New society focused on limb preservation unveiled

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A new American Limb Preservation Society (ALPS) was launched during the recently concluded Diabetic Foot Conference (DFCon), held virtually this year from Oct. 9–10.

The organization aims to serve as an interdisciplinary bridge between patients and medical specialties, surgery, nursing, physical therapy, engineering and science for better care of the high-risk lower extremity.

“Our collective goal is to eliminate preventable amputations over the next generation. We welcome you to join us as we work toward this goal,” David G. Armstrong, MD, ALPS founding president, writes in his introduction to the Society. Armstrong, professor of clinical surgery at the University of Southern California, is the founder and co-director of the Southwestern Academic Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA).

Stephanie Wu, DPM, is the founding vice president, while Michael Conte, MD, serves as the founding scientific chair, and Joseph Mills, MD, the founding clinical chair.

As part of amputation preventing efforts, the group aim to continue advancing the science, clinical care and advocacy of limb preservation, as well as identify, develop and mentor the next generation of clinicians, scientists and clinician-scientists in the field.

For membership and other information on the ALPS, visit


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