Dr. Michael S. Downey Honored for Distinguished Service by National Surgical Association

TAMPA, FLORIDA (February 3, 2024)Michael S. Downey, DPM, FACFAS, a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) was recently honored with the College’s highest award, the Distinguished Service Award, at the ACFAS Annual Scientific Conference in Tampa on February 2.

Dr. Downey received the Distinguished Service Award, a prestigious honor voted on by his colleagues, following an extensive tenure spanning nearly 25 years of volunteering for the College. Dr. Downey has a passion for education and with his service, ACFAS’ educational programming matured and grew over the years thanks to leaders like him. Dr. Downey’s service included two terms on the Annual Scientific Conference Committee 17 years apart, the chair of the Education and Scientific Affairs Committee, a member of the former CPG Management Council and also currently service as a reviewer of the Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery, ACFAS’ peer-reviewed scientific journal.

“I am honored to receive the ACFAS Distinguished Service Award, and I’d like to thank the ACFAS Board of Directors and the membership for recognizing me,” Dr. Downey, said. “Volunteering for ACFAS has been a rewarding experience throughout my professional career and I strongly encourage all College members to actively participate in supporting and strengthening the College through such endeavors. I’ve always looked at my active volunteerism with the College as ‘paying it forward’ for the great training I was personally provided with in earlier in my career,” he added.

“Dr. Downey’s service to the College over the last 25 years has had a profound impact on the profession through his passion for education as an instructor and author,” Dr. Eric Barp, DPM, FACFAS, immediate-past-president of ACFAS said. “Known also by many as a mentor, Dr. Downey has helped nurture the next generation of foot and ankle surgeons by helping to ignite their own passion for excellence in their careers and the profession,” Dr. Barp added.

Dr. Downey earned his doctoral degree in podiatric medicine at the Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine and received advanced training at HCA Doctors Hospital in Tucker, Georgia. He is board certified in foot surgery by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. Dr. Downey practices at the Ankle & Foot Medical Centers of the Delaware Valley in Philadelphia and he is the Chief, Division of Podiatric Surgery at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and a Clinical Professor in the Department of Surgery at Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. Dr. Downey lectures both nationally and internationally, and his research has been published in numerous textbooks and journals.

The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons is a professional society of more than 8,000 foot and ankle surgeons. Founded in 1942, the College’s mission is to promote research and provide continuing education for the foot and ankle surgical specialty, and to educate the general public on foot health and conditions of the foot and ankle through its patient education website, FootHealthFacts.org.