ACFAS Regions

Midwest Region

Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin

Midwest Region President

Jeffrey R. Baker, DPM, FACFAS
Chicago, IL
Phone: (847) 390-7666
Contact the Midwest Region

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

Recent Activity and Upcoming Events

ACFAS On the Road: Complications

Minimize your complications and maximize the results for your patients when you attend this comprehensive problem-based seminar, which will focus on complications associated with foot and ankle surgery. 

Lectures are case-based presentations of complications that happen to all of us and will offer an engaging and unique learning experience as faculty and audience discuss cases. 

Midwest Region Membership Meeting

The Midwest Region held their annual meeting with ACFAS 2023 in Los Angeles, CA on February 10.  Jeffrey Baker, DPM, FACFAS, Midwest Region President, led the discussion.  The meeting provided an opportunity for members to meet Region officers and hear about their plans for the upcoming year including:

  • ACFAS Region Complications course plans
  • ACFAS Chris Mahaffey Leadership Development program
  • Submission of research articles to FASTRAC
  • Plans for starting an ACFAS Registry

Member attendees were entered into a drawing for a $100 Amazon Gift Card.  Mindi Dayton, DPM, FACFAS was selected as the winner.

ACFAS Midwest Region Funds Poster Research at the 2022 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 2022 in Austin:


  • Prevalence of Malnutrition in Diabetic Foot Ulceration Patients Using the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) Recommended Diagnostic Characteristics

    Christopher Girgis, DPM                

  • Early weightbearing of Lapidus has little affect on nonunion rates
    Kayla Deblauw, DPM

  • Short-Term Results Comparing Oral Prednisone to Eccentric Stretching for Insertional Achilles Tendinitis: A Retrospective Review
    Kanika Kochhar, DPM; Saima Sardar, DPM            

  • Peroneal Tendon Repair Using A Synthetic Nanofiber Matrix: A Case Series
    Ryan D. Prusa, DPM; Zachary J. Bliek, DPM

  • The Efficacy of Adhesive Felt Padding for Offloading Diabetic Plantar Foot Ulcerations
    Jaclyn Schumann, DPM; Clare Cormier, DPM    

  • Anastomosis of Superficial Peroneal Nerve to Deep Peroneal Nerve and Saphenous Neurectomy for Revision of Failed Midfoot Fusion
    Beth B. Reittinger, DPM; Krishan K. Singh, DPM            

  • The Lateral Kidner Procedure to Remove a Non-united 5th Metatarsal Base Avulsion Fragment and Re-establish Peroneal Function: A Cases Series to Demonstrate Patient Selection and Surgical Technique Pearls
    Kristen M. Brett, DPM; Collin G. Messerly, DPM    

  • Acute Hematogenous Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus of the Talus Following Scalp Infection: A Case Report
    Andy Archuleta, DPM; Melinda S. Nicholes, DPM            

  • Incidence of Nonunion Following Naviculocuneiform Arthrodesis - A Retrospective Review of 67 Cases
    Steven A. Tocci, DPM; Jacob A Harder, DPM; Andrew M. Ganshirt, DPM; David M Sved, DPM; Joseph F. Albers, DPM


  • Midfoot Fusion for Hallux Valgus Deformity: A Retrospective Comparison of Two Joint Prep & Fixation Constructs Regarding Outcomes Including Initial and Midterm Correction of Deformity
    Chloe F. Sakow, DPM, MPH; Tyler Sorensen, DPM; Howard C. Chang, DPM
  • A Comparison of Crossed Screw Versus Plates Constructs for Fixation in the Lapidus Procedure: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis    
    Matthew R. Sieloff, DPM; Jake T. Wagner, DPM; Shailer B. Martin II, DPM

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

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 their local ACFAS Student Club. Their local ACFAS Regions honor them as future leaders of the profession. Pictured below is Megan Palmer, ‘24, the 2022 Region Scholar from Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine; and Taha Mahmood, ’25, the 2022 Region Scholar from Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine. They are joined by Jeff Baker, DPM, FACFAS, Midwest Region President. 

Midwest Region Scholar Megan

Midwest Region Scholar Taha

Congratulations to Megan and Taha for being chosen as ACFAS 2022 Region Scholars! 

Region Goals for First Half of 2023

  •  Attend Region Presidents Council Meeting held during the Annual Scientific Conference in Los Angeles, CA
  • Host ACFAS Midwest Region Meeting held during Annual Scientific Conference in Los Angeles, CA  
  • ACFAS Midwest Region support of posters and manuscripts presented at the Annual Scientific Conference in Los Angeles, CA 
  • ACFAS Midwest Region support of ACFAS Student Clubs (Scholl and DMU), including site visits
  • ACFAS Midwest Region support of residents and posters


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