Great Lakes Region

Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio

Great Lakes Region Officers

Daniel T. Zahari, DPM, FACFAS
Vice President
Southgate, MI
(734) 285-4200

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

Mark Mendeszoon, DPM, FACFAS
Director of Education
Chardon, OH
(440) 285-4999

Recent Activity and Upcoming Events

Mark your Calendars & Location Correction

ACFAS Great Lakes Region Conference:
Interesting Cases and Complications January Jubilee Jamboree

Saturday, January 26, 2019
8am - 5pm

Save the date for this not to be missed "interesting cases and complications" conference. The event will comprise interesting and complicated cases seen in the local podiatric residency and fellowship programs and feature a multi-disciplinary focus. Residents, post graduate fellows, attendings and private practitioners are invited to present their most complicated and interesting cases. 

University Hospitals Richmond Medical Center
Richmond Heights, OH


Please Note Location Correction: The meeting will be in the 4th floor auditorium


8 CME category 1 credits

Residents - free
ACFAS Members - $50
Non-ACFAS Members - $75

Registration will be on the day of the event and will begin at 6:30am. Checks should be made payable to ACFAS Great Lakes Region. Credit cards will also be accepted.

Refund Policy:

No refunds will be given if an attendee needs to leave early. Appropriate CME will be provided based on time spent at the meeting.

Contact Mark Mendeszoon, DPM, FACFAS 

We hope to see you there,
Bruce Kaczander, DPM, FACFAS - Great Lakes Region President
Daniel Zahari, DPM, FACFAS - Great Lakes Region Vice President
Mark Mendeszoon, DPM, FACFAS - Great Lakes Region Director of Education
Zeehan Husain, DPM, FACFAS - Great Lakes Region Secretary/Treasurer

DISCLAIMER: The ACFAS Education & Scientific Affairs Committee has not independently evaluated the educational content or the CPME or FDA compliance requirements. Therefore, any use of the ACFAS name is not to be construed as an endorsement of this program.

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 <link to file> 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.

Election Results: ACFAS Great Lakes Region

Attention Great Lakes Region Members:

Congratulations to your new Great Lakes Region Officer:

Director of Education: Mark Mendeszoon, DPM, FACFAS

His term commences immediately. Many thanks to both candidates for their interest in becoming involved in the ACFAS Great Lakes Region and to the Region members who took a moment to vote.

Please watch your email for future announcements of new educational opportunities held within the Great Lakes Region.

ACFAS Great Lakes Region Funds Resident and Post Graduate Fellow Poster Research at the 2018 Annual Scientific Conference in Nahsville

In an effort to support research activities, the ACFAS Great Lakes Region provided funding to the following residents and postgraduate fellows as poster presenters at the 2018 Annual Scientific Conference in Nashville:

The Region also supported the following manuscript presenters:

  • Structures at Risk from an Intermetatarsal Screw for Lapidus Bunionectomy: A Cadaveric Study
    Resident Presenter: Eric So, DPM; Grant Medical Center
    Post Graduate Fellow Presenter: Roberto A. Brandao, DPM, AACFAS; Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Center Fellowship

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

ACFAS Great Lakes Region Meeting Outcomes

 ACFAS Membership Meeting - Great Lakes Region: (Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio) 

The Region held a meeting on March 24 in conjunction with the ACFAS Annual Scientific Conference in Nashville. Major discussion points, goals and outcomes include:

  • Overview of redistricting from Division to Regions
  • Continued support of Resident and Post Grad Fellow Poster/Manuscript presenters at the Annual Scientific Conference
  • Overview of upcoming events and support within the region
  • Promotion of On the Road course planned for 2018

Christopher Stucke, DPM was selected from attendees as the winner of the prize drawing for an Amazon Echo. Congratulations!

2018 Great Lakes Winner - Christopher Stucke, DPM

Pictured: Christopher Stucke, DPM

Great Lakes 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 Great Lakes Region is Natasha Bhagat from Kent State.

2018 Great Lakes Region Scholar

Pictured are Bruce Kaczander, DPM, FACFAS, Great Lakes Region President and Natasha Bhagat. Congratulations to Natasha on being chosen as an ACFAS 2018 Region Scholar!

Region Goals for Second Half of 2018

  • Attend the ACFAS Region Presidents Council (RPC) meeting on October 13, 2018  in Chicago.
  • ACFAS Great Lakes Region Surgical Complications Forum on November 10, 2018  in Livonia, MI.
  • ACFAS Great Lakes 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: 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