ACFAS Regions

Great Lakes Region

Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio


Great Lakes Region President

Mark Mendeszoon, DPM, FACFAS
Chardon, OH
Phone: (440) 285-4999
  Contact the Great Lakes Region

Great Lakes Region Officers

Zeeshan S. Husain, DPM, FACFAS
Vice President
Rochester, MI
(248) 651-0162

Kimberly S. Barron, DPM, FACFAS
Columbus, OH
(614) 293-3668

Great Lakes Residency Director Mentors

Timothy C. Ford, DPM, FACFAS
Jewish Hospital & KentuckyOne Health
Louisville, KY
(502) 897-1616

Joshua Rhodenizer, DPM, FACFAS
St John Hospital and Medical Center
Detroit, MI
(313) 343-6397

Contact the Mentors

Recent Activity and Upcoming Events

Get Involved with ACFAS in Your Own Backyard!

Attention ACFAS Members of the Great Lakes Region:

Are you interested in helping your ACFAS Region deliver its mission:

" help ACFAS members at the state and local level to provide superior care to foot and ankle surgical patients through education, research, and the promotion of the highest professional standards".

The Great Lakes Region currently has an opening in its slate of officers: a Secretary/Treasurer. The Region is seeking one volunteer to fill this position.

Description of Responsibilities: 

The Secretary/Treasurer is responsible for:

  •  Keeping the books of the Region;
  • Providing financial oversight for Region funds;
  • Compiling semi-annual financial reports to the Region Presidents Council Finance Committee;
  • Assisting with leadership of the Region.

Have Questions or Interested in Volunteering? 
Please submit your questions or a statement of interest and your CV to the ACFAS Membership Department by December 22. Statements and CVs will be shared with the Great Lakes Region membership as a part of an e-balloted election. The top vote-getter will become the Secretary/Treasurer. The election will occur at the end of the year, with the officer terms commencing at the 2024 ACFAS Annual Scientific Conference in February.

Please respond by December 22.

Calling All Young Researchers:

Local ACFAS Regions Have Funds to Support Your Research Efforts

Application Deadline: January 2

Are you a student, resident or post graduate fellow presenting an accepted 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 application form directly to your Region’s officer (names and email addresses are available on the form) by Tuesday, January 2. 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.

Great Lakes Region Membership Meeting

The Great Lakes Region held their annual meeting with ACFAS 2023 in Los Angeles, CA on February 9.  Greg Still, DPM, FACFAS, Region Presidents Council chair, led the discussion on behalf of Mark Mendeszoon, DPM, FACFAS.  The meeting provided an opportunity for members to hear about their plans for the upcoming year including:

  • Great Lakes Region support of poster/manuscript presenters at the Annual Scientific Conference
  • Discussion on why there are not more women in leadership with ACFAS and what the College is doing to support women in the profession
  • Discussion on issues regarding the podiatric certifying boards

Member attendees were entered into a drawing for a $100 Amazon Gift Card.  Clare Cormier, DPM, AACFAS was selected as the winner. 

ACFAS Great Lakes Region Funds Poster Research at the 2022 Annual Scientific Conference

In an effort to support research activities, the ACFAS Great Lakes Region provided funding to the following residents as poster presenters at ACFAS 2022 in Austin:


  • Anatomic Description of the Calcaneocuboid Joint: Implications for Staple Fixation

     Dominick J. Casciato, DPM;  Alex Bischoff, DPM    

  • Analysis of Plantar Fasciitis Websites using the DISCERN Instrument
    Deana L. Lewis, DPM        

  • Isolated Dorsal Plate Technique for Arthrodesis of the 1st Metatarsophalangeal Joint
    Alex J. Bischoff, DPM; Ryan Stone, DPM; Ross Groeschl, DPM

  • First Tarsometatarsal (Lapidus) Arthrodesis Utilizing a Low-Profile Orthogonal Plating System for First Ray Hypermobility and Hallux Abducto Valgus Correction - Study of Radiographic Outcome
    Lawrence Chen, DPM        

  • Comparison of Complication Rates in Open Versus Endoscopic Gastrocnemius Recession: A Systematic Review
    Luc Bibeau, DPM, AACFAS        

  • Self-Reported Conflicts of Interests and Financial Disclosures in The Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery: A Systematic Review
    Dominick J.Casciato, DPM; Joey Brown, DPM; Sara Yancovitz, DPM

  • Orthoses Effect on Radiographic Measurements of Hallux Abducto Valgus: A Systematic Review
    Mallory Kirkland, DPM; Blake Wallace, DPM    

  • The Zadek Osteotomy for Treatment of Insertional Achilles Tendinopathy: A Systematic Review of Case Series
    Alexandra T. Black, DPM, AACFAS

  • A Case Series of Three Patients with a Rare Pantalar Dislocation
    Marissa Mogavero, DPM; Andrew Robitaille, DPM

  • Auto fusion of the ankle joint and its treatment modality: a case report    
    Ali Qadri, DPM        

  • Ankle Arthrodesis Using an Inlaid Pedicled Fibula Graft for Late Stage Avascular Necrosis of the Distal Tibia Utilizing the Turnover Technique
    Rami L. Basatneh, DPM; Jordan L. Young, DPM    

