Gulf States Region

Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas

  • Gulf States Region
  • Contact the Region:

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    Javier La Fontaine, DPM, FACFAS
    Dallas, TX
    Phone: (214) 645-3187

Gulf States Region Officers

Naohiro Shibuya, DPM, MS, FACFAS
Vice President
Temple, TX
(254) 742-4607

Brian Carpenter, DPM, FACFAS
Paradise, TX
(940) 393-1594

Recent Activity and Upcoming Events

ACFAS Gulf States Region Meeting

ACFAS Membership Meeting -  Gulf States Region: (Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas) 

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

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

Your Region will be holding 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!

Gulf States 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 Gulf States Region can help!

If you live within the Gulf States 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. Javier La Fontaine 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 Gulf States Region is excited to be able to support the next generation of local researchers!

ACFAS Gulf States Region Funds Resident and Post Grad Fellow Poster Research at ACFAS 2017

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

The Region also supported the following resident manuscript presenter:

  • Lapidus Arthrodesis Technique: Low Nonunion Rate and Early Weightbearing
    Resident Presenter: Matthew McCabe, DPM; Christus St. Patrick Hospital

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 Gulf States Region meeting on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 1-2 pm in Expo Hall -Nashville.
  • ACFAS Gulf States Region support of Resident & Post-Grad Fellow poster/manuscript presenters for ACFAS Scientific Conference on March 22-24, 2018 -Nashville.
  • ACFAS Gulf States Region support of Bandera Residency Podiatric Conference -Bandera, TX.
  • ACFAS Gulf States Region support of Texas Podiatric Medical Association (TPMA) Resident poster competition.
  • Organize a webinar for ACFAS Gulf States Region members.
  • ACFAS Gulf States 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: 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. They 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