Midwest Region

Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin

Midwest Region Officers

Adam E. Fleischer, DPM, FACFAS
Vice President
North Chicago, IL
(847) 473-4357

Brian J. Burgess, DPM, FACFAS
Joliet, IL
(815) 744-4551

Midwest Region Residency Director Mentors

Randall L. Dei, DPM, FACFAS
Columbia St Mary's Hospital; Wheaton
Franklin, WI
(414) 425-9340

Contact the Mentors

Coleen Napolitano, DPM, FACFAS
Loyola University Medical Center
Maywood, IL
(708) 216-5825

Recent Activity and Upcoming Events

ACFAS Midwest Region Funds Poster Research at the 2021 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 ACFAS 2021 in Las Vegas:



  •  The Lateral Hallux Stress Dorsiflexion View for Evaluation of Midterm Hallux Limitus/Hallux Rigidus: A Prospective Assessment of Diagnostic Accuracy and Intermediate Term Outcomes with Cheilectomy
    Zachary J. Lubek, DPM
  • Endoscopic Gastrocnemius Recession versus Open Gastrocnemius Recession: A systematic Review Comparing Postoperative Complications
    Robert A. Burdi, DPM and Zachary K. Janes, DPM
  • Staged Open Reduction Internal Fixation vs. External Fixation with Limited Internal Fixation of Severe Pilon Fractures: A meta-analysis of postoperative complications
    Robert A. Burdi, DPM and Daniel J. Ryan, DPM
  • How Important is Lesser Metatarsal Osteotomy in Preventing Hammertoe Recurrence?
    Timothy Cheung, PhD, CPT

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

ACFAS Midwest Region 2021 Meeting Outcomes

Jeffrey Baker, DPM, FACFAS, Midwest Region President, led a virtual meeting of Region members on May 11, the week before the ACFAS Annual Scientific Conference. The meeting provided an opportunity for members to meet Region officers and hear about our support and plans for the upcoming year including:

  • Region support of members during the pandemic
  • Region support of poster/manuscript presenters
  • Recognition of Region Scholars
  • Region Learning Programs for 2021-2022 with the Midwest Region scheduled for November 5-6 in St. Louis. Registration is now open.
  • Support of ACFAS Student Clubs at DMU and Scholl

Attendees were entered into a drawing for one of two $100 Amazon Gift Cards. The winners were Ryan Rodela, DPM and Katherine Leininger. 

ACFAS Midwest Region Supports Student Scholars

ACFAS Region Scholars are funded by the ACFAS Region Presidents Council, specifically their home Region, and are usually the president-elect or an officer of the their local ACFAS Student Club. Their local ACFAS Regions honor them as future leaders of the profession. Pictured below are 2021 Region Scholars Erica Reed of the Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Carly Goehring of the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine.

2021 Regions Scholar_DMU            2021 Region Scholar_Scholl

Congratulations to Erica and Carly for being chosen as an ACFAS 2021 Region Scholars! 

Save the Date: New Region Learning Programs

Midwest Region
November 5-6, 2021
St. Louis, MO

Are you looking forward to getting back to in-person meetings and educational offerings? It's almost time to get back to normal! 

The College is launching a new pilot educational Region Learning Program. These two-day courses will combine case presentations, lightning lectures and hands-on labs, enabling attendees to gain insight into the depth and breadth of your current foot and ankle knowledge. Attendees will walk away with a better understanding of contributing factors associated with foot and ankle surgery complications and will be able to apply new skills to help you maximize function and restore structure.

The College has scheduled courses in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest Region for Fall 2021, and courses will be held in the Big West, Tri-State and Southeast Regions in Spring 2022. 

Please watch your email for more information to come!

ACFAS Midwest Region New Officer Elected

Dear ACFAS Midwest Region Members:

As a result of the recent Mid-Atlantic Region Call for Volunteers process and e-balloted election, the new Secretary/Treasurer of the Region is

Brian Burgess, DPM, FACFAS

Congratulations to Dr. Burgess. His term will commence on March 1, in conjunction with the next meeting of the College's Region Presidents Council (RPC).

Thanks to all of the candidates and to those members that took the time to vote. Please watch your email for information about the next membership meeting of the Midest Region, to be held at the ACFAS Annual Scientific Conference in Las Vegas in May.

Region Goals for Second Half of 2021

  • ACFAS Region Presidents Council (RPC) Zoom meeting on October 16.
  • ACFAS Midwest Region planning for hosting the ACFAS Region Learning Program Series to be held in St. Louis, MO.


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, 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:


Alan A. MacGill, DPM, FACFAS
Coral Springs, FL  33071

Phone: (561) 549-9090