Defining ACFAS

Promoting Art and Science

The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) is a professional society of more than 8,000 foot and ankle surgeons. Founded in 1942, ACFAS seeks to promote the art and science of foot, ankle and related lower extremity surgery; address the concerns of foot and ankle surgeons; ensure superb patient care; and advance and improve standards of education and surgical skill.

Our Unique Qualifications

ACFAS member physicians are doctors of podiatric medicine (DPMs) who are graduates of accredited four-year US podiatric medical schools. ACFAS members have completed surgical residency programs of up to four years, and all Fellow members of the College are certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery (ABFAS), the surgical board of foot and ankle surgeons. ABFAS is recognized by the Joint Committee on the Recognition of Specialty Boards. Many have additional fellowship training in various aspects of foot, ankle and lower extremity surgery. No other medical specialty has this level of specialized training or board certification in foot and ankle surgery.

How the College Works

Founded in 1942, ACFAS is a not-for-profit corporation and a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization under state and federal law, respectively. The College is governed by an 11-member Board of Directors elected by the membership. Over 300 volunteer leaders serve on our committees or serve on our educational faculties, and our professional staff manages the day-to-day operations of the organization at our Chicago headquarters.

Our key governing documents include our Bylaws, Principles of Professional Conduct, and Strategic Compass (Plan). If you have any questions regarding ACFAS, please contact us.