Big West Region

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

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

Need Money for ACFAS 2019?

Local ACFAS Regions Have Funds to Support Your Research Efforts  

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

If 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 your Region's President (names and email addresses are available on the form) by Thursday, January 31, 2019. Each 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 Regions are excited to be able to support the next generation of researchers in their parts of the country.

ACFAS Big West Region Meeting Outcomes

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

The Region held a meeting of its members in conjunction with the ACFAS Annual Scientific Conference in Nashville. Major discussion points, goals and outcomes include:

  • Overview of the redistricting from Divisions to Regions
  • Continued support of Resident and Post Graduate Fellow Poster/Manuscript presenters at the Annual Scientific Conference
  • Promotion of On the Road course planned for December 2018
  • Location for Complications course planned for 2019
  • Creation of state liaisons for representation from within each state/province

Eric Lew, DPM, AACFAS was selected from attendees as the winner of the prize drawing for an Amazon Echo. Congratulations!

2018 Big West Winner- Eric Lew DPM, AACFAS

Pictured are Jeffrey McAlister, DPM, FACFAS, Big West Region Secretary/Treasurer, Eric Lew, DPM, AACFAS, and Frederick Mechanik, DPM, FACFAS, Big West Region President.

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 2018 ACFAS Region Scholar from the Big West Region is Kyleigh Pierson from the Arizona School of Podiatric Medicine - Midwestern University.

Big West Region Scholar 2018

Pictured are Kyleigh Pierson and Frederick Mechanik, DPM, FACFAS, Big West Region president. Congratulations to Kyleigh on being chosen as an ACFAS 2018 Region Scholar!

ACFAS Big West Region Funds Resident Poster Research at the 2018 Annual Scientific Conference

In an effort to support research activities the ACFAS Big West Region provided funding to the following residents as poster presenters at the 2018 Annual Scientific Conference in Nashville:

The Region also supported the following manuscript presenter:

  • Arthroscopic Evaluation of the Subtalar Joint in the Presence of Ankle Joint Pathology: A Pilot Study Post Graduate Fellow Presenter: James Whelan, DPM, AACFAS; Advanced Foot and Ankle Reconstruction and Amputation Prevention Fellowship

Congratulations to these resident and post graduate fellow authors on their research efforts!

Region Goals for Second Half of 2018

  • Attend the ACFAS Region Presidents Council (RPC) meeting on October 13, 2018  in Chicago.
  • ACFAS Big West Region support of ACFAS on the Road - In the Trenches Workshopand Seminar on December 7-8, 2018 in Denver.
  • ACFAS Big West Region support of Surgery Club at Arizona Podiatric Medicine Program Midwestern University.
  • ACFAS Big West Region planning for a seven-hour educational experience.
  • ACFAS Big West Region education for residency programs within the region.
  • 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:

 Harry P. Schneider, DPM, FACFAS

Harry P. Schneider, DPM, FACFAS
Cambridge, MA  02139

(617) 665-2555