Big West Region

Alberta, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming

  • Big West Region
  • Contact the Region:

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    Frederick Mechanik, DPM, FACFAS
    Fort Carson, CO
    Phone: (719) 503-7546

Big West Region Officers

Kelly M. Pirozzi, DPM, FACFAS
Vice President
Scottsdale, AZ
(602) 753-9403

Jeffrey McAlister, DPM, FACFAS
Phoenix, AZ
(673) 241-8747

Recent Activity and Upcoming Events

ACFAS Big West Region Meeting

ACFAS Membership Meeting - Big West Region: (Alberta, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming)

Date: Saturday, March 24
: 1-2pm
Location: Exhibit Hall (lunch meeting)

This information will also be listed in your onsite conference brochure.

Your Region will hold a meeting of its members in conjunction with the ACFAS Scientific Conference in Nashville. We hope that you can join us to meet and network with your Region officers and have a hand in the upcoming year's plans for the Region.  

Attend to Learn, Plan and Win! 
All ACFAS members who attend their Region meetings will be placed in a Region drawing to win an Amazon Echo. Your raffle ticket will be distributed at your Region meeting.

See you in Nashville!

Big West Region Supporting Local Residents and Post-Grad Fellow Researchers

Are you a resident or post-graduate fellow presenting a poster or manuscript at the ACFAS Annual Scientific Conference in March? Could you use some extra money to apply toward your travel costs? The ACFAS Big West Region can help!

If you live within the Big West Region, you've submitted a poster or manuscript that is accepted for presentation at the conference and you are interested in receiving funding from your local Region, complete an application for support. Poster submitters are potentially eligible for $250, and manuscript presenters are potentially eligible for $500. Complete rules for acceptance and provision of funds can be found on the application form.

Please submit the completed form directly to Dr. Frederick Mechanik by Friday, March 9, 2018. The Region will determine the number of awards they can provide based on the number of submissions received, and will contact you directly with next steps.

The ACFAS Big West Region is excited to be able to support the next generation of local researchers!

ACFAS Big West Region Supports Student Scholar to the Annual Scientific Conference

ACFAS Region Scholars are funded by the ACFAS Region Presidents Council, specifically their home Regions, and are usually the president-elect of their local ACFAS Student Club. Their local Regions honor them as future leaders of the profession. The 2017 ACFAS Region Scholar from the Big West Region is Garrett Nguyen from the Arizona School of Podiatric Medicine - Midwestern University.

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Pictured are Garrett and Frederick Mechanik, DPM, FACFAS, Big West Region president. Congratulations to Garrett on being chosen as an ACFAS 2017 Region Scholar!

ACFAS Big West Region Funds Resident Poster Research at ACFAS 2017

 In an effort to support research activities the ACFAS Big West Region provided funding to the following residents as poster presenters at the 2017 Annual Scientific Conference in Las Vegas:

Congratulations to these resident poster authors on their research efforts.

Region Goals for First Half of 2018


  • Attend the ACFAS Region Presidents Council (RPC) meeting on March 21, 2018 -Nashville.
  • Host ACFAS Big West Region meeting on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 1-2 pm in Expo Hall -Nashville.
  • ACFAS Big West Region support of Resident & Post-Grad Fellow poster/manuscript presenters for ACFAS Scientific Conference on March 22-24, 2018 -Nashville.
  • ACFAS Big West Region activity planning for 2018.



A portion of ACFAS member dues is allocated for Region activities. Regions use these funds to further the goals of ACFAS at the state and local level and to promote the superior care of foot and ankle surgical patients through education, research and promotion of the highest professional standards. Regions also work on outreach to students and residents, helping to give them a successful start in their careers as foot and ankle surgeons.

Regions are affiliate organizations of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. They are granted a charter and license to use the ACFAS name and logo, are mandated by their own articles of incorporation and bylaws, and remain separate entities from the parent organization.

For more information about Region activities, please contact Michelle Kennedy, ACFAS Director of Membership and Post Graduate Affairs.

ACFAS Regions

ACFAS Regions
Contact the ACFAS Region Presidents Council Chair:

Chair Eric Walter 2016 edited 

Eric G. Walter, DPM, FACFAS
Bronx, NY  10466

(718) 920-9523