Chicago, IL
Research title: Comparative Analysis of Weil Metatarsal Osteotomy vs. Weil Metatarsal Osteotomy in Conjunction with Plantar Plate Repair for Forefoot Metatarsalgia

Lowell Weil, Sr. DPM, FACFAS, Lowell Weil, Jr., DPM, MBA, FACFAS, Nathan Kramer, DPM; Daniel Hare, DPM
Michael Bowen, DPM, AACFAS, Erin Klein, DPM, MS, AACFAS, Adam Fleischer, DPM, MPH, FACFAS
Chicago, IL
Research title: Phalangeal Osteotomy versus Resectional Arthroplasty for the Correction of Flexible Hammertoe Deformity

Adam Fleischer, DPM, MPH, FACFAS, Lowell Weil, Sr., DPM, FACFAS, Lowell Weil, Jr., DPM, MBA, FACFA, Martin Yorath, DPM, FACFAS, Erin Klein, DPM, MS, FACFAS, Saba Sadra, BS, MS, Bijan Najafi, PhD
Chicago, IL
Research title: Effects of Hallux Valgus Surgery on Balance, Gait and Activity Level in Middle Aged and Older Adults

Daniel K. Lee, DPM, PhD, FACFAS, Domingo Hallare, MD, FAAOS, Dahlia Lee, MD, FAAOS, Lindsay Russell, DPM, FACFAS
Sacramento, CA
Research title: Comparative Clinical Effects and Risk Factors Associated with Vitamin D in Ankle Fractures and Arthrodesis Healing

Naohiro Shibuya, DPM, MS, FACFAS, Daniel Jupiter, Ph.D., Javier La Fontaine, DPM, MS, FACFAS
Temple, Texas
Research title: Assessment of Risk Factors Associated with Symptomatic and Non-Symptomatic Flatfoot Deformity

Wenjay Sung, DPM, AACFAS, Lowell Weil, Jr., DPM, FACFAS, Lowell Weil, Sr., DPM, FACFAS
Research title: Prediction of Plantar Plate Injury by Magnetic Resonance Imaging with Correlation to Intra-Operative Findings

Emily A. Cook, DPM, FACFAS
Boston, Massachusettes
Research title: Does Ketorolac Delay Bone Healing and Improve Post-operative Pain? A Prospective Double-blind Placebo-controlled Randomized Clinical Trial

Lawrence A. Ford, DPM, FACFAS, Christy M. King, DPM, AACFAS
San Francisco, California
Research title: Pre-operative and Post-operative Analysis of Plantar Pressures for Hallux Valgus Correction

Paul J. Kim, DPM, FACFAS
Glendale, Arizona
Research title: Physiological Response to Surgical Microdebridement in Patients With Achilles Tendinopathy

Javier LaFontaine, DPM, FACFAS
Temple, Texas
Research Title: Levels of Endothelial Nitric Oxide Synthase and Calcitonin Gene Related Peptide in the Charcot Foot

Monica H. Schweinberger, DPM, AACFAS, Thomas S. Roukis, DPM, Ph.D., FACFAS
Tacoma, Washington
Research title: Bacterial Skin Contamination Prior to and After Surgical Preparation of the Foot, Ankle, and Lower Leg in Patient with Diabetes and Ulceration: A Prospective Controlled Therapeutic Study

Meagan M. Jennings, DPM, FACFAS
Jeffrey C. Christensen, DPM, FACFAS
Seattle, Washington
Research Title: The Effects of Hallux Vagus Correction on Sub-Second Metatarsal Pressure

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