  • Postoperative Calcaneal Osteomyelitis Management with Subsequent Revisional Reattachment of Achilles Tendon and Augmented Tendon Transfer.
    Sean M. Kipp, DPM        

  • Equinovarus Deformity Following Spinal Cord Tumor Resection: Multiplanar Correction to Treat Chronic Wound    
    Tariq K. Elagamy, DPM;    Rafi Jarjous, DPM    

  • Improving Survivorship in Partial Ray Amputations with the Addition of Calcium Phosphate Antibiotic Cement, a Case Series of 16 patients
    Alexandra L.  Nyquist, DPM; Natalie A. Spicer, DPM; Eric, C, Beaujon, DPM

  • Adenocarcinoma in Plantar Heel of Unknown Primary Source: A Case Report
    Brianna Albers DPM; Joseph Lynott, DPM    

  • Hypophosphatasia and Metatarsal Stress Fractures: A Case Report
    Deana L. Lewis, DPM; Cameron McMahen, DPM    

  • Tibiocalcaneal Arthrodesis with Intramedullary Fibular Peg Allograft and External Fixation for the Treatment of Talar Osteomyelitis
    Andrew C. Falco, DPM; Daniel Reubens, DPM    

  • The Split Peroneal Brevis Transfer: A Proven Procedure for Lateral Ankle Instability
    John A. Martucci, DPM, AACFAS        
    Isolated Medial Malleolar Avulsion Fracture with Neglected Posterior Tibial Tendon Rupture: A Case Report
    Joseph Saxon, DPM        

  • Metastatic Adenocarcinoma Presenting as Metatarsal Stress Reaction: A Case Report
    Trevor Norris, DPM        

  • Chronic Enlarging Hematoma Following Hallux Amputation: A Case Report
    Kevin N. Nguyen, DPM    Amar Chandra, DPM    

  • Treatment of recurrent ganglion cyst associated with tendon sheath
    Maitri Patel, DPM        

  • Plantar Pressure Mapping and Malleolar Valgus Index Restoration Following Pediatric Flatfoot Reconstruction    
    Ryan J. Stone, DPM; Alex J. Bischoff, DPM    

  • Arthroscopic Decompression and Grafting of a Symptomatic Posterior Talar Body Bone Cyst
    Sara Yancovitz, DPM        

  • Minocycline Induced Blue Bone Disease Following Hallux Abducto Valgus Deformity Correction: A Case Study
    Trey M. Edwards, DPM; Douglas J. Holder, DPM    


  • Complications of Percutaneous Tendo-Achilles Lengthening for Treatment and Prevention of Diabetic Foot Ulcers: A Systematic Review
    Benjamin P. Haberer, DPM        
  • Targeted Muscle Reinnervation: Saphenous Nerve to Abductor Hallucis Motor Nerve Transfer
    John M. Thompson, DPM, AACFAS; Dominick Casciato, DPM; Brian Houng, DPM, MS
  • Maintenance of Correction of the Modified Lapidus Procedure with a First Metatarsal to Second Metatarsal Screw with “Spot Weld” Technique: A Retrospective and Radiographic Analysis
    John M. Thompson, DPM, AACFAS        
  • Effects of Patient-Specific Instrumentation and Ancillary Surgery Performed in Conjunction with Total Ankle Implant Arthroplasty: Postoperative Radiographic Findings
    Cody Togher; Stephanie Golding, DPM; Thomas D. Ferrise, DPM
  • Hounsfield Unit Assessed Bone Density amongst Non-Traumatic and Post-Traumatic Arthritic Total Ankle Arthroplasty Patients
    John M. Thompson, DPM, AACFAS; Brian Houng, DPM, AACFAS    
  • Anterior Ankle Incision Healing Complications with and without Tourniquet Use: A Retrospective Comparative Cohort Study
    Andrea J Cifaldi, DPM, AACFAS; William O McGlone, DPM

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

ACFAS Great Lakes Region Supports Student Scholar

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 their local ACFAS Student Club. Their local ACFAS Regions honor them as future leaders of the profession. Pictured below is Alexis Peters, ‘24, the 2022 Region Scholar from Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine, along with Greg Still, DPM, FACFAS, Region Presidents Council Chair. 

 Great Lakes Region Student Scholar

Congratulations to Alexis for being chosen as an ACFAS 2022 Region Scholar! 

Region Goals for First Half of 2023

  •  Attend Region Presidents Council Meeting held during the Annual Scientific Conference in Los Angeles, CA
  • Host ACFAS Great Lakes Region Meeting held during Annual Scientific Conference in Los Angeles, CA 
  • ACFAS Great Lakes Region support of posters and manuscripts presented at the Annual Scientific Conference in Los Angeles, CA 
  • ACFAS Great Lakes Region planning of a residency education series including a case complication seminar.
  • Provide ACFAS Great Lakes Region education for students to prepare them for residency.
  • Continue to increase ACFAS Great Lakes Region involvement across all four states.


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.

Contact the ACFAS Region Presidents Council Chair

Gregory P. Still, DPM, FACFAS
Wheat Ridge, CO
Phone: (303) 422-6